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Helping Out for Aug. 2, 2017

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Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded its 2017 Community Enrichment grants, which aim to provide financial support to organizations that work to help lift people out of poverty.

The following organizations that work in the Lowcountry received funding: Community Works, Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina, Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter, The Sustainability Institute, Turning Leaf Project and Wings for Kids.

The Peanut Gang, a group of S.C. Electric & Gas employees and retirees, celebrated 25 years at Camp Happy Days, an annual summer camp for children diagnosed with cancer, on July 5. The group served five bushels of boiled peanuts and soft drinks to more than 275 children.

Lowcountry Food Bank CEO Pat Walker (from left); Dr. Matt Davis, chief of staff for East Cooper Medical Center; Danny Mullis, chairman of the board for East Cooper; and Chief Nursing Officer Patrick Beaver. (Photo/Provided)East Cooper Medical Center led the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive­, a community effort to provide breakfast to children and adults in need, June 2-9. The hospital has participated in the cereal drive for three years and this year collected 785 pounds of cereal. The effort raised $3,070 and, combined with Tenet Healthcare’s Challenge Grant of $1,835, a total of $4,905 was donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

Kairos Greek Kitchen, at 1100 Bowman Road in Mount Pleasant, is set to host a fundraiser for Charleston Promise Neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to Charleston Promise Neighborhood, a nonprofit that works to ensure children are on track to graduate high school.

Vito Scarafile (from left), Carolina One volunteer coordinator; Erin Herrmann, executive director of Southeast S.C. March of Dimes; Millie Martin representing the Carolina One Orleans Road office; and Oliver Mathewes, Carolina One Realtor and top three fundraiser. (Photo/Provided)Select Health of South Carolina hosted a luncheon honoring Carolina One Real Estate on Monday for the company’s participation in the March of Dimes 2017 Walk for Babies on April 29. Carolina One supplied food and water to walkers and contributed $15,468 to the March of Dimes for its efforts to support medical research to help reduce premature births in South Carolina.

Oliver Mathewes, a Realtor with Carolina One’s Folly Road office and chairman of the local board of the March of Dimes, was also recognized for personally raising $2,435 for the cause.

BJ’s Wholesale Club is set to host an in-club culinary event with Katie’s Krops, a local organization dedicated to feeding the hungry, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Founder Katie Stagliano and chef Ryan Hermann will partner with BJ’s to prepare two dishes for members to taste, complete with recipe cards.

BJ’s Wholesale Club has also donated $5,000 to Katie’s Krops and will host a food drive during the event for members to purchase items and donate.

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