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Helping Out for Nov. 8, 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

Tri-County Veterans Support Network is scheduled to host Veterans Day Benefit and Auction from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at McKee’s at 139-B on Market Street. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a live auction.

Tickets are $75. Proceeds will benefit Tri-County Veterans Support Network’s programs, which include assistance with affordable housing; emergency relief for local veterans and their families in crisis; outreach to locate veterans and families in crisis; career and business development; and a veterans resource directory.

The Holiday Festival of Lights is holding a Supper with Santa on opening night at 5:30 p.m. Friday at James Island County Park. The event will include breakfast for dinner, a visit with Santa and admission to the festival. Proceeds will benefit The Parklands Foundation of Charleston County, a nonprofit partner of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission.

Registration is $25 for ages 12 and younger and $50 for adults. Advance registration is recommended.

CresCom Bank has launched a veterans calendar to raise money for veterans charities. The calendar is an 18-month calendar with photographs of veterans who have served in the Armed Forces.

The calendar will be available for free to veterans and for any donation amount to non-veterans. All the money raised will be divided equally among several local charities whose missions are to help and support veterans.

Dorchester Paws, formerly the Frances R. Willis SPCA, has launched its new website after rebranding and undergoing extensive renovations.

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC, a residential program for pregnant youths, lost a large chunk of its funding on July 1. The nonprofit is holding its annual Wine Women & Shoes fundraiser on Sunday and is also accepting monetary donations and donations of school supplies and home and personal items.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is accepting donations of nonperishable healthy food items for the Lowcountry Food Bank through Jan. 31.

Guests who donate a food item can receive a free garden admission ticket with the purchase of another ticket. An additional food donation drops the nature train ride admission to $5.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina presented six Unsung Hero Awards to individuals across South Carolina who work to enhance the well-being of children in kinship families as part of the Kinship Care Initiative.

In the Lowcountry, Christina and Jason Wilson and Delores Wright were presented with the award. The Wilsons have five children, four of whom joined the family through kinship care. They were nominated by Erin Hall and Megan Branham of the Palmetto Association for Children and Families. Wright has been a kinship caregiver for 14 years. She was nominated by Andrea Thames and Kim Clifton of Halos. Wright cares for her grandsons, Errick and Kenijah.

The foundation also awarded its Caritas grants for the fall 2017 grant cycle. Caritas grants are awarded to organizations meeting the basic needs of individuals and families living in poverty in South Carolina. In total, 50 organizations were awarded Caritas fall 2017 funding for a total of $147,750.

In the Lowcountry, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston, Beyond Our Walls, Bridges For End-of-Life, Charleston Legal Access, East Cooper Community Outreach, Help of Summerville, Home Works of America, Loving America Street, Lowcountry Food Bank, Operation Home, Teachers’ Supply Closet and Trident Literacy Association received grants.   

Veterans for Manufacturing, an intensive, two-week training program for veterans seeking employment in the manufacturing sector, has awarded 17 veterans basic certifications in forklift operations, CNC machine operation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The training program is offered by Palmetto Warrior Connection and Palmetto Goodwill.

East Cooper Medical Center is hosting the second annual Man Up for Your Health event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Participants can receive free health screenings including total cholesterol, skin cancer, blood pressure, diabetes and hearing. Sleep and stroke assessments will also be available.  

The event is free and open to the public; it is geared toward men but anyone can participate. Advance registration is recommended.

Roti Rolls will be at Tradesman Brewing from 4 to 8 p.m. today serving burgers to benefit Feed the Need.

A portion of burger sales will go to support Feed the Need, a nonprofit that aims to eliminate some of the economic burden on area soup kitchens and shelters.

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