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Helping Out for Jan. 17, 2018

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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 North Charleston Dream Center, an organization of Seacoast Church that works to provide resources and opportunities to low-income, homeless and underserved individuals and families in North Charleston and Hanahan, is scheduled to host Cinderella Day Charleston from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 3. The event includes a boutique with free dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories for high school prom.

The organization is asking the community and businesses for donations and sponsorships. Requested items include, but are not limited to, dresses, prom shoes, jewelry, food donations, pizza for volunteers on setup days, restaurant gift certificates, hair and makeup gift certificates, limousine rides, handbags, and cosmetics and hair products. Send an email for more information regarding gift donations.

Crescent Homes has donated $62,500 to 15 local nonprofits as part of its Give philanthropy program. For every home sold, Crescent donates $250 to a local group. Five new organizations are selected each quarter, and in the final quarter of 2017, Crescent Homes donated to the following organizations:

$5,000 to Birthdays for All

$3,200 to the Boy Scouts of America

The current quarter’s recipients are:

  • Pet Helpers
  • Operation Home
  • Darkness to Light
  • The Charleston Miracle League
  • One-Eighty Place

The Pork & Pearls oyster and pig roast benefiting Windwood Family Services is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 24 on the Grand Lawn of Volvo Car Stadium. The event will include music, oyster, barbecue and a kids area.

Proceeds will go to the expansion of Windwood’s psychiatric residential treatment facility. The expansion would allow the organization to serve five more children at a time, increasing the capacity in the program from 12 boys to 17.

The Charleston chapter of the American Marketing Association has added a new category in this year’s Spark Awards. The Giving Award will be given to an individual or company based in the tri-county area that has donated a marketing service to a nonprofit organization.

Entries may be submitted until Jan. 31.

Dorchester Paws has received a $50,000 grant from PetSmart Charities for spay and neuter surgeries. The funds will be used to decrease the shelter’s euthanasia rate and to pay for continuing facility improvements.

Dorchester Paws is also hosting a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. today. The shelter will be open for adoptions and is having a $25 adoption special for all adult animals today.

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