Though Christmas is five months away, charitable organizations in Kershaw County are already working to provide toys and food to families in need this Christmas. Elgin's Toy Round Up is one of those organizations. Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown, who is director of the Elgin Toy Drive, said preparing for Christmas is a year-round effort.
A report profiling homelessness in the Midlands was recently released by the United Way of the Midlands and the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless. The report focused on poverty, homeless demographics and homeless services in the 14 counties that make up the Midlands, including Kershaw County.
Third graders from around Kershaw County recently completed the county's first summer reading program. Students came to Jackson School for six weeks for classes that helped them improve their reading skills.
Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County is constructing its 35th home for a local family. In addition, the Habitat ReStore, 1019 Broad St. in Camden, is now open on Tuesdays, helping to fund Habitat houses through the purchases of store items donated by the community.
Elgin Town Council discussed the possible sale of a former police station at 1200 Ross St. during its June meeting. Council held the meeting Monday evening instead of Tuesday night when it usually meets.
Camden City Council recognized Pat Wylie at its meeting Tuesday night for 34 years of service as conductor of the Camden Community Concert Band. Wylie, a Furman University and University of South Carolina graduate, once served as Camden Middle School's band director and is a member of the Camden Rotary Club. Wylie also conducts the Rotary Club Singers.
Elgin Town Councilwoman Melissa Emmons announced at council's meeting Tuesday that all expenses to date of the town's new Military Salute Monument have been paid for. She said total revenue for the monument stood at $4,720, and Blaney Fire Department has volunteered to install the monument's concrete and lighting.
Camden American Legion Post No. 17 will sponsor a Chicken Strip Fundraiser Dinner on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in Blaney Baptist Church's Fellowship Hall. All proceeds from the dinner will be used to complete construction of the Elgin Military Salute Monument at Potter Community Park.
This July, the S.C. Genealogical Society (SCGS) will host a workshop featuring speakers from Kershaw County. The workshop will be held at the S.C. Department of Archives and History on July 11 and 12. Workshop attendees will learn how to effectively research their family history and genealogy.
The United Way of Kershaw County (UWKC) recently held a dinner to celebrate the mentors and mentees of its Hand in Hand mentoring program. Hand in Hand is made possible by volunteers who donate their time to spend with children from Kershaw County schools. Mentors remain with their mentees throughout their time in the program and encourage them academically.
On May 6, seven Kershaw County nonprofit organizations participated in Midlands Gives, a 24-hour online giving campaign sponsored by the Central Carolina Community Foundation. A total of 150 nonprofit organizations from nine counties in the Midlands participated in the fundraising event. Kershaw County ranked fourth highest in raising donations with a total of $13,779 and 136 donors by the end of the 24-hour period.
Seven Kershaw County nonprofits will participate Tuesday in a 24-hour online giving campaign called Midlands Gives. The Central Carolina Community Foundation is using Midlands Gives to raise money and awareness for 150 area charities.