Helping Out for Jan. 29, 2014

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

Crisis Ministries has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to begin serving a weekend lunch-time meal in the Family Center. Crisis Ministries’ Family Center is a dedicated facility that houses up to 40 women and children. The grant will allow Crisis Ministries to purchase new equipment for the Family Center kitchen and will support the necessary staff to oversee the meal service. This funding will enable Crisis Ministries to have a private area for women and families to eat, so children do not have to wait in the soup kitchen line.

Commemorate National Heart Month and Valentine’s Day with a Valentine Hearts family event on Feb. 8 at the Goose Creek Community Center. It begins with a family walk at 10 a.m. around the lake and concludes with heart healthy information for the adults and valentine card-making for the kids at the Community Center. The event is free for adults and $2 per child for valentine supplies. For more information, call Goose Creek Community Center at 843-569-4242.

The Taking Flight Comic Book Show 4 will be hosted by Park Circle Comics from noon to 5 p.m., March 1, at The Sparrow, 1078 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. Guests at this show are Elias Urie from Grand Incognito Comics, Jesse H. Mead, James Christopher Hill, Chris Gould and Mia Chavi Jenkins.

The event will benefit the Chicora Place Community Garden. Suggested donation is $5.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carolina Youth Development Center is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 22, at Royal Lanes in Goose Creek. For more information, call 843-266-5232.

The March of Dimes will kick off its 2014 March for Babies fundraising campaign in Charleston at 7:30 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at East Cooper Medical Center. Those throughout the Charleston area are invited to attend and start raising funds for March for Babies on April 26 at Cannon Park.

During the kickoff, participants will have the opportunity to meet the 2014 ambassador family, pick up fundraising materials and learn more about the 2014 campaign. Top fundraisers from 2013 will also be recognized. To register for the kickoff, contact Meredith Repik or Mary Whiteside at 843-571-1776 or by email at or

March for Babies raises funds for research to help prevent premature birth and birth defects. Funds raised also support community programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies.

In Charleston, March for Babies is sponsored by East Cooper Medical Center, Select Health of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina, Trident Health System, Robert Bosch, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Publix Supermarkets, Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union, Santee Cooper, Strand Media Group and Y102.5.

The 10th annual Betty Cannon Golf Tournament benefiting Respite Care Charleston is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 24 at Seabrook Island. Golf registration is $150 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Wings for Kids has been chosen as the beneficiary of Charleston Charitable Society's annual oyster roast, 7-11 p.m., Saturday at the Charleston Visitor Center Bus Shed. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door and include all food and drink. Purchase tickets online.

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