Helping Out for July 2, 2014

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

Wings for Kids, a local nonprofit that focuses on social and emotional learning, will receive 13% of all food sales at Mosaic Cafe in Mount Pleasant from 5-9 p.m. today when guests mention “Wings.” Wings representatives will also be at the restaurant giving patrons information about the program. And each receipt will have a space for any patron who wants to make a donation. 

Lekisa Coleman-Smalls of Summerville participates in the 2013 Race for the Ark. (Photo/Provided)Registration is open for the 15th annual Race for the Ark 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run Aug. 23 in Summerville. The Ark provides support services to families living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

Both races begin and end at St. Luke's Lutheran Church and wind through historic downtown Summerville. The 5K begins at 7:45 a.m. and the 1-mile fun run kicks off at 8:45 a.m.

Anyone interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the event should contact Cheryl Moniz at 843-832-2357.

Through Aug. 21, registration costs $30 with T-shirt and $25 without T-shirt for the 5K, and $25 for the fun run. This year’s T-shirts will be quick-dry fabric and will feature a special 15th anniversary graphic.

Businesses can create five-person teams as part of the Corporate Challenge. The winning team receives a hand-crafted traveling trophy to display for one year. Registration cost is $350.

Pre-registration and packet pickup are noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at St. Luke’s fellowship hall, 206 Central Ave. in Summerville. Race-day registration and packet pickup will be 6:30-7:30 a.m. Aug. 23.

Charleston Artist Collective has teamed up with Charleston Waterkeeper to curate a “Salt & Tide” themed collection throughout July featuring works of art created by local artists. The collection includes about 140 pieces from 14 artists in a variety of sizes, styles and media. Through July, 15% of total sales benefit Charleston Waterkeeper's programs.

Take Five (To Keep the Oceans Alive) is taking place through Labor Day with a goal of cleaning up 5 million pieces of trash from beaches worldwide by that date. The social media campaign asks social media users worldwide to pick up trash at the beach and post photos online.

The organization is founded locally by Colleen Troy, whose firm Touchpoint Communications launched the effort on Memorial Day. Students from local middle and high schools and colleges are helping spread the word on social media.

Bridgett Morris (from left) accepted the Corporate Sponsor of the Year award on behalf of Pegasus; and Megan Johnson, Brenda Myers and Vicki Campbell, each of whom served six years on Callen-Lacey’s advisory council, were recognized for their service and dedication. (Photo/Provided)Two businesses and three community leaders were honored with awards at the Callen-Lacey Center for Children’s Give Me Shelter Dinner and Auction on June 13, including Pegasus, which CLCC honored as its Corporate Sponsor of the Year. Accepting the award on behalf of Pegasus was Bridgett Morris (from left). Megan Johnson, Brenda Myers and Vicki Campbell, each of whom served six years on Callen-Lacey’s advisory council, were recognized for their service and dedication. In addition, Home Telecom was honored as Volunteer of the Year. Callen-Lacey is the only emergency shelter in Berkeley County serving abused, abandoned and neglected children.

A charity carwash to benefit Lowcountry AIDS Services will be held from noon to 5 p.m. July 12 at Dig in the Park in North Charleston. Carwashes will be $10, with proceeds benefiting the AIDS organization, which supports men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS in the Charleston area. The event will also include hot dogs, beer and live music. 

Handyman Natural Soaps are available to purchase at Habitat for Humanity ReStores throughout the Charleston area. (Photo/Provided)

The East Cooper Habitat for Humanity ReStore has launched Handyman Natural Soaps, a new line of all-natural soaps available for purchase at Charleston-area ReStores and online. The ReStores support Habitat for Humanity’s home construction through sales of gently used home furnishings, appliances, building materials and other products.

The soaps are made from plant-based ingredients, aren’t tested on animals, are biodegradable and don't contain any petroleum-based ingredients. The soaps come in four varieties: honeysuckle, cut wood, lavender and unscented. The soaps are packaged in recyclable bottles made from recycled plastic.

Handyman Natural Soaps are produced by Martinet Labs in Elizabethtown, N.C.

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