Community Helping Hands: A big treat for children

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It was all treats and no tricks recently as theLexington County Sheriff’s Departmentraised $1,800 for the Dickerson Center for Children.

The funds were generated during the agency’s fifth annual Trail of Treats for Halloween at Wildcat Hollow stadium on Ball Park Road.

The family-oriented event allowed children to celebrate Halloween in a safe environment. It featured candy collections at each motor vehicle and other pieces of equipment that were decorated with a Halloween theme along the Trail of Treats inside the stadium. There were entries from the Sheriff’s Department, public safety agencies, businesses and community groups.

The event generated an additional $539 from proceeds from a bake sale and other donations.

The Dickerson Center for Children assists law enforcement officers by conducting forensic interviews and forensic medical examinations for children 18 and younger who have been physically or sexually abused. The center also provides mental health and victims services to children who have been abused.

Harvest Hope challenge

Donations to Harvest Hope Food Bank will be increased in November thanks to the generosity of the Michael J. Mungo Foundation.

The foundation has agreed to make a $150,000 donation to Harvest Hope once the food bank reaches $450,000 in donor contributions through the end of the month. The total contributions would provide 3 million meals to struggling families across Harvest Hope’s 20-county service area during the holiday season.

Michael J. Mungo, along with several other members of the business and faith communities, was one of the original founders of Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia in 1981.

Donations can be made online at or mailed to Harvest Hope at P.O. Box 451, Columbia, SC 29202.

For more information about donating or volunteering at Harvest Hope, visit or call (803) 254-4432.

Furniture, housewares and more

Estates Management Co. recently donated nearly $250,000 in furniture, appliances, and housewares to three area nonprofits.

The company recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with the opening of 700 Woodrow: A Devine Address, the former site of the Whitney Hotel.

Many of the hotel’s original fixtures had to be removed. But rather than adding them to the landfill, Estates Management decided to donate the items to Columbia International University, The Cooperative Ministry Cooperative Ministriesand Oliver Gospel Mission.

“This urban restoration gave us the opportunity to give back to the community,” said Bob Mundy, founder of Estates Management Co. “It is really heartwarming and satisfying to find new life for the furnishings within organizations like these, which do so much for the community that we call home.”

The materials will be used to furnish a new women’s shelter and to provide furniture for missionaries at Columbia International University.

“All of us at Columbia International University are so appreciative of Estate Management’s generosity,” said Keith Marion, senior vice president for development. “We need to use our limited funds to enhance our programming, so we rely greatly on in-kind donations like this.”

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