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From left, Mona Johnson-Gibson and Laura-Nelle Hurst from the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte receive a donation from CBCC’s Constance Flynt as part of the fourth annual Pint for a Night campaign.
From left, Mona Johnson-Gibson and Laura-Nelle Hurst from the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte receive a donation from CBCC’s Constance Flynt as part of the fourth annual Pint for a Night campaign. CBCC

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Giving back to Ronald McDonald House: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas presented the Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte with a $3,000 check May 27 as it concluded the Pint for a Night campaign.

With this annual program, CBCC offers a financial contribution to the Ronald McDonald House for each pint of blood donated in March and April. The Ronald McDonald House supports sick children and their families by offering a home away from home.

Learn more about the Ronald McDonald House at and about CBCC at

Free T-shirts in June: All blood donors this month will receive a summer-inspired free T-shirt. Donations with CBCC save lives in 27 hospitals throughout the Carolinas. Learn more or schedule an appointment by calling 704-972-4700.

Reagan’s Wish

Free dance classes for disabled children: The Matthews-based autism nonprofit Reagan’s Wish will offer free dance classes this summer for students with special needs at Miss Donna’s School of Dance, 1707-D Sardis Road North. The program. A Chance to Dance, includes 10 weeks of classes on Thursday mornings beginning June 18. The deadline to register is June 12. Register by emailing Learn more at

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Wildlife workshop: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue will teach residents how to help wildlife during its Wildlife Workshop 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11 at the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell Street, Matthews.

This workshop will help residents of all ages determine when animals need help and what they can do. Lunch is included. Cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door with all proceeds benefiting the Indian Trail-based nonprofit rescue. Tickets are available at and searching for Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. Learn more at

Communities in Schools

Dine Out for Kids: Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg will hold its 16th annual Dine Out for Kids June 16.

This community event offers restaurants and their patrons the opportunity to support public education and help economically disadvantaged students to succeed in school. Dine at one of the participating restaurants on June 16, and a portion of the day’s sales will be donated to Communities in Schools. For a list of participating restaurants, visit

Common Heart

Firecracker Run: Registration is open for the third annual July 4 Firecracker Run to benefit nonprofit Common Heart.

The event features a 1K, 5K and 10K as well as a Kids Dash and will be held at Union County’s Village of Lake Park. Prizes will be given for race winners as well as all children participating in the dash. A festive dress prize will also be given. Participants who bring two or more nonperishable items for Common Cupboard food pantry will receive a free raffle ticket for the chance to win prizes. For more information or to register, visit

24 Hours of Booty

Volunteer registration open: Volunteer registration is open for the 14th annual 24 Hours of Booty presented by Levine Cancer Institute.

This year’s charity cycling event is scheduled for 7 p.m. July 24 to 7 p.m. July 25 when 1,200 participants will ride and raise money to help fight cancer. Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to support this event. Register at Call 704-365-4417 with questions.

Friend of York County Animal Shelter

Volunteers needed: The Friends of York County Animal Shelter needs volunteers to work with the dogs and cats in the facility.

Volunteers may help in exercising, socializing, training, providing adoption information, publicity and marketing, public education, or other duties. Volunteers must be 18 or older and must go through training and orientation. For more information, call 803-818-6485 or visit the shelter at 713 Justice Blvd., York, SC.