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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Beds for Kids

Dream Big Benefit Success: On May 11, Beds for Kids hosted the Dream Big Benefit at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge and raised more than $150,000 to support the mission of providing beds and other essential furniture to every child and family in need in Charlotte. Learn more about Beds for Kids at www.bedsforkids.org.

Cooperative Christian Ministry

Food drive: Many children go without enough food in the summer when they are not in school.

To offset the low numbers of food items available at the Cooperative Christian Ministry pantries in the summer, including nine satellite pantries and the Crisis Center pantry, CCM will host its third annual Summer Food Drive.

Nonperishable food items, including canned and boxed goods, can be brought to any of the CCM pantries as well as drop-off locations throughout the community. Find locations at www.cooperativeministry.com/programs/hunger-relief.

Details: 704-786-4709.

Queen City Album Club

Giving a musical education: The mission of the Queen City Album Club, comprising men who meet once a month to celebrate musical history, is to give under-privileged students a musical education.

Members are required to donate a minimum of $50 toward the Community School for the Arts to give low-income children free music lessons. The group has raised $1,200 so far and hopes to end up with $1,500 in order to send two kids to lessons for a year. To help the cause, visit www.csarts.org/qcac. To learn about the QCAC, email bpitts@bemythic.com or james.stouse@gmail.com.

CBCC

Free T-shirts in June: All blood donors who give with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas during June will receive a special free summer-inspired T-shirt as a thank-you for donation. Donations with CBCC save local lives in 27 hospitals throughout the Carolinas. Learn more or schedule an appointment by calling 704-972-4700 or at www.cbcc.us.

Common Heart

Firecracker Run: Registration is open for the third annual July 4 Firecracker Run to benefit local 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 winners as well as all children participating in the dash. A “festive dress” prize also will be awarded.

Participants who bring two or more nonperishable items for the nonprofit’s Common Cupboard food pantry will receive a free raffle ticket. Details: http://commonheartfirecrackerrun.com.

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. Approximately 300 volunteers are needed to support this event. Register at www.24hoursofbooty.org/events/charlotte/volunteer. Details: 704-365-4417.

Friends of York County Animal Shelter

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

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

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