South Charlotte

Giving back

Cell phone drive: Ameriprise Financial is holding a cell phone collection drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. The business is at Ameriprise Financial, Ballantyne One, 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300. Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial is working with Cell Phones for Soldiers to collect unused cell phones for troops to stay in touch with their families. Bring phones to the above location. Details about the organization: Ameriprise office: 704-926-7552.

Museum volunteers: The Mint Museum is seeking volunteers to serve as docents, with training beginning this month at the uptown location, 500 S. Tryon St. Docents are volunteer members of the Education Department and provide tours of the museum's collections and special exhibitions to visiting groups. For information contact Allison Taylor, 704-337-2032 or

Fundraiser: A fifth-grader at Unionville Elementary, Kelli Fagala, is raising money for the Union County Community Center to help the homeless. Of her $2,000 goal, she has raised $1,100. To donate, send a check to Union County Community Center, 311 E. Jefferson St., Monroe, NC, 28112.

Pint for Pounds: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas has kicked off its third annual Pint for Pounds. For each blood donation in January and February, CBCC will donate six pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. To find a blood drive near you, visit or call 704-972-4700. You may also donate blood at the CBCC at 4447 South Blvd. in Charlotte, 1212 Spruce St. in Belmont or 600 Hospital Drive in Monroe.