South Charlotte

Giving back

Here is a list of charitable activities in your area. Please send submissions at least two weeks in advance to lbailey.charlotteobserver@gmail.com.

Landscaping

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve: Foundation Financial Group recently completed a pro-bono landscaping project for the local Reedy Creek Nature Center and Preserve. The company's employees in Charlotte volunteered their time to assist with landscape and the corporate office made a monetary donation to the preserve.

Red Cross

Disaster relief: Harris Teeter shoppers raised $79,347 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to support the victims of the recent tornados.

The store launched a Disaster Relief Fund campaign April 18 in its Raleigh area stores and personally donated $45,000 in product to help those affected by the tornadoes.

To continue in the giving spirit, Harris Teeter is selling $1 and $7 Smiles Over Miles donation cards to raise money in support of keeping U.S. military troops abroad connected with their families. The campaign will run through May 31. For details, visit www.harristeeter.com.

Summer camp

Win a session: Discovery Place is holding a contest through May 13 to win a ScienceReach Summer Camp session at one of its locations across Charlotte, including Mint Hill, Pineville, Huntersville or the Carolinas Aviation Museum.

To enter, answer the question, "Why do you want to win a Discovery Place ScienceReach Summer Camp?" Responses may be submitted by email to camps@discoveryplace.org or by mail to: Discovery Place, Attn: Logan Steward, 301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC, 28202. Please include your full name, address, telephone number and email. The winner will be contacted by telephone on May 16. For details, call 704-372-6261 or visit discoveryplace.org.

Outward Bound

Race series: The N.C. Outward Bound School is currently holding a series of races at the U.S. National White Water Center to raise scholarship money for Charlotte Mecklenburg students and educators to participate in Outward Bound adventures which "inspire people to discover and develop their potential to care for themselves, others and the world around them."

The last three race days are May21, July1 and Sept.24. There are two races per day, one 5K and one longer race. For details and to register, visit www.riverboundrace.com. All events are held at the Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

Autobell

Cancer research: Today is the last day of Autobell Car Wash's Fundraiser for Pediatric Cancer Research.

From each sale of its Anniversary Package (three full-service car washes for $33), Autobell locations in Mecklenburg County will donate $1 to the Keep Pounding Extreme 5K Race to benefit local pediatric cancer research and programs at Levine Children's Hospital. The race will take place May14 in Uptown Charlotte. For race details visit www.KPE5K.org or call 704-355-4048.

Blood Center

Donors win prizes: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) has kicked off its second annual 'StayLocal' promotion. During the months of May and June, every CBCC blood and platelet donor will be entered into a raffle to win local "staycation" packages and excursions.

For information about holding a blood drive at your business, organization or house of faith, contact CBCC at 704-972-4700. Those interested in donating blood can sign up at www.cbcc.us or call 704-972-4700.

Whitewater center

Arthritis walk: The U.S. National Whitewater Center, 500 Whitewater Center Parkway, will host the Arthritis Walk 9 a.m. May14.

The walk is the foundation's annual nationwide event that raises awareness and funds to fight arthritis. Walk courses are one or three miles. Donations appreciated. For details or to register visit charlottearthritiswalk.kintera.org or call 704-705-1800.

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