South Charlotte

Giving back

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Compiled by Lauren Bailey

Charlotte Rescue Mission

Ham collection: Charlotte Rescue Mission will serve Christmas dinner to hundreds in need. The mission needs donations of canned hams for this meal. Drop off the hams at Charlotte Rescue Mission, 907 W. First St. Enter through the glass doors at the second building on the left. Details: www.charlotterescuemission.org.

Common Heart

Volunteers needed: Local nonprofit Common Heart is looking for trained and certified volunteers to help residents prepare income taxes for free as part of the national Volunteers in Tax Assistance program.

Families with annual incomes less than $52,000 are eligible for assistance. Volunteer training will be Jan. 12-15 at South Piedmont Community College in Monroe. Volunteers will serve three to five hours per week during tax season and will set their own schedules to meet with residents at The Commonplace, 116 Business Park Drive, Indian Trail.

Details: http://VITA.TheCommonplace.org. To volunteer or sign up for training, email susan.ochs@thecommonplace.org.

Beds for Kids

Donations needed: Beds for Kids, which supplies furniture for children and families in need in the greater Charlotte area, is on a mission to raise $200,000 by Jan. 1 to increase furniture pickups by 100 percent and increase the number of families served. Any gift given during December will be matched up to $50,000. To donate money or furniture, visit www.bedsforkids.org.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

Supplies needed: The nonprofit Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is seeking help to restock its treatment room with basic first-aid supplies.

Needs include: antibacterial ointment, Q-tips, gauze, Ace bandages, Vetwrap, Latex gloves, finger splints, medical tape, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, cotton balls and tweezers.

Donations can be dropped off 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at the rescue, 5403 Poplin Road in Indian Trail. Cash donations may be written to Carolina Waterfowl Rescue and mailed to P.O. Box 1484 Indian Trail, NC 28079, with “medical supplies” on the memo line of the check. Learn more at www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com/donate.

Community Blood Center

Puppies for patients: The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas is holding its 10th annual Puppies for Patients program through December.

Blood donors are encouraged to donate during the holiday season and sign gift tags that will then be attached to stuffed puppies and delivered to local hospitalized children. To find a blood drive nearby, visit www.cbcc.us.

Mooresville area

Personal-care items collection: Personal-care items are being collected for students in need now through February.

Featured items for the coming months are:

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December:

youth-sized socks;



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January:

large toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes;



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February:

laundry detergent and bars of soap.



Drop off items 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays at Mooresville Library, 304 S. Main St. Items also may be dropped off 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Food for Days, 224 Rolling Hill Road, Suite 1B, Mooresville.

Crisis Assistance Ministry

Coats for Kids: Ballantyne Corporate Park will partner with WSOC-TV on its Steve’s Coats for Kids campaign to benefit Crisis Assistance Ministry.

The coat drive will be held through Dec. 17 in lobbies throughout Ballantyne Corporate Park. Place new or gently used coats of all sizes in the blue collection bins. Details: www.go-ballantyne.com.

Ballantyne Hotel

Gingerbread house fundraiser: The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge will display its gingerbread creations through Dec. 28 at the hotel, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.

Attendees can vote on their favorite house for $1 per vote, with proceeds benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Phone drive: Mark Antonich of Ameriprise Financial will hold his fourth annual Cell Phones for Soldiers drive by collecting gently-used cellphones to be donated to troops. Phones may be donated at 8832 Blakeney Professional Drive, Suite 302, through Dec. 31. Details: call Mark’s office, 704-944-2080.

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