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Volunteer Mildred Weeks at Community Ministries of North Augusta thrift store.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: When times get tough, North Augusta residents can turn to Community Ministries, which provides help with overdue utility bills, prescriptions, food or clothing. The ministry is served by 22 North Augusta churches and proceeds from its thrift store help sustain its works.

THE STORE: 646 E. Buena Vista Ave.; 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday

ABOUT MILDRED: She's 88 and has been working as a volunteer for 22 years. She's the manager and greeter for the thrift store.

WHY SHE DOES IT: "I've always liked to do this kind of work."

HOW YOU CAN HELP: To donate clothing, household goods, toys, furniture, appliances and vehicles, or to volunteer, call (803) 279-5771. See


COLUMBIA COUNTY CHARITY GALA: 7 p.m. Saturday, Savannah Rapids Pavilion; music by Swingsation, dinner by Chef Jeff Freehof of Garlic Clove Italian Eatery, Vegas-style games, raffle, dancing; $75; benefits the Columbia County Arts Endowment Fund and Columbia County Cares Food Pantry; (706) 312-7191

GOLDEN HARVEST FOOD BANK: Seeking volunteers to help sort donations in the warehouse; (706) 736-1199

SATURDAY SACKS PROGRAM: About 350 sacks of food delivered to schools for children; send checks or money orders to Columbia County Community Connections at P.O. Box 99, Harlem, GA 30814; to donate food, drop it off at a participating school or at the Community Connections office, 405 W. Church St., Harlem; (706) 556-0609

SHOE COLLECTION: Foot Solutions of Evans, in Mullins Crossing, is collecting lightly used shoes for the Soles 4 Souls charity, to be sent to Haitian refugees;, (706) 228-3663

SAFE KIDS EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA: Seeking volunteers to help with events such as car seat and bicycle checks, and to lead ongoing programs that teach safety to children and teens; training provided; (706) 721-7606

RECYCLING PROJECT: North Harlem Elementary School is seeking donations of empty printer cartridges and used cell phones; the items may be dropped off at the school on Fairview Drive or at Etc. of Harlem on Louisville Road; (706) 556-5995

PROM DRESS DONATION: Formally Yours, a high school student's program to collect prom gowns for students in need, is seeking donations of prom dresses; donations may be taken to any location of Tudor's Cleaners or to Coach Dave's Barber Shop in Harlem;

HELP CHILDREN READ: People ages 60 and older needed to work 20 hours per week to help children read; positions receive an hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement; Jackie Kennedy at the Senior Citizens Council, (706) 868-0120

YARN DONATIONS: Dropped Stitches, a group at Washington Commons that knits blankets for hospitals and soldiers, is seeking donations of yarn from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the retirement community on Washington Commons Drive off Washington Road across from Club Car in Columbia County; Holley Howard, at (706) 860-0402

TOILETRIES COLLECTION SITES: Hope Soap, a private, nonprofit agency that collects toiletries to package and distribute to area shelters, has several collection sites; donations, particularly of personal-sized items from hotels, may be brought to The Columbia County News-Times in the Publix shopping center on Washington Road, Evans, and Wild Birds Unlimited, West Town Shopping Center, Martinez