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LIVE ON THE LAWN: Concert with 10 acts, 11 a.m. Saturday, Big City Music, 3526 Wrightsboro Road; benefits SafeHomes of Augusta, a domestic violence intervention center; free, but donations are needed for the shelter such as detergent, alarm clocks, sleep wear, new pillows and cases, journals, dishes and utensils, pots and pans, diapers, strollers, suitcases or Walmart and Target gift cards; donations accepted Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 904 Merry St. Call (706) 736-2499.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: Get a Christmas wish list from an area child in need, then spend $40 to $60 on gifts. Drop the gifts off at Augusta Urban Ministries by Dec. 7. Call (706) 722-8195.

TOYS FOR TOTS: The Marine Corps collects and distributes toys to needy children. To find a drop-off location, see www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.asp.

ADOPT A FAMILY: The Broad Street Ministry Center is looking for volunteers to adopt families who need Christmas gifts. You can also give a $25 donation, which will pay for a meal box for a family. Call (706) 722-5999 or fill out the form at bsmcaugusta.org.

HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROS: The American Red Cross sends cards to service members and veterans. Mail up to 15 signed cards addressed "Dear Service Member, Family or Veteran" to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 by Dec. 7. Call (706) 724-8481 or visit arcaug.org.

CHRISTMAS TOY SHOP: Adult volunteers are needed at the Salvation Army's Toy Shop, where toys, stockings and groceries are served to families. Call (706) 364-4061.

ADOPT-A-KETTLE: Volunteers are needed to adopt kettles, which fund Salvation Army programs. Call (706) 364-4061.

FILL A STOCKING: The Salvation Army provides children with stockings filled with items such as candy, pencils, coloring books, toys, socks and toiletries. Call (706) 364-4061.

ADOPT AN ANGEL: Pick up a tag from Augusta Mall's Christmas tree after Thanksgiving, or call the Salvation Army at (706) 364-4061. Each tag includes the child's gender, age, clothing size and a wish gift.

DONATE A COAT OR BLANKET: Both the Broad Street Ministry Center and the Salvation Army collect coats and blankets to distribute. Call (706) 722-5999 to contact the ministry center, or (706) 364-4061 for the Salvation Army.

GIVE A HEATER: ACTS of Aiken's annual heater and utility drive uses $40 donations to keep people in need warm this winter. Call (803) 649-3800 or see actsofaiken.org.

STUFF-A-TRUCK: Golden Harvest Food Bank and the Salvation Army will seek nonperishable food and toys twice next month: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Walmart at 1201 Knox Ave. in North Augusta; and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at Walmart at 260 Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez.

DONATE FOOD: See goldenharvest.org/food-drives for a list of ongoing food drives at Golden Harvest Food Bank or call Carrie Jones at (706) 736-1199, ext. 217, to set up a drive. Donate to GAP Ministries, a coalition of Christian churches, by calling (706) 722-4408. Donate to the Community Ministry of North Augusta by calling (803) 279-5771.

SORT DONATED FOOD: Golden Harvest Food Bank needs volunteer groups of 10 to 20 people, ages 13 and older, for help sorting donated products on Saturdays. For information, call Laurie Harmon at (706) 736-1199, ext. 208.

EMPTY STOCKING FUND: Donate to The Augusta Chronicle 's Empty Stocking Fund at augustachronicle.com/emptystocking or mail to The Augusta Chronicle 's Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Applications are available in the lobby of the Chronicle news building, 725 Broad St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The application deadline is Dec. 4.

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deekster
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deekster 11/25/09 - 09:21 am
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Please use "wisdom" with your

Please use "wisdom" with your "charity" in this time of need. The Salvation Army and the Golden Harvest Food Bank make the most of your contributions by screening clients for "need". They avoid duplication and fraudulent applications for assistance. They also provide the "others" with toys and food. Be a cheerful, but not foolish giver (-:

bettyboop
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bettyboop 11/25/09 - 09:45 am
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wise words

wise words deekster...............

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