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LAKE WYLIE Caira Moore, 8, daughter of Claudia and Charles Moore of Lake Wylie and a student at Crowders Creek Elementary School, will participate in the Dec. 16 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Charlotte/Greensboro pageant competition.
The Miss Jr. Pre-Teen division is one of four divisions for girls ages 7 to 9, who compete in modeling routines, which include casual and formal wear. Girls also are judged on personality and interviewing skills.
The winners move on to an all-expense paid trip to the national competition in Orlando, Fla. Winners receive more than $30,000 in prizes and awards.
Moore seeks sponsorships from local businesses, organizations and individuals for training, rehearsals and financial support. Call 877-403-6678 for more information.
ROCK HILL United Way of York County’s Sleigh Bell Network needs volunteers to collect and pack toys from 9:30 to 1 p.m. Dec. 15.
Toys for all ages and $10 gift cards are greatly needed.
For more information or to request volunteer group times, email email@example.com or call 803-554-2803.
Blood drives scheduled
YORK COUNTY Community Blood Center of the Carolinas announces the following drives this month:
• noon-4:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Edgewater Corporate Center, 3023 HSBC Way, Fort Mill.
• 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Lowe’s, 1640 Hwy. 160 W., Fort Mill.
• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 15, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket to all donors.
• 4-6 p.m. Dec. 17, Army Recruitment Office, 2301 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill.
• 1-7 p.m. Dec. 20, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.
• 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21, Piedmont Medical Center, 222 S. Herlong Ave., Rock Hill.
• 7:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 21, City of Tega Cay, 7200 Tega Cay Drive, Tega Cay.
• 2-4 p.m. Dec. 23, Best Buy, 1775 Chamberside Drive, Rock Hill.
• 4-8 p.m. Dec. 29, 2012, Regal Manchester Stadium, 1935 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill. Free movie ticket to all donors.
Donors who give blood through Dec. 31 will be able to sign a tag for Puppies for Patients program that will then be attached to a stuffed animal puppy and delivered to children in area hospitals during the holidays. Sign up to donate at ncdonor.com or call 704-972-4700.
Call 704-972-4700 or visit carolinadonor.org to make an appointment.
CAAC seeks holiday meal donations
CLOVER Clover Area Assistance Center is collecting food for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals through Dec. 13.
Items wanted include turkeys, hams, stuffing, gravy mix, gelatin, pie crust, canned yams, potatoes, cranberries, pie filling and fruit. Disposable roasting pans also are requested.
Items may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at CAAC, 1130 Hwy. 55 E. Christmas meal items will be handed out this week. For more information, visit cloverareaassistance.org.
Pancake breakfast with Santa Dec. 15
LAKE WYLIE The River Hills Lions Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa Claus will be served from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Camp Thunderbird.
Cost is $10 per child and $5 per adult, and includes pancake breakfast, pony rides, face painting, bounce houses and a picture with Santa Claus.
Tacos for Tess Monday
CLOVER Tacos for Tess will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at KFC/Taco Bell, 958 Bethel St.
Tess Mowczan was seriously injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Nov. 30. She remains a patient at Carolinas Medical Center.
A portion of all sales will go to help pay her medical expenses.
For more information, call 803-222-1221.
Humane Society of Charlotte wins $20,000
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced that Humane Society of Charlotte in Charlotte has won the Southeast division and $20,000 in the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
In August, September and October, the shelter adopted or reunited 1,101 pets with their owners, an increase of 549 lives saved over the same period last year.
The shelter won an additional $5,000 for increasing lives saved by more than 300.
“The shelter that first described itself as ‘small but mighty’ back in August has shown us how mighty it really is,” said Bert Troughton, vice president of community outreach for the ASPCA.
Tree auction benefit Dec. 20
ROCK HILL HarborChase Festival of Trees Auction will be held 4:30-8 p.m. Dec. 20 at 1611 Constitution Blvd.
More than 25 decorated live Fraser Fir trees decorated by local businesses will be auctioned to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and festive drinks will be served. Reservations requested. Call 888-573-5948 or 803-981-6855.
Donate food to pay library fine
YORK COUNTY The annual Food for Fines program runs through Dec. 31 at all York County libraries.
Library users may pay off fines for overdue materials with nonperishable food and personal hygiene items. For each donated item, $1 will be credited to outstanding fines only, but will not cover the cost of lost or damaged materials.
All types of nonperishable food items, toiletries and disposable diapers will be collected. Items collected will be donated to York County food banks.
For more information, visit yclibrary.org.
Help with heat available
Carolina Community Actions Inc. is offering low-income families additional assistance with heating bills, water, mortgage and rent.
CCA also administers a family assessment program to assist with obtaining employment, license for Certified Nursing Assistant, supplies, General Education Degree and child care.
Applications for emergency heating (bills with cut-off notice), HVAC units, rent and mortgage assistance will be taken Mondays through Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Apple West Center, 546 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC. Assistance may be provided up to $1,000.
Applications for non-emergency heating assistance will be taken at the following locations throughout York County. Assistance may be provided up to $750.
Specific information can be obtained by calling 2-1-1 or 866-892-9211.