GOOD NEWS: Veterans get hunger relief help, more

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Staff reports  |  Soldiers’ Angels Hunger Relief Program on Friday hosted a Veteran Mobile Food Distribution in the Hagood Stadium parking lot of The Citadel to help provide food assistance to more than 200 low-income, at-risk and homeless veterans from the Charleston-Area. The distribution was conducted in partnership with The Citadel and the Lowcountry Food Bank.

“This event has had such an impact on low-income veteran families in the Charleston area,” said Soldiers’ Angels President and CEO Amy Palmer. “Many of these families may not know where their next meal is coming from and the food provided by the Hunger Relief Program has become a lifeline. We look forward to continuing to reach even more local families.”

The Hunger Relief Program was introduced to the Charleston area in September 2016 and has since provided monthly food assistance to hundreds of local families, according to a news release.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this monthly event in Charleston, Soldiers’ Angels is always looking for volunteers and sponsors. Learn more at www.SoldiersAngels.org.

In other Good News:

Easter Egg Hunt at Magnolia.  More than 15,000 plastic eggs stuffed with candy and prizes will fill the grounds at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on April 15 at its 8th annual Easter Egg Hunt for children.  The first group – children 2 and under – will start at 11 a.m. The hunt for children – 3 to 5 – will start at noon. Children who are 6 to 8 will hunt for eggs beginning at p.m. Children from 8 to 12 will get their chance at 2 p.m. to find a prize. Space is limited. You are asked to arrive 30 to 45 minutes before you child’s hunt time.  The Easter Egg Hunt is free with garden admission and for families with annual memberships.

City seeks input on West Ashley plan.  The city of Charleston is kicking off spring listening sessions as part of engaging the public in building a master plan for West Ashley.

“I’d like to personally invite all West Ashley residents and business owners to come share their ideas for the future of West Ashley,” Mayor John Tecklenburg said in a press release.  “These public input sessions are critical to the successful development of the master plan, and I hope all of our West Ashley citizens will be able to attend and make their voices heard.”

Community input sessions are scheduled for:

  • April 24, 6 to 9 p.m., John Wesley United Methodist Church Gym, 626 Savannah Hwy.
  • April 25, 6 to 9 p.m., West Ashley Middle School Cafeteria, 1776 William Kennerty Dr.
  • May 6, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Bees Landing Recreational Center, 1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd.
  • May 6, 2 to 5 p.m., West Ashley High School Cafeteria, 4060 W Wildcat Blvd.

Big gift.  Hats off to area Jersey Mike’s stores which raised $45,984 for Windwood Family Services in a 2017 month of giving.  Across the nation, the chain raised more than $5.5 million for local organizations.

Ethridge wins national award.  Hats off to local attorney Mike Ethridge, who was honored April 7 with the Hazelden Excellence in Legal Community Leadership Award which is given annually by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to the person who has made significant contributions to attorney wellness and recovery.

“The Legal Professionals Program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is committed to returning legal professionals suffering from substance use and mental health disorders to a happy, healthy and balanced lifestyle, ” said Program Director Kevin Chandler. “We stand shoulder to shoulder with Mr. Ethridge in promoting wellness in the legal profession and recognize the outsized contribution he has made to this effort.”

Ethridge, a partner with Ethridge Law Group after spending 28 years with a large firm, was the founding chair of the South Carolina State Bar’s Attorney Wellness Committee and continues to play an active role in increasing awareness of the need to identify and treat factors that impact the physical and mental well-being of attorneys.

Charleston Stage’s new season.  Charleston Stage has announced its 40th season of MainStage and Family Series plays for the coming year.  Tickets and packages go on sale April 14.  For more, click here.  On the stage in coming months include

  • MainStage offerings:  The Little Mermaid (Aug. 30-Sept. 24); To Kill a Mockingbird (Oct. 18-Nov. 5); A Christmas Carol (Nov. 29-Dec. 20); Helium (Feb. 7-17, 2018); Avenue Q (Mar. 7-25); Shakespeare in Love (April 4-22).
  • Family Series:  Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (Dec. 9, 16); The Giver (Jan 20, 21, 2018); and Billy, Goat, Gruff the Musical (April 21, 28).

Celebrate your libraries.  National Library Week started April 9 with the theme of “Libraries Transform.”  This annual observance, started in 1956 by the American Library Association, celebrates contributions of libraries and librarians to promote and support use of libraries.

“In a world of rapid technological and cultural change, libraries and library workers are establishing themselves as trusted resources for both individuals and the community at large,” the ALA said ins  press release.  “Conducting an online search can be a daunting task, even for an experienced researcher, with millions of hits for any question or topic. Librarians are trained experts who can guide library users through this information jungle to find what they are seeking, whether they are verifying news sources, investigating healthcare options or exploring sources of student financial aid.”

Some things you can do during National Library Week:

  • Visit your local library and check out a book on something new.
  • Visit a library in a part of the community that’s outside your neighborhood.
  • Go online and learn more about all of the available service options throughout the Charleston County Public Library, including free downloadable books, magazines, films and movies.
  • Have a question?  Send it to an experienced librarian through the online Ask a Question feature.
  • Attend one of the 6,000 programs done every year at your public libraries.
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