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Palmetto Health Enlists Help of the Community during Holiday Season
Ready or not, the holiday season will be here before you know it. Palmetto Health has many opportunities that allow you to help them help others in the spirit of the season.

The Giving Tree— Palmetto Health and the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation are co-sponsoring “The Giving Tree” for sickle-cell patients and their siblings. You can help by bringing new, unwrapped toys for children ages birth through 16 to the James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation, 1420 Gregg St., from 9 a.m. –4 p.m. Monday–Friday. The deadline to purchase gifts is Monday, Dec. 10. For more information or to have items picked up, call Regina Brown at 803-296-2961 or James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Foundation at 803-765-9916.

Treat Bags for Patients— Volunteers are needed to prepare treat bags for those remaining in the hospital at Palmetto Health during the Christmas holidays. Volunteers will be distributing the treat bags to patients throughout December. Treat bags will be accepted beginning Dec. 1. To volunteer or to receive a list of suggested items for the treat bags, call Carole Howell at 803-434-2659.

Reach Out and Read Book Donations— The Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital’s Reach Out and Read Program, an early literacy program that provides books for children during all well-child visits from 6 months to 5 years, needs new book donations and contributions. For more information, call Callee Boulware at 803-434-2523.

Holiday Music— The Palmetto Health Cancer Center needs volunteers who play musical instruments to play their own selection of music in one to two-hour shifts 9 a.m. –5:30 p.m., Dec. 3–25. Small musical combos and small choral groups also are invited to perform. A piano is available. To volunteer, call Carole Howell at 803-434-2659.

Holiday Adopt-a-Family Program— Palmetto Health Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders sponsors a holiday adoption program. The center provides wish lists (submitted by patient families that are struggling financially) for individuals and community groups interested in lending a hand. Participants will be assigned a family by Monday, Dec. 3 and are asked to buy items and deliver to the family by Thursday, Dec. 20. To volunteer to adopt a family, contact Stacy Dunleavy at 803-434-3522 or

Lights for Hospice— For 27 years, Lights for Hospice has shined a light for hospice patients and provided a way for people to support Palmetto Health Hospice while honoring or remembering a friend or family member during the holiday season. You can be a part of Lights for Hospice! This year, for a gift of $35 or more, donors will receive a glass keepsake luminary or a symbolic light that will be displayed on the crosswalks and other areas of Palmetto Health. A gift of $75 or more will receive a luminary and a symbolic light to display. A gift of $140 or more includes a luminary, a symbolic light and a keepsake holiday ornament. For more information, visit or contact Jenna Dingus at 803-296-2330 or