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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.

Holiday Helpings and Hope Program—Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders invites you to take part in their annual Holiday Helpings and Hope Program. The program helps alleviate some of the holiday stress for families of children with cancer or a blood disorder. Children’s Hospital provides wish lists (submitted by patient families who are struggling financially) for individuals and community groups interested in lending a hand. Volunteers will be assigned a family and are asked to buy and deliver Thanksgiving and/or Christmas items for the family. To volunteer to adopt a family, contact Stacy Dunleavy at 803-434-3522 or

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, from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Dec. 2-25. Small musical combos and small choral groups also are invited to perform. A piano is available. To volunteer, contact Carole Howell at 803-434-2659 or

Lights for Hospice—Since 1985, 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. This year, for a gift of $35 or more, donors will receive a symbolic light that will be displayed on the crosswalks and other areas of Palmetto Health, and an acknowledgement card will be sent in their name. A gift of $135 or more includes a symbolic light, an acknowledgement card and a beautiful holiday ornament keepsake. For more information, visit or contact Leah Peace at 803-296-2330 or

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.

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 Friday, Dec. 20. 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 Monday, Dec. 2. To volunteer or to receive a list of suggested items for the treat bags, contact Carole Howell at 803-434-2659 or