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Giving Back to the Community

This time of year provides many opportunities to give to others.  Several organizations at MUSC have organized efforts to help people in the community. Experience the joy of giving by participating in one of these notable causes.

Charleston's Hope Lodge

December 3, 2010 - Bake Sale from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the Main Hospital and Library lobbies to support the families at the American Cancer Society's Charleston Hope Lodge.  Hope Lodges are a "home away from home" made available at no cost to patients undergoing active outpatient treatment for cancer.  Hope Lodge in Charleston is located at 269 Calhoun Street, close to the MUSC campus.  Sponsored by MUSC's International Programs, the International Student and International Associations (ISA/IA)  is holding a "Sweet and Savory" Bake sale on 12/3 to support families currently residing at Charleston's Hope Lodge. Specifically, the proceeds provide a dinner to the residents along with gift cards to CVS Pharmacies. Combined with donations from a year-long drive, the proceeds also provide families with DVDs to enjoy in their rooms.

Contact: Rebeca Mueller at 792-2156 or

Lowcountry Food Bank

Health 1st Employee Wellness, Sodexo Nutrition Services and Charleston Trident Dietetic Association's "Food Swap" is a food drive in support of the Lowcountry Food Bank Lowcountry Food Bank.  The mission of the Lowcountry Food Bank is to feed the poor and hungry of the ten coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing healthy food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies serving the poor, and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. In exchange for your donation, Registered Dietitians will be providing healthy holiday eating tips to help you eat well throughout the holiday season. A donation event will be held at the horseshoe on Friday, December 17th at 12:00pm when all food collected will be given to the Lowcounry Food Bank staff. Healthy Holiday Eating Tips will be available and the Dietitians will be bringing some of their own special healthy holiday treats for you to taste!

Donate canned goods before Dec. 17 at the following barrels:
- Wellness Center
- ART cafeteria
- Wellness Wednesdays booths at Main Hospital by Starbucks and in front of ART cafeteria (Dec 1, 8, 15)

Contact: Susan Johnson, 792-1245 or 

Carolina Youth Development Center

Gift Donations accepted through December 3, 2010, to support the children at Carolina Youth Development Center.  The Carolina Youth development Center provides programs reaching over 600 children and youth locally each year. The agency cares for young people with very serious problems, including  physical and sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, and severe emotional disorders.

The MUSC Gives Back office organizes their annual Teddy Bear Gift Tag project to help make a merrier season for a child at the Carolina Youth Development Center. The center also included some basic needs for its shelters, such as socks, pillows and school supplies. Pick up a tag in the lobbies of BSB, CoPH, CHP, Edu/Library and Harper Student Center. Bring gifts (in gift bags only with the gift tag attached) to the MUSC Gives Back Office, Student
Programs Office, 213 Harper Student Center, by NOON- Friday, December 3rd.

 Contacts: Liz Sheridan, Joni Dunmyer, 792-4094 or

Salvation Army
's Giving Angel Tree

Gift donations accepted through December 10, 2010, to support children in need, through the Salvation Army.  The annual Christmas gift drive provides clothing, special-needs gifts and other wish list items to kids and senior citizens experiencing financial hardship.  There are 4500  children signed up this year for assistance.

Throughout campus, you may see bookmark-sized tags with names of children, their ages and clothing sizes. The crayon-colored picture of an angel on the  tag indicates this charity, known as the "Angel Giving Tree."  Tags are hanging on the wall at the exit of the cafeteria, and other areas around campus. On December 10, at noon, there will be a parade of toys from ART to the Horseshoe. People are encouraged to meet in front of Ashley River Tower at 11:45am and join the parade the toys and ride the many bikes down our streets and into the horseshoe.

Please drop-off your unwrapped toy or clothing item, with angel attached at any of these locations:
- Main Hospital lobby (contact: Contrenia Haynes)
- Ashley River Tower Lobby (contact: Darlene Gaffney)
- Hollings Cancer Center Lobby (contact: Barbara Busby)
- Harborview Towers (contact: Sheri Zolner)
- Carolina Family Care Locations (contact: Deniece Sanders)
- UMA Parkshore (contact: Telethia Middleton)
- Edwards College of Dental Medicine (contact: Jeanette Craparotta)
- Center for Clinical Eval & Teaching (contact: Beverly Pinder)
- Engineering & Facilities (contact: Alethea Smalls)
- UMA Northbridge (contact: Deniece Sanders)

Drop your gift in any Walmart location in the ‘Debi’s Kids’ boxes.

Contact: Liz Nista Nista at 2-8382 or e-mail at

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