Charitable Efforts

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 06:45 PM

 Who: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

What: Blood Drives

Notes: On Feb. 19 there will be a blood drive at Besam Entrance Solutions, 1900 Airport Road on Monroe, from 9 a.m. until noon.


Who: Turning Point Second Chance Boutique

What: Furniture Frenzy tent sale

Where: 2447 Old Charlotte Highway in Monroe

When: Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Notes: All proceeds will benefit Turning Point. The organization is seeking furniture donations for the sale. If you are a Longview resident, contact Bea Germinario at She is coordinating a drop point for furniture in Longview. Others can contact Judi Abbott at She will make arrangements for furniture to be picked up.


Who: Powers Donation Fund

When: Ongoing

Notes: Airman Bryce Powers, a Monroe native, has been in a coma since October 2012. He has been in Richmond, Vir. undergoing treatment and will return to Monroe in the future. The Powers’ home is unable to meet his medical needs and they must build a new home on their property. Because Bryce Powers is still active duty, so donations cannot be made in his name.

The family has set up a donation fund through Park Sterling Bank. Anyone who would like to help may mail donations to Park Sterling Bank “Powers Donation Fund” 2742 West Roosevelt Blvd Monroe, NC 28110. For questions or inquiries, call Dana Adams at 704-296-0100.


Who: Turning Point

What: Wish List

Notes: The Turning Point shelter needs: Chef Boyardee canned products, ramen noodles, non-perishable kids snacks, juice that does not need refrigeration, coffee, paper towels, toilet tissue, napkins, plates, 12 ounce cups, plastic food gloves, liquid hand soap, disinfectant spray, Clorox wipes, cleaning supplies (Pine Sol, All Purpose, Lysol, Clorox wipes), laundry detergent, bleach, women and men’s deodorant, hair brushes, women’s and men’s shaving cream, women’s and men’s body wash, men’s razors, ethnic hair products, women’s and men’s pajamas (Medium, large, 1X, 2X, 3X), women’s and men’s socks, women’s and men’s underwear, pillows, twin sheets and pillow cases, blankets for twin beds, wash cloths, dish towels, bath towels, plastic shower curtain (with metal rings), bath mats with rubber backing, gas cards for clients and gift card or checks (made payable to Turning Point) designated specifically for the Client Assistance Fund.

For more information, call 704-283-9150.


Who: VFW Post 5464 Monroe

What: Taking donations of old air conditioning units, scrap metal and old, unwanted cars or pick-up trucks.

Where: 712 VFW Road, Monroe

When: Ongoing

Notes: Donations go toward the post’s veterans’ relief fund and a tax-deductible. Pick up can be arranged. Call 704-283-4842 or 704-989-9649.


Who: Union County Animal Shelter

Where: 3340 Presson Road, Monroe

When: Ongoing

Notes: The shelter is in need of towels and blankets.


Who: The Humane Society of Union County

What: Low-cost spay/neuter clinic

Where: 4015 Waxhaw Highway (Hwy 75), Monroe

When: Ongoing

Note: The clinic is open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Interested people must make an appointment by calling 704-292-7729 or e-mailing Payment is required in advance, checks are not accepted. A licensed veterinarian performs the procedures. The cost to spay a dog is $75. The cost to neuter a dog is $55. The cost to spay a cat is $65. The cost to neuter a cat is $50. If the dog or cat is in heat or pregnant, there will be additional charges. Limited vaccines and microchipping is available. There is a 5 percent discount for senior citizens and qualifying rescue groups.


Who: Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

What: Think Recycle and Shoebox Recycling

When: Ongoing

Note: The organization is collecting used ink and copy machine cartridges, cell phones, digital cameras, iPods, MP3 players and lap top computers for the group Think Recycle. Think Recycle will recycle the items and pay the rescue group for what they collect.

They are also partnering with Shoebox Recycling. They will collect used shoes for the organization and get paid for the shoes they send.


Who: United Family Services

What: Used cell phones needed

Where: United Family Services, 604 Lancaster Ave, Monroe

When: Ongoing

Note: United Family Services is collecting used cell phones. Proceeds from the cell phone collection will be used to help with counseling and advocacy services for children, adults and families served through United Family Services, including The Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center. Phones may also be used for individuals and families impacted by violence to access 911 for emergencies. Before donating a phone, please remove your SIM card and clear out all personal information. Unwanted cell phones can be dropped in collection boxes at United Family Services, The Home News (123 East Union St. Marshville), Stallings Police Department (315 Stallings Road, Stallings), Waxhaw Police Department (703 WS Main St. Waxhaw) and Weddington Town Hall (1924 Weddington Road, Weddington). For more information, call 704-226-1352.


Who: Union County Community Shelter

What: Breakfast items needed

Where: 311 E. Jefferson St., Monroe

When: Ongoing

Note: They are in need of powdered coffee creamer, orange juice, eggs, butter and cookable, not instant, grits.


Who: Smile for a Lifetime

What: Treatment scholarships

Where: Union and Mecklenburg counties

Note: Local students could win a scholarship for orthodontic work as part of Smile for a Lifetime by Starr and Dickens Orthodontics in Matthews. Applicants must be 18 and under. Apply at the Starr Orthodontics office, 1326 Matthews Township Parkway or at For more information, e-mail or call 704-845-0600.


Who: Hannah Moore

What: Assistance modifying the family van to accommodate Hannah’s wheelchair

Note: Hannah, a young girl diagnosed with low white brain matter, can’t walk or talk, has cortical blindness, seizures and scoliosis. Her parents, Chad and Tammy, hope to modify their van to make travel easier. To help or donate, e-mail


Who: Moving Forward, after school program for at-risk youth

What: Need cold cuts, fruit, juice, non-perishables and other snacks, as well as gas money for program

Where: Monroe Full Gospel Church, 2507 Walkup Ave., Monroe

Who: Operation Reach-Out

What: Yard sale donations

Operation Reach-Out, a nonprofit Christian organization in Monroe, will take items left over from yard sales.

The organization provides emergency food, medicine, clothing, furniture and household items, as well as money for gas and utilities.

Call 704-289-4237 for more information.