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Helping Out for Dec. 6, 2017

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Helping Out highlights some of the many charitable events and activities going on in the Charleston area. Submissions should be sent to

Always Gift Baskets and Natural Essentials is hosting the AGB Black Health Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Cannon Street YMCA. The event will include small-business owners in the Charleston community as vendors, as well as CPR demonstrations and product demonstrations.

There will be life and wellness speakers, including Central Stations’ Jeffrey Nickleson and Sacred Rootz’s Khet Waas Hutip. Food and refreshments will be provided by vegan catering services and restaurants.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Giving Hope a Home Holiday Tour is set for 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, starting at the Charleston Hope Lodge. The American Cancer Society event will include a tour of several historic Charleston homes and a look at the homeowners’ holiday traditions and decor.

Tickets are $30 for an individual, $50 for two people. All proceeds will benefit the Carol Grotnes Belk Hope Lodge, which offers adult cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when they must travel away from home for treatment.

Through Dec. 22, for every ticket sold in group plans of 25 or more, picnics of 50 or more, and suite rentals and Riley Park Club groups of 10 or more, the Charleston RiverDogs will donate $1 to the Lowcountry Food Bank, Charleston Animal Society, the Medical University of South Carolina Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital or the Palmetto Military Support Group. Customers can choose which organization is supported.

Packages start at $50, which includes five undated grandstand vouchers and the choice of a RiverDogs hat or shirt or a $10 donation to one of the four charities. Packages that include 10 undated vouchers start at $85.

In the past two seasons, Buy One Give One Christmas Tree Co. has donated over 275 fresh-cut Fraser firs to families in need in the Lowcountry. The tree company, which donates a tree or ham to a family for every tree sold, is aiming to also donate 400 holiday hams to East Cooper Community Outreach this year. Donated trees will be delivered Dec. 16.

Charleston Trees, a committee of the Charleston Parks Conservancy, is set to host its annual oyster roast fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Lowndes Grove Plantation. The event will include oysters and chili; beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages; and live music.

Tickets are $45 in advance. Proceeds support tree-planting initiatives around Charleston.

Visitors to the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park can receive a $5 discount on vehicle admission Mondays through Thursdays if they bring a canned food item to donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank. Canned dog or cat food items are also accepted.

The drive collected 14,681 pounds of food last year.

Roadside Blooms is hosting Random Acts of Bloomsness from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Participants will go through buckets of leftover greens and blooms and put together bud vases to share with a charity. The arrangements made on Sunday will go to patients at Roper Hospital and a local Alzheimer’s care unit.

Jingle Bell Run Charleston, a fundraiser 5K for The Arthritis Foundation, is set for 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverfront Park in North Charleston.

Bundles of Joy Diaper Bank of the Lowcountry is hosting a Family Fun Day carnival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 562 Meeting St. The event, which is open to the public, will include a diaper distribution.

Registration is available online.

Charleston Waterkeeper and Keep Charleston Beautiful are hosting a marsh sweep from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday on Laurel Island. Cleanup materials will be provided, and participants are encouraged to wear clothes that can get dirty, as well as closed-toed shoes.

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