Christmas assistance available
The Christmas Store will accept applications from families in need Oct. 6 and 13 at the First Baptist Church of North Augusta Family Life Center on Jackson Avenue.
The Christmas Store provides Christmas gifts to area children, which are donated by members of the community.
Applications will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 and 13 or until the first 200 applications are taken.
Those applying should bring a picture ID, a social security number for each person in the household, and a copy of proof of income for each person working in the household. If applicants have not worked in the last 30 to 60 days, verification from the unemployment office or TANF case manager will be needed.
Applicants must also provide complete clothing sizes and toy suggestions for each child.
Those who are approved to receive gifts will be notified by telephone.
Exchange student opportunity
Exchange student opportunities are available for high school students to travel to Europe, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Students will live with a host family while attending high school, according to a news release.
Anyone interested in becoming an exchange student, or hosting an exchange student, can contact the nonprofit ASSE International Student Exchange Program at 1 (800) 473-0696.
City receives grant to build adaptive playground
The North Augusta Department of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services has been awarded a $100,000 Land, Water and Conservation Fund grant to build an adaptive playground at Riverview Park.
The National Park Service has approved the grant, according to a news release, and now the city must match the grant with $100,000 for its construction.
The city will use funds from Sales Tax 2, a community grant from Wells Fargo and the Capital Improvements Fund, according to the news release.
The goal is to have the playground ready by spring.
A Blessing of Animals service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 6 at Belvedere United Methodist Church, 202 Rhomboid Place.
“As a focus of the Season of Creation, God’s creatures are blessed on this Saturday closest to St. Francis Day,” according to a news release. “Companion animals, families and friends are welcome.”
For more information, contact Pastor Ally Deal or Dana Evans at (803) 279-3929.
Medicine to be collected
Parks Pharmacy will collect unwanted or expired medication from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Take-Back Day.
Medicines can be dropped off and no questions will be asked, according to a news release.
“Our goal is to take back medications that could be misused, abused or diverted,” said Parks Pharmacy in the news release.
All medication can be dropped off except liquids, and medications will be incinerated.
For information, call Parks Pharmacy at (803) 279-7450.