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Good people make a great community

Posted: September 22, 2012 - 11:00pm

One of the better parts of being a community newspaper is the opportunity to highlight the good that so many people in that community do.

Columbia County is terrifically blessed in that regard, with great citizens who take an effort to help others on a regular basis for no reward other than the simple satisfaction of being neighborly.

An event today is a perfect example. Staffers from Trendz Salon, 3670 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez, and Hair Concepts Salon and Day Spa, 120 N. Belair Road, Evans, are once again holding their fundraising “cutathon.”

It works like this: The two salons will provide free haircuts and other services today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patrons then can show their appreciation by making a donation for a cause.

Now in their fifth year of holding this event, the two spas donate all the money raised to a different cause each year. In 2011, the event raised an amazing $12,000.

This year, they’re donating the funds to Haleigh Gay, a beautiful, tiny 2-year-old from Martinez, who requires frequent medical care because of a rare genetic disorder.

Similarly, plans already are underway for the annual Italian Thanksgiving Feast, set for Nov. 19 at the Garlic Clove restaurant in Evans.

“Chef Jeff” Freehof and his staff, with assistance from celebrity waiters, feed patrons for free; in return, those patrons can make donations for Columbia County Cares Food Pantry and Golden Harvest Food bank.

Such remarkable efforts lift the entire community. They also set a good example.

Help if you can, and pass it along.

Other efforts:

• Corey Burke, a 17-year-old Lakeside High School senior and Boy Scout, is working to earn his Eagle badge by collecting clothing for donation to Child Enrichment.

• A retired educator from Bel Air Elementary is organizing a series of fundraisers to help Sawyer Hadley, a third-grader awaiting a double-lung transplant. More information is available by emailing debbie.callan0@gmail.com (that’s a “zero” after her name).

• Bud Ridenour set up wwwadollarforadad.com, a site that aims to raise money for the MCG Children’s Medical Center in memory of his daughter, who died in 2005 from cancer.

• We’d be remiss not to mention Effingham County’s softball team, which “repaid” their hospitality from Columbia County by waiting tables back home to raise money for Greenbrier High School’s annual cancer awareness tournament.

The Lady Wolfack players host the tournament in memory of longtime assistant coach Mark Mosely, who died of cancer in 2010. The Effingham team not only played, but brought along a contribution of more than $1,000 for the fundraiser.

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