Local Newsmakers - February 12, 2008

Two grants received by local woman's club

The Woman's Club of Rock Hill's home life department, chaired by Judy McCardle, recently received two grants for work with Habitat for Humanity.

A $100 grant from the General Federation of Women's Club will be used to provide health and nutrition information for four families accepted into the Habitat building program.

The home life department, Winthrop University Department of Human Nutrition and the Department of Human Nutrition's Student Dietetic Association are working to provide this information.

The student group is doing research to find a cookbook containing simple, nutritious and budget-wise recipes for families and will educate them.

Sarah Ruff Hoffman is the Winthrop University faculty contact.

A $400 matching grant from the Progress Foundation will be used for a landscape project for a Habitat family the club had previously assisted. Plans include native plant research, assistance from local nurseries, soil preparation and foundation plantings.

The family will receive water hoses, garden tools and plant care information. The grant must be matched by the club in funds or a combination of funds and hours worked.

The foundation was established in 1951 by the South Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs to operate for charitable, educational, literary and scientific purposes in South Carolina. The foundation awards grants based on the need for the project, the number of persons served and the previous activities of the applicant.

For details, call 328-8888 and leave a message for McCardle.

Elks lodge donates $4,500 to area charities, families

The Rock Hill Elk's Lodge No. 1318, 344 E. Main St. raised $4,582 for local charities and needy families. Three families were given $500 in Wal-Mart gift cards.

A Place for Hope, Inc., a resource center for the Blackmon Road Community, received $582 and the Area 11 Special Olympics, York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, Safe Passage women's shelter and The Haven men's shelter each received $500, and $500 will go to a child welfare program.

The Elks raise money for area charities and individuals. Membership applications are available at the lodge or call 328-2458.

UDC donates volumes to historical center

The South Carolina United Daughters of the Confederacy donated a 12-volume set, "Recollections and Remininscences: 1861 to 1865 through World War I," to the Historical Center of York County at McCelvey Center in York.

UDC South Carolina Division President Theresa Pittman, former Registrar General, national level, Donna Harris and White Rose (York) chapter President Lillian Wilson participated in the presentation.

The volumes include letters, other documents and interviews with Confederate veterans from South Carolina, collected between 1896 and 1918.

The UDC had the documents published in the volumes, which retail for $405. The originals are in the Confederate Relic Room in Columbia.