April Community

The days are longer and temperatures are warming up. Why not take use the Springtime as an opportunity to pay forward a good deed? Here are two ways you can be active and help organizations that support children and their families during times of crisis.

Pull a Fighter Jet for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston is holding its first plane pull competition April 14 to help raise money for families who stay at the house while their children undergo extensive medical treatments.Teams of 10 will compete to see who can pull an F-18 Hornet fighter jet the fastest across the flight deck of the U.S.S. Yorktown. In case you’re wondering, the F-18 weighs 18,000 pounds. A minimum donation of $2,500 is required for each team and the deadline to register is April 9. Or just go cheer on your favorite team and enjoy food, drinks and other activities. Admission is free. There is a $5 parking fee. Noon to 4 p.m., Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. To register, visit charlestonplanepull.com.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston offers parents and children a home away from home without the financial burden of hotel and travel expenses. The house serves 32 families every night. Want to get involved without having to pull a fighter jet? There are numerous opportunities to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, including helping to clean the house, prepare or meal or donating pop tops from aluminum cans. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.rmhcharleston.org.

Support Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center for National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Dance the night away April 20 at a Zumbathon hosted by Zumba instructor Katherine Hanson –  a skirt! blogger and Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center advocate – to raise money and awareness for the center. Tickets are $20. 6 to 8 p.m. April 20 at James Island Gold’s Gym.

On April 27, the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center hosts a family movie night featuring “The Lion King at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island. The free event also features a photo booth, face painting, a balloon artist and food trucks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m.

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center announced a $5 million fundraising campaign last year to build  a second, full-service center on Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. The facility will have the capacity to treat 1,500 children a year. The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center provides immediate support and assistance to children who have been sexually or physically abused.

For information about preventing abuse or identifying the signs and symptoms of abuse, visit deenortoncenter.org.