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Public asked to donate books and food at the Gamecock Donation Station April 26

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COLUMBIA, SC - April 26, 2013 - University of South Carolina students and student athletes are seeking community support for Gamecock Donation Station, the university's service event April 26, as part of One Columbia CityServe.

From 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, April 26, students will roll up their garnet sleeves and collect new books (for ages 4–9) for Cocky's Reading Express, the university's award-winning mascot literacy program, and non-perishable food items for Harvest Hope food bank.

The Gamecock Donation Station will be in the Williams-Brice Stadium parking lot, across from the State Fairgrounds. At the event, university nursing students will offer free blood pressure screenings, and the Red Cross will have information about blood donation and offer life-saving tips.

USC First Lady Patricia Moore-Pastides is serving as co-chair of One Columbia CityServe April 20 – 27 along with Mayor Steven Benjamin and SCANA's Paul Fant.

Moore-Pastides says she is delighted that more than 1,000 USC students, faculty and staff will participate in the Gamecock Donation Station and CityServe projects to help improve the city and life for its residents.

"I am extremely proud to be part of a university community with heart. Our students, faculty and staff participate in many service projects and raise money for lots of important causes.  We know that a rich life involves finding ways to give back and that becoming a leader means recognizing our community's needs and creating opportunities to make a difference," she says.

In addition to donating books and non-perishable food at the Gamecock Donation Stations, residents in greater Columbia are encouraged to volunteer their time or mobilize their coworkers and neighbors to volunteer for one or more of the CityServe projects, which can be found on the CityServe website.