Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dine out, do good for kids

Seven Five Guys in the Charlotte area will donate a portion of proceeds this week to First Book-Charlotte, which provides new books to kids in need (that's a happy recipient at right). Participating locations: Ballantyne, Blakeney, Steele Creek, Matthews, Monroe, South Boulevard and Arboretum. The week includes this coming Sunday, and hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Details: www.fiveguys.com. First Book-Charlotte, launched in 2006, distributed more than 300,000 new books as of spring 2012, says Colleen Luddington, co-chair of the group.

Showmars has School Tools barrels in each of its 28 restaurants, awaiting your donations of school supplies for students who don't have them. School Tools' campaign runs throughout August. Pens, pencils, glue sticks, markers, book bags and more are welcome. You can also give at www.school-tools.org.