Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Shop is collaborating with a nonprofit group to send sick children on a free vacation to Walt Disney World. The shop, at 43 South Market St. in Charleston, will donate all sales on July 22 to Bert’s Big Adventure. The group will use donations to send kids with chronic and terminal illnesses, and their families, on a five-day vacation.

An emergency call has been issued for blood and platelet donations, with many donation opportunities coming up in the tri-county area.

“Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which is why we are making this emergency request for donations,” Nick Gehrig, the communications director for Red Cross Blood Services, wrote in a press release.

There will be more than 20 opportunities in the local area to give blood this month. To find a date and location, visit www.redcross.org and click on the “Find a Drive” button near the left side of the page.

A dietitian at the Medical University of South Carolina was recently recognized by a national nonprofit group for her efforts to fight child hunger in the Lowcountry.

Debbie Petitpain works with the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.

The nonprofit, which uses volunteers and clients to implement hunger-free communities, recognized Petitpain and four others as Heroes of Everyday Life.

She was recognized for introducing a cultural-based cooking series so at-risk community members could learn about healthy eating.

“As a dietitian, she knew she had a unique way to contribute to that fight — through education,” Sodexo officials stated in a press release.

Derrek Asberry