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  • Catholic Heart Work Camp Saves the Day

    July, 2013

    We are always excited to see our summer volunteers when they arrive with new projects in hand, but we are especially thrilled when the Catholic Heart Work Camp comes each summer for two weeks in July! The kids have such positive attitudes and are willing to pitch in while getting “down and dirty” at our Senior Center. From cleaning, to weeding, to food preparation…they are such a wonderful addition to our Center.back to top...


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    An Exceptional Senior Companion

    July, 2013

    Our Senior Companions are one in a million! Sylvia, one of our devoted Senior Companions, was able to get a free electric wheelchair for her client, Blanche. Blanche was so excited that she didn’t wait to get dressed for the photo! Sylvia has also helped Blanche obtain physical therapy, get a free cell phone, and organize her burial plans. 

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    Red Cross Blood Drive

    June, 2013

    The Senior Center became a hub of activity when we sponsored our first ever Red Cross Blood Drive the last week of June. It was very rewarding for our seniors, staff members and community partners to be able to give back at such a critical time of need for the Red Cross. back to top...

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    Lowcountry Food Bank Gift

    June, 2013

    CASC was thrilled to benefit from a grant given by the Lowcountry Food Bank, AARP & Feeding America, which includes 50 monthly emergency food boxes for seniors 60+ in need of additional food. The boxes include 20 pounds of non perishable items as well as an additional bag of produce. The need is great in the Charleston area! back to top...


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    South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition

    June, 2013

    An informative speaker’s bureau event presented by the SC Aging in Place Coalition was held at the Senior Center in June. The presentation was for the Foster Grandparents Group and featured what they called the ‘speed dating event’. Approximately 45 attendees, and 8 presenters, each representing a different resource area of SCAIPC, moved from table to table, having approximately 10 minutes at each table to do their presentation.

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    4th Annual May Senior Music Festival

    May, 2013

    Presented by the Senior Companion Program at CASC, it was an evening of Gospel, Jazz, Opera, Motown, Country and Swing in the Community Center at Park Circle on Friday, May 10th.  Part of the North Charleston Arts Festival again this year, the Music Festival brought in several hundred music lovers for an evening of singing and dancing.  Many thanks go to our Gold Sponsors: The Bridge at Charleston and Hospice Care of Charleston. 

    Our Silver Sponsors included: Aging Resources, Franklin Funding Reverse Mortgages, James Island Presbyterian Foundation, and A-1 Glass.  A special note of thanks to Belinda Swindler, and the folks at the Felix C. Davis Community Center for the delicious refreshments! back to top...


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    Lowcountry Senior Network Luncheon

    May, 2013

    Lunch time on May 8th featured mouth watering quiches, casseroles and salads made, delivered and served by the fabulous members of the Lowcountry Senior Network. The seniors were over the moon with the home made goodies, and many recipes were exchanged. Thank you to the LSN for your time and efforts!
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  • The Porter Gaud Garden

    May, 2013

    The students in Jennifer Clair’s 1st – 3rd grade Science class have truly showed wonderful “green thumbs” to our seniors here at the Center. The students’ garden at Porter Gaud sprouted beautiful lettuce, cucumbers and radishes, and the students were kind enough to share. The fresh produce provided a delicious lunch addition one afternoon.  We’re looking forward to seeing what else they decide to grow!
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    Food for Thought

    May, 2013

    The Post and Courier helped to showcase senior hunger and the need for funding in their May 16, 2013 issue. The article also mentioned several places to get help for seniors who are struggling with food needs.  Please click here to read the article.
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  • Senior Companions Appreciation Day

    April, 2013

    Our Senior Companions came out in force to celebrate their accomplishments for the past year. They celebrated over 50,341 volunteer hours to the community, where they help with companionship, friendly visiting, monitoring and assistance with light housekeeping. Thank you, Senior Companions!
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  • Sticky Finger Heroes

    April, 2013

    Sticky Fingers Downtown proved to be the best neighbor anyone could ever ask for, when the staff spent the whole month of March collecting donations for our Meals on Wheels of Charleston program. Their efforts raised a whopping $4,271 – bringing their total donation to CASC to $8,200!!  We are humbled and thrilled by their efforts.
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  • Valentine’s Day Party

    February, 2013

    A delicious spread of red and pink were served up to the seniors at CASC by the Southern Comfort Social Club for Valentine’s Day.  A tasty array of home cooking, party favors, and a live disc jockey made the party one to be remembered for years to come!
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  • A Healthy Affair

    February, 2013

    Seniors arrived at James Island Presbyterian Church eager to hear helpful tips on aging in a healthy manner from over 25 exhibitors and educators.  The Zumba demonstration was extremely popular and learning how to increase exercise when aging was the theme of the day.  Thank you to all our exhibitors.
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  • Foster Grandparents Celebrate MLK Day

    January, 2013

    The Foster Grandparents Program at CASC celebrated Martin Luther King Day by hand designing meaningful cards for our troops abroad, and by participating in a delectable casserole luncheon.  The day was filled with stories about service in the communities and ways to continue to help in our neighborhoods regardless of age.
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  • Good Will Industries

    December, 2012

    Over 450 generous gift bags were provided by Good Will with their 11th Annual Golden Angel Tree Program.  The bags were presented to needy seniors and included essentials such as blankets, socks and toiletries.  A scrumptious feast was served as well!
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  • College of Charleston Women’s Basketball Delivers the Goods

    December, 2012

    Coach Adair, Coach Clark, Clyde the Cougar, and the entire Women’s Basketball Team came armed with delicious pizza and happy smiles to help celebrate the Christmas holidays with the residents of the Ansonborough House.  A great time was had by all! 
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  • Historic Rotary Club of Charleston Plays Santa Claus

    December, 2012

    For yet another year, we were blessed here at the Senior Center with many Rotary “elves” who not only provided a thoughtful gift for every resident of our Ansonborough House, but who also catered a tasty luncheon to mark the Christmas holidays with our seniors. Thank you, Rotary!
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  • Senior Companion Program

    November, 2012

    Congratulations to another wonderful and dedicated group of Senior Companion Volunteers who graduated from the SCP training program and are now ready to assist frail seniors in the Charleston area.  There are now 55 SCP volunteers in the program lending a hand to those in need.
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  • Odyssey Hospice Food Drive

    November, 2012

    An astounding 5,000+ pounds of food and necessities were collected by the generous staff of Odyssey Hospice for CASC’s and Ansonborough House’s emergency food pantries.  It took at least 6 carloads and weeks of coordination to collect that much food – and we are so grateful for the support!!
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  • SCAIP Awards

    November, 2012

    Sandy Clair, Executive Director for CASC was honored to be nominated by the South Carolina Aging in Place Coalition at their yearly Community Recognition Awards held at the Charleston Visitor Center.  Sandy was nominated for her years of advocating for seniors throughout the community.
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  • Painting Charleston Pink

    October, 2012

    CASC celebrated and honored their “Warriors in Pink” in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Lowcountry Chapter by covering the entire building in pink ribbons and bows.  We were privileged to be part of such a worthy cause!
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  • Fall Festival at CASC

    October, 2012

    The seniors from the Ansonborough House and CASC joined together for an afternoon of fall festival games, picnic food, and even a visit from the College of Charleston’s Clyde the Cougar.  The college’s Dance Squad participated as well, much to the delight of our senior men here at the Center!
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  • Senior Day at the Coast Carolina Fair

    October, 2012

    The senior community came out in force for a rollicking day of Bingo, fair rides, and of course some delicious fair food!  Over 200 seniors played Bingo under gorgeous blue skies and cool temperatures.  Great fun and prizes were the rule of the day!
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  • Sticky Fingers Celebrates and Gives Back

    September, 2012

    The best BBQ around was served up to an exuberant Meals on Wheels of Charleston supporters, in hopes of raising some necessary funding for the program.  Sticky Fingers is celebrating their 20th birthday on Meeting Street, so their birthday party turned into a wonderful fundraiser for our program.  Over $2,000 was raised at the luncheon, and Sticky Fingers has generously offered to do it again in December!  Stay tuned for details!
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  • Pet Helpers Shows the Love

    September, 2012

    It’s always a joyous time when the volunteers from Pet Helpers come to visit our Ansonborough House!  This visit included furry bundles of love in the form of puppies and kittens – our seniors were in heaven getting a little free pet therapy.  Senior citizens benefit from the extra attention and love shown by pets, and our Ansonborough House is home to several cats and dogs as well.
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  • Day of Caring 2012

    September, 2012

    The Hat Ladies of Charleston brought a festive and patriotic feel to the Senior Center in honor of the TUW Day of Caring.  The singing and dancing went on for several hours, and then our seniors were treated to a delicious lunch. 

    A crew from the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command also spent the day at the Senior Center, scrubbing, dusting, vacuuming and spreading good cheer while volunteering.  It was a wonderful day!

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  • Cooking Matters

    August, 2012

    The Lowcountry Food Bank spent six, action-packed weeks teaching our seniors thrifty and delicious new recipes which help to stretch the food dollars while providing healthy alternatives to fast food.  There was even a trip to the grocery store to learn how to read labels correctly and hints for economical shopping.
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  • Senior Companion Sock Hop

    August, 2012

    Our Senior Companions danced the day away in celebration of a great year of volunteer work.  The seniors provided over 50,341 volunteer hours to the fragile elderly in the Lowcountry.
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  • A Tremendous Food Drive

    July, 2012


    The Ninth Judicial Circuit raised the roof with over $5,000 in canned and boxed food for our emergency food pantry here at the Senior Center.  We have clients coming in daily for emergency food, so we will be putting this all to very good use!
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  • Mayor Riley Delivers

    May, 2012

    Mayor Riley delivered food for the Meals on Wheels of Charleston program in downtown Charleston to help bring attention to the threat of hunger that seniors are facing in South Carolina.  South Carolina is the 8th highest ranking state for senior hunger, or one out of every six seniors 60 and older.  The Post and Courier, and WCBD TV were along for the ride as well.  Please click here for the video coverage on News2. Click here to read the Post & Courier article.
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  • Lillian McNeill

    May, 2012

    Our heartfelt congratulations to our very own Lillian McNeill, who was presented an award by the Humanities Council for her extraordinary work on encouraging fellow African Americans to get out and vote after the 1965 Voting Rights Act was passed.  Lillian went door-to-door to persuade neighbors to register to vote and even taught those who didn't know how to read or write to recite paragraphs from the U.S. Constitution.  Lillian is truly an unsung hero of the civil rights movement!  Congratulations!!
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  • "Where Does it Hurt?" - M.U.S.C. Style

    May, 2012

    You should see our seniors' faces, when we tell them that the MUSC Physical Therapy students will be here for the day! They love to have a "captive audience" to explain their aches and pains to, and the students get a wonderful crash course on bedside manner. The visit is a part of their Physical Therapy training, where our CASC seniors are evaluated and then given recommendations for healthy living. As you can see in the photo above, Mr. Singleton especially enjoyed his evaluation

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  • 2,000 Lbs. Goes a Long Way!

    May, 2012

    We are thrilled to report this past month we were able to distribute over 2,000 pounds of Emergency Food to 25 families - or over 50 family members here in the Lowcountry.  With continued support from the community, we will be able to sustain this program for other families who are hungry and in need.  $40 covers the cost of a box - and makes a wonderful donation/gift idea!

    The Emergency Food Box usually contains meat, tuna fish, canned green beans, corn, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce & noodles, cereal, peanut butter, brown & white rice, apple & vegetable juice, macaroni & cheese, Ensure & fresh bread.

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  • Thank You - University of Georgia IMPACT Volunteers!

    May, 2012

    We were thrilled when the University of Georgia IMPACT students swept into our Senior Center armed with rakes, shovels and a "we'll do anything" attitude!  These students spent their entire Spring Break volunteering at area non-profits, helping us by cleaning our kitchen (white glove test approved!) and spending a very warm day in our courtyard making it absolutely beautiful for our seniors.  They even put down 60 bags of mulch without a single complaint.  Thank you to UGA for having such wonderful students!

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  • St. Matthews Delivers the Cuteness

    May, 2012

    Our Ansonborough House seniors were treated to a few hours of adorable company courtesy of St. Matthews Lutheran Church on King Street.  The kids came armed with some very good game-playing skills as well as cheeks willing to be squeezed by some loving grandparents.  We are thrilled when children come to visit, and our seniors always return to their apartments with sweet smiles on their faces.

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  • Serving It Up - MUSC Style 

    May, 2012

    As if being a graduate student at M.U.S.C. wasn't hard enough...take a look at these fun-loving College of Graduate Studies students who prepare, cart over to the Center, serve, and clean up a delicious dinner once a month for our extremely grateful Ansonborough House seniors.  On the menu this month was spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and some of the prettiest cupcakes you have ever seen.  They're smart and generous!

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  • The Islands Apartments Give in Grand Style 

    May, 2012

    The beautiful Islands Apartments on James Island collected donations for our Meals on Wheels of Charleston program for a total to date of $1,086!! That provides over 217 delivered meals to a needy senior citizen. Not only is it a gorgeous place to live - but the Islands Apartments have big hearts as well. Head on over to Aruba Circle and take a tour of their giving community...you won't be disappointed!

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  • Meet Our Techno-Savvy Seniors...

    May, 2012

    Whoa - look at our seniors tapping on those keys! Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina donated four brilliantly refurbished computers to our Senior Center, and our new computer gurus wasted very little time in learning some helpful computer skills.

    They will be on Facebook before you know it - so please "Friend" them if you see their smiling faces on your computer :)  And here's a reminder to please "Like" us on Facebook as well...we will attempt to dazzle you on a daily basis with happenings around the Center and Meals on Wheels of Charleston menus!

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  • Our Green-Loving Seniors...

    May, 2012

    As far as beautiful, fresh greens are concerned - nothing beats the gorgeous crop that was picked just for us by fabulous Fields to Families volunteers. Their volunteers braved the torrential downpour last Saturday to glean collard greens from Rosebank Farms down on Johns Island. Both the seniors at the Charleston Area Senior Center, and our Meals on Wheels of Charleston clients, are encouraged to eat fresh veggies every day - so we truly appreciate Fields to Families for making our Center green and healthy. Nothing says community more than when non-profits reach out to help each other!

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    Healthy Affair Huge Success

    February, 2012

    Over 300 seniors turned out for a day filled with educational opportunities, with thanks to multiple talented vendors who specialize in senior services.

    Much needed information was shared with the crowd, and a few lively dance exhibitions kept everyone moving and entertained.  Please see our Flickr link for more photos of the event.

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    Seniors Go High Tech!

    February, 2012

    Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina donated four fabulous refurbished computers to our Senior Center, and our new computer gurus wasted no time in learning some helpful computer skills. 

    They will be on Facebook before you know it – so please “Friend” them if you see their smiling faces on your computer :)

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     Valentine’s Day Seniors Were Shown The Love

    February, 2012

    A rambunctious group of red and pink senior partiers showed up to enjoy a delicious array of treats courtesy of Mt. Pleasant Manor, The Palms of Mt. Pleasant and Lutheran Hospice.

    A buffet of eggs, biscuits & gravy, fresh fruit, sausage and yummy desserts were served to the crowd, and Queen Valentine was crowned by Elvis.  A wonderful time was had by all.  Thanks so much to our sponsors!
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    Involved teens From James Island Middle School

    January, 2012

    Skylar Worrill and Alyssa Madden from James Island Middle School spent the day at CASC organizing our emergency food pantry and getting to know our seniors!

    The school has an active student body and is looking forward to getting more involved here at the Senior Center. We're thrilled to have more teens involved in our program!
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    Meals on Wheels of Charleston Unveils New Look

    January, 2012

    We're thrilled to present the new look for Meals on Wheels of Charleston with many thanks to McLaughlin Design, LLC for our stylish new appearance. Keep an eye out for us around town!

    What you might not know:

    • Over 123,600 meals were delivered to seniors in 2011 by Meals on Wheels of Charleston in downtown Charleston, North Charleston, West Ashley, James & Johns Island, and down to Edisto. That's over 2,425 meals a week!

    • Over 10,290 Group Dining Meals were served at the Senior Center to low income seniors in 2011.

    • South Carolina is the 2nd highest ranking state for senior hunger, surpassed only by Mississippi.
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    Bishop Gadsden Seniors Raise Much Needed Funds

    January, 2012

    Bishop Gadsden, one of the Southeast's leading continuing care retirement communities, presented CASC with a check in the amount of $72,100 for our Food Programs during their January Resident Update. 

    The monies were raised during a fall campaign entitled "Seniors Helping Seniors" with support coming from residents, staff, board, future residents and friends of Bishop Gadsden.   They truly are making a tremendous difference in the war to end senior hunger here in the Lowcountry!
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  • The 2011 Rotary Club of Charleston Holiday Extravaganza

    December, 2011

    The Rotary Club of Charleston had our seniors dancing in the aisles with John Tecklenberg tickling the ivories, and a local band bringing down the house with their lively tunes.

    Extremely generous community leaders involved in the Rotary program collected donations, shopped in the early morning hours, wrapped the gifts in style, and then presented them to our Ansonborough seniors at the Holiday Extravaganza.

    The Rotary Club donations truly exemplified the "Service Above Self" motto!
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  • Goodwill Industries Gives From the Heart

    December, 2011

    Goodwill Industries, Inc. wrapped up their 10th Annual Golden Angel Tree Program at a fun-filled holiday party held at CASC and organized by Goodwill.

    300 large gift bags including fleece blankets, towels, toiletry items, a soup basket, socks and other items were given to our seniors – all donated by shoppers at local Goodwill stores.

    Goodwill employees were also on hand to keep the party rolling, and both Christmas carols and door prizes were enjoyed by all!
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  • Charleston Community Shows Their Support

    December, 2011

    Kiawah Marathon participants wowed us with hundreds of much needed food cans for our Food Mart at their Early Packed Pick Up held on December 3, 2011. Runners came in droves with donated food, and we're excited to report this will be a yearly event!

    Delicious oysters and steaming bar-b-que were served up in style at Loggerheads Beach Grill on Folly Beach after the Folly Christmas Parade – all to benefit CASC! Many thanks to all who attended and especially to Loggerheads for their fabulous Southern Hospitality.

    The College of Charleston's Girls Basketball Team really scored with our seniors at the Ansonborough House when they showed up with delicious pizza in hand, and a festive attitude, to help celebrate the approaching holidays with our seniors. They are winners with us!
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  • CASC Welcomes Tracey Erwin

    November, 2011

    Tracey Erwin has recently joined CASC as Development Director. 

    Tracey previously worked as Development Director for Pet Helpers in Charleston, SC and also for the National Veterans Day Celebration, LLC. 

    Having more than 20 years of non-profit experience in the Charleston area, Tracey is a resident of James Island and is married with 3 daughters.  She is thrilled to be part of CASC and looks forward to spreading the word about the wonderful works going on here at the Center. 

    Please feel free to contact her at traceye@charlestonareaseniors.com for Development and fund raising ideas or questions.
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  • Meals on Wheels: Volunteers serve daily lunches, friendship

    July 14, 2010

    ...The organization uses more than 100 volunteers and 11 paid drivers to ensure that low-income seniors who are homebound or have moderate to severe dementia get healthy meals year-round, [Sandy] Clair said. She said many seniors are unable to shop for food or prepare meals for themselves. About 75 percent of the Meals on Wheels clients live alone, many of them lacking family or friends who can serve them meals or even check on them, she said... Continue reading
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  • The need for food

    February 19, 2006

    ...The elderly woman who lives there wasn't home at the time, but she leaves her door open in case Jones shows up, which he does if he has any leftovers from his daily route delivering meals to poor residents who are old, sick or both.

    This was an alternate stop on Jones' route, which means the person receives food only if one of the other 34 regulars isn't home. "That's just the way it is," said Jones, who delivers these meals for Charleston Area Senior Citizen Services Inc... Continue reading
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