Service groups’ hard work pays off

August 6, 2013 

The significant amount of money local charities return to our community – and the individuals and businesses who give – deserves kudos. Despite financial difficulties in these past year’s from the economic recession, our community continues to step up to help others and serves to remind us of the outstanding generosity of individuals and organizations in the Lake Wylie area.

Whatever the need it seems someone is there to fill it. From donating time, for example the Lake Wylie Rotary Club members helping Clover Area Assistance Center become a full choice pantry and All Saints Council No. 14475 of the Knights of Columbus helping Palmetto Pregnancy Center renovate its building, to helping with donations, like the school supply currently underway with donations accepted through Aug. 9.

Perhaps most impressive is seeing groups raising tens of thousands of dollars they give right back to the community.

River Hills Lions Club, for example, raised $96,442. That money went back to local service organizations include River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS, CAAC, PATH in York and others. Members raised money through its annual Christmas tree sales, pancake breakfast, River Hills telephone book ad sales, a benefit dinner, a golf tournament, and individual and corporate contributions.

Sweet Repeat Charitable Foundation gave more than $70,000, thanks to Thrift Store donations and purchases, and the generosity of local businesses.

Not to mention the thousands of dollars local service groups give back to local children through scholarship money,

These club members and the many others involved in giving don’t get paid for their time volunteering to make things happen, but their efforts pay off big.

We thank each member involved in these groups who are working so hard to help others in our community. Your successes make our community successful. Give yourselves a pat on the back.

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