The old saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” was recently taken to heart by 12-year-old Philip Mace and friend, Trevor Pickitt, 13.
Philip and his family were at Myrtle Beach when they were notified that their home in Tega Cay was struck by lightning and was burning. When the family drove home that night, they faced the loss of their home and most of their possessions. The family truly appreciated firefighters' efforts to save family photos, their daughter's dolls and many other family mementos and treasures.
Despite their loss, Philip decided to make the best of the situation. He walked around the crowd of “gawkers” watching his home burn and asked for donations for the fire department. The two boys collected $87, and that money has been donated to the Tega Cay Fire Department to give to the Children's Burn Unit.
Now, that is certainly a thoughtful gesture during a time of crisis.
Another youngster who has reached out to help others is Annelise Dubrouillet, 7. Through her experiences at church and Brownie scouts, Annelise decided she would like to do something to help homeless people.
She and her mother, Jeanie, set up a concession stand at an event sponsored by Pack 333 Cub Scouts. Annelise helped with the shopping for the stand, sold refreshments and made change for customers.
She raised $110. She and her mother investigated local charities so that Annelise could decide who she would help. She chose the “I'm a Kool Kid” Foundation, which helps children in area hospitals and the Clover Area Assistance Center, which helps area families with groceries, blankets and other necessities.
Her mom says Annelise is already thinking about what she might do to help again. Her parents, Tom and Jeanie, must be proud.
The Clover Area Assistance Center is collecting school supplies for the 2008-09 school year.
Please help those in need by donating pencils; pencil boxes; pens with red, blue and black ink; erasers; washable markers; dry-erase markers; crayons; colored pencils; highlighters; rulers; protractors; compasses; scissors; glue sticks; liquid glue; marble composition books; spiral notebooks and notebook paper, wide or college ruled; three ring binders, two-pocket folders; locker organizers; book covers; combs; hand sanitizer; tissues; and backpacks.
This is the time of year when we can all purchase school supplies on sale and help those in need. Drop items off at the center, 1130 S.C. 55 East near Clover on Mondays and Wednesdays 1-4p.m. or Thursdays 9a.m.-noon.
Tega Cay resident David Siegel has long enjoyed fishing. Now retired, he decided to get fellow anglers together. He has stared the Tega Cay Angler's Club.
The new club has 12 members and they anticipate more joining after July 28 meeting at 7p.m. at Tega Cay's City Hall at 7000 Tega Cay Drive near the Marina. Rusty White, well known in the local fishing community, will be the guest speaker. All are welcome.
The group plans to include education, fishing tips, boating, competitions and possibly some trips in the future. Members will decide what the club will provide for the membership.
Anyone interested in freshwater or saltwater fishing, young or old, is encouraged to join. The group plans to meet the fourth Monday of each month. The August meeting will feature Elizabeth Osier from the Freshwater Fisheries.
For more information, attend the meeting or check out their Web site at fishtegacay.ning.com/. Or, e-mail David at papaSiegel@gmail.com .