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Sun Lakers get school supplies for elementary

The excitement within the community was almost palpable as members of the Sun City Carolina Lakes Volunteers and Helping Hands Club loaded resident-donated school supplies into four large vehicles and drove them over to Indian Land Elementary School on Aug. 20.

The feelings on the receiving end were equally tangible as staff greeted the entourage. Indian Land's new elementary school principal, Beth Blum, could only say: “Amazing! This is wonderful! Wonderful!!”

“This will make such a positive difference,” she said, obviously moved. “Now everyone in each class will have the same advantage.”

Helping Hands Club president Rita Nelson said the group “collected 49 shopping bags full, plus 25 boxes.”

Club members were really pleased with the results. They spent several hours sorting supplies by category for easier distribution.

In addition to filling the needs on the school-supply list, Sun City residents have addressed the needs of Indian Land children in other, personal ways. Last year, donations helped purchase eyeglasses for a child and clothing for children whose families had hit hard times.

This year's school supply drive was co-chaired by Sharon Markarian and Jane Connors. The Sun City Carolina Lakes club runs several drives each year, including care boxes for the military, supplies to a local women's shelter, Stuff the Truck, a Thanksgiving food drive, senior Christmas stockings, and an Angel Tree for needy families.

Celebrate Van Wyck

After last week's story about Van Wyck, many of you wanted to know more about this special community.

Mark your calendar for Saturday's “Celebrate Van Wyck Festival.” It will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road.

This family-oriented event includes live entertainment, a business and travel show, craft vendors, children's games, train rides, gem mining, a yard sale, street rod and classic car show – plus plenty of delicious food, and more.

Contact Richard Vaughan at 803-285-1076 or e-mail for details, or if you're an interested vendor.

“Proceeds generated will be used for special projects and operating expenses of the Community Center,” Vaughan said.