Candy for a Cause


Buying a candy bar, book or stuffed animal seems small but the proceeds add up to a big contribution for area charities.

Our employees have selected the Adult Enrichment Center in Fort Mill, Early Learning Partnership of York County (ELP), and Rideability in Clover to benefit from the sale of goodies in our branches. We’ll also sell children’s books that complement ELP’s mission to help children be ready to learn.

“These agencies serve our most vulnerable residents with dignity and encouragement,” said Sula Pettibon, VP Marketing and chair of the Employee Fundraising Committee. “We’re excited to be a part of it.”

ELP serves about 8,600 children and families through literacy programs and four Family Resource Centers that offer free medical clinics and community connections. ELP also is a champion of Little Free Libraries that provide free books to whoever wants one, and Family Trust is having one built for the Family Resource Center on Pinkney Street in York. We’ll have a ribbon cutting on Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m. All members are invited and welcome to bring a book to donate.

In Clover, Rideability offers therapy for people with physical, psychological, and emotional needs. The horse-riding improves balance, stimulates senses, and encourages social interaction for about 90 clients a year. Our donation will be used for tuition assistance.

Fort Mill’s Adult Enrichment Center provides a day program for adults 18 and up that includes nursing care, activities, meals and transportation. Our donation will help pay for activities, technology and scholarships. The center was the first in S.C. to establish a High Five Club for young adults.

“Partnering with organizations like Family Trust allows us to get our message and services to more people,” said Samantha Kriegshauser, director of the Fort Mill Center. “We are blessed to be a part of community that cares."