Four charities benefit from employee giving

Small donations made a big impact on four York County non-profits, which recently received a total $12,000 from the Family Trust Employee Fundraising Committee. The contributions couldn’t happen without our members who purchased stuffed animals, coupon books and candy bars at branches in 2013.

The Worthy Boys and Girls Camp in Rock Hill, the First Baptist Preschool in York, the Adult Enrichment Center in Fort Mill, and God’s Kitchen in Clover each received $3,000.

“This is awesome,” said Sgt. Toshia Smith of the Rock Hill Police Department that staffs the 48-acre camp. Each year, 150 boys and girls spend a week at the camp, where they learn about nature and how to give back to the community. Children have organized pantries at the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen and worked at a Place for Hope.

The camp is free to the campers, who often need toiletries and bathing suits when they arrive. Money left at the end of each year often is used to buy books or school supplies.

Organizers at the First Baptist Preschool in York plan to use their donation to renovate their playground, which is often used by the community. The contribution also will help with scholarships. Children there are taught to give back and raise money through penny drives to help the American Center Society and to buy pajamas and books for needy children.

At the Adult Enrichment Center in Fort Mill, the money may be used for iPads and music or a variety of other needs, according to Samantha Kreigshauser, director. The center provides daily services to more than 70 clients – mostly senior citizens and some young adults.

God’s Kitchen in Clover offers a food pantry, meals five days a week and a homeless shelter.

In all, Family Trust employees donated over $40,000 in 2013, with the majority coming from the Charity Golf Tournament in May that benefitted the Children’s Attention Home, the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of York County.

Thank you for helping us make a difference.

Top left, Family Trust employees Lacey Ellis and Tina Felske with First Baptist Preschool Director Beth Jackson and a friend. Top right, Francia Paulino, Samantha Kreigshauser and Kim Marrel. Bottom left, Sgt. Toshia Smith, Capt. Brent Allmon and Officer Keenan McCrorey with Doug Cole of Family Trust.