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Help A Neighbor; Eat More Chocolate

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Chocolate and helping have a lot in common at Family Trust, where the sale of candy, books and coupons benefit three non-profits in our county.

Employees have adopted the Adult Enrichment Center Fort Mill, the Early Learning Partnership of York County (ELP) in York, and Rideability in Clover for 2016. The three organizations also received proceeds in 2015.

Fort Mill’s Adult Enrichment Center provides a day program for adults 18 and up that includes nursing care, activities, meals and transportation. The center used previous donations to buy tables and chairs for the High Five club and to upgrade technology.

“Our program continues to grow and we see such a need in the community,” said Samantha Kriegshauser, center director. “Thank you for your willingness to partner with us.”

Through Family Trust, the enrichment center met ELP and the two created a Little Free Library for the Bozeman Street apartments in Fort Mill. A Little Free Library holds donated books that are available free to whoever wants one.

ELP focuses on literacy for children birth to age five so they’re ready to lean when they enter school. It partners with the Family Resource Centers in each of the four school districts. Last year, Family Trust employees built a Little Free Library for the center on Pinkney Street in York.

“Your employees have helped an entire neighborhood have access to books,” said Teresa Creech, ELP executive director. They used last year’s donation to place another Little Free Library at Piedmont Medical Center’s Emergency Department, where they’ll also add a reading program. “Thank you Family Trust for making an impact in our community,”

In Clover, Rideability offers therapy for people with physical, psychological, and emotional needs. Horse-riding improves balance, stimulates senses, and encourages social interaction, according to Wendy Schonfeld, executive director. Our donations are used for tuition assistance.

“Thank you taking us under your wings and partnering with our mission,” she said. “Family Trust has made a difference and continues to make a difference in the lives of so many families.”