The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest-Sunrise successfully completed two community projects designed to serve the needs of community youth: Clothing Closet and Happy Feet.
Both projects were conducted with the cooperation of local businesses and funded by Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise funds generated through various yearlong events. “Money raised locally by Rotarians is returned to the community by supporting those in need and funding worthwhile projects”, said Club President Kevin Cox.
On August 14, The Clothing Closet Project of Waccamaw Elementary was re-supplied with $2800 worth of new clothing purchased with Rotary Club funds by a group of 30 Coastal Carolina University International Students, as coordinated by the Rotaract Club of CCU and Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarians. The shopping spree took place at Carolina Forest Wal-Mart, Highway 501.
International students filled shopping carts with socks, shirts, slacks and jackets for use by Waccamaw Elementary School needy students as administered by school staff. Youngsters in need of replacement clothing receive new clothing items throughout the school year. The International students were transported to the local Wal-Mart via the Chanticleer Trolley and then shuttled on to Waccamaw Elementary School for lunch as provided by the Club. CCU Rotaract Club President Grace Cox planned the annual event, which Club Advisor and Rotarian Porter Medley described as “The first time many international students had ever shopped in a Wal-Mart store-which was great fun for us to see. We had shopping lists and they shopped styles and colors new to them. They saw Rotary and Rotaract in action close up and personal. Grace Cox provided great leadership for this project. “
On August 16, the Rotary Club’s annual Happy Feet Project was conducted at Coastal Grande Mall’s Payless Shoes store. Eligible children and their parents visited the store to select shoes which were purchased with Rotary Club funds. Eligible children as identified by school officials visited the store during special hours, had their feet measured by store staff and selected their shoes assisted by Rotarians. “This year’s Happy Feet project served 74 pupils and $1400 of Rotary funds was used to buy what some youngsters described as their first pair of new shoes, and not hand-me-downs. There were many happy faces and happy feet in the store today.” said Rotarian Peter Loverso.
Carolina Forest -Sunrise Rotarians, CCU International Club Students, Rotaract President and Wal-Mart staff pose in front of CCU Trolley The students display the $2400 children’s clothing register tape.
CCU Rotaract President Grace Cox and Club Advisor and Rotarian Porter Medley display the $2400 clothing register tape at the Waccamaw Elementary School School.
Rotarian Barry Spivey assisting a child and parent selecting shoes as part of the club’s Happy Feet project which provided new shoes for 74 children in need.
Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarians and Payless Shoes staff celebrate a successful Happy Feet project.
Carolina Forest Sunrise Rotarian Porter Medley with two sisters who have their Happy Feet shoes ready for the new school year.