Sunny Side Up: Sun City residents help their neighbors

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Columnist Beverly Lane Lorenz is a resident of Sun City Carolina Lakes.

By Beverly Lane Lorenz

S un City Carolina Lakes residents brought smiles of gratitude to many of their Indian Land and Lancaster County neighbors with an outpouring of generous contributions to numerous agencies and causes throughout the entire holiday season and beyond. The needs were great in our area this year and the Sun City community stepped up to the plate.
Community supports angel tree
Our annual angel tree brought an unprecedented number of donations.
“The SCCL angel tree drive collected and distributed 465 gifts to 38 families, who have children in the Indian Land Elementary School. We did the same for 30 boys and girls at the Lancaster County Children’s Home,” said Rose Good, president of the Volunteers and Helping Hands Club.
“In addition, we collected over $1,100 in cash and gift cards. Some additional gifts needed to be purchased and wrapped,” Good said.
“The remaining funds of $665 were distributed to the following organizations: $220 to the Van Wyck post office angel tree, $220 to the Lancaster Children’s Home and $200 in cash and a $25 gift card went to HOPE (in Lancaster),” Good said. “Because these funds were donated to us for the purpose of helping children and families in need at this time of year, we felt these organizations would be the best recipients.”
Jingle Bell Fun Run
The community’s first Jingle Bell Fun Run, a 5K run and 1-mile walk, was a success with 130 Sun City residents and guests completing the event.  
The entry fee was a non-perishable food item for the Indian Land Backpack Mission.
“We collected 284 items for the mission and another 133 items for the local food pantry. These food items will stay in Indian Land and help those in need right here in our community,” said Paula Giles, president of Cooking Fingers, which supports this cause all year long.
Refreshments were provided by Cooking Fingers. Members of the Motorcycle Club, as well as the Bicycle Club, ensured the participants’ safety during the race. Special thanks to Ron Sauer and Timmy Schrag for their inspiration and hard work.  
Pickle Ball Tournament
The Sun City Carolina Lakes Pickle Ball Club donated a whopping $5,545 to Hidden Wounds, an organization that provides emergency services to returning warriors, from its Veterans Day Pickle Ball Tournament.
The club also donated $200 to the Indian Land Rescue Squad. The check was presented to Helen Ortega, who is not only a paramedic, but  a resident of Sun City.  The rescue squad was on hand (but not needed) during the tournament.
Choral Society  
An exciting and rewarding experience was reported by the Sun City Choral Society, which   enjoyed entertaining the residents at the Lancaster Convalescent Center during the holidays. The chorus, under the direction of Norm Speiser, recently performed at the community’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and is rehearsing for its next performance.
New officers
As  2012 dawned at Sun City, all artists, cooks, fiber crafters, musicians, technicians, geeks, potters, beaders, sports enthusiasts and every other interest group regrouped with new officers.  Great plans are under way for an exciting year.
New community manager
And last, but not least, Sun City Carolina Lakes welcomed Dennis McGarvey as its new community manager.  
“The minute I saw Sun City Carolina Lakes, I loved it,” McGarvey said. “It’s a beautiful place with a lot going on.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself, but definitely want to add this: Just wait until you see all of Indian Land and meet the wonderful people who call this place home. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

Beverly Lane Lorenz’s Sunny Side Up column runs every other month.
If you have a question about the Sun City Carolina Lakes community, call (803) 283-1154.