I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Let us continue to thankful and mindful each and every day for the many blessings we have in our lives. During this time of the year, many of us focus on the material things in our lives while others look for their next meal. We have an opportunity to give, share and extend a helping hand to those in need. Please take a moment to consider how you might help someone in need. God has blessed this community in so many ways.
This Saturday we have two events for collecting toys for children in need. The Chapin Police will be at Boland’s Ace Hardware from 9 – 11 am as part of the annual Toys for Tots collection. Also on Saturday morning, the Justin Pepper Foundation will be at Town Hall hosting their 10th annual Toy Drive and Birthday Breakfast in our community room. Stop by between 9 – 11 am for some delicious breakfast and bring a toy to help commemorate Justin’s generosity and desire to help others. These toys are distributed through a number of organizations not only as Christmas gifts but also for birthdays. Both collections play a vital role in our community and thank you in advance for your generosity.
On Sunday, please join us for our annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, beginning at 4 pm at Town Hall. We look forward to being entertained by students from Chapin High School’s jazz ensemble and the children’s choir from Chapin Methodist Church. We will have story time, cookies, hot chocolate, and a visit from old St. Nick. I hope you will come out to be part of this special holiday event. Please consider bringing a canned good for We Care as we continue to collect for them this holiday season.
The Homes for Our Troops folks will be back in Chapin on Saturday, December 10, to work on the landscaping for Sgt. Robert Barber’s new home at 104 Glenwood Drive. They are looking for volunteers to come out and help with the plantings and installation. If you can help, please visit www.hfotusa.org/attend_event to register online. Or show up at 9:30 am on Saturday to lend a helping hand. Lunch will be provided. I know Robert and his family must be getting excited about moving into their new home, and we look forward to having them call Chapin home.
Kudos to our Chapin High varsity cheerleaders for once again capturing the state title for competitive cheerleading a few weekends ago. This marks their 11th state crown, and we extend a hearty congratulations to Vickie Williams and all the young ladies who worked so hard to make this championship possible! And our Chapin High football team continues to make a run for their state championship, topping Beaufort High last Friday 52-35 at Cecil Woolbright Stadium. This Friday they will host North Myrtle Beach in the third round of the 4A playoffs. We wish Coach Justin Gentry and all his players the best and thank them for making us #ChapinProud!
This Friday, we will observe Arbor Day as the Chapin Arbor Day Foundation hosts a tree dedication ceremony at 11 am at the new Chapin Technology Park. According to the Foundation’s President Gerald Meetze, they will unveil the winning logo design for the organization and dedicate four sequoia trees, two of which will be in honor of our longtime Lexington County Council member Johnny Jeffcoat and his wife Pat. Pat has been courageously battling cancer and been an amazing example of strength for many of us. We look forward to saying thank you to both of these fine individuals on Friday, and invite you to join us as well. You will enter the park from the frontage road at the back entrance. There will be signs and balloons directing you to dedication site.