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Fort Mill Care Center $270,000 away from goal

Efforts to raise money are going strong to renovate an old restaurant into the new home of the Fort Mill Care Center.

The center provides food and emergency financial assistance to residents of Fort Mill Township. To date the center has raised $130,000 of its $400,000 goal for its first capital campaign, which was launched in the beginning of May.

Once funded, the Legacy of Caring campaign will allow for more storage of dry goods as well as space for refrigerators and freezers at the new location. This is a critical need, FMCC board president Diana Bernard said.

“We sometimes lose or have to turn away food donations because we have nowhere to put them,” she said.

Last year, the center assisted clients with food, utility assistance, emergency dental care, medical prescriptions and holiday gifts for children and seniors. In all, more than 99,000 pounds of food were distributed and $233,000 was given to assist 3,539 families.

The center is operating out of a small location on Tom Hall Street. Meanwhile workers are converting the old Firehouse Grille at 2760 Old Nation Road into a usable facility. The center solicited volunteers to help. Firefighters from the Flint Hill Fire Department helped with demolition of the inside of the building. Other volunteers have helped with jobs like landscaping. Now, a bright green sign hanging outside the building is a cheerful announcement of the building’s future.

Representatives with the center said having this new location will allow for the continued, and hopefully increased, service to people in need in the community. They are also hopeful that a holiday meal program that was discontinued will be able to resume.

Board members said the center has been supported by members of the community for more than three decades. Right now they’re hard at work asking local businesses, churches and individuals for financial support.

Want to help?

Donations to the Fort Mill Care Center’s capital campaign can be made at the center’s website at fortmillcarecenter.org, by mail (PO Box 1401, Fort Mill, SC 29716), or by dropping them off at the office at 818 Tom Hall St., Suite 114.

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