CLOVER -- Clover Christmas Parade's Grand Marshal is a unique choice this year.
When the "Candy Canes in Clover," -- themed parade rolls through town at 2 p.m. Dec. 13, the Clover Area Assistance Center will lead the parade's route down Main Street.
"The Clover Area Assistance Center has given so much to the people in need here in Clover," parade chairman Beth Covington said. "We want to shine a spotlight on their service to our community and honor the vital role they play to Clover area residents."
CAAC is a non-profit agency established in 1999, combining the services of the former Good Neighbor Pantry and Clover Caring Center to provide assistance for needy individuals and families within the Clover School District. CAAC ensures needs such as food, financial support, health and special needs are met in-house or clients are referred to other organizations. In addition to providing for urgent needs, educational programs are offered to assist people towards self-sufficiency.
Parade officials are asking for people to share the holiday spirit by donating canned goods during the parade to benefit CAAC. Collection boxes will be located at Piggly Wiggly and the corners of Main Street and S.C. 55. People in the parade can drop-off donations in the collection boxes located at the parade line-up on Old North Main Street.
All groups wishing to participate in the parade must complete and return an application with entry fee by Wednesday. Clover Chamber members and school related entries are admitted free of charge. Companies can rent professional floats for $390 or a half float for $240.
For more information, call the chamber office at 222-3312 or visit www.cloverchamber.org.