LAKE WYLIE -- The River Hills Lions recently donated $10,000 to Clover Area Assistance Center, which helps Clover families with urgent needs such as food, financial, medical and dental services, and more.
In 1982, the Clover area, in an economic recession resulting in many textile plant worker layoffs as manufacturers moved operations overseas, left families in need of financial and food assistance. During a River Hills Lions Club meeting, the group decided to help its neighbors with a food drive. The drive's success led to forming a new organization called The Good Neighbor Deli. The River Hills Lions and River Hills Lioness (now Lake Wylie Lioness) clubs started collecting and distributing food. The project was so well-received, The Good Neighbor Pantry was formed and while located in the same building as the Clover Caring Center, became the largest food contributor in the area. The Clover Caring Center and Good Neighbor Pantry merged in 1999 to become Clover Area Assistance Center.
CAAC is a nonprofit agency helping individuals and families in the Clover School District area. Urgent needs are met through food and financial assistance, medical and dental health services, special needs, educational programming and referrals to other groups. CAAC works to help people achieve self-sufficiency. Many CAAC volunteers are from the River Hills Lions Club and the Lake Wylie Lioness Lions Club.
For information about CAAC or the River Hills Lions Club, call (803) 631-3543 or visit riverhillslions.org.