The Tega Cay community is coming together for one of its own.
During a recent penny fundraiser, the 160 students at Kids R Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill helped raise $720 for Tega Cay Police Department Sgt. Anthony White, who has pancreatic cancer.
“We thought it would be a good cause to get our kids involved,” said Kids R Kids owner Charles Miles, who has run the school with his wife Jennifer Miles the past two years. “We want our kids to realize they are fortunate and that it’s good to help others instead of always helping yourself.”
Miles said the school often finds ways to help others and when they heard of White’s situation, they wanted to get involved.
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“We support those in our community,” he said.
White, who has been with the department since 2008, has been appreciative of the continued support, said Maj. David Nelson, the TCPD’s public information officer.
“He didn’t realize how important he is to our community until this happened,” Nelson said. “He’s a quality individual and officer.”
The community has raised more than $18,700 toward a $50,000 goal on White’s GoFundMe page.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much we appreciate the response from the community in support of one of our own,” Nelson said.
Miles said Kids R Kids parents supported the fundraising effort. White also visited with the students and toured the school.
“Anytime they can meet a local police officer, it’s a great experience for them,” he said. “It was great to see them interact with Sgt. White.”
Miles said his wife’s father also had cancer, so the effort hit home.
“Anything dealing with cancer that we can support, we are going to try to do that,” he said.
A penny – or nickle, dime and quarter – at a time, students collected $480 in coins which the school matched, Miles said. The classroom that raised the most was awarded with a party.
“Those kids did really well,” Miles said.
Nelson said fundraising efforts need to continue to support the White family. White is the father of three boys ages 9, 16 and 19.
“They’ve been gracious beyond measure, but we still have more to do,” Nelson said.
“His fight’s not over by any stretch of the imagination. Our goal is to do everything we can to eliminate the financial burden from his shoulders.”
Want to help?
For more information or to make a donation to Sgt. Anthony White’s medical fund, go to gofundme.com/lhzm88.