Fort Mill Times

Our editorial view: Lake Wylie community cares about neighbors

The Lake Wylie area’s growth spurt is changing our community, but not its heart.

As more neighbors move here, they see how we care about our community.

The smoke had barely cleared at a house fire Oct. 20 at Waterfall Way when neighbors reached out to help the family of three. Joining them was the Clover District 2 Blue Eagle recreation league members who collected clothes for the father, mother and son. Businesses helped, too. Domino’s and Pizza Hut sent pizzas. Echo Consignment Boutique invited the family to come get clothes.

Earlier in the month, Lake Wylie Children’s Charity – made up of volunteers – held its annual benefit concert helping two local families with children facing serious life-threatening illnesses. The dedication of these group members is incredible. Other events – such as the boat poker run, a land poker run, golf tournament – lead to the main event.

The charity enlists the help of many businesses and individuals who take part in the silent auction. And, we can’t forget the main attraction – the bands – who volunteer their time and talents. This year, despite the high winds pushing the event inside T-Bones on the Lake, the show went on and the people came. It was a record-breaking year, raising $65,000.

In addition, civic organizations in our community do wonderful work throughout the year. One such small but meaningful act was when the River Hills/Lake Wylie Lions Club replaced donations lost at the Bagel Boat when a money jar was stolen from the counter.

As the number of residents grows, so will crime and traffic. But during the frustrations we encounter as a result of this growth, we will never lose the acts of caring and kindness toward each other that make us a wonderful community so many want to join.