Chapin’s Community Service Day brings community together to make a difference

Chapin, SC (Paul Kirby) – On Saturday morning, the town of Chapin held its annual Community Day of Service. This day is intended for the people of Chapin and surrounding areas to come together and serve others without any thought of what they’d receive in return. It’s been held for many years, and just like years past, on Saturday morning, large groups of people turned out to do just that, serve in some way or another. It was uplifting to see grandparents, parents, children, and grandchildren working side-by-side to help make Chapin not just look better, but to be a better place to be altogether. They came in numbers, the event was coordinated by Nicholle Burroughs, Chapin’s director of communications and special events, to do whatever was needed.

At the Greater Chapin Chamber of Commerce, a building that welcomes people to the community, the members and families of the Chapin Garden Club partnered with a group from the Chapin Junior Woman’s Club. Together, they spruced up the outside mulching the flower beds, planting bedding flowers, and generally just doing what you’d do to make your own home presentable and attractive for spring. The club’s president Cynthia Chin and her crew worked quickly and efficiently to get the work done. “We just celebrated the 80th anniversary of the club and we as a group have participated in the service day every year it’s been held I think. It’s important for us to give back and share our skills with the town and everyone who drives by sees what we’ve done. This office is one of the first things people see as they enter Chapin and it ought to be presentable and welcoming,” Chin said. She said she was worried that as the world changed, fewer and fewer of the younger generation would learn about gardening and serving from the master gardeners in their club that all have years of knowledge to share. “Some of our members have simply gotten to the age where they can’t physically participate, and we are looking for ways to get the next generation involved in the club and in the service day. Today, we recruited our husbands to help.”

At other places, young and old worked alongside each other too. At the old fire station and town hall on Lexington Avenue, J.J. Casey and other members of The Society of Fancy Hat Ladies, as well as some students from Chapin Intermediate School’s Garden Club, also did some landscaping. Several other groups worked at the area’s food pantry We Care. They included a group from New Spring and students from one of the area’s schools. Others did general yard work at the Justin Pepper Shelter, partnered with Good Works, cleaned up Broom Straw and Zion Church Roads, or simply changed out some lights at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. After the work was done, many that helped gathered at the town hall for a hotdog lunch provided as part of the service by the members of Chapin’s American Legion Post. Certificates were given, but that wasn’t the reason the people came. They came because it was the right thing to do.

Chapin’s Community Day of Service isn’t the only one like it in Lexington County. Certainly, other towns and communities have similar days, projects, people who help and care. Theirs is but one example of people who love and admire their communities and are willing to work to make them look nice, to ensure that they’re putting their best face on for visitors and their neighbors. If there’s not a program or day like this where you live, maybe you can be the beginning of something good.

The groups that were scheduled to participate today were:

Chapin Elementary School

Justin Pepper House

Chapin Arbor Day Foundation

Mt Zion Baptist Church

Chapin We Care

Chapin Junior Womans Club

Chapin Sunrise Rotary

Our Lady of The Lake

Chapin Chamber

Newspring

Chapin Intermediate Garden Club

Fancy Hat Ladies

American Legion Post 193

To learn more about the town of Chapin, look at their website at www.chapinsc.com. To get more information about being a part of the Chapin Garden Club, a group open to both men and women, call Cynthia Chin at (803) 414-5452. You can also find out more about the Society of Fancy Hat Ladies by e-mailing J.J. Casey by e-mail at jjmcasey@bellsouth.net.

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