Come to Paradise Saturday! Monthly Fort Mill community event wants you!

The next First Saturday event in Fort Mill’s Paradise community is Oct. 5. (Photo by Rodney Dunlap)

Fort Mill — The next installment of the recently launched First Saturday event will be held 2-6 p.m. Oct. 5 in Steele Street Park.

The monthly events, which includes food and family-oriented activities, are held to help raise awareness and address issues related to Fort Mill’s historic Paradise community.

Kids play basketball at the First Saturday event held in September. The next one is Oct. 5. (Photo by Rodney Dunlap)

First Saturday was created by the Historic Paradise Foundation and includes the group’s “Four Pillars of Revitalization” efforts focusing on: wellness (social, emotional, physical, and mental), financial wellness, diet and nutrition, and learning.

This events are free and everyone is invited.

The Historic Paradise Foundation also seeks volunteers, sponsorships, and donations to ensure the success of the monthly events. Guest speakers are also welcome. Donations and experts to address various topics are needed. Here’s a list:

  • Crafts material
  •  Financial literacy sessions
  •  Healthy cooking tips and plans with a nutritional purpose
  •   Healthy meal ingredients
  •   Bottled water
  •   Gatorade
  •   Disposable plates and utensils
  •   Basketball jerseys (team set of 5 – youth and/or adult)
  •   Basketballs and whistles (new in pack)
  •    Job opportunities for felons and others at a disadvantage
  •   Anti-drug and narcotic information brochures/pamphlets
  •   Company swag (useful promotional materials – cups, shirts, etc)
  •   Prizes
  •   Gift cards ($10 or more)
  •   Educational materials
  •   Family movies
  •   Blankets or foldable chairs
  •   Blank t-shirts

Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds, cars, land, and property can both support the program and provide tax saving to the donor. Legacy gifts and corporate sponsorships are also appreciated.

Community Food Partnership

Food donations can be made prior to the expiration date and close to the event date so that fresh meal options can be available during the event. Healthy meals will be cooked and demonstrated each month to demonstrate how to prepare meals that meet dietary restrictions and are easy to prepare.

Monetary donations can be made by PayPal by clicking here.  To make donations of any kind in-person, or for more information, call or text 803- 455-2299.

Everyone is invited to participate in First Saturday events in Fort Mill’s Paradise community. The next one is Oct. 5. (Photo by Rodney Dunlap)

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