2018-07-13 / Society

Golden K Kiwanis donates to Central Carolina Community Foundation



Leland Williams (r), representing the Golden K Kiwanis Foundation, presents a $500 check to the Central Carolina Community Foundation, represented by Kevin Patten (c), vice president for finance and administration. Joining them is Edward Y. Roper Jr. (l). The money will go to the Daily Bread Fund, founded in 1999 by Edward Y Roper Sr. (deceased, 20 April 2010), while a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club. Edward resided in Florence County, South Carolina before enlisting in the Army August 4, 1943. At the time of his enlistment, he was 19 years old and had four years of high school education. One year later, Edward was captured by the Nazis and was sent to Stalag 9B near Bad Orb, Prussia where 3,057 other American POWs were held. By Red Cross count, he spent about five months in confinement in a hard-labor, starvation diet prison camp assigned to digging caves for protection against aerial bombardment. Following his release in 1945, Roper obtained a degree in pharmacy from the University of South Carolina and started his career in Lake City, S.C., his hometown. He established the Daily Bread Fund using unexpected monies he received from the German government in 1999 as reparation for gross mistreatment in that POW camp. The Daily Bread Fund is administered by the Central Carolina Community Foundation, an 11-county philanthropic organization that links charitable people and businesses with areas of need in the community. The fund provides general support for programs at the Harvest Hope Food Bank, such as Kids Café, the Backpack Program, and a Holiday Box program. These programs, like the Golden K Kiwanis, are focused on care and nourishment of children. In addition to annual contributions to the Daily Bread Fund, members of the Golden K have volunteered regularly at both the Cayce and Shop Road branches of Harvest Hope, for a total of about 500 hours in 2017. Leland Williams (r), representing the Golden K Kiwanis Foundation, presents a $500 check to the Central Carolina Community Foundation, represented by Kevin Patten (c), vice president for finance and administration. Joining them is Edward Y. Roper Jr. (l). The money will go to the Daily Bread Fund, founded in 1999 by Edward Y Roper Sr. (deceased, 20 April 2010), while a member of the Golden K Kiwanis Club. Edward resided in Florence County, South Carolina before enlisting in the Army August 4, 1943. At the time of his enlistment, he was 19 years old and had four years of high school education. One year later, Edward was captured by the Nazis and was sent to Stalag 9B near Bad Orb, Prussia where 3,057 other American POWs were held. By Red Cross count, he spent about five months in confinement in a hard-labor, starvation diet prison camp assigned to digging caves for protection against aerial bombardment. Following his release in 1945, Roper obtained a degree in pharmacy from the University of South Carolina and started his career in Lake City, S.C., his hometown. He established the Daily Bread Fund using unexpected monies he received from the German government in 1999 as reparation for gross mistreatment in that POW camp. The Daily Bread Fund is administered by the Central Carolina Community Foundation, an 11-county philanthropic organization that links charitable people and businesses with areas of need in the community. The fund provides general support for programs at the Harvest Hope Food Bank, such as Kids Café, the Backpack Program, and a Holiday Box program. These programs, like the Golden K Kiwanis, are focused on care and nourishment of children. In addition to annual contributions to the Daily Bread Fund, members of the Golden K have volunteered regularly at both the Cayce and Shop Road branches of Harvest Hope, for a total of about 500 hours in 2017.

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