TEGA CAY — Tega Cay has a new resident. He is 6 feet tall, colorful and made of metal.
Tega Ray, a giant metal rooster, has come to the city to help a good cause.
The rooster helped kick off a fundraising event for the spring 2014 Servants with a Heart (formally Kids Against Hunger) packaging event. The event aims to package meals for families in need both locally and across seas, said Emily Jaeckli, chairwoman of the city’s Community Relations Committee.
Last March, Servants with a Heart, a food-aid and service organization, packaged 50,000 meals. The organization hopes to double that number in March with the help of Tega Cay residents, Jaeckli said. For a minimum donation of $25 to Servants with a Heart, residents can take home Tega Ray for at least 24 hours.
Tega Ray has been seen in residents’ yards and has even supported Santa Claus on his back on one resident’s roof.
“It’s a good way to raise money and people have a lot of fun with it,” Jaeckli said. “It’s a great way to get to know people in Tega Cay.”
On Friday, Tega Ray stayed with resident Kim Bogart and helped her celebrate Jennifer Stalford’s recent Tega Cay City Council win.
“He’s just awesome,” Bogart said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Stalford enjoyed the special guest at her celebration.
“It’s quite an honor,” she said. “It’s a great way to raise awareness for children’s hunger.”
Jaeckli posted a picture of the rooster on Facebook on Nov. 8 at noon and had a response by 4 p.m. the same day. Tega Ray gained his name through resident submissions on Facebook.
So far, the rooster has helped raise $150 toward a goal of $15,000, which Jaeckli said they hope to meet by January.
“We will keep it going as long as people want us to,” she said.
Tega Ray cannot be reserved and residents who want a day with the rooster must find him in his current location after making their donation, Jaeckli said.
The 2014 Servants with a Heart packaging event will be held March 2 at the Glennon Center in Tega Cay. Most of the food will be sent to a village in Guatemala where former Gold Hill Elementary teacher Carol Claypool is teaching English.
However, 10 percent of the meals packaged will be sent to the Fort Mill Care Center, Jaeckli said.
Jaeckli urged all residents to come out and help package meals.
“This is something the whole family can do together,” she said. “It’s a great way to give back.”
For more information on Servants with a Heart, go to servantswithaheart.org.
To donate or learn more about Tega Ray, contact Jaeckli at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.