Faces in the Crowd: Garrett Rice

A year after its inception, creator of the Facebook group 'Black Hills Cup of Sugar-Help Your Neighbor' says the social media group is thriving with no end in sight.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It’s another pandemic-related anniversary, but this time with a good connotation – ‘Black Hills Cup of Sugar, Help Your Neighbor’ Facebook group celebrates a year of helping others.

Garrett Rice

Garrett Rice

Garrett Rice

Garret Rice is a third generation manager of what is now Rice’s Rapid Motorsports. His years as a part of the family business has taught him the importance of giving back to the community he works and lives in, which led him to form the social media group to help others.

From finding toilet paper to finding a home to finding friends – the ‘Black Hills Cup of Sugar’ Facebook group was meant for community members to lean on each other in times of need.

Garrett Rice

Rice says, “You know with this fire, I’m assuming there’s going to be some people who are going to need some help, so hopefully we can turn and lean on each other and get people through you know the battle of rebuilding whatever got destroyed.”

Using social media for a positive spin, there are now over 11,500 people in the group offering everything from guidance, advice, recommendations, to performing projects and fulfilling needs – with a give and take approach.

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Garrett says, “The people that are giving are actually getting more out of it than the person receiving, and I think that is trend you see when people are really out giving and wanting to help, it’s ten fold every time.”

Garrett adds that it is gratifying to see others giving spirit, saying, “It’s a pebble and it ripples through and I didn’t invent being kind or being compassionate or Facebook, we just pulled it all together and you know it was a perfect time with the virus starting off last year, where everyone pulled together so it’s fun to be a part of and it’s fun to watch.”

Garrett Rice

Garrett adds that the Facebook group continues to evolve and will continue to exist because there will always be people to lend a hand up to.

Garrett says, “I mean our community is only as strong as our weakest link so can we lift up and help out more people so that their quality of life is better, and they can help the people.”

Courtesy Facebook Page

Courtesy Facebook Page

Courtesy Facebook Page

He says if you are interested in being part of the group, simply find the group on Facebook, agree to the rules, and add yourself.

Courtesy Facebook Page

Courtesy Facebook Page

Garrett credits the success of the group to the members who help each other out in times of need.

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