Riverside Park Apartments hosted a fundraiser event “One Day… One Dream… One Community” on Thursday afternoon in Early.   

Representatives from Good Samaritan Ministries, the Boys & Girls Club of Brown County and the Brownwood Public Library were on hand accepting donations during the event, which featured bounce houses, a live remote radio broadcast and free food courtesy of Chick-fil-a. Guests were also welcome to tour Riverside Park, a new affordable housing complex that opened last year.   

Riverside property management specialist Rhonda Kelly said the event was an opportunity for the apartments to give back to their new community. “We just wanted to bring together some great local nonprofits and raise awareness for them,” Kelly said. “We’re very excited to be a part of the Early and Brown County community.”   

During the event, the complex also dedicated a new Little Free Library that will sit right in front of the apartment offices. Little Free Libraries are freestanding, birdhouse-like wooden boxes that hold books that users can take and return for free. Residents are also welcome to donate their own books to the collection.   

Brownwood library director Becky Isbell said the library has won a grant to build several more Little Free Libraries throughout Brown County. Riverside’s is just the second in the county — the other is located in front of the Family Services Center building.   

Kelly said Riverside is still accepting applications for new residents. “We serve low- to moderate-income families and we have two- and three-bedroom apartments,” Kelly said. “They are $625 for a two-bedroom and $695 for a three-bedroom.”   

She said the apartment has just a few more rooms left after a rapid increase in occupancy since the beginning of the year.   

Riverside Park is located at 130 Sudderth Dr. in Early near Early High School. It can be reached at 325-430-0444.   

Good Samaritan, the Boys & Girls Club and the Brownwood Public Library are always accepting donations and volunteers.