2017-01-12 / News

Local unit of Salvation Army is grateful for kettle drive donors

The Board of the Wilkes County Unit of the Salvation Army is grateful for the donors who gave to the Christmas Kettle Drive. They gave in cash (which really adds up) to checks, many of which were very generous, including one from Carol and Louis Harris, dedicated to Washington.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of the many bellringers who manned the red kettles at Ingles and Bi-Lo, and also thank Ingles and Bi-Lo for accepting them,” Treasurer Dot Harris said. The gross amount received was $8,630.91, of which 79% stays in Wilkes County and 21% is sent to state headquarters to be used where needed.

The Wilkes Salvation Army Unit helped 123 cases in 2016. Of these, 16 were transients stranded here and needing bus tickets, gasoline, food, or a motel room overnight. Local cases were most often needing help with utilities, but other needs were for medical aid, transportation, food, shelter, and various other needs.

Also, the Salvation Army Unit pays for 12-15 school children to be transported to the Salvation Army summer camp in June.

Buddy Lindsey serves as chairman for the Wilkes Salvation Army Board and he and Curtis Graves set up kettles at Ingles and Bi-lo. Florence Sandifer coordinated the bellringers and Alice Lindsey assisted. Dot Harris, treasurer, counted the money and Carolyn Reynolds wrote thank you notes for checks received.

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