Salvation Army seeks bell-ringers
By Jon Hawley
Monday, November 13, 2017
A season of giving should not overlook those most in need, and so the Salvation Army of Elizabeth City is again asking the public's help in its annual Red Kettle campaign.
As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army will have kettles and bell-ringers across the region starting this Friday and continuing through Dec. 23. Like other Salvation Army chapters nationwide, the local chapter relies on kettle donations not only to provide Christmas gifts to poor children, but to fund charitable works year-round.
Capt. Kenny Igleheart said Monday that bell-ringers will be outside 12-15 stores throughout Elizabeth City, plus other stores across its eight-county service area. He asked people to volunteer for bell-ringing duties in five-hour shifts. The Salvation Army will try to work with people who volunteer for less time, but he asked they commit to at least two hours.
Igleheart said every volunteer bell-ringer saves the Salvation Army on costs of hiring bell-ringers, helping it reach this year's fundraising goal of $106,000 for the region. That funding will help provide gifts to children in hundreds of low-income families, he said, plus support a new after-school program in conjunction with Sheep-Harney Elementary School and a new “Pathway of Hope” program to assist struggling families with children.
“It's helping change lives throughout those eight counties,” Igleheart said of the chapter's fundraising.
In addition to Pasquotank County, the Salvation Army of Elizabeth City serves Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford and Perquimans counties.
Igleheart's wife, Capt. Julie Igleheart, also said the Salvation Army is inviting people to participate once more in its “Angel Tree” program. The angel trees, found at participating businesses, have tags requesting gifts for families in need. The families' names aren't disclosed. Typical requests are children's clothing and small toys, she noted.
Julie Igleheart said businesses in Elizabeth City offering angel trees include Walmart, Roses, The Villa, Perry Auto Group and the Page After Page bookstore. Angel trees are also available at the Salvation Army Family Store at 600 N. Hughes Boulevard.
Julie Igleheart also asked those looking to make donations to do so soon, at least by Dec. 11. That allows the Salvation Army time to check, wrap and deliver gifts to families for Christmas. Because the Salvation Army must inspect gifts for safety and appropriateness, she asked people turn them in without wrapping them. If people also donate wrapping paper, the Salvation Army will use it, she added.
Julie Igleheart also said the Salvation Army has had problems with people taking tags off angel trees and not following through with donations. To ensure families not assisted through the Angel Tree program still get gifts, she welcomed donations of kids' clothing and small toys, or simply monetary donations, to the Salvation Army.
She also added that, if people specify they want their donations to go to residents of their home county, the Salvation Army will honor those requests.
For more information, or to volunteer or make a donation, contact the Salvation Army at 338-4129.