Generosity shines in Red Kettle Campaign

Published 8:41 pm Thursday, January 13, 2011

In difficult economic times, the generosity of the people of Pike County shone through.

Kim May, director of the Salvation Army Service Center in Troy, said Red Kettle donations in 2010 were $26,000.

“That was up $2,000 over the year before and we were extremely grateful to the people of Pike County,” May said. “Even with the economy the way it is, people were graciously giving. We reached and exceeded our goal and that will make it possible for us to help our friends and neighbors in need.”

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May also expressed appreciation to all of those who volunteered their time as bell ringers.

“We had fewer bell ringers than in the past but they a great job,” she said. “We had more adult groups volunteer as bell ringers this year and we had volunteers from Troy University, as well as the Pike County community. Next year, we hope to involve more churches. All in all it was a good year for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign in Pike County.”

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program was also a success.

“All 93 of the kids on the Angel Tree were adopted,” May said. “Wal-Mart DC adopted 35 of those kids and that made it possible for us to provide gifts for 17 other children when people brought in extra gifts.”

The Salvation Army also provided 10 food boxes for families in need.

“Several businesses and schools had food drives and that makes it possible for us to have a stocked food pantry without have to go to the food bank in Montgomery,” May said. “That’s just another example of the giving spirit here in Pike County.”

During the month of December, the Salvation Army Service Center provided service for 135 clients, primarily food and clothing.

“We continue to accept applications for our disaster team,” May said. “The applications will have to be approved before we can provide training for the team.”

The annual Empty Bowl fundraiser for the Salvation Army will be during the noon hours on March 18, at the Lillian D. Green Nutrition Center.

“Last year’s Empty Bowl event was a great success and everyone had a good time,” May said. “This year, we will offer about four choices of soups and stews. Tickets will be $20 and that includes the soup/stew meal and you get to take home the handcrafted bowl.”

May said donations are always needed and appreciated. Needs at this time are furniture, knick-knacks and, of course, monetary donations. Donations to the Salvation Army are tax deductible.

To volunteer with the Salvation Army or for more information, call 334-808-1069.