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Salvation Army reschedules Empty Bowls fundraiser

For Kim May, director of the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center, cancellation is not an option. So, Empty Bowls is a go. And, she is being very positive about it.

“We are not postponing Empty Bowls we are having it,” May said. “The date is just being changed from April 17 until Friday, June 5, at the same time, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and at the same place, Bush Memorial Baptist Church Family Life Center.

“Hopefully not, but we may have to change the data of Empty Bowls again but we will have it,” May said. “Empty Bowls is too important to the Pike County Salvation Army not to have. It is our second largest annual fundraiser, next to the Kettle Campaign. So, we will have Empty Bowls. The ticket price will be the same $20 and we’ll have the same great soups, etc. and the silent auction and entertainment and, of course, each ticket holder will choose an empty bowl to take home as a reminder of hunger here at home and around the world.”

Tax deductible sponsorships at $99, $100, $250, $500 and $1,000 are available by calling 334-808-1069. All sponsorship need to be paid by May 22, in order to be included in the luncheon program.

“Right now, at the Thrift Store at 509 South Brundidge Street, donations are good, especially for clothing and miscellaneous items,” May said. “Because we are not picking up furniture and other large items until further notice, we don’t have as many big items. We will gladly accept the delivery of large items.”

May said Thrift Store items are, as always, priced affordably.

“We are taking all precautions when handling merchandise and with customer service,” she said. “So, we invite and encourage our community to visit the Thrift Store, which along with donation- monetary and goods-and fundraisers make it possible for us to help those in need in our community.”

May said, hopefully, the time will not come when the Salvation Army has to temporarily close its doors.

“We are a service organization so hopefully it won’t come to that,” she said. “Only if the government mandates it.”