Second Christmas of stepping up for the Salvation Army!
One of our community’s most productive charities is the Salvation Army. This faith-based organization is a little bit of everywhere doing a little bit of everything!
You may not know that being a Christian charity in Asheville is not an easy undertaking. They are reliably excluded from the mainstream non-profit fund raising organizations. All too often they face “progressive” thinking ironically antagonistic to the Salvation Army’s impact on enumerable numbers of impoverished and otherwise disadvantaged folks.
Last year the Buncombe Republican family decided to put our feet where our heart was and help the Salvation Army by ringing the bell outside of Sam’s Club (always nice and always open to the Salvation Army’s army of bell-ringing volunteers). We were back this year to cover the full day on Saturday.
Here’s the note from our secretary to our volunteers – Good morning BCGOP “Santa Helpers” 🎅 Me Again 🙂 Just a reminder, we are scheduled to ring the Salvation Army Bell tomorrow- Saturday, Dec. 22nd at SAM’S Club off Patton Ave. Last year, The BCGOP raised approx. $2200 for this most worthy cause! I have attached the schedule. Everything will be set up when you relieve the person ahead of you. All you have to do is ring the bell and be happy and friendly- have fun! We do not touch the money if folks try to hand it to us. We simply ask them to put it in the pot. There will be a ruler-like stick available to push the money down in the slot if any money is sticking up. There will also be several bells available for those who have family joining in. Thanks again for EVERYTHING you continue to do! Merry Christmas, Linda
That precious picture above our caption is of Cindy Davidson and her daughter Chrissy Loveday, Isaac Loveay (7), Eli Loveday (5). What a great family! To the left and right are pictures of Scott Skjoldager and his wonderful family and volunteer extraordinaire Ken Hawkins. Many thanks to all of the Buncombe volunteers who helped make this a fun and productive day adding something back to our community.
P.S. – As the year comes to an end, it may be a good time to consider your charitable donations. May we recommend the Salvation Army as a special group that needs extra help in our unique community!
Please keep this BCGOP volunteer holiday activity in mind for next Christmas. We’d love to have you with us!
“I grew up poor, but I didn’t really know it because of amazing places like the Salvation Army where we got a lot of our Christmas presents from.” Trey Songz