Golden K Kwani Lee Hall didn't forget the generosity that his fellow club members gave by manning the Salvation Army's Red Kettle drive last Christmas. Hall showed his appreciation by offering a free lunch and words of gratitude Friday at United Methodist Church dining facility.
"Golden K does many projects each year. The bell ringing ranks right there at the top," Hall said. "The Golden K is just one of the finest organizations that I've ever been a member of. We have a good time volunteering ringing the bell. Each year we exceed what we did before, and this year we will exceed what we did last year. Thank each of you for all that you've done.
The Golden K's netted $12,804 at Wal-Mart location. Libby Todd and Penny Hoard also assisted with a drive at the opposite door at Wal-Mart and raised $6,737.
"It's been a joy to work with Lee and Libby, said Lt. Matt Trantham, Corps Officer for the Salvation Army of Edgecombe/ Nash Counties. "There's something special about the heart of a volunteer. They're people who want to make a difference. Someone who wants to give of their time and give of their talents to make a difference for others. On the behalf of the Salvation Army, I would like to thank you for what you have done."
The Golden Ks have taken over the drive that was once handled by Madeline Bass and Bill Calvert. After several years of absence, in 1999 the philanthropists restarted the campaign. Hall was one of the volunteers during the revitalization. It wasn't too long afterward that the Golden K Kwanis took over the campaign. In 2009, the Golden Ks were honored by the Nash/Edgecombe Salvation Army as the area's top fundraising volunteers, as they raised $10,496.
"You never know the extent in which you make a difference in someone's life just by ringing a bell," Trantham said. "You would think that it is hard but it is really very simple."
Although early, Todd made a plea for more volunteers on her side for 2013 Christmas.
"We still have slots available," she said.