The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


January 1, 2014

Kettle drive huge success

TARBORO — The Salvation Army of Nash and Edgecombe Counties’ 2013 kettle campaign has come to an end, and the campaign exceeded all expectations.

“Our goal this year was $100,000,” said Lt. Matt Trantham of the Salvation Army. “This year we raised $118,635. We raised more than we ever have with our kettle campaign.”

The campaign was much more successful than last year’s campaign, which raised a little more than $101,000, Trantham said.

“The Lord does provide. He’s the source,” Trantham said. “This year, we had more volunteers. We had nearly all of our stores covered almost all the time…We rang all the way up until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve.”

The Salvation Army had reached its $100,000 goal by the Friday before Christmas, and raised $18,000 in the final days.

Tarboro raised $18,572.82 for the campaign this year, compared to $22,117.15 last year. The Salvation Army noted that there were only 22 bell ringing days this year because of Thanksgiving falling so late (Nov. 28), compared to 27 ringing days last year. As a result, Tarboro’s daily average was $25 higher this year than last.

Members of the Tarboro Golden K Kiwanis rang the bell Dec. 23 and 24 at Wal-Mart, in addition to ringing at the superstore every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

“It went very well. We were running ahead of last year,” said James Lamm, Golden K bell-ringing coordinator. “The people in the community have been very generous.”

Lamm said he’s very happy to be able to volunteer and “contribute to helping somebody else” and he has had “very good participation” in the campaign among Golden K members. He estimated the Golden K had 35 volunteer bell ringers this year.

“We’re a service organization and part of that (mission) is to help one child, one community at a time,” Lamm said.

Bell ringers were out at the Tarboro Wal-Mart Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, thanks to the efforts of volunteer coordinators Libby Todd and Penny Hoard. Todd spoke highly of the community volunteers, as well.

“We had an excellent response from the volunteers of the community,” she said. “I didn’t have one person turn me down.”

Todd said she and Hoard had about 80 volunteer bell ringers this year, and many of those volunteers were employees of Keihin Carolina System Technology.

Tarboro Piggly Wiggly owner Kenny Honeycutt also had a kettle in front of his store this year, and had his employees take turns ringing the bell.

Trantham said the surplus funds raised from this year’s kettle campaign would give the Salvation Army the flexibility to help more people in their time of need. The charitable organization helps people meet their basic needs, providing rent and utility assistance, distributing food, and occasionally assisting with mortgages and life-sustaining medications

“Doing the most good for the most people who are in the most need” is the motto of the Salvation Army.


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