Letters to the editor - Wednesday (10-3-2012)
Worthwhile event just needs a site
"Footloose: Stomp Out Alzheimer's" has been a great local project to raise awareness for Alzheimer's research. In the past two years, artists and craftsmen from the schools, communities and long term care facilities have contributed artwork that has resulted in almost $2.500 being contributed to the "Walk for a Cure." Alzheimer's Disease affects 5.4 million Americans and their families annually. Both previous exhibits were full of artistic interpretations of feet and shoes. They ranged from colorful children's art work to serious graphic designs and sculptures. Titles such as "The Golden Arches" and "Alligator Shoes' took on new meanings through the eyes of area artists. The previous two shows were held in the fall and very well received by the community. Many have been asking about the show for 2012 and have ideas brewing for entries. Footloose has been unable to find an appropriate venue for a show for this year. It is our hope that the artists who have shown an interest will respond when we are able to locate an exhibition area. Space is needed for about two weeks that is open to the public, secures the work, does not require someone to be there throughout the exhibit and will allow for the reception and silent auction. The committee has been able to find several no-cost possibilities that would work except the silent auction was not allowed. The hope is to rally the project for spring of 2013. If you have a space that might serve as the proper venue for this exhibit, please get in touch with me at the Lutheran Home (704-603-2770). - Brenda Zimmerman Salisbury Brenda Zimmerman is activity director for the Lutheran Home at Trinity Oaks.
Soup and salvation
I would like to share with your readers some information about the Salvation Army and how we are able to do what we do. In the days before we had a mission statement, the Salvation Army summed up its purpose as "Soup, Soap and Salvation." Here in Rowan County, we have been fulfilling this purpose with the help from the United Way and others. Without their support many families would go without power, food and medicine each year. In celebrating our 100 years in Rowan County, we are going back to have a focus on "Soup, Soap and Salvation." The Salvation Army is starting new initiatives such as a hot meal program and a shower program. The Salvation Army is known for meeting the immediate needs of those in our community, but we also have hopes of meeting their spiritual needs as well by showing them the love of Jesus Christ. The Salvation Army in Rowan County is committed to "Doing the most Good," but without strong partnerships like the United Way, our impact on this community would be severely smaller. - Lt. Joshua Morse Salisbury Lt. Joshua Morse and his wife, Lt. Lacy Morse, head the Salvation Army of Rowan County.