Letters to the editor – Saturday (11-21-09)
Thanks for help with card ministry
The response to the (Oct. 16) article “Harvesting of Cards” was absolutely overwhelming! I would like to express my appreciation for all the phone calls offering help, the visits, donations of card stock, tape, glue sticks, money to cover the postage and the new friendships that evolved (which included five speaking engagements that I now have to look forward to!). I was amazed that the postage needed was covered within just a few dollars. Twenty-two boxes with over 5,000 cards were sent to Iraq. I know from their thank you notes in the past that our soldiers will really appreciate these.
I already have regular greeting cards to recycle to send during 2010. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please call me at 704-278-9355 or e-mail me at email@example.com. If you have greeting cards to recycle, please help by cutting the covers off as that is the only part I can accept.
At the current time, I have addresses for 33 deployed troops in Iraq, with approximately 100-125 soldiers per troop for a total of 3,960 soldiers from the N.C. National Guard. The NCBranch of Give2TheTroops.org in Greenville ships approximately 320 boxes every month with enough personal items for eight to 12 troops of our other enlisted men and women. Another local group in Mount Ulla ships contributions monthly and will accept gifts.
The arrival of these gifts is one of the few things our soldiers have to look forward to and many things such as gum, hard candy, granola bars, etc. that we take for granted every day will be very special to them. A local church has a bulletin that says: “America ó Home of the free ó Because of the brave!”
God bless America, and God bless our soldiers!
ó Linda Beck
Fundraiser support made a difference
Overton Elementary held its second annual Fun Run on Oct. 8 to raise money for school technology. This event promoted fitness by allowing students to participate during the school day. It also encouraged each family to make a small annual commitment of $20 toward improving our school. Through this schoolwide effort plus overwhelming community support, we raised $13,839.11. Thank you, Fun Run sponsors, for your contributions of $4,920 and donors for your in-kind donations. Due to your generosity, we were able to run this event expense free, allowing 100 percent of your donated dollars to go directly toward technology!
Sponsors: Wal-Mart ($2,000), Kohl’s ($500), Mary Sue Leonard and the Kiwanis ($500), Rushco Markets ($500), Reverend Jerry and Mrs. Pam Allen ($100), Alan F. Burke, CPA, PA ($100), Chambers Realty ($100), Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Colwell ($100), Global Contact Services, LLC ($250), Innes Street Drug ($100), John Leatherman State Farm ($100), Just The Thing ($100), Medicine Shoppe ($100), Salisbury Pediatric Associates ($200), and Dr. and Mrs. Willard Thompson II ($150).
Donors: Advantage Gymnastics, Baylee’s Steakhouse and Sports Theater, Belk Department Store, Biscuitville, Caniche, Catawba College Athletics, Cheerwine, Chick-Fil-A, Dairy Queen, Discovery Place, First Baptist Church, Food Lion Corporate, Frost Bites, Cress and Lori Goodnight, Great Wolf Lodge, Kathy Green, Harris Teeter, Horizon’s Unlimited, Ivan’s Restaurant, Jersey Mike’s, Just the Thing, Koco Java Coffee Shop, LA Murphs, Lazy 5 Ranch, Mr. Gatti’s, N.C. Zoo, Office Depot, Piedmont Players Theatre, Rowan County Parks and Recreation (Dan Nicholas Park), Salisbury Animal Hospital, Salisbury Parks and Recreation, Sam’s Car Wash-East Innes, Sam’s Car Wash-West Innes, Saving Grace Stables, John Leatherman State Farm, Sweet Sk8s Fun Center, Tinseltown USA, Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Woodleaf Lanes and Xtreme Play.
Special thanks: Catawba students from Dr. Stringfield’s and Patricia Whitley’s classes as well as Catawba athletic trainers who volunteered throughout the day.
We can make a difference in the life of a child when we all work together!
ó Leah Ann Honeycutt