• 79°

Toys for Tots toy collection drive begins today at Krispy Kreme in Salisbury

SALISBURY — Beginning when most people are on their way to work, a group of local volunteers will start their weekend of toy collections for Toys for Tots at the local Krispy Kreme.

The local Marine Corps Reserves program has partnered again with the Guardian Nomads Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, whose volunteers will be at the doughnut shop, 1428 W. Innes St., starting at 8 a.m. today through Sunday evening.

The volunteers are collecting new, unwrapped toys for children in need and will also accept cash that will be used to buy more gifts. Organizers expect to serve more than 350 children in Rowan County.

Most families average three children, said Ann Arbelaez, who along with husband, Arbe, a retired U.S. Marine, are longtime Toys for Tots coordinators.

She said this year, any child who would like to mail a letter to Santa Claus can do so by depositing it in the Santa Mailbox that will be at Krispy Kreme all weekend. She said each will be guaranteed a reply to the letter.

Retired Salisbury Police Officer Mark Shue, who is president of the local motorcycle club the Guardian Irregulars, is a longtime volunteer. The partnership with Krispy Kreme was an idea he had about 10 years ago for a service project. He and other officers camped out over the weekend on the roof of Krispy Kreme in an effort to collect toys for the program.

Once Shue retired from law enforcement, he began working with the Toys for Tots Stanly County chapter. He returned last year to help in Rowan County, where it all began for him.

He and members of the motorcycle club will be at Krispy Kreme along with Arbe Arbelaez and other volunteers.

“Rowan has a much bigger population and need for toys, but every county has a need,” Shue said of returning to Rowan County to volunteer.

“Every penny we take in as donations is turned right around to buy more toys. Their CEOs are Marine Corps guys who don’t take any overhead. All of that money and toys will stay in Rowan County,” Shue said.

Arbe said last year, Pet Smart collected 1,500 toys for the program.

The following are Toys for Tots drop-off sites:

• Walmart, also a collection site for Operation Toy Soldier.

• Powles Funeral Home.

• Johnny’s BBQ.

• AMVETS 845, 427 Link St., Rockwell.

• Spencer Doll and Toy Museum.

• K-Dee’s Jewelers.

• Oasis Spa & Salon.

• Krispy Kreme.

• Jerry Wood Auto Center.

• Matlock’s Used Auto Parts and Salvage Yard, 16055 Cool Springs Road, Cleveland.

• JayBird’s Custom Cycles, 5865 S. Main St.

• Hair Flair, 414 S. Main St.

• Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge, Spencer

• All Dollar General stores.

• College Barbecue.

• Critters Cards & Gifts, downtown.

• Central Carolina Insurance, Jake Alexander Boulevard.

• The Carriage Room, U.S. 70.

• Warriors Golf Course.

• Stars and Bars Tavern.

• Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.

• Sidekick Karate.

• Five Below.

• Pet Smart.

• Park Sterling Bank, Salisbury and Rockwell.

• Advance Auto, Jake Alexander Boulevard.

• Jimmy Cleans.

• Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home.

• Fast Cuts.

• The Brian Center.

• Planet Fitness.

• Summersett Funeral Home.

• Tilley’s Harley Davidson.

• All Walgreens stores.

• Sharonview Credit Union.

• Randy Hall Automotive & Repair.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.



Rowan-Cabarrus Community College unveils tenants, training partners at Advanced Technology Center


Blotter: Salisbury man charged with drug, assault crimes


City of Salisbury to resume normal operations, return to in-person council meetings


Dreams of flight become reality at ASCEND summer camp


Base salary for SPD officers increases to nearly $42,000 next week


‘He loved people:’ Larry Ford leaves behind legacy of legal achievement, community service


Statewide pickleball tournament at Catawba College in September expected to draw hundreds of visitors


Resources still available for those dealing with lingering impacts of pandemic


Shoutouts: Misenheimer completes master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College


State expands Principal of the Year to charter schools

High School

All-county baseball team: Norris Award winner Honeycutt made the most of a dozen games


Partners in learning raises $3.2 million for new facility


Tar Heel Boys State creates miniature government at Catawba College


NC medical marijuana legalization gets hearing in Senate


N. Carolina bill ending extra $300 benefits heads to Cooper


New COVID-19 positives in Rowan at lowest point since start of pandemic


Rowan Wild’s animal camp makes a comeback at Dan Nicholas Park


Health officials say financial incentives helped vaccination rates; lottery drawing today

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry adopts budget that keeps tax rate flat


Airport Advisory committee endorses plans for expansion at Mid-Carolina Regional

China Grove

China Grove will celebrate 40th Farmers Day with week full of festivities


Pistons win in NBA draft lottery; Hornets will get 11th pick


Officers in Locust arrest drivers who tried to flee; one was on motorcycle reported stolen from Rowan


Panel OKs NC Senate budget bill; Dems pan policy provisions