Belk Charity Sale benefits local groups

by W. WINSTON SKINNER

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Lettia Harris, standing, talks with volunteer Laura Woods at one of the ticket tables at the recent Belk Charity Sale.

The Belk Charity Sale continues to offer opportunities for local non-profits to make money for community projects.

The most recent Charity Sale brought together a wide range of charities and churches. For several weeks beforehand, volunteers sold tickets for $5 each, with the charity keeping the ticket money.

Ticket holders were invited to an early morning sale at Belk, where they could make purchases at an increased discount. Each ticket was also worth $5 off a purchase.

Kaitlyn Adams and her mother, Colleen Adams, came from Tyrone and manned the doughnut table. They also offered a greeting and a smile as shoppers arrived.

Kaitlyn said she got involved in the ticket sale as a member of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir, which is “raising money for a trip to Charleston this summer.”

As usual, several local churches sold tickets to fund various projects. Community Welcome House volunteers sold tickets and helped on the day of the sale.

Members of Lambda Alpha chapter of Beta Sigma Phi were out in force on the day of the event. Helping wounded warriors is a major project for the group, Gloria Ionta said.

She spoke of “how many soldiers have come back” from the war zone with major injuries. “We’ve forgotten,” she said. “These people are permanently injured.”

The chapter “wanted to do something” to help returning servicemen, Ionta said. “We decided Wounded Warriors was one of the best charities.”

She reflected on what helping the returning heroes has meant. “This has been one of the best experiences for us,” she said. “We do a lot of service projects through the year, but this has really hit home.”

The Beta Sigma Phi group took advantage of the opportunity to sell tickets for their group a few days before the sale.

Money from tickets sold on sale day and those sold by store employees the preceding week is divided among the groups sending volunteers on Charity Sale day.




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