2/28/2018 1:47:00 PM Salvation Army Commends
2017 Red Kettle Volunteers
The local Salvation Army Corps presented plaques to its top bell ringers during an appreciation luncheon held Saturday afternoon. From left: Bill Hemp, representing Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church, first place group; Charles “Junior” Hartless, first place individual; Joy Fridley, representing the Covington branch of Highlands Community Bank, second place group; Lt. Kim Feinauer, local Salvation Army corps commander. Not pictured: Paul Dameron, second place individual. (Gavin Dressler Photo)
The local Salvation Army corps held a luncheon Saturday to say “thank you” to volunteers who helped with the 2017 Red Kettle campaign.
Also during the luncheon, held at the Salvation Army headquarters located on Lexington Avenue in Covington, the corps presented certificates to individuals and businesses and presented awards to the top two individual and group bell ringers.
“The Salvation Army red kettles have been around for about 120 years now, so they’ve really become part of the Christmas tradition, said Lt. Kim Feinauer, local corps commander. "People expect to see the bell ringers and the bells out there. Thank you for helping us continue that tradition this year.”
Lt. Feinauer said that the corps met its stretch goal of $75,000 for this year’s campaign. “Frankly, we didn’t think we were going to make it,” he said, noting that they exceeded the goal by $384. “It was helped along by a $5,000 check,” he added. “We wouldn’t have made it without that.
“The interesting thing to me,” he continued, “was, the biggest donation was one dollar bills — a lot of one dollar bills. Not coin, just one dollar bills. What that says to me is that across the community there was a very wide spectrum of support. It takes a lot of one dollar bills to make $70,000. It wasn’t all in one dollar bills, but it was a lot, probably $35,000 [or] $40,000 in one dollar bills.
“That was huge,” he added. “It enabled us to do our Christmas program where we provided food for 108 families.” He also noted that this Christmas, the local Salvation Army provided toys for approximately 200 children, and provided 450 gifts to residents of nursing homes.
He also said funds raised help support the Salvation Army ministries throughout the year. Those include the Salvation Army food pantry; assistance with utilities; clothing and lodging; disaster relief; music; summer camp; and youth programs. Lt. Feiuauer also noted how the Red Kettle campaign was more that just about bringing in money.
“People are blessed by seeing a cheerful bell ringer out there,” he said, “[and] I wanted to make it my practice to give more back in kindness, in good will, in thankfulness, in blessing, than I was receiving in money.
“We’re out there to give more in blessing than we receive in money,” he continued. “That’s the goal. It was the goal this year, it’s going to be the goal next year. That’s what we’re out to do.”
Certificates of participation were presented to the Covington Fire Department and Rescue Squad, Con-cerned Christian Baptist Church, Clifton Forge Woman’s Club, the Clifton Forge branch of Highlands Community Bank, Covington High School, Jackson River Community Credit Union, Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, Rich Patch Union Church Kids, Temple Baptist Church, the Alleghany Highlands Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, and Tiffany Kress.
Framed plaques were presented to the top two individual and group bell ringers. Top individuals included Charles “Junior” Hartless, first place, $1,827; and Paul Dameron, second place, $597. Honorable mentions included Paula Kyrios, $380; Tommy Tucker, $311; Kevin Stec, $233; and Michael Reeves, $218.
Top groups included Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church, first place, $1,130; and the Covington branch of Highlands Community Bank, second place, $1,045. Honorable mentions were Hoke Chapel United Methodist Church, $797; Alleghany Highlands Kiwanis Club, $779; Covington Fire Department and Rescue Squad, $728; and Alleghany High School, $627.
Members of a newly-formed Salvation Army band provided entertainment during the luncheon. The band, which included Lt. Feinauer, Patricia Jackson, Jaron Jackson, Al Jackson and Wayne Angell, performed “Away In a Manger” and “The Chipmunk Song.”
In addition, Angell peformed a Gospel version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with updated lyrics that he composed.
The lunch, which consisted of baked spaghetti, salad, rolls and dessert, was prepared by Lt. Roxanne Feinauer.