An anonymous donor has provided a little extra Christmas Cheer, by dropped a gold coin in a Salvation Army Red Kettle at the Lowe’s Foods in Mebane. It was appraised and then sold for worth $1,600 dollars. This marks the third year in a row that someone has anonymously placed a gold coin in a Red Kettle in Alamance County. FYI: The Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign runs through Dec. 24.
‘Trees for Treasures’ provides Christmas trees to those in need. Thanks to generous donors last year, Outdoor Supply owner William Wood gave away about 100 Christmas trees…with hopes to double the giving this year. Outdoor Supply is accepting monetary donations to cover costs…(around $25). Find out more about the ‘Trees For Treasures’ program by calling (336) 434-1943.
Misfortune into Blessing: What would you do if you booked a room and dinner for 90 people at one of the city’s finest hotels, only to have the event canceled? One Greensboro family turned their own ‘misfortune’ into a beautiful gift for people they didn’t even know. A man, who asked to remain anonymous,
contacted the Salvation Army Center of Hope in Greensboro, which provides emergency shelter and transitional living for homeless people and families…and offered them the room and the dinner to host a Christmas party for residents.
Eighty-four residents and six staff members attended the event at the Proximity
Hotel last Saturday night (Dec 01). But why? Jackie Lucas, executive director of the Center of Hope, received the call in late October. The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said his son had canceled his wedding, scheduled for Dec. 1. They wanted to know how to go about donating the space and dinner to the Center of Hope. “I felt sad for the son, but I could hear in the father’s voice that he wanted something good to come out of it,” Lucas said. “We were elated. All of our Christmas parties have always been held here in the cafeteria. To have something outside here, in a place as nice as the Proximity, really boosted their self-esteem.” But the story doesn’t end there. When the father toured the Salvation Army Center of Hope, the ‘anonymous family’ decided to do more. The family along with church members collected toiletries and supplies, purchased teddy bears for all the children and the church bought pillows for all the residents.” http://www.news-record.com/home/392990-63/canceled-reception-is-familys-holiday
A Greensboro father outraged about the content of one retailer’s holiday catalog. John Ellington telling Fox 8 that ‘Urban Outfitters’ holiday catalog has gone too far with explicit words and some of its content. After he received the latest catalog earlier in the week by mail, Ellington saying that he was glad he opened the pages before his teenage son and daughter. Read more: http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/article_1bd5d4aa-3fa3-11e2-a22f-001a4bcf6878.html
The band Kutless is working with Samaritan’s Purse to say Thank You to vets. The Kutless Military Mission Project includes giving away free concert tickets for active and retired military members and their spouses. And the band will be donating a portion of all merchandise proceeds to Operation Heal Our Patriots, an outreach of Samaritan’s Purse. For more information visit www.kutless.com/kmmp
North Carolina is the nation’s second-largest producer of ‘real’ Christmas trees and poinsettias. According to the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association, our state has 1,600 growers producing an estimated 50 million Fraser fir Christmas trees growing on + 25,000 acres. Fraser Fir trees represent over 90% of all species grown in NC. Find a ‘Choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm’ www.ncchristmastrees.com/
GIVING Facts from Charity Navigator: In a survey by Ask Your Target Market, 57% of respondents said they do donate to charity in some way over the holiday season. Of those who do, 46% said they make a monetary donation directly to an organization, 64% donate to a third party like a bell ringer or store that collects donations for a charity at checkout, 24% buy gifts for people through a mitten tree or adopt-a-family program, 63% donate items like home goods or nonperishable foods, and 22% donate time by volunteering. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=519
-The average person makes 24% of their annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. (according to research from the Center on Philanthropy). The average American gives 4.7% of their income to charities. www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=519
– A recent Red Cross study finding that 4 out of 5 Americans say that ‘giving’ is an important part of our holiday tradition. Prayerfully consider how you can help a local non-profit organization, ministry or individual family this Christmas.