Special to Iredell Free News
Rotarians are known for their motto, “Service Above Self.”
Eighteen members of the Rotary Club of Statesville put this motto into action on December 9 and volunteered to ring the bell at the Salvation Army Red Kettle at the Statesville Walmart. The members volunteered at both entrances for eight hours covering a total of 18 shifts.
The Red Kettle drive started in 1891 and has continued to be a Christmas tradition to support those in need.
“This year, the needs are greater than ever,” said Club President Michelle Hepler. “COVID-19 has taken a devastating toll on families across Iredell County, and the money dropped in a Red Kettle goes right back into helping our local community.”
Salvation Army bell ringing is one of the club’s annual service traditions.
“Ringing the bell looks a little different this year but our club’s desire to serve our community remains strong,“ said Club Service Chair Robb Collier, who coordinated the service project. “Our club members look forward to this opportunity each year and Salvation Army implemented additional safety measure to keep volunteers and donors safe.”
Volunteers are needed Monday-Saturday through December 24. For more information about bell ringing in Iredell County, call the Salvation Army at 704-872-5623 or apply online at redkettlevolunteer.org.
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and regions. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. If “Service Above Self sounds like a motto you can embrace, visit rotarystatesville.org/ for more information about joining the Rotary Club of Statesville.