Salvation Army gives out bikes, toys
BY AMELIA HARPER
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Christmas helpers were hard at work Wednesday morning at the Salvation Army Community Center loading large bags of toys and gifts into the cars of parents and guardians.
The distribution of toys and bicycles was the culmination of this year’s Angel Tree project. Maj. David Phelps, director of the Salvation Army of Rocky Mount, said 173 families were helped this year by area donors who adopted “angels” from the Salvation Army or from area Angel Trees. The families receiving the gifts applied for the program in October and were selected based on income.
“This means a lot to our family,” said Munisha Cutler as she loaded gifts for her daughter into her car. “This allows me to give my kid things she really wants for Christmas.”
Phelps said he has been impressed with the generosity of people in the Twin Counties since he and his wife, Maj. Amber Phelps, moved to the area in June.
“This is a very giving community,” he said. “The Salvation Army has always received a lot of support from the community here and that is why we have been in this community for nearly 95 years.”
David Phelps said he is impressed by the volunteer spirit of people and companies in this area.
“The bulk of the work done for this event has been done by volunteers from Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant,” he said. “These individuals have helped assemble bikes and other toys, gather them into bags for families and distribute them at this event. Other companies, such as Pfizer, QVC and Eagle Trucking, have also contributed generously to event.”
Michael Davis, a Cummins employee, said this is his third year helping with the toy distribution.
“I enjoy doing this because it helps the community,” Davis said.
John Evans, another volunteer from Cummins, said he likes participating in the event.
“We are putting a smile on kids’ faces,” Davis said.
Lillie Anderson, chairwoman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, said the event helps spread the message of Christmas and puts a smile on other faces as well.
“I love doing this because I see the joy on the face of the parents as they pick up these toys,” she said.