Upstanding members of the community will find themselves in handcuffs and having to raise bail next week as the Mount Airy Junior Woman’s Club hosts “Handcuffed for Habitat.”
On Sept. 20, volunteers will be found and arrested by officers with the Mount Airy Police Department, transported to Main Oak Emporium for a mugshot with the jail on the Main Street level and then taken to Realty World to the holding area, where they will be treated to refreshments and allowed to contact friends and family in an effort to raise bail money.
Each year, the president of the Mount Airy Junior Woman’s Club chooses a special project to focus on for the year. Christie Speer, this year’s president, chose the theme “Act, Speak, Build,” and has helped lead projects with the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity.
“We did the Women’s Build Day, but this is our big thing we are doing for Habitat,” Speer said of “Handcuffed for Habitat.”
“The junior woman’s club had done this same thing in the past for Habitat, and when Lynn Wilkes was executive director, she thought it would be a good idea to do again,” she said. “Our goal is 20 participants with a $600 goal each. We chose 20 because it is the 20th anniversary of Mount Airy Habitat.”
Of the 20-arrestee goal, the club was at the 11 mark this week. Arrestees include Realtor Bryant Brantley, North Carolina Rep. Sarah Stevens, Surry County Commissioner Eddie Harris, Surry Emergency Services Director John Shelton, Realtor Ellen Peric, Marie Treadwell and three club members and a spouse, Kyla Johnson, Shannon Badgett and Kelly and Andy Hull, and Nicole Ducouer of WXII 12.
“Volunteers just need to give a couple of hours, and if they don’t meet their goal, that’s fine,” said Speer.
“We would like to have people come try to bail them out,” she said. “And we would love to have anyone else who wants to be arrested to help Habitat for Humanity.”
Those who are interested in getting an arrest record or making a donation toward bailing a “criminal” out of jail should contact Speer at 710-7354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Checks should be made directly to the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity. Receipts are available for tax purposes.
Reach Wendy Byerly Wood at email@example.com or at 719-1923.