The dog days of summer have brought some unpleasantly high temperatures, but thanks to The Kitty Seivers Helping Others Fund, more families will be able to keep their homes cool and the lights on.
“The Kitty Seivers Helping Others Fund has been established to serve the people of Surry County,” said Lt. Jeffrey Brooks of The Salvation Army of Mount Airy.
The fund established in Kitty Seivers’ memory benefits the Salvation Army social services programs for the residents of Surry County. These programs include utilities, helping with prescription medication, clothing, housing items and a food pantry.
“This fund will help us improve the lives in the community by expanding the number of people we can help,” added Brooks.
Seivers was a long-time advisory board member of The Salvation Army in Mount Airy, whose passion was helping others.
“She always invested her time, talents and treasure to support ‘Doing the Most Good’ at The Salvation Army,” said Brooks. “She served faithfully in the family store and also at the church.”
After Kitty Seivers’ death, her husband Mike established The Kitty Seivers Helping Others Fund as a way to continue her legacy of helping others. Seivers got the ball rolling by donating his 1949 Willys Jeepster to be raffled off, with proceeds for the raffle providing the initial seed money for the fund.
The raffle concluded in April, and funds provided from it are allowing The Salvation Army to offer utility assistance for power bills during the heat of the summer, according to Brooks.
“Normally in the summer, we can’t reach out as much with that,” Brooks added. By then, all of the Duke Energy “Share the Warmth” funds have run out. (The Salvation Army is a partner agency for the Duke Energy program.)
Brooks was careful to add that the influx of cash from The Seivers Fund is a unique event, and could not be counted on in the future unless more funds come in to meet future needs.
In addition to utility assistance, funds donated to The Kitty Seivers Helping Others Fund will be used for other Salvation Army programs which benefit the community.
The Salvation Army houses people who need shelter, providing vouchers at local motels to people who find themselves without housing for some reason. Victims of a fire are usually given three nights of lodging at the Quality Inn.
“We get some things together for them as they transition to a new place, as well as furniture and household items from our Family Store,” said Lt. Lea Brooks of The Salvation Army of Mount Airy.
Other programs include help with prescriptions through a partnership with Wally’s Pharmacy and the Salvation Army’s food pantry.
“The community is invited to contribute to the Kitty Seivers Helping Others Fund benefiting The Salvation Army of Mount Airy’s social services programs,” said Brooks.
Mail checks to The Salvation Army of Mount Airy, PO Box 443, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Be sure to note The Kitty Seivers Helping Others Fund in the memo line of the check.
For more information, call Lt. Jeff Brooks at (336) 786-4075, ext.5, or Lt. Lea Brooks at (336) 786-4075, ext. 4.
Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.