Residents respond by giving in time of crisis

Jan. 06, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

The giving nature of High Pointers is not only shown through the area’s United Way, but also through how it helps other nonprofits in town.
A more recent display of the giving hearts of High Pointers is the Sandy Relief Fund set up by an anonymous local family with the High Point Community Foundation.
The foundation received just under $35,000 to be matched by an anonymous donor family, totaling $70,000. That total was then matched again by Samaritan’s Purse to bring the grand total to $140,000 to help New York and New Jersey residents affected by the superstorm.
“All of that money went immediately into the streets,” said foundation executive director Paul Lessard. “Every dollar goes into helping people.”
Although the foundation fell slightly short of that goal, Lessard said he couldn’t be prouder.
“It could not have been more successful,” he said. “The people of High Point have such good hearts. I think if we had some more time, we would’ve reached it, but I think it was important to get the people the money they need now.”
The Salvation Army of High Point also has had giving success, raising significantly more than the previous year in 2010 and 2011. Mike Liner, owner of Pioneer Family Restaurant in Archdale, has helped with that last year and this year by matching donations to the Red Kettle placed in the front of the restaurant. This year Liner challenged the community to raise $10,000 in just two days. Although the kettle collected $6,302.42, Liner gave The Salvation Army the $10,000 he had pledged to match collected in the kettle.
High Pointers also give more than their money, they give their time. Nonprofits would be nothing without volunteers.
Volunteers at The Salvation Army saved the nonprofit $11,000 in 2011 and spares expenses for nonprofits all over the city.
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