Pumpkin season is nearly upon the community, including the annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival, and in preparation for the event The ARK is looking to area groups for assistance with its booth and fundraising efforts.
The ARK, a nonprofit homeless shelter in Elkin which serves residents in the Tri-County area, has kicked off a fundraising effort including the sale of raffle tickets for a quilt handmade by the members of the Foothills Quilters Guild and the sale of baked goods at a booth the group will be manning during the Sept. 26 pumpkin festival in downtown Elkin.
“We’ve got a beautiful quilt that the Foothills Quilters Guild handmade,” said Cynthia Cothren, director of The ARK. “We are selling raffle tickets now and during the pumpkin festival.”
This past weekend the Poplar Springs Ladies in Faith group held a soup and sandwich fundraiser after church for The ARK and had the quilt on display while selling raffle tickets for it as well. Cothren said she is open to loaning the colorful quilt to other groups or businesses who would like to display it and sell tickets as part of the fundraiser.
Raffle tickets are three for $5.
For the booth during the pumpkin festival, Cothren said, “We have people set up to work the booth that day. We are looking for folks to provide pumpkin baked goods to sell at the booth like pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread, pumpkin rolls.”
The booth also will provide a couple of activities for kids like face painting and a carnival game, as well as a chance to educate the community on the mission of The ARK.
“Hopefully we will be able to reach out to folks in this community and other communities who are visiting about what we do to help provide a home and help them move forward with child care, employment, finding a new home, all the issues we help them with,” Cothren said.
“It should be a fun day for us,” she said.
Cothren also announced the date for this year’s Cardboard City fundraiser, which will be held Nov. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Elkin Municipal Park. The fundraiser allows area churches, businesses, students at the schools and others the chance to live in a Cardboard City like a homeless person might for three hours while they raise their set goal for a chance to move out of the city.
Anyone willing to donated baked goods for the festival booth, sell raffle tickets for the quilt or interested in participating in the Cardboard City can contact Cothren at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 336-527-1637 and leave contact information. For more information about The ARK, visit www.thearkelkin.org and like its Facebook page.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.