DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Sometimes it takes a little creative thinking to help stock food pantries and feeding programs, and Katherine Campbell has come up with an unusual invitation for people in the Danville area.
The rising sophomore in the UNC-Chapel Hill’s music program is putting on a free concert, followed by cake and punch, on Sunday, at the Salvation Army in Danville.
Campbell volunteered at the Salvation Army when she attended George Washington High School and the Governor’s School. Since going to college, she hasn’t had as much time for that, but when she is home, she still pitches in.
She and her mother, Melanie Campbell, said they were both surprised at how many more people were arriving at the Salvation Army for lunch, and wanted to do something to help raise money for the program.
Since Katherine has played the harp since the fourth grade, and began playing in the Danville Symphony when she was 13, she decided to donate her time and talents for an hour-long free concert in hope of attracting “love offerings” for the Salvation Army’s feeding program. The concert will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.
“That’s what prompted us to do this,” Katherine said. “All of the money will go to the Salvation Army; since I won’t get paid and we’re doing it there, there won’t be any expenses putting it on.”
It won’t all be classical music, though that is included in the program, along with gospel and some pop music.
“Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of Beatles music,” Katherine said, adding that some of that can be expected in the mix at the concert.
Katherine and Melanie both said they have watched David Terrell, who is in charge of the meals served at the Salvation Army, for several years now and are impressed with the magic he works in the kitchen.
“The food he comes up with is amazing, and it’s all from donations,” Melanie said.
Terrell said he typically serves lunch to between 100 and 150 people every weekday, some whom he has seen for years and has come to know well.
“I call most of my people by name; I don’t just see them as clients,” Terrell said. “You build relationships after 21 years in this job.”
Terrell said he appreciates Katherine’s efforts to help the organization; he is feeding more people than ever, and donations have slowed over the summer.
“We love Katherine here; she used to volunteer when she was (in Danville) and now that she’s at college, she still does what she can,” Terrell said. “I’ve heard one of her recitals; it’s beautiful.”