Stories, Laughter and Jewelry

The Charlotte Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is a place for men, helping them get back on their feet. But, once a month, you’ll find a dedicated group of women huddled in a conference room, sharing stories and laughter. And, they do it over a pile of jewelry.

Volunteers from the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary get together and help the Salvation Army Family Stores find treasures to help support the ARC. All the jewelry donated by the community needs to be sorted and labeled before it is distributed to the different thrift stores, and these women don’t mind doing the job while talking about current events, their families and having a few laughs.

As Captain Kim Cundiff says, “without this, there is no ministry.” The proceeds from the Family Stores are used to fund the ARC, where those in the grip of addiction find help, hope, and a second chance at life. The Charlotte Family Stores held a jewelry event last month after the ladies sorted it and made $1,800 to support the ARC.

While most of the items go for less than $5, there are times when a true treasure is found. “People donate things not knowing what they really have, that is why we pay close attention to what we are sorting. The more we find, the better for the ARC,” says Auxiliary member Dee Fulton.

If you have jewelry or other items to donate you can drop them off at any  of our five Family Store locations or visit to schedule a pickup. If you want to purchase one of the treasures or other donated goods, check out the Charlotte Family eBay Store. You can also find out more about The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and how you can become a member here.

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