The giving season is all year long

The Giving Box
The giving box (left) was constructed by Wake Electric employee and soon to be retiree, Herbby Alford, who has worked at the co-op for 44 years, “I was more than happy to help build this box when Suzy mentioned this project to me. I made sure it was built to last using cedar on the outside and PVC on the inside.”

Concern for community is a cooperative principle and a year-round endeavor at Wake Electric. While Wake Electric’s business is providing electricity, our heart is in empowering members and building the communities we serve. With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting our communities, Wake Electric brainstormed how we could continue helping our communities during the holiday season and all year long.

Following in the footsteps of our seasonal giving fence, Wake Electric developed the giving box. Sometimes referred to as “blessing boxes” or “community pantries,” this giving box will provide a location for people to leave non-perishable food and other shelf-stable items. Both the box and fence are located at our Wake Forest office at 100 South Franklin St.

“We have been so grateful for the outpouring of community support. I have seen a lot of turnover in the box, meaning people are using it. Before Christmas, a local kindergarten class brought in several black trash bags full of hats, gloves, scarves, and some coats for the fence, too. We have been overwhelmed by our community’s generosity,” said Suzy Morgan, Wake Electric’s board president. “I can’t tell you how excited it makes me to know that we are reaching our younger members and community.”

While the giving fence will only be available through Feb. 1, the giving
box will be a year-round initiative and individuals are encouraged to take any items they need and/or donate items. All items in the box and on the fence are free.

“Both initiatives closely align with Wake Electric’s mission and concern for community,” Morgan said. Wake Electric hopes both community initiatives will continue to grow in the future with hopes of having pop-up events in the greater Wake Electric service area.

Giving guidelines
All Items are free. Please take only what you need.
For the giving fence: Donate clean coats, sweaters, hoodies, pullovers, hats, and gloves. Place coats directly on the fence or in the donation bin by the front door and leave hangers on the fence.

For the giving box: Donate unopened, canned and non-perishable food items.

Thales Academy Giving Fence
Wake Electric’s initiatives inspired local students from Thales Academy to show their compassion and generosity by donating several bags of hats, gloves, scarves and coats to the giving fence.