By Ashley Rader
Volunteers for the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County worked hard for donations to the agency as they bagged groceries not only for Thanksgiving shoppers but those out looking to stock up on supplies before a predicted snowstorm.
The United Way hosted its annual Celebrity Bagging fundraiser at the Food City locations in Elizabethton and Piney Flats Tuesday as guest baggers packed customers purchases in the hopes of drawing donations to benefit the agency.
Elizabethton United Way President Candy Craig said the volunteers had been working well throughout the “crazy” business day.
“It has been crazy,” Craig said. “They have been slammed and all eight registers have been going all day. The volunteers have been great. They are really enjoying themselves.”
Craig said the traditional Thanksgiving shoppers picking up ingredients for their holiday feast had filled the store as expected. However, customers concerned with the possibility of a Turkey Day snowstorm added extra volume to the guests the volunteers were called on to assist.
“The snow has definitely been a hot topic today,” she said. “Everybody is talking about will it or won’t it.”
United Way Director Debbie Guy reported the event was also going well in Piney Flats on Tuesday afternoon.
“All in all it has been a pretty good day,” Guy said. “It has been pretty busy and I understand it will get busier as the day goes on and people start to get off from work.”