On December 8th, 1986 Broadway-Timberville Ruritan Richard Funkhouser hung a red kettle and rang the first bell for The Salvation Army at Whitmore’s Grocery Store in downtown Broadway. According to the records he collected $4.86.
Richard persevered. He marshaled the Broadway-Timberville Ruritans to adopt and organize the kettle each holiday season in the Broadway-Timberville area. That tradition continues today with the Ruritans organizing and coordinating the kettle each November and December at the Timberville Food Lion.
Over the years Richard remained committed and deeply involved until declining health called for him to pass the standard he proudly held high all those years to others in the Broadway-Timberville Ruritan Club. Though Richard passed away in August 2014, his legacy and work continues to have lasting impact.
Over the last 29 years, “Richard’s belling ringing total” has grown well beyond $4.86. During the 2014 holiday season alone, the Broadway-Timberville kettle raised $8,992. Coming into the 2015 holiday season, to date Richard’s kettle has raised $197,907.33.
The impact of Richard hanging that December day in 1986 continues to grow each July and holiday season. Thanks to the generosity of Broadway-Timberville community, the legacy of one man with a big heart continues to make a difference each year in the lives of hundreds of needy families.