Honor card raises thousands for local homeless shelters

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – For the 28th year, the honor card is helping to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for 13 homeless shelters in the state.

The honor card is a replica of a watercolor painting representing homelessness drawn by North Carolina artist Bill Mangum. Mangum said this year’s card was inspired by a bible verse and a South African jazz song.

Once completed, Mangum’s original painting is mass produced at no costs by the Wells Fargo Foundation. From there, the 13 participating shelters request cards they can sell. 100 percent of the proceeds raised stay with that shelter.

The Community Crossroads Shelter in Greenville is one of those benefiting from the honor card. Last year, the card raised around $15,000 for the shelter.

Mangum said over the 28 years, more than $5.5 million have been raised for shelters across the state. He said the mission is close to his heart.

“I still go down to our local shelter every Wednesday to serve our breakfast, and there’s something about participating that keeps me grounded,” Mangum said. “It makes these stories and the painting authentic.”

Honor cards can be ordered through the Community Crossroads Shelter. The cards start at $5, but people can make donations of a greater value if they’d like. For more information, contact the shelter at 252-752-0829, or visit their website here.

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