HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The nonprofit West End Ministries is showing Carolina Panthers pride while serving a much larger purpose.
Since July, staff members and volunteers have been raising money by vending at Panthers games and other events at Charlotte's Bank of America stadium.
The nonprofit is using the fundraising to fill in the gap after approximately $60,000 in cuts to state and county funding, according to Chris Gillespie, executive director of West End Ministries.
"Every day there's a new need,” Gillespie said. “There's a new crisis that we try to meet and unfortunately, we can't meet them all."
West End Ministries has raised $16,500 through vending at the games.
Some of the money helped the nonprofit buy a new van which it uses for activities with its Boys and Girls Club, women's shelter and senior programs.