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[December 20, 2013]
The Salvation Army annual Red Kettle campaign is underway. And with
just under a week "to cram the kettles," as director Tony Shuff
says, not even one-third of the schedules are filled. That makes for
The funds raised are used locally throughout the year in a
number of ways. A summer camp for kids that began in 2012 increased to
five camps this year. While difficult to recall now, the Salvation
Army distributed close to 200 emergency kits during spring and early
summer rains. The Salvation Army has also provided food, shelter and water to many
families this past year. The shelter has had one family after
another staying in it.
Shuff said that they try to partner with other agencies to best
aid local families in need. They are providing food vouchers for
some families now to help make the holidays a little better. There
was also an Adopt-A-Family Christmas program on Wednesday evening to
help families in need make the holidays a little better.
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Shuff understands that there is a real need in nearby
Washington and that people are helping to provide there. "But it
will be a stretch locally to cover Logan and Mason County for
the whole year," he said. So whatever comes in for the local
programs will be appreciated. "We'll put it all to use, probably
sooner than later," he said.
If you want to ring a bell for any period of time, call 217-732-7890. Kettle locations this year include Walgreens, IGA, Kroger
and two doors at Wal-Mart.