Archive for Thursday, December 15, 2005

Helping hands

December 15, 2005

To the editor:

Holiday shopping, Christmas parties, school plays, decorating, baking, cooking and wrapping presents - these are just some of the activities that most people are involved with at this time of year. But for many of your fellow citizens, this is a time to worry, wonder and cry. Worry, because if you pay your utility bills, you may not be able to buy food. Wonder how your children will feel on Christmas morning when there are no presents under the tree. Cry because you feel as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders and no one cares.

Here at The Salvation Army, we care. We interact with disadvantaged families, the elderly, the sick and the forgotten, not only at Christmastime, but also throughout the year. We can do this because of the generous and loving concern of the people of Leavenworth County. We are currently involved in the largest fundraising event of the year: bellringing. Our Christmas fundraising is a major source of revenue for us and accounts for almost 25 percent of our annual budget. Our goal this year is to raise $65,000 through our kettles. This can only be accomplished with volunteer participation. And the money raised in Leavenworth County stays in Leavenworth County.

How can I become a bellringer, you might ask? It's really quite simple. Just pick up the phone, call The Salvation Army, (913) 682-6523, and say, "I want to help."

We currently are in need of volunteer bellringers in the mornings and afternoons during the month of December. There is no training involved; we bring you the kettle and bell, and then we pick them up. There is no pay, but the benefits (warm, fuzzy feelings, gratitude from those who will be helped and love) are great.

Of course, there are other ways you can help at this time of year. When you pass one of our kettles, please drop your spare change into it. Adopt an angel from the Angel Tree at Wal-Mart. Organize a food drive at your place of business. Or drop off a cash donation at our office at 600 Walnut. Remember when you give to others who need your help, you give yourself a feeling of warmth that lasts all year long.

Chuck Cook

Corps administrator for The Salvation Army in Leavenworth County

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