Archive for Thursday, November 16, 2006

Salvation Army fills great need

November 16, 2006

It's that time of year again when we need to be thankful for our good fortune of having a job and a roof over our heads and food to eat.

This year I am chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and we are confronted with the knowledge that not everyone is so lucky. It is a time to share with those less fortunate.

Thanks to the generosity of Cindy and Rick Jaccard, our Lansing Kiwanis Club will be ringing bells again at the Petro Deli, 601 S. Main St. You will find us there at various times, from Friday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 25.

We have been ringing bells in Lansing more than 25 years and have found our residents to be very generous.

Our goal this year in Leavenworth County is $60,000.

The Salvation Army has been helping people in Leavenworth County since 1896, with food, clothing, rent, utilities, furniture and occasionally medicine. In partnership with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, the Salvation Army also distributes commodities. It operates a day care for children ages 2 1/2 to 12, a youth night for "at risk children," a Senior Citizens group and church services every Sunday.

The Salvation Army began in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, took his message into the street to reach the poor, homeless, hungry and destitute. Booth decided to found a church especially for the poor who did not feel welcome in places like Westminster Abbey. He named the church "The East London Christian Mission." The mission grew slowly, but Booth's faith remained undaunted and now the mission is in more than 106 nations around the world.

The Salvation Army continues to work where the need is greatest, guided by faith in God.

There is always a need for volunteers to fill the bell-ringing time slots throughout Leavenworth County. If you have the desire to help with this worthy cause, please call the Salvation Army at (913) 682-6523.

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