Always a way to help
The annual Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign will start in our area on Friday, Nov. 18.
It will start at Kmart, Dillons, and Country Mart, and at Walmart on Nov. 25. This will continue on a daily basis except Thanksgiving and Sundays through Dec. 24. All the service clubs and many churches are involved in helping with this project. Also individuals take time to help, and again this year the Lansing Kiwanis will be bell-ringing at the Petro Deli in Lansing, starting Friday, Nov. 18, for one week.
The Salvation Army has been helping people in Leavenworth County since 1896 with food, clothing, rent, utilities and furniture. This year’s goal for the red kettle collection is $68,000. Due to the economy situation, there is a greater need for assistance than ever.
I really enjoy doing a two-hour shift from time to time during this holiday season. Besides having the satisfaction of helping people in need, I love seeing and visiting with the people who come and go at these locations. There is always a need for bell ringers so if you have an hour or two to spare, please call the Salvation Army Office at 682-6523 and they will help you find a time and place.
If you are not up to doing that sort of task, the Angel Trees are available for you to adopt an adult or child. These trees can be found in churches, and many other places in Lansing and Leavenworth.
As an additional note, the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Lansing is on at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. It will be at the Lansing Community Center at 800 First Terrace. This is a great opportunity to come together with friends and neighbors, watch and listen to some great entertainment and share a cup of hot chocolate and cookies, then go outside and sing Christmas carols and watch the tree light up.
So you can see, there are many ways for us to reach out and help those in need. Have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.