Archive for Thursday, September 1, 2011

Meeting the community’s needs

September 1, 2011

Since our economy has not improved lately and we all have to cut back a little, we are still fortunate enough to have food and lodging in our area. Still there are those in need and bare spots on pantry shelves of our local organizations.

Since I am on the board of the Salvation Army I have had the opportunity to view those shelves that are getting barer by the day. How about when we shop, buy an extra nonperishable item such as soups, canned vegetables, stews or chili, macaroni and cheese, packages of Ramen noodles (very reasonable and good), peanut butter, the list goes on and on. Think of “buy one share one” when you shop.

Also, the Salvation Army Store on Fifth and Choctaw is a great place to share your unused items of clothing and or household goods to be sold. The proceeds from this store are used to help our local people in need.

Our Leavenworth County board consists of your friends and neighbors who are members of all religious faiths in the community. No one who comes in for help is asked any questions about their belief system.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

When Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast, the Salvation Army was there to meet her, working through local church partners and offices, to provide relief for those affected by that disaster.

The Salvation Army is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(C3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. You can donate online and customize your gifts to give locally or nationally, or to a particular state. Our local Salvation Army location is at 600 Walnut in Leavenworth, and the best time to take in food items would be between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Thanks for your help.

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