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Salvation Army Red Kettle announces Christmas season; Give Generously!

Photo by Christy Porter
Carolyn Barnes, Salvation Army volunteer manned the kettle Sat. morning, cheerfully greeting shoppers and donors in the Town & Country Supermarket lobby.


By Christy Porter,
Managing Editor

  The Salvation Army kicked off their yearly Kettle Drive in Licking, Fri., Nov.16 at Town & Country Supermarket lobby. The kettle will be available for your generous donations Mon. – Sat. 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Sun 12 – 7:30 p.m. through Christmas Eve. Fundraising in Houston begins Nov. 24 at the Wal-Mart Supercenter. Licking’s goal is to raise $6,500, which contributes to a total fund raising effort of $24,000 for Texas County.
  Red kettles have become synonymous with the holiday season. It reminds us to give generously to an organization that helps those in need all year. Eighty-five percent of all locally raised donations are kept in Texas County to help our neighbors and friends. Those needs include food, transportation, prescriptions, lodging and special needs. The remaining 15 percent goes to our divisional Salvation Army headquarters in St. Louis for oversight. The divisional canteen would help here in the event of a local disaster.
  An international, evangelical, Christian church organization, the Salvation Army began in London in 1865. William Booth, and his wife Catherine took an unconventional approach to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ directly to the people. The Christian Mission, as it was called in the beginning, had over 1,000 volunteers and evangelists within the first 10 years. They walked the streets of London evangelizing and helping the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute, according to their website. The organization’s name evolved from the statement, “The Christian Mission is a volunteer army.” Booth crossed out “volunteer army” and penned in “Salvation Army.”
  Helping those in need, where they are, is still done today. The Texas County Salvation Army Unit is headquartered at the Food Pantry in Houston.
  “This past year, your donations have provided boots for an in need person, beds and cribs for children with no place to sleep, car seats for a new family, bus tickets for a way home, gas vouchers to ensure a child made it to doctors’ appointments and replaced medication for individuals who lost their home due to fire. These and many other necessities are provided for individuals and families that are not covered by government grants, assistance or other entities,” says Katie Mutzebaugh, “Need is assessed and is covered on a case by case basis.”
  Paul Meier, Chairman of Licking Salvation Army Kettle Drive, encourages people to volunteer to man the kettle during this holiday season. Giving a few hours to accept donations is greatly appreciated.
  If you would like to donate your time to help with this worthwhile fundraising, you may call Paul Meier at 573-674-3411.
  If you or someone you know needs assistance, the Salvation Army Unit is headquartered at the Food Pantry, 102A Hwy. 17 in Houston, or call 417-967-4484.

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