Joan Forcier (left), director of the Cherokee office of Mid-Sioux Opportunity, gratefully accepts a donation of non-perishable items for her clients from Mary Jo Carnine (right), Cherokee County Salvation Army representative. Photo by Dan Whitney
When Mary Jo Carnine , the Cherokee County Salvation Army representative since 1995, found that she had some extra money left in her fund this year (most likely from higher-than-expected contributions), she proposed a use for this money to the Salvation Army office in Omaha. Mary Jo proposed purchasing necessary, non-perishable, items which cannot be purchasd with food stamps, and donating these items to Mid-Sioux Opportunity for distribution to their clients in need of the items.
The Omaha office gave Mary Jo's project the "green light," and she proceeded to purchase close to $900 worth of items at local stores. She then delivered the items (see photo for a sample of the products she purchased) to Mid-Sioux on Thursday, and estimates that 80 - 90 families will be able to benefit from the gift. Joan Forcier, director of the Cherokee Mid-Sioux office, gratefully accepted the donated items, and will distribute them to her clients.