Citizens have been asked to contribute to a lot of worthy causes lately, and it's easy to overlook the agencies and service programs which serve Cherokee County every day.
The mission of the annual Fund Drive is to provide a variety of services to the residents of Cherokee County. The needs of the residents are constantly assessed and services then tailored to meet the emotional, physical, developmental, and social needs.
The proceeds from the Fund Drive, whose motto is "We Share Because We Care," remain in Cherokee County, benefiting several agencies long associated with the Cherokee County Fund Drive.
These programs may not be novel or "splashy," but they do help increase the quality of life for every citizen of Cherokee County.
The 2011 Cherokee County Fund Drive will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 1, when brochures will be mailed out. No door-to-door stops will be conducted this year, but people may make their contributions at any Cherokee County bank or other financial institution, or they can mail it to P.O. Box 21 in Cherokee. Checks should be made payable to "Cherokee County Fund Drive."
Another option is bringing your donation to the "Hot Dog Days" event in your town. Beginning on Oct. 3, Hot Dog Days will be held in Cherokee County communities according to the following schedule: Monday (Oct. 3), Quimby; Tuesday, Washta; Wednesday, Marcus; Thursday, Cleghorn; Friday, Larrabee; Monday (Oct. 10), Meriden; Tuesday, Aurelia. Hot dogs will be served beginning at 4 p.m. on those days for the price of a free will donation, which will go to the Cherokee County Fund Drive.
Maybe it's a child in need of a winter coat; maybe it's a lonely senior citizen; maybe it's a mom and her children in crisis; or perhaps it's a group of boys or girls who need programs that model skills and citizenship; maybe it's a needed health service, or money for a prescription - all good reasons to give to the Cherokee County Fund Drive.
All of these things and more are provided by the agencies listed here:
The American Heart Association; American Red Cross; Boy Scouts; Council on Aging; Salvation Army; Elderly Peer Program; Girl Scouts; Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.; CAASA (Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault); Bright Beginnings Day Care; Associated Charities; DEC (Drug Endangered Children).
The Cherokee County Fund Drive thanks you all for your generosity.