Lila Page, Salvation Army Service Extension Representative, met recently with Mary Jo Carnine, who has been the Salvation Army's Volunteer Representative for Cherokee County since 1995, to deliver signs, bells, collection baskets, aprons and hats for the volunteers who will be ringing the bells and asking for donations to the Salvation Army. The Mission Committee of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee has designated having Salvation Army bell ringers in Cherokee as a project this year, and they were instrumental in making this happen. Carnine said she believes that Cherokee has had Salvation Army bell ringers at some point in the past, but knows that it was prior to her assuming her position in 1995.
The bell ringers will make their first appearance this Friday at the local K-Mart store, and then will also be at the local Fareway and Hy-Vee stores from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. each Saturday through December 24.
Carnine, who does not have an office, said that she is here to provide emergency assistance for Cherokee County people who are in need of such assistance, and that anyone who feels that they meet that description may call her at 225-6301, and she will arrange to meet with them to discuss their need. She said that If she is not able to provide the assistance they require, she can refer the caller to other organizations which may be able to help.
Carnine said that 90% of the money taken in by the bell ringers in Cherokee this Christmas season will stay in the county, to help local residents in need. She said that this is wonderful news for her, as her budget is limited, and she has unfortunately not always been able to provide an adequate amount of financial help for clients in the past.
So if you see a Salvation Army bell ringer around town this holiday season, please consider giving as you are able to an historically worthwhile cause.