This was the first year for the popular Chamber Promotion in which five Chamber members were nominated as Scrooge contenders.
The public had the final say as to which of these community members would become the Grand Marshal during the Lighted Christmas Parade that was held on Dec. 6.
The public was invited to cast their vote for Scrooge by dropping their loose change or monetary donation in the can for their favorite Scrooge. Cans are located at each contestant's respective business. The individual who collects the most money dressed the part of Scrooge in the Lighted Christmas parade.
Together, the five local Scrooge contestants raised the $1,055, with the winner being Mike Hunter of Cherokee State Bank, who raised over $800.
Other Scrooge contestants included Jim Nelson of Bomgaars, Gary McCormick of Hy-Vee DrugStore, Steve Ebert of Wilson TV & Appliance, and Dr. Cassidy Rider of Applewhite Dental Partners.
Hunter expressed his thanks for all who donated to this worthy cause.
According to Mid-Sioux Outreach Director Sara Lively, the past year Mid-Sioux has seen its highest increase of new people using the food pantry and they are still in need of contributions.
The food pantry 'Mid-Sioux Opportunities of Cherokee' hands out food each month to many area families who are experiencing hard times.
However, their need to fill that pantry is not just limited to the holidays, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving.
In previous years the community has stepped up and helped out, including many churches, businesses, social groups and many individuals not just from Cherokee but also from all the communities in the county.
To help this problem, businesses can have food boxes set up at their businesses so their employees bring canned or non-perishable items and at the end of the month the businesses will drop the boxes off at Mid-Sioux.
Businesses are encouraged to implement this type of program if they don't already have one in place. It's something that had worked in the past and it's the hope it will work again in the future.
Among the preferred items are things that are not covered by food stamps, such as toilet paper, laundry soap and shampoo. Donations of cash are also welcome, and every donation stays in Cherokee County to help families here.
If you would like to donate items to Mid-Sioux, they are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or call 712- 225-3322.
Mid-Sioux reminds people that they will accept most any donations. They can't accept meat that has not been federally inspected, and also no meat from lockers.