Letter to the editor:
Salvation Army has been in existence since the 1800’s and was started by Wm Booth, based on the principles of the Methodist religion; to help the poor, widowed, children, elderly, homeless and jobless people. This is still very much a part of the Salvation Army mission today.
I have been involved with Salvation Army since May of 1995m as Cherokee County Service Extension Unit Volunteer Representative. The type of emergency assistance I can help a person or family with children and the elderly, could be: lodging; food; clothing; eye glasses; school needs, some medicine; some utility assistance with proof of disconnect notice; so assistance with partial rent with proof of eviction notice; and help from natural disasters (fire, floods, hurricane, etc.). A lot of the time I am working connections with other agencies and churches to help those who “fall between the cracks” or those with the greatest emergency need. All assistance has to follow Salvation Army guidelines of limited help and money in a 12-month period of time. No money is ever given to the client, but a voucher is written to the provider of the services. Usually those types of help can be found in the size town like Cherokee.
Core Offices are found in the towns the size of Sioux City (or larger) that can give the same type of help but also have soup kitchens, clothing centers, a Chapel and officers. The Western Division office Salvation Army that I report to is located in Omaha, NE. Some of the other Salvation Army programs/projects are; Projects are: Salvation Army Christmas bags for nursing homes; fans for summer; and blankets for winter.
When you receive these years Pink Cherokee County Fund Flyer in the mail, please take notice of all the organizations that would benefit from you generous monetary donations. All monetary donations that Salvation Army receives, 90% stays in Cherokee County to help those with the greatest need. So if you ever wondered if your money counts, it just may be the catalyst that helps a person or family start anew.
Thank you and Blessings to all.
Mary Jo Carnine
Cherokee Co. Salvation Army
Server Extension Unity Volunteer