At this time of year when we are making lists and checking them twice, sharing with others in need is the true gift of Christmas. What a joy it was to provide a vehicle to a family in need at the second Salvation Army Cruising with Care Car Giveaway.
Thiel Motors generously donated a Ford Taurus, with additional contributions from Hy-Vee, Information, Referral & Assistance Services, Walmart, Kwik-Star, Richard’s Auto Repair, Tandem Tire & Auto Service, Porters, Casey’s, 1st Gateway Credit Union, The Insurance Group, DM Services, the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, MAC FM, Clinton City Hall, and Visual Imaging.
Car recipient Lisa Dominguez tells of the challenges associated with pushing her two little ones in a stroller and being dependent on the bus schedule to get around town. Now Lisa and her family have the freedom and safety that a car provides. And so much more! Every item was generously donated to the Salvation Army for the Cruising with Care program. Thank you all for being life-changing!
And to those that willingly fill the red kettles, thank you for every penny, dime, and dollar you contribute to the Salvation Army during the bell-ringing season. With a goal of $120,000, your generosity is vital to the Salvation Army program for the coming year!
The funds received cover more than half of the Clinton Salvation Army operating budget for the whole year. And what are the operations funded?
– For Christmas assistance this year, we served 238 families, a 50-percent increase from last year, with 368 kids from those families receiving toys, clothes and toiletries from our Toy Shop/Angel Tree program.
– In addition, 15 kids went to camp this past summer, with many winning awards that will make them swell with pride for the rest of their lives!
– In 2018, our food pantry served around 8,000 people, with nearly 3,500 food pantry orders that filled the tummies of people of all ages, people right here in our community.
– The addition of Dinner Church on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. (Everyone is invited. Come join us!) is the opportunity to fill your belly with a delicious meal and to fill your soul.
– An average 35 to 40 kids attend Youth Night on Wednesdays, where kids gather together for a hot meal and for character-building activities. Young people are learning life skills through music, games, crafts and the Bible. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome.
– Pathway of Hope is serving 15 families, a total of 61 family members, to develop goals to improve their lives. Participants commit to weekly meetings to monitor their progress as they change their lives, one day at a time. The graduation of a Pathway of Hope participant this month demonstrates the program works, getting people back on their feet and building confidence to move forward.
These programs serve the community, and strengthen our community, but only with funding from the community. The Salvation Army needs your help to fill the kettles. Our need is $120,000 to ensure these important programs will continue in our community. Please consider making a donation to the Clinton Salvation Army so that we can continue on our mission to help the poor and disenfranchised. Lts. Justin and Stephanie Hartley can answer any questions about the specific programs.
Thank you for your generosity!
Clinton Salvation Army Advisory Board,
State Sen. Rita Hart