It's that time of year again when we hear the familiar sound of those ringing bells; that is the Bells for the Salvation Army. Our Red Kettle campaign is underway, through this effort we are able to raise the needed funds to support those less fortunate in our area.
With the onset of winter utility bills will be on the rise; coupled with job loss in our area many families will be asking for assistance for the first time in their lives. Due to low paying jobs in our area many families just don't make enough money to get by. The demand for our services has increased dramatically over the past two years and continues to rise. Our shelters are full with a waiting list.
The Salvation Army provides rent, utilities, transportation and medication assistance to families and individuals in need.
We also provide milk coupons to all food pantries in our county. Individuals and families receive a milk coupon when they visit their local food pantry, coupons are then redeemed with a local merchant for one gallon of milk.
Our Happy Kids Backpack program provides 120 families with nutritious food each week. Children in the New Richmond School District and St. Croix County Head Start that participate in the free and reduced lunch program have the opportunity to participate in this program.
Law enforcement officers were able to assist 25 children with school clothes this fall. Officers nominated children in their area; children were selected and given an opportunity to shop with the officer. For many of these children this was their first experience purchasing new clothes.
We operate one mass shelter located in Somerset housing 24 individuals, one family shelter in New Richmond providing emergency shelter for one family and transitional housing to 35 families in our community.
Last year we raised $90,000, however, we ran short prior to the end of our fiscal year. This year our goal is $100,000. This is a very ambitious goal! But, with a little help from a lot of different people, we know we can make this happen. Your help is needed now to assist our friends and neighbors that are less fortunate.
Please won't you lend a hand!!
Or send your tax deductable donation to: 203 Church Hill Rd., Somerset, WI 54025.
Duana Bremer, Social Service Director
The Salvation Army
Polk and St. Croix counties