The Salvation Army of Daviess County will continue to serve those in need in the community with the help of funds raised by the annual Red Kettle Campaign. All the donations raised in the county stay in the county to support local Salvation Army Service Extension programs throughout the year.
Programs that are supported from the funds include the Salvation Army Emergency Assistance Programs, “Tools for School” and “League of Mercy.” The Emergency Assistance Programs provide area residents with assistance with food, clothing, utilities, shelter and other basic needs. “Tools for School” provides basic school supplies that are distributed through the annual Bethel Mall event held in August and the “League of Mercy” helps to provide gifts to nursing home patients for Easter and Christmas holidays as well as provides local disaster support.
The Salvation Army Emergency Services played a vital role in helping those whose homes suffered damage from the Nov. 17 tornado with food, water and other supplies as will as spiritual and emotional care along with social services to those effected. According to a press release from the Salvation Army, over $46,000 was given during the disaster relief efforts through the Salvation Army Emergency Services for social services and case work, snacks, meals and hydration. This also included providing daily hot meals to those effected by the tornado that chose to stay in their homes that ofen didn’t have electricty after the damage.
On March 22, those who are interested in volunteering with the Salvation Army can attend a Emergency Disaster Service training course at the Washington Church of Christ. Pre-registration for the training course is required and those interested can register online at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or by phone at 317-224-1013. Course fees are $20 and include all class materials, food, snacks and drinks.