Volunteers Are Needed As Kettle Workers
Sign-ups are being taken now for bell-ringing volunteers for the Red Kettles on the streets, beginning around November 22. Groups from businesses, service clubs, churches, schools, etc., are especially welcome. Contests among groups are encouraged. Volunteers raise an average of $9 an hour more than paid workers and save the expense of salaries. Call 522-3209 to help.
Many Opportunities to Serve are Offered at Christmas
We have the following needs for the upcoming holiday season:
- The donation of the use of a 20,000 square foot warehouse or large store with ample parking is needed for storage and distribution of Christmas
food and toys
- Volunteer bellringers at Red Kettles at stores/businesses
- Donation of Christmas toys
Donation of large boxes for collecting toys at businesses
- Mascots to participate in bellringing competition
- Help inputting client data into computersDonations of coats
- Helpers to sort coats and toysDriver for pastry route
- Toiletries for clients
Call 522-3209 to participate.
The Salvation Army Aids Refugees From Syria
A Salvation Army International Emergency Services team in Jordan is assisting refugees who are fleeing the ongoing conflict in Syria. The United Nations reports that more than two million people have fled Syria with over half a million seeking safety in Jordan. Working with local suppliers and organizations, they have brought in supplies of gas stoves, gas cylinders, fleece training suits in all sizes, family hygiene kits, towels, detergent, sanitizers, and other necessity items. They began with those in the greatest need and are expanding to others. Most refugees are living in horrible conditions and broken down buildings, with a harsh winter coming on. The permanent residents of the area are also finding it very difficult to manage due to the current economic situation. Schools are filled to capacity, and prices of goods are high because of the increased numbers living there.
The Salvation Army expects to continue its work in Jordan for the foreseeable future, with more workers and supplies as needed.
Shelter Renovation Finished—Open for Winter
The Berberian Shelter Committee walked around the newly renovated building and discovered the work to be completed except for a few minor items. The Berberian Homeless Shelter and Transitional Living Center is at the corner of Ninth and D Streets. It has been funded by a grant of almost one million dollars from the State. Steve Madison, Tim Fisher and Bob Kroeze have been the backbone of the committee which oversaw both phases of the project along with Salvation Army personnel. Simile Construction did the Phase I work and Huff Construction was the contractor on the latest phase. Recent improvements include new dorms and showers, dining room, chapel area, and recreation area. Ceilings were lowered to save energy, more security cameras were installed, and new beds purchased. The Winter Shelter opened for the season on this past Monday. In addition to the year-round transitional residents, 100 other clients will be housed each evening.