Salvation Army to hold kettle drive at DQ Bowl

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

Don’t adjust your calendar, thermostat or watch if you head for this weekend’s Dairy Queen Bowl at Henry County High School.

In addition to football, football and more football, attendees will see something generally reserved for November and December — Salvation Army collection kettles.

Yes, it’s still August.

Typically, the Salvation Army and its chapters raise money in during the winter holiday season. But in an effort to raise some mid-year funds, the Henry County Salvation Army chapter will collect early.

Angela Stanley, with the Henry County Family Resource Center, said due to an increase in demands, the Henry County Salvation Army needed to raise some extra cash. Funds are low while requests for help are high. “Our funds were low and we were trying to think of ways that we might find a lot of people (in one place),” she said.

The group still will have bell ringers in November and December for the Christmas fund raising efforts.

Money raised during the kettle drives helps send local children to the Salvation Army summer camp, provides turkeys and hams for holiday dinners, and helps residents in crisis situations.

While the Henry County Family Rersource Center, Henry County Youth Services Center and the Eminence Family Resources and Youth Services Center are associated with the school districts, each also is a site for providing Salvation Army assistance. And that assistance is not limited to residents with children, but includes anyone with a Henry County address — whether they are senior citizens, married, single, with children or without.

“The Salvation Army is available to all Henry County residents, regardless of age,” Stanley said. “If they are eligible, we can assist with utilities, medicine or food in a crisis situation.”


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