With the Thanksgiving holiday coming a week later than in years past, throw in a crippling ice storm that brought travel to a virtual standstill for almost a week and you have the makings for trouble, for not only retailers but non-profits as well.
The Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign in Parker County was not immune to those circumstance, said Sharon Wilson, Service Extension Representative for Region 2. The good news is that it’s still not too late to donate.
“People can still donate,” Wilson said. “They may submit their donations to the Salvation Army of Weatherford , PO Box 1214, Weatherford, Texas, 76086.”
She said that the donations will serve all of Parker County and that donations may also be made through the internet site, http://.www.salvationarmytexas.org.
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“With the bad weather and the way the holidays fell this year, our donations are short of what was predicted we would need in support for 2014,” she said.
Donations can be designated to Parker County and even to certain programs such as Parker County Children's Camp or Food Baskets for Parker County, or any other program of interest.
“If it is not designated, then it will be use for general needs for the people in Parker County,” Wilson added. “As long as the funds donated are designated to Parker County, or mailed to the above address, the funds stay in Parker County.”
Many may not know that donations help to support the hungry, pay utility bills, rent, medicines and other various needs.
“Donations also help support our programs which include but not limited to Angel Tree, Thanksgiving food baskets, Children's Camp, Prison Ministry, Senior Adults, Disaster Relief and other great programs,” Wilson said. “This December, we used $6,000 in funds to buy coats, shoes and socks for children of low income families of Parker County through the Angel Tree Program.”
She said there are many needs.
“In some areas of need, we like to partner with other non-profit organizations,” Wilson said. “Partnering with other non-profit organizations help to spread the dollar even further and makes us good stewards of those who trust us to ‘do the most good.’"
She added that the Salvation Army is thankful for Donna Tillman’s leadership in serving on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army.
“She is definitely an asset and the people of Parker County are blessed to have her,” Wilson said.
Tillman said she couldn’t have done it without volunteers.
“I want like to thank all the volunteers that gave of their time to ring the bell and to those that helped schedule, set up and take down the buckets each day,” Tillman said. “So many that gave so generously of their time.”
She said after being a "bell ringer" for many years, she is enjoying learning more about Salvation Army and the many opportunities that are available for the community.
“I look forward to being a part of this great organization.,” Tillman added.
“You can follow our local unit on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/