(ATLANTIC) The Cass County Salvation Army Chapter had their Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff on November 13 at the Main Street Grill in Atlantic.
Last year (2011) the Red Kettle Campaign was a huge success bringing in over $8,500 in donations. This was the largest amount ever collected for the Cass County Unit. The money has been used for assisting individuals with food and shelter after being stranded in the area either due to bad weather or car problems, etc. Over $6000 was used to assist with needs in the local area.
Programs receiving funds this year included:
-Parents As Teachers for books
-School Principals receiving gift cards for identified students in need
-Camp with a Cop
-Each Cass County School district received book bags to distribute to kids
-Family Crisis Support Network for food
-The Alternative School for food and hygiene products and clothing to assist students in getting a job and stethoscopes for students attending CNA classes
Duane McFadden and Dave Hancock have been instrumental in finding volunteers and making sure shifts have been covered. Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist in the Campaign this year can call Duane McFadden at 712-781-2287. Donations that are mailed in need the notation for Iowa Unit #209 on the front of their check or on the online donation form, to be credited to the local unit. The money collected here locally stays in the community to be used to assist local community members.