Every year the Salvation Army conducts its Red Kettle campaign and each year thousands of dollars are donated locally.
The Salvation Army takes pride in using those locally donated dollars for local projects, but one might wonder just where are those dollars being donated going.
An example of the kind of things the Salvation Army in Redwood County supports was evident recently as a donation from the organization was used to help stock items in area nursing homes.
According to Char Graff, who serves as chair of the Redwood County Salvation Army committee, the organization focuses on serving as many different groups of people as is possible. So, it inquired of those serving the elderly and received a list of things from nursing home facilities across the county.
“We asked what needs the residents had, and what you see is what they told us,” said Graff.
Among the items donated as part of the nursing home project were 45 fleece blankets, two checker boards, two cribbage boards, a radio and CD?player, 120 pair of gripper socks, 12 puzzles and 45 clothing protectors.
The group utilized $761.29 of the nearly $27,000 donated in 2011 for this project.
According to Karen Christensen, who helps secure volunteers for Salvation Army Projects, the funds from the Salv-ation Army were used to purchase items as well as the materials for the clothing protectors, which were then created by volunteers.
The volunteers, co-ordinated through RSVP who helped make them, included Norma Hagert of Red-wood Falls, Pat Macht of Lucan, Helen Lem-cke of Morgan, Marlys Mathiowetz of Red-wood Falls and Susie Irlbeck of Wanda.
This is just one of myriad ways the Salva-tion Army has helped, as it also makes donations for things such as sending kids to camp and providing backpacks to students to helping with immediate needs, such as gas, groceries or emergency housing.
The Salvation Army also recently helped cover costs for some equipment for the county emergency management program.
The Salvation Army serves as a last resort for people who have exhausted other options and yet are still in need of help.
More about the Salvation Army may be found at the Northern Division Salvation Army Web site which serves Minnesota and North Dakota at www.thesalarmy.org.
If you need help, call Western Community Action at (507) 637-2187 and speak with Amy Joubert.