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Warm hearts by contributing to the Kettle Drive

Kay Vasilakis

During the holiday season, you hear those bells ringing and see bell ringers standing outside in the cold. Instead of rushing past the Salvation Army bell ringers, take a bit of time and add a donation into their kettles. The money raised in the kettles stays in the area to serve people in need from Aspen to Parachute. The Glenwood Springs Salvation Army works closely with local agencies including Catholic Charities, LIFT-UP, and Feed My Sheep Ministry, providing rent eviction prevention, utility shut-off prevention, emergency transportation and lodging, gas vouchers, prescription vouchers and more. The agencies often partner together to meet the needs of an individual client.”Keeping people in their homes is the most important thing we do. The money raised during the holiday season allows us to do this throughout the year,” said Micaela Johns, Salvation Army operations manager. “We are always looking for bell ringers to help with the Kettle Drive. If you would like to volunteer, please call our office.”Anyone can send funds directly to P.O. Box 2964, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602. Those funds will also be used locally. The normal sources of funds are the traditional Christmas kettle campaigns, direct-mail programs, corporate and foundation gifts, planned giving, and government contracts. In most areas, The Salvation Army is a member agency of local affiliates of the United Way of America where such affiliation has proven to be beneficial to The Salvation Army.Ten percent of funds raised are sent to The Salvation Army Denver Headquarters, and the money raised from the Salvation Army Aspen is shared with the Glenwood Springs affiliate.Community members needing rent eviction prevention or utility shut-off prevention are encouraged to call the Glenwood Springs office to see if they qualify.The Salvation Army does not discriminate against clients for any reason nor require its clients to attend any church.The national slogan, “Doing the Most Good,” means Salvation Army is utilizing the generosity of donors in the most effective, efficient way possible in order to serve the most people and to pass that generosity on to clients.Every little bit helps, and a little can go a long way. Do your part to help those locals in need.Humanitarian Services AwardsThe Hot Springs Lodge and Pool will make its parking lot across from the front of the Hotel Colorado available for parking during the Garfield County Humanitarian Services Awards, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006.Humanitarian Awards nomination forms can be obtained from issues of the Post Independent, or by calling me at the number below. Youth nominations are especially needed. Inspire other youth to open their lives to public service by your nomination of an unselfish local young person. Pay it forward. Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other Wednesday. Kay is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. Contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513, or e-mail kvasilakis@postindependent.com.

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