The Salvation Army has begun its annual Kettle Campaign. You will see bell ringers by kettles at any of 17 locations in Grass Valley and Nevada City, including Cornish and Victorian Christmas, or one of the countertop kettles at local merchants.
All the money donated will be used locally, not sent to a national organization.
The Salvation Army provides shelter in cold weather to the homeless, provides housing and other help at the Booth Family Center for families that are financially distressed, R.E.A.C.H. Assistance for utility bills and homelessness prevention programs.
It also gives toys, food, clothing and household goods to about 500 families in need during the holidays.
If you are a part of an organization that would like to help with bell- ringing, contact Lt. Sid Salcido at 274-3500.
Having volunteers keeps the Army from having to hire bell ringers and means more money goes to this community.
There are immediate needs at the Booth Family Center, for which there is little money available:
— Dining room and family room floor: The floor joists and subfloor need immediate work, and this is costly.
After that, the flooring itself needs replacing.
Many of the floors in individual rooms need attention.
— Deck: This is a serious problem; it needs to be completely replaced.
— Walls: There are issues, some due to the adobe used in the original section.
— Windows: Many need to be replaced.
— Toilets and sinks: They are old and having problems. Some need immediate replacement.
— Showers: Immediate attention is needed due to leaks into the walls. Although a company is lined up for the repairs, the bill will cut into other projects.
— A/C and heater units: Some are beyond repair and will have to be replaced.
— Ceiling fans: Keeping these operating cuts utility costs, but replacing old ones is a low priority due to more pressing needs.
— Lawn mower: A self-propelled lawn mower is greatly needed.
— Septic system: A complete redo of the whole system is needed. For now, all that can be afforded are stop-gap repairs.