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Help local Salvation Army create hope for the future

For some, the holidays are a celebration of life, religion, love and family. For others, the holiday season is a cruel reminder of personal misfortune.

This year, as the 2002 holiday season runs its course quickly and hurriedly, we at The Salvation Army hope holiday shoppers and revelers will choose to make a difference in people’s lives all year round with a simple and very effective action: making a donation to a Salvation Army red kettle.

That donation may help a deserving child receive a Christmas gift, help an addict get sober, find someone a warm home, or get a kid off the streets and back into school. You may not know who, or how, the contribution will help, but you can be assured that it will – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is an “army” of people making sure of it.

For more than 120 years, Americans have entrusted The Salvation Army with their donations and their faith in Salvation Army services that help people in need every day of the year. We are extremely grateful for the generous support that western Nevada County has given us and hope that this year, our red kettles and bell ringers will once again serve as reminders that need knows no season.

In fact, it has never before been more important. During the holidays, The Salvation Army’s Grass Valley Corps is linked, loudly and clearly, with the 112-year old tradition of bell ringers, red kettles and holiday charity. During the rest of the year, Salvation Army service is just as important, although it may be less conspicuous. The Salvation Army serves hundreds of thousands of people in need throughout California with programs that change lives for the better.

Salvation Army programs range from a multitude of youth programs to drug and alcohol rehabilitation to job referrals, utility payment assistance and locating missing persons. Each program is implemented efficiently for maximum effectiveness and reach. By limiting administrative expenses, The Salvation Army is able to spend almost 90 cents of every donated dollar on programs that will help people in right here in western Nevada County.

Most importantly, all donations remain local, supporting programs that serve our neighbors from Grass Valley to Chicago Park, and from Penn Valley and Lake of the Pines to Washington.

Please give in 2002. As a result of our economy and the lasting impact of national tragedies, Salvation Army services have been in demand as never before, and the simple act of making a donation to a Salvation Army red kettle can make a big difference in people’s lives. It can turn a cruel reminder of personal misfortune into hope for the future.

Thank you, and God bless you this Christmas, and in the New Year.

Envoy Bob Rupert is a corps officer for The Salvation Army’s Grass Valley Corps.

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