Author: Mary Mason

Beyond the kettle, giving continues

The Salvation Army of Muscatine began the Red Kettle Christmas Campaign with a goal of raising $165,000. These funds collected at Christmas are used beyond the holiday season and benefit the organization and ultimately the community throughout the year. In addition to the kettle campaign, funds are collected through two other primary sources. Mail appeal is the program which sends requests for donations to mailboxes throughout the area.  Money can then be mailed to the office, and that amount is included in the overall total. The second form of mail that is received is referred to as “white mail.” White mail includes cards and letters that include checks or donations to the Salvation Army that are received throughout the holiday season. These funds are also added to the overall campaign total for the year. The collection season for kettles will continue through noon on December 23. Individuals looking to make end-of-year donations for tax purposes can still do so and have that amount added into the Christmas total. In addition, all donations received through either mail appeal or white mail through the end of January will be counted in the total. Funding received during the holiday season sustains programs throughout the year. In addition to emergency food baskets, the Salvation Army provides emergency services on a case-by-case basis. Some of those needs include gas or gas cards for families...

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Blessings abound

Parishioners from the First Christian Church in Muscatine saw a need arise and jumped into action. Ben and Contessa Eversmeyer presented the idea of a Blessing Box to the church leadership, which Ben Eversmeyer says was readily received. Church member Gary Fortney drew up plans which were approved, and the box was completed and ready to be positioned within about three weeks, Eversmeyer says. Members of the church body have supplied the Blessing Box with food items that they hope will offer a helping hand to members of the community who may need it. “We are right across from...

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Salvation Army brings toy shopping to parents

With temperatures dropping and trees and lights going up, many in the Muscatine area are beginning to think about Christmas. For some, that means shopping in stores and online. For others, there is a feeling of fear and uncertainty that settles in. For those who may not be able to provide the Christmas that they would like for their children, the Salvation Army of Muscatine is available to help. For the 2016 Christmas season, the Salvation Army of Muscatine was able to provide assistance to 397 area families. Those families included 714 children ages infant through 18. When all...

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What to expect when you’re voting

The city election will be held countywide in Muscatine on Tuesday, November 7. While the voting process in Iowa has become more streamlined over the past few years due to the introduction of computers, there are still several steps that must be observed. When voters first arrive at their precinct, they will be asked to fill out a Voter Declaration of Eligibility.  This half-page form will ask for the voter’s name, address, and signature. If the voter would like to sign in using a State of Iowa driver’s license, this form will only require a signature. A signature is...

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Muscatine man helps bring awareness through paint

A colorful display of K9s can be seen all around downtown Chicago this summer. The K9s for Cops program has placed over 40 almost-6-foot dog statues around the area. The base of each dog is the same, though the final appearances are varied and unique. One Muscatine man had the opportunity to be a part of the special project. Jim Hetzler says he first learned about the program through a Brush Master group he is a part of in the Chicago area. Hetzler, who specializes in custom paint graphics and pin striping, was intrigued by the program. The K9...

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