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Salvation Army rings in holiday kettle drive

November 17, 2000

Salvation Army rings in holiday kettle drive



By MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer


John Barr said his early memories of the Salvation Army kettle drive were when his late father, Jack Barr, would call him on the telephone and say he'd pick him up in five minutes.

"I'd ask where we were going, and Dad would simply say to get ready," John Barr said with a smile.

Each time, he said, he would find himself at the holiday kettle drive kickoff.

On Friday, Barr again helped kick off the 2000 campaign at Wal-Mart in the Centre at Hagerstown.

"My father got me started and now I wouldn't miss it," Barr said.

Barr, chairman of the advisory board of the Salvation Army, announced that this year's kettle goal is $65,000 and the direct mail goal is $135,000, making the total goal the largest ever - $200,000.

The overall goal is $20,000 over last year's because the need is up, said Ward Childerston, also on the advisory board.

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"It's hard to believe that in a community like this we have people who are needy," Childerston said.

This holiday season will be the second that the Salvation Army has done without funds from the United Way campaign.

The two organizations parted ways after years of negotiations between both administrative boards.

The sticking point was the Salvation Army's inability to change the time of the kettle drive, its primary fund-raising activity. It corresponds with the national Christmas kettle drive, but conflicts with the United Way campaign.

Last year, the Salvation Army's collections were strong despite the loss. It exceeded its kettle goal by about $3,000 and its mail drive by about $10,000, said business manager Paul Hartman.

A $45,000 donation made by the Washington County Gaming Commission in September also helps fill the gap.

"We use that money for the noon feeding program we have here five days a week," Hartman said.

Approximately 125 meals are served each day.

Christmas preparations are under way, and applications for assistance will be taken every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. through Dec. 4.

Those applying for assistance at 541 George St. must bring the following information to establish eligibility:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> personal identification

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> a social security card for each member of the family

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> proof of children's age by way of medical card, shot record or birth certificate

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> proof and source of income, such as a check stub, award letter or a copy of a check

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> a current rent receipt, section 8 confirmation, canceled check, copy of lease

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> any other financial information that might help in determining eligibility.

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree applications will be taken only until next Friday.

For more information on either program and eligibility, call 301-733-2440.

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