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Friday, July 23, 2021

    Red Kettle Dollars at Work

    Mike Ruby
    A Muscatine resident for over forty years, Mike Ruby had careers both as a teacher at Muscatine High school and as a writer for nonprofit companies. Now retired, Ruby continues to cultivate his love for writing by contributing monthly Ruby's Reflections to Discover Muscatine newspaper.

    Muscatine Living

    MUSCATINE, Iowa–Because of the generosity of hundreds of Muscatine County residents, the 2020 Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign was a huge success. Look for the official numbers to be released soon. The money that is collected in the red kettles, in addition to a mail appeal, is used to fund numerous worthy projects throughout the year, as well as meeting the needs of hundreds of deserving residents.

    A partial list of how some of these funds were spent in January and February include:

    • Opening the Salvation Army building at 1000 Oregon Street to provide a warm shelter for residents.
    • Provided blankets, hats, and gloves for families in need.
    • Paid $1,000 to help families with utility bills.
    • Ongoing food distribution through their food pantry.
    • Provided 3 nights lodging in an emergency disaster situation.
    • Served several hundred hot meals to local residents.
    • The Character Building kids program made blessing bags for snow plow drivers.
    • Hosted a virtual outreach with Iowa Works for the Pathway of Hope clients.

    This list is just a sampling of how the Red Kettle dollars have been spent in our county the last two months.  A great big thank you to all of the generous residents who responded to the 2020 Red Kettle campaign to make these ongoing efforts possible. 

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