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Thursday, April 15, 2021

    Red Kettle Dollars at Work

    Mike Ruby
    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.

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    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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