Helping people in Muscatine is something I personally care about a lot. We’re just a few short weeks away from Thanksgiving and just over a month out from Christmas. While I still think it is too early for Christmas music, I wanted to share some news with you about the holiday season.
The nineteenth annual Two Weeks of Love campaign that supports the Salvation Army of Muscatine will have a bit of a change this year. With Thanksgiving happening so late, the toy drive, Toy Time, will happen first, from Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 6th. The Tan Tara Transportation Hawkeye Hauler will be parked in the Kriegers GM/Chevy lot on the corner of Highways 61 and 38. Folks, this will be the first time the weeks have been adjusted, but it has to happen in order to meet the date for the Salvation Army’s Christmas distribution.
Consider purchasing toys from places like Hy-Vee or Blain’s Farm & Fleet (they match toy for toy each purchase) and bringing them out to the Hawkeye Hauler. Folks that have signed up for Christmas assistance will pick up toys and food on December 16th and 17th, hence the need to move the weeks around. So, if you have supported Two Weeks of Love in the past and enjoyed purchasing toys, I hope you’ll make a note that we’ll be collecting them December 2nd to the 6th.
The food drive portion of the Two Weeks of Love campaign, Freezin’ For Food, will happen Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 13th in the parking lot at Hy-Vee (2400 2nd Avenue). The need continues to grow in Muscatine, and I know our community will come together to lift up our friends and neighbors this holiday season. We’re also looking for volunteers to help staff the truck during “Freezin’ For Food,” and if you’re interested, please email me personally at [email protected] Ideally, the truck will be open and available to accept donations from 7:30am until 5:30pm when it is located in the Hy-Vee lot (December 9th through 13th).
My friend, Lieutenant Greg Bock with the Salvation Army here in Muscatine, would also want me to encourage you to sign-up to be a bell ringer! They’ve made it easier to do that this year at www.RegisterToRing.com. The goal for the Red Kettle Campaign this year is $180,000, and with a strong push, I think we can achieve that. I know you’ll be asked to give a lot over the next couple of months. I just hope you’ll consider helping meet the need with the Salvation Army of Muscatine!