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Salvation Army starting early

November 12, 2010 - Frank Robinson
It may seem a little early, but the familiar sound of the bells associated with the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign can be heard in select locations around town.

Misty Coffelt made the announcement as a guest speaker at a recent Rotary Club of Warren luncheon. She also is a new member of Rotary. She is an ordained minister and officer of the Salvation Army on Franklin Street here in Warren.

She told us the bell ringing is beginning earlier than usual this year because the need is great. Many people depend on the Salvation Army during the holidays. She said 400 families will receive Thanksgiving dinner baskets, and the kettle bells started ringing last Saturday. And, the organization is seeking volunteers to ring the bells, adopt a family, companies can host an Angel tree and people can volunteer at the organization's gift wrapping station at the Eastwood Mall.

There also is a list of things the Salvation Army needs. I was not aware of some of the items needed. Here is what's called the Pantry Wish List which she handed out to Rotarians:

Cleaning Products: High efficiency laundry detergent, regular laundry detergent, fabric softener, dish soap, cleaning supplies Personal Items: Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, feminine sanitary products Baby Items: Diapers (sizes 3, 4, 5,6), baby wipes, formula Canned Goods: Pears, peaches, fruit cocktail, tomatoes, beef stew, shreded chicken, beef, tomato sauce, pasta sauce, soups Boxed Items: Noodles, Jello, pudding, cake mix, sugar-free items Other Items: Peanut butter, jelly, condiments (ketchup and mustard), manual can openers, frozen dinners, frozen meats, coffee (decaf and regular) Fresh Food Items: Produce, eggs, milk, meats

The Salvation Army has a lot of work to do. If you are interested in helping, you can contact them several different ways. The phone number 330-392-1573.


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