To the editor:
My name is David Means. My wife Darlene and I are the new captains of the Salvation Army Corps here in Lewistown. We have been here since the beginning of July. Hopefully, everyone has enjoyed their summer. With school starting, we now turn our attention to the fall and winter, even though the temperature says it is still summer. The Salvation Army has programs planned for men, women and children. Please give us a call at 248-8338 or stop by our South Dorcas Street office to inquire about those programs.
My main purpose for this letter is to think about Christmas. I know that seems to be so far away and may not be in your minds right now. We at the Salvation Army hold Christmastime dear to our hearts. This time not only celebrates the birth of our Lord Jesus, but also it is a time when we are at our busiest. We try our hardest to meet the needs of our community by providing families with food, clothing and toys for the kids.
But we cannot do this huge endeavor alone. We need your help. As you know, we put out our red kettles at various locations to raise money for this need. This is where you can help. We are in need of volunteer bell ringers. We are looking for civic groups, service clubs, businesses, school groups or individuals to give us a day to man the kettles.
We plan on starting in November so you have plenty of time to think this over. Manning a kettle for a day is such a rewarding experience. The needs of this community are great. With the rising costs of gas, electric, water, clothing and food, many families come to the Salvation Army seeking help. We try to meet the need. Most often, the people affected most by a struggling economy are the children. So please try to help us out this year by standing at a kettle and ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. You'll be glad you did.
You can reach me at 248-8338 if you are interested in ringing the bells during the holiday season.
Captain David Means
The Salvation Army