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Even though bell ringing finished for the 2018 holiday season, the Muscatine Salvation Army continues to work towards their goal of raising $180,000 by January 31st. Through a combination of red kettle donations and money brought or mailed directly to the Muscatine Salvation Army, the group has raised $143,028. However, Lieutenant Christian Lopez emphasized that the Muscatine Salvation Army must meet its full goal to continue running its programming this year. “We are praying to make [our] goal. If we don’t, we will have to decide what programs to close and which programs to keep open with the money we have.”
Choosing what programs to close would put a strain on the community that many would feel. Currently, the Muscatine Salvation Army runs numerous programs. Through their youth services program, the Muscatine Salvation Army helps thirty-five children have a safe place to go after school and get homework help. Youth services also provides a day camp all summer long that allows children to have regular lunches, participate in fun educational activities, and travel to places they may otherwise have been unable to.
Through their meal site, the Muscatine Salvation Army provides hot, wholesome meals to people in need every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at midday. To keep people fed between meal site times, their social services program runs a monthly food pantry. Additionally, the social services program helps people in need pay for their utilities and monthly rent and refers people to resources in the community to help get them get back on their feet.
For families in need, the Muscatine Salvation Army’s Pathways of Hope provides exceptional support and resources. By helping families learn how to budget, find jobs, continue their education, and access relevant community resources, Pathways of Hope helps families find the stable foundation they need to thrive.
When calamities strike, such as tornadoes, winter storms, or shootings, the Muscatine Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services jump into action. Through funds donated by the community, Emergency Disaster Services helps people throughout Muscatine County recover from devastating events as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
Because all these programs play an integral role in the community, the Muscatine Salvation Army truly hopes to reach its fundraising goal by the end of the month. “We really need superheroes to come out and help us make our goal,” shared Lopez. To become one of these superheroes and help the Muscatine Salvation Army start their year off strong, you may mail or personally deliver a donation of any amount to their building at 1000 Oregon Street, Muscatine. The Muscatine Salvation Army appreciates all donations and looks forward to putting them towards doing the most good in our community.

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