To the editor:
The Salvation Army wishes to thank its faithful supporters for helping it meet community needs this Christmas season.
Angel Tree sponsors included Dollar General in Steubenville, Wintersville and Mingo Junction; Huntington Bank, Hollywood Plaza; Bob Evans; Applebee's; King's Family Restaurant; Wal-Mart Super Center; Wal-Mart Distribution Center; Eastern Gateway Community College Student Senate; Cash Advance; First National Bank; Social Security Department; Mount Zion Chruch; and the Jefferson County Sherriff's Department.
Food drive sponsors included Trinity Health System; Department of Job and Family Services; National Cash Advance; Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and Steubenville High School.
Kettle host sites included Wal-Mart Super Center; Kmart; Riesbeck's; Kroger stores in Hollywood Plaza and Wintersville; and Big Lots. Thank you for allowing us to raise funds at your respective stores.
WTOV-TV's Coats for Kids raises funds to provide a warm winter coat for children in need.
And, thanks to our League of Mercy team, which takes care of conducting Christmas programs in local nursing homes and provides a gift to every nursing home resident in Jefferson County.
Thank you to all the bellringers, businesses and groups who partnered with the Salvation Army this year to help meet needs.
A very special thank you to our donors, for without them everything else would not have happened.
We come to the end of a very busy Christmas campaign and 2012 and, for the first time in 11 years, we have a shortfall in funds raised for our Christmas campaign of $10,000.
The money raised in the red kettles as well as donations directly mailed to the Salvation Army in Steubenville not only meet the needs at Christmas, but into the new year. With a deficit of $10,000, we may need to cut some of our services to the community. So, I am making a special appeal to the community that although the kettles have been put away, Christmas donations will be accepted through Monday. The new year can be a brighter one with your help.
Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do as we work hard to meet the ever increasing needs of the community.
Maj. Earline May
The Salvation Army