Volunteers with the Salvation Army-Lincoln County Unit are entering their busiest stretch of the year.
They recently completed the unit’s “Coats for the Cold” project and are finalizing preparations for the Red Kettle campaign.
“We do what we can to help others,” said Phyllis Cross, who serves as the group’s co-chair.
The Salvation Army has a long history of doing just that.
In the 2017-18 fiscal year, the nonprofit organization served approximately 3,100 Lincoln County residents through its programs, which include utility/housing assistance and hosting a back-to-school event.
In September, the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust Board awarded a $2,500 Operation Round Up grant.
The funds will be used to provide assistance in a variety of ways for disadvantaged Lincoln County individuals and families.
“This will help us get through the fiscal year,” Cross said.
The “Coats for the Cold” drive was concluded recently, where the community was invited to donate used coats at local churches.
These coats were distributed Nov. 17 at Harvester Christian Church, located at 43 Front Street in Troy.
The Red Kettle campaign, the group’s main source of funding, started the day after Thanksgiving.
Bell ringers will be at Wal-mart and Kroger in Troy and will also be collecting donations in Winfield and Elsberry throughout the holiday season.
“We can always use bell ringers,” Cross said.
The Salvation Army operates out of the Bread for Life Food Pantry, located at 820 Cap Au Gris Street in Troy.
The office is open every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Prospective clients must fill out an application and are screened before any assistance is provided. For more information or to volunteer, call (636) 358-0435.