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Help sought to aid area needy

The Salvation Army seeks $200K goal

December 14, 2012
By BRANDON L. SUMMERS, , Messenger News

Capt. Ron Cook, of The Salvation Army in Fort Dodge, is asking the community for help this holiday season.

"Our goal is $200,000 and at the present time we've reached a total of $62,759, which is far from where we're wanting to be," he said. "I want to put out a plea with the community for their help to reach that goal, so we can help those in need."

The need in Fort Dodge continues to grow, Cook said.

"In 2011, we served 24,892 people. This year, since 2012, we've served 39,681, which is a far cry from the year before," he said. "There is a far greater need than the year before."

The Salvation Army is asking for both monetary and food donations to help the less fortunate of the community.

"Foodwise, (we) just ordered 300 boxes of supplies for the food boxes we give away," Cook said. "We didn't even have that in our pantry so we had to go out and purchase that locally."

Fact Box

To help, visit or send donations to The Salvation Army, 126 N. Seventh St. To volunteer, call 576-1281.

He added, "There's a great need of people coming in since some of the other Christmas help didn't fall enough their way. They're coming to us now, and we will help as many as we can."

The money raised during the holiday season supports the non-profit through the entire year, Cook said.

"The money we raise now is supposed to be helping us all year-round, but with the little bit of money that's come in we're not going to make it," he said. "We're not going to make it even half way through the year."

The Salvation Army offers a feeding program Monday through Friday, a food pantry, and assists with some medical costs, including helping people travel to Iowa City for care.

"We help them in many different ways," Cook said. "Transients for overnight stays, whatever their need is, and just help get them out of the weather and give them a good meal to go on."

It also holds funds for disaster relief, Cook said.

Seeing the need in Fort Dodge grow every year has impacted Cook.

"My heart saddens for them, because I know the need is there and it seems like more families are coming in now with children even," he said. "It's sad to see there is that much of a need in this community. Sometimes, the community itself doesn't realize there is that grave a need here."



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