What if there was a charitable organization in the Lake of the Ozarks area that provided help with utilities when the weather gets cold?
What if there was a group of people that would help when area children need food?
What if there was a group that could assist with the costs of vital medications for those striving to make ends meet?
Well, the lake area has such an organization, and it’s called the Salvation Army. But it is, itself, in dire need of your help if it is to continue its operation in the area.
Rod Miller, a volunteer with the organization for some 10 years, said that each year around the holidays shoppers are greeted by people braving the cold and ringing bells for Salvation Army. Because of their generosity over the past 15 years, the Lake Area Salvation Army has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for those in need in our area.
“The majority of what we raise here, stays here,” Miller explained. “We have no employees, no office rent, and no incidental expenses. The money you donate fills an immediate and very real need for many that call the Lake area their home.”
But Miller said the Salvation Army now “desperately” needs the help of the lake community if it is to continue in its mission. The number of volunteers has declined dramatically over the last three years — especially as churches have dropped out — and with that decline there has been a significant loss in donations as well.
“If you are one of those who feels fortunate for what you have, and would like to give back to our community, we are looking for you. While we always greatly appreciate those who volunteer to ring bells, we are also in need of those who are members of churches, civic groups, clubs, etc., to step up and volunteer to take a day, or even a day each week, to fill our often vacant time slots during the bell ringing season.”
These groups have people who are already dedicated to the Golden Rule, Miller noted, and it’s a very simple process. The Salvation Army provides the sign-up sheets and all volunteers have to do is sign people up.
“Not every slot gets filled, but as we say, ‘we do what we can do,’” Miller said.
Anyone who feels so moved, and who would like to see the Salvation Army continue to be a vital part of filling the needs in our community, is asked to call Miller at 573-365-7363.
Remember, just a couple of hours of your time can make a world of difference for someone else this holiday season.