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SACC to set up kettle drive

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Those interested in donating items for flood victims may do so by dropping them off at Serving On the Streets, 100 N. Forest Ave., Brazil.

Serving On the Streets also houses the Salvation Army of Clay County, which is currently attempting to organize another kettle drive for flood victims.

SACC spokesperson Jodi Lohrman said the organization has already given out $5,700 this year for roughly 498 county residents.

However, with the weekend flooding, several county residents will be in need.

Lohrman said SACC Director Jenni Chamberlain recently visited an area near Short and Ridge streets and witnessed a lot of damaged homes.

The organization is currently handing out flood buckets, containing cleaning supplies among other items to help those in need.

But the proposed kettle drive will help raise money for the flood victims in Clay County.

"There's been more need, especially with gas prices," Lohrman said. "People are being hit a little harder.

"A lot of area houses were flooded and destroyed and a lot of people have lost food, clothing and furniture."

Lorhman said people have already started calling the organization asking about donations and relief.

"(Phone calls) are just now starting because people are starting to recognize that there is an issue," Lohrman said.

Lohrman said the last kettle drive, which took place during the holiday season, raised more than $10,000. She added there are little current funds because money had already been earmarked for other programs and SACC has to set aside money for emergency funds.

"Available monies are limited right now," Lohrman said.

Lohrman said the organization is attempting to organize kettle drives at area businesses for the final two weekends in June. She added SACC would be in need of volunteers to help ring bells and Chamberlain said some area businesses would have portable kettles set up.

Lohrman added the organization needs donations, including money, food and clothing.

The Salvation Army of Clay County has been designated as a drop-off building for food and clothing for area flood victims.

Those interested in donating may do so by dropping off items Tuesday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. However, no one will be in the office Friday, but those interested in donating or those in need of relief may call 448-8700 and leave a message.

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