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The Jersey County Service Extension Unit of The Salvation Army kicked off their 48th annual Tree of Lights Campaign on the lawn of Jersey State Bank Friday, on Nov. 12.
Service Unit Chair, Richard Lott, introduced the service unit board members including Donna Flynn, Janice Arnold, Rick Ealey, Judy Mozier, Ralph Lott, Mike and Mary Ferrari, Steve Goetten, Kathy Hoyt, Julie Goheen, Tammy Schaaf, Jack Stork and Richard Lott.
Jack and Nan Stork will be the Tree of Lights chairpersons for the third year. They will be in charge of placing and collecting the kettles and will be Good Will Ambassadors for the Service Unit during the campaign.
“The goal for this year is $40,000.00,” Lott said. “Bell ringing started Friday Nov. 13 and will continue each Friday and Saturday until Saturday, Dec 18 at Walmart, Sinclair Foods, and Jerseyville Farm and Home Supply.”
Groups as well as individuals are needed to fill these slots as the Covid virus has made it difficult to do so. Please call Richard Lott at 498-3166 or 946-2702 to schedule a time for you or your group. If you would like to be on the individual call list to fill in as needed, also call.
Gwenda Rice, Pam Weber, and Stacy Stufflebeam lit the first light in honor of William (Bill) Rice. The Rice family have been long-time supporters of The Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army, in Jersey County, has a three-fold mission. One, is helping individuals meet emergency financial needs two, is helping clients with monthly food orders, and three is hygiene packages (these include paper goods and cleaning supplies).
A big thank you to the community and citizens for helping the local Service Extension Unit of The Salvation Army, “Do The Most Good”.
Donations may be mailed to PO Box 232 Jerseyville or dropped off at Jersey State Bank.
For questions about the program, call Richard Lott at 498-3166.