At the mention of the phrase "Salvation Army," it's likely you'll immediately imagine a person standing outside a local store with a bell and a bright red bucket. The bell is to get your attention. The bucket is to receive your donation. But they're not just bell ringers.  I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the Salvation Army Advisory Board, so I got to see first hand just how far they go to help people in our area. The Salvation Army is an organization that works to better the lives of those in need - and it's not just church services. It helps people and families with all sorts of different needs, such as food and clothing, but the organization also offers programs for additional services. Some of the Salvation Army's main causes include youth camps, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, care for the elderly, disaster relief, abolishing human trafficking and prisoner rehabilitation. They're also working to help people in these cold winter months who may not have the access to a warm house. The Salvation Army is a warming shelter in these cold months. They're looking to possibly expand that to an overnight warming shelter, and that's a big new idea they're trying to get volunteers for. The Salvation Army is based on people who volunteer.... and the generosity of the people of Pettis County.

If you'd like more information, or if you'd like to become a volunteer, you can call the Salvation Army offices at 826-5262 or visit them on their website. And if you don't have time but have a little extra cash, clothing, or household items - you can always, always donate.

Voluntarily yours,

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