CUSTER COUNTY–It’s hard to believe February is already here and that the holidays are now behind us. However local individuals shared the love during the Christmas season to benefit the community throughout the rest of 2020. In a January press release, the Custer County Salvation Army reported the 2019 Red Kettle Campaign resulted in $10,052.66 being collected to benefit Custer County projects.
During 2019, the Salvation Army provided school bags and supplies to more than 180 students and Christmas toys to nearly 200 children through Santa Cop. Financial assistance was given to the Diamond Youth Organization, Junior Golf League, Flood Assistance, Diaper Depot and Meals for Seniors recovering from illness or surgery.
Various food pantries (Broken Bow, Sargent, Callaway, and Arnold), swimming lesson programs (Broken Bow, Ansley, Sargent, Callaway, and Arnold) and book fairs (Broken Bow, Ansley, Anselmo- Merna, Arnold, Callaway, and Sargent) also received financial assistance.
The Salvation Army of Custer County also provided funds to assist with college textbooks for foster children and aided various individuals with vision, medical, dental, and RX support. In addition, emergency assistance is available for fire and weather victims.
The Red Kettle Campaign and the Cliff Luther Endowment make these events possible. Special recognition is given to Gary’s Super Foods, Orscheln Farm & Home, Tumbleweed, and Grocery Kart for providing locations for the stands, and the dedicated bell ringers.