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Archive for Friday, January 3, 1992

FUND-RAISERS ISSUE PLEAS FOR MORE AID

January 3, 1992

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Capt. George Windham of the local Salvation Army today reissued his fund-raising appeal to local residents.

Windham said $93,000 had been raised through the Salvation Army's mail appeal and holiday kettle campaign. The agency is shooting for $125,000, and Windham said he hoped people who have not yet donated will make an extra effort to help the Salvation Army.

"A lot of people still have mail appeal envelopes, and I hope they'll use them," Windham said today.

Windham said donations are especially important this year because of a decrease in funding from United Way of Douglas County. Although the United Way's campaign exceeded $1 million for the first time, it did not meet its goal. Because the United Way drive fell short, budget cuts are necessary.

The Salvation Army's United Way funding will be $7,000 less this year, from $58,000 to $51,000, Windham said. Because of the cut, Windham said he hoped the Salvation Army's campaign would pick up speed.

ANOTHER local fund-raising campaign is running a bit behind from years past.

Warm Hearts, which helps local residents pay their winter heating bills, has raised $42,841, a member of the volunteer group said Thursday.

Warren Rhodes, Warm Hearts treasurer, said donations are slightly behind the same period from previous years. Rhodes said $45,467 had been raised by this time in 1991, and $47,632 had been raised by this time in 1990.

However, Rhodes said he doesn't expect a "lessening of need."

"I hope some people will take mercy on us so we can take some mercy on these people. . . . " said Rhodes, who is in charge of tallying donations.

WARM HEARTS hopes to raise $70,000 for assistance this winter. About $59,000 was raised to help Douglas County residents pay bills from last winter.

The group assisted 1,054 local residents last winter, and the average assistance per household was $165. During the 1989-90 winter, Warm Hearts assisted 957 people.

Although Warm Hearts accepts donations throughout the year, the group's major campaign will end Jan. 15. Donations may be sent to Warm Hearts at P.O. Box 1555, Lawrence 66044.

Social services agencies across Lawrence started taking residents' applications for Warm Hearts assistance today.

People who would like assistance must have a shut-off notice from electric or gas service and must have made an effort to make a payment during the period for which they are requesting assistance. Warm Hearts makes payments directly to utility companies.

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