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Salvation Army and BCMW Holds Annual Coordination Meeting and Dinner for Helping Agencies

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The Salvation Army and BCME held their annual coordination meeting and dinner Monday evening for all agencies helping those in need this Holiday season.  Agencies including the Central City Lions Club, the ABATE organization, the Odin Christmas Angels, the Iuka Fire Department Adopt-a-Family, Evergreen Christian Church, Kinmundy-Alma Fire Department's Christmas for Kids, and the BCMW Adopt-a-Family Program all gathered around the dinner table to compare their lists of families who have signed up to receive assistance this Holiday season.

BCMW coordinator Sue Castleman says the meeting is to make sure no one is left out, and to make sure there are not any duplication of kids and families being served twice.  “Then there's other agencies that may have duplicates, like the Salvation Army and ABATE or Salvation Army and another agency.  You can see that this is why we have to hold this meeting because there are so many families”, said Castleman.  

Castleman states BCMW helped over 304 families and over 600 children last year.   She says over 400 families have applied for help this year, with their limit being 300 families this year.  She estimates they might be a little over 300 families that will be helped this year.  Their target date for those who adopt a family to drop off their gifts is December 12th.  

Salvation Army Coordinator Sharon Hall states starting next year, they will be requiring all those signing up for the program to have proof of income and medical card.  Currently they only require to have a medical card for their family.  Hall states currently they have 233 families and 443 children for this holiday season.   

The ABATE organization currently has 256 kids this year.  The Kinmundy-Alma Fire Department's Christmas for Kids helped 120-kids last Holiday season.  The Odin Christmas Angels program helped 20-families and 60-kids last year and is on track to serve the same amount of families this year.

The Iuka Fire Department Adopt-A-Family program currently has 42-kids and 19-families this year.  They will be having a toy drive on Saturday, December 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m at the Iuka Fire Department.  This will be the first year for the toy drive with trying to fill their ambulance up with as many toys as possible.  

If you would like to volunteer for the BCMW Adopt-a-Family program, contact Sue Castleman at 532-7388, extension 115. 

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