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Salvation Army helps in disasters, collects toys
Salvation Army members (from left) Rolita Rateike-Miller, Sue Lynch, and Nancy Bongers collected toys for the Fill the Truck Toy Collection at Walmart.

The Grant County Salvation Army Service Extension Unit provides emergency assistance to persons and families facing acute and unforeseen financial crisis.

The work is carried out by volunteer contact persons working in and through churches and organizations of Grant County.

The primary task of the Extension Unit is to provide short-term support for persons and families who have nowhere else to turn for help. They are the helpers of last resort in times of deep and immediate need. In addition to the county extension unit, Salvation Army also provides statewide emergency disaster services.

The Grant County Extension Unit also supports special projects that provide school supplies to county school districts for distribution to needy students,  assistance to local food pantries and funds to help with Christmas projects for children.

Funding for Service Unit assistance comes from the Red Kettle campaign in November and December, individual and organization donations and grants from the United Way of Platteville. During the past year there have also been collaborations with Shopko for school supply donations and Walmart for the “Fill the Truck” toy collections.

Contact person for the Grant County Service Unit is Christy Duhr, Salvation Army Service Extension Field Representative, 475-9040. Donations and volunteers are always welcome.