RAISE supports the Salvation Army
By BOBBIE GREEN
Local volunteers have come in force to local markets to collect donations to help local families in need. The local non-profit group RAISE has mobilized to help the Salvation Army of Mesquite in these efforts.
On Saturday, July 17, RAISE President Carly Toutant and Mesquite City Councilor Sandra Ramaker, who is on the RAISE Board of Directors, moved to Mesquite Walmart to collect donations for two initiatives of the Salvation Army.
The first is a program called “Meat for Mesquite”. Buyers were encouraged to purchase a few more meat products and donate them to the cause to help the Salvation Army’s pantry stock their meat freezer. The RAISE display table was equipped with a large collar where meat purchases could be donated.
Last week Toutant, Ramaker and RAISE secretary Sheila Gustaveson delivered over 50 pounds of Salvation Army donated meats that had been picked up during the drive.
In an interview with The Progress, Toutant explained that they also accept cash donations as part of the “Meat for Mesquite” campaign. “In fact, the Salvation Army can buy food at a much reduced price, so cash donations get more for their money,” Toutant said.
Cash donations are accepted and checks can be made payable to Mesquite Salvation Army.
The group also collected for the Salvation Army’s annual collection of backpacks and school supplies to help local families get children back to school. Buyers were encouraged to donate backpacks and school supplies purchased to this initiative.
“Members of our social media page either brought backpacks or sent them directly to the local Salvation Army office,” Toutant said. But we are still 40 backpacks short of what is needed.
Supplies to fill the backpack are also welcome. These supplies can include pencils, paper, pencils, notebooks, 3 ring binders, calculators, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer, glue sticks, tissue boxes and more.
The collection is scheduled to end on Wednesday July 21 when all donations go to The Salvation Army.
Volunteers will collect donations on Tuesday July 20 and Wednesday July 21 at Smith’s Market in Mesquite. They will be there from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., then from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both days.
RAISE Mesquite is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. The name is an acronym which stands for Raising Awareness, Interest, Support and Engagement. Assisting the Salvation Army in its work is part of the group’s permanent mission.