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PACK-A-TRUCK: Salvation Army makes a plea for local aid

July 24, 2013

The Salvation Army of Whitley County will hold its annual Pack-A-Truck with school supplies Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside of Shoe Show at the Towne & Country Plaza in Columbia City. Pictured, from left, are Laura Hershman, 18, Cameron Estep, 16, and Linda Hershman, 19, at the supply drive in 2012. The Salvation Army expects an approximate 600 children will need help obtaining supplies for the 2013-14 school year. Post & Mail file photo

COLUMBIA CITY — A mission to help kids get on the right foot is in jeopardy of falling short this year — by almost $3,600.

The Salvation Army of Whitley County has provided area children with new shoes and backpacks for several years. In addition to the shoes, school supplies are collected and distributed to children in need as well.

“This is something we’ve been doing for seven years,” said Pat Mossburg, ministries director for the county’s Salvation Army. “This year, I know we won’t be able to help all the children who need it because giving is so far down.”

One of the reasons Mossburg sees a decline in donations is due to the competing ministries and organization trying to accomplish the same goal.

“There are other groups trying to collect school supplies and such,” she said. “That is fine. I know they all want to help, but we’ve already got the system in place to not only manage the materials, but to qualify the families who can benefit from them.”

Minimizing duplication of services is a challenge for Mossburg and other nonprofit agencies that service the county.

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