"PITCH-IN": Locals raise money for kids

COLUMBIA CITY — This Saturday, local “well-knowns” will be standing outside Shoe Show in an effort to help the Salvation Army raise money for a program called “My Sole Purpose.”This program assists children in need, supplying them with new shoes as the school year begins. It is also a program accepting monetary donations for backpacks.Pat Mossburg, community ministries specialist, said the goal is to raise $8,500 by July 1. “We are currently about half way to our school shoe goal,” said Mossburg. “We have far to go, but are extremely grateful at how much has been accomplished.”A major fundraiser to help meet this goal, called “Pitch-In For Local Kids,” will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this fundraiser, a local “well-known” from the community will participate by collecting money every hour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. outside Shoe Show in Columbia City. The following people who will participate include: 9 to 10 a.m. is Susie Sexton, 10 to 11 a.m. is Tammy Nicholson, 11 a.m. to noon is Gary Parvot, noon to 1 p.m. is Anytime Fitness, 1 to 2 p.m. are the Red Hat Cloggers and 2 to 3 p.m. is John Bellum.“We ask that you drive by and support the person of your choice, said Mossburg.The Salvation Army of Whitley County is located at the First Church of God at P.O. Box 881, Columbia City, Ind. 46725.For more information on how to donate or volunteer, call 248-1711.