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Salvation Army helping community with variety of programs

| March 6, 2015

COSHOCTON – Could you use some new clothes? The Salvation Army’s clothing room has a wide selection of gently used items at great prices and your purchase helps them continue to assist the community.

The clothing room is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and has clothing for men, women and children. There are also shoes, accessories, toys and some household goods.

“We have donation boxes outside and our volunteers sort through them and we put the best of what we get in the store,” said Major Steven Pearl Sr. “It’s full of donations and the proceeds from sales help go to our general fund to help with electric, gas and other expenses.”

Those who are in need can receive a voucher for free clothing, but the room is also open for the general public to shop.

“It’s a good resource for anyone, but men’s clothes are tough to find,” Pearl said. “Men seem to wear clothes until they fall apart, but we get a lot of really nice kids and women’s stuff.”

In the last three months of 2014 a total of 1,841 people received vouchers for the clothing room and 3,914 were helped through another popular The Salvation Army program. The organization’s bread table is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and gives people the opportunity to receive free bread, cakes, fruits and vegetables.

“A while ago we received a good donation that is ongoing and helping us increase what we offer through the bread table,” Pearl said.

People who need more assistance with food and qualify for it can call The Salvation Army’s social ministry office to make an appointment to receive additional food one time a month from the food pantry.

“We’ve been blessed with (food) donations,” Pearl said. “I think at Christmas time we doubled what we received from the schools.”

The Salvation Army also does what it can to help people in economically tough situations keep their utilities turned on.

“There is a lot of need out there and a lot of organizations doing different things to help people,” Pearl said. “We try to help with basic needs like food, shelter and clothing.”

The Salvation Army is located at 219 N. Fourth St. and can be reached at 622-0971 or 622-2386. Donations of food, clothing and money are always welcome and so are volunteers and clothing room shoppers.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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