Holiday project low on funds compared to last year

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sandy Hisle, chair of the Holiday Project committee, announced the holiday project is suffering this year from a lack of donations at Saline County Inter-Agency Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 26.

"We are way behind on our funds," Hisle said. "We usually have about $15,000 in cash and we have probably about $6,500 now. But the girls are doing a really good job of trying to shop and getting as much as they can for their money."

Hisle said they've done a lot of advertising but feels it's just an off-year because of the closeness of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

"I think next year we are going to try to bump it one week later because Thanksgiving and Christmas come close together again," Hisle said.

Hisle and Suzanne Smith, committee member for the project, want to stress there is still time to receive donations, monetary or otherwise.

"Monetary donations are used to purchase food and additional toys that aren't donated to us," Smith said. "We will accept new toys and gently-used toys and they could drop those off at the Y or Tower Realty or at John Rector Motors by Monday, Dec. 2."

Smith said the committee is starting to panic because they estimate that they'll serve 1,300 people.

Hisle said for anyone who has questions about donations, to contact her in the office at 660-831-5080 or her cell, 660-815-1591.

Smith also announced Salt Fork YMCA is implementing Snow Day Care, in which parents can bring their kindergarten through sixth graders to the Y if school is cancelled on that day. Running from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., children will only be required to bring a sack lunch, drink, tennis shoes, swimming clothes and a towel.

The Rev. David Van Horn announced, on behalf of Marshall Ministerial Alliance, there will be no Christmas dinner this year because of an insufficient time of planning. Van Horn also announced Rotary Club will host a Texas Hold'em tournament at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.

"It costs $30 for them to get in and all the money goes to different organizations here in town," Van Horn said.

Reconnection In Saline County Coalition announced a Work Opportunity Tax Credit round table session on Dec. 12 at the Wood & Huston Community Room on the square for employers to earn a $2,500 to $9,600 annual tax credit when hiring veterans, ex-offenders and youth for summer programs, to name a few.

Van Horn also spoke on behalf of United Methodist Life Center that will host a free Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer breakfast at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20.

The next meeting is scheduled at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Contact Jesse Brown at jbrown@marshallnews.com

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