The Times West Virginian

December 13, 2012

Increasing demand

United Way funding ‘absolutely critical’ for Salvation Army

By John Veasey
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The 2012 Red Kettle Campaign is now under way.

As most people are aware, the annual Christmas fundraiser helps the Salvation Army collect money to meet human needs in local communities across the country.

And one of those communities is right here in Marion County.

“The United Way gives us $6,000 a year, and their funding is absolutely critical,” Lt. David Costellow says.

“In Fairmont and all around, we are funding an increased demand of people coming to just meet needs on a monthly basis. The funding is critical for the services that we provide.

“In terms of the utility and food assistance, we’ve been getting the same amount for several years,” Costellow continued.

“We’re very concerned about duplicating services. We don’t want to do that. We want to better coordinate our services with the Connecting Link.”

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