The Nov. 25 issue of the CDT carried an article on the start of the international Salvation Army red kettle campaign, income from which is used to meet the needs of individuals and families in distress. The army is a great organization and, I believe, makes efficient use of its funds.
There is a local organization with a similar campaign and similar mission. Interfaith Human Services conducts a Wishing Well campaign over the holiday season, with small unmanned wishing wells at a number of local businesses and larger wells, staffed by volunteer bell-ringers, at several locations (with daily operation at Meyer Dairy).
Interfaith, a coalition of some 31 local faith groups, operates strictly within Centre County to meet the emergency needs of those facing problems with housing, heat, utilities and budgets. All income gathered in the Wishing Well campaign is expended to help our local neighbors.
By all means, please support the Salvation Army. However, if you see an Interfaith Human Services wishing well, please consider also helping those within your own county who are less fortunate. The need always exceeds the capability to respond. You can also donate via the Interfaith website, www.ihs-centrecounty.org.
Thanks for your consideration.
William Moyer, State College
William Moyer is chair of the Interfaith Human Services Finance Committee.