To the Editor:
While reading my paper dated March 5, 2009, which was delivered to my home March 6, the article for food shelf donations was very upsetting.
This article should have been published at the first of the year, whereby allowing all peoples involved the time to collect the necessary funds.
There could have been weekly updates stating how much more monies needed to be raised to reach the matching grant.
Kids in school could have held penny drives, business could have participated by people rounding up their purchases. There could have been so much more accomplished as a community if this information reached everyone in time. I sure hope the Salvation Army was successful in raising $9,000 in one day.
Laurie Stangl, Cloquet
Editor’s Note: Captain Ruth Gibbons, adminstrator of the Cloquet office of the Salvation Army, explained that the decision to extend The Salvation Army’s matching funds grant program to our local area only came to her attention within the last several days, after the numbers of people laid off from jobs here and on the Iron Range started to increase and attract widespread attention. Early this week, she was able to get the deadline extended up until Wednesday, March 11, and as of the beginning of this week, some $3,300 in pledges had already come in.