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Stew sale to benefit Salvation Army

Few charitable organizations have not been adversely affected by the downturn in the economy and many are having to find new ways to generate the funds they need to continue to assist their communities as they have in the past.

The Salvation Army in Troy depends on support from the United Way, donations, Thrift Store sales and the annual Red Kettle campaign for its funding.

But in these very difficult economic times, Kim May, Salvation Army/Troy director, said additional funds will be needed.

“We were looking for ways to bring in additional money and a camp stew sale was suggested,” May said.

“Carter Sanders, who is a member of our advisory board, is known for making some of the best camp stew imaginable. He has agreed to be our chief cook.”

The camp stew is being sold for $10 a quart and orders may be placed by calling 808-1069.

The camp stew will be available for pickup between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. on April 3.

“We’ll have three pickup spots, the Salvation Army Service Center and Thrift Store in Troy, the Piggly Wiggly in Brundidge and the Marathon Station in Union Springs,” May said.

“Bullock County is one of four counties served by our center and, since my husband is from Union Springs, we were able to set up a pickup spot there.”

This is the Salvation Army’s first attempt at a camp stew sale but May said she is optimistic that it will be successful.

“With Carter cooking, I think people will be very supportive and that will be an encouragement to expand it next year,” May said.

“The funds that will be raised are greatly needed during the hot summer months when utility bill skyrocket. “There are a lot of people who are living on fixed incomes and often have to choose between paying their utility bills and buying medicine or food. We want to be able to help as many people as we can.”

“And, then, there are emergency needs, such as loss of job, illnesses and house fires. There is always a need so we encourage everyone to support the Salvation Army by buying Carter’s camp stew on April 3.”