Letter to the Editor

Clay County Assistance Fund

Sunday, December 23, 2018

This time of year, we are often reminded of the excesses in our society. We eat too much, drink too much, and spend too much. Most of the world wouldn't mind having our economic situation. We are a pretty affluent society. But not all of us.

For many years, the Salvation Army had a presence in Spencer, and could be called upon to lend a helping hand when an individual or family experienced hard times, and needed some financial assistance. Maybe it involved a furnace that gave out and had to be replaced. Or maybe the family vehicle went kaput and the breadwinner had no wheels. Or it could have been the stranger among us who was passing through and ran out of money for food and fuel. Not to worry, the Army was a resource. That all changed about 15 years ago, when the Salvation Army no longer had a presence in Spencer. The Farmers Trust and Savings Bank took over through one of their employees who agreed to manage what is known as the Clay County Assistance Fund. For years it had been funded by Spencer United Way, and all went along smoothly.

Unfortunately, the United Way will no longer be funding the CCAF. Hence, there is a need for the good people of Spencer and the surrounding region to pitch in. If you would like to help keep this worthwhile fund going, please drop your donation at Farmers Bank, 125 W. Fourth St. (PO Box 798), in Spencer. Please make checks payable to the Clay County Assistance Fund. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.

Bill Kersting, Spencer