Ottumwa Salvation Army hosts public forum to help needy families this winter

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    The Salvation Army in Ottumwa is hosting a public forum Tuesday night to discuss the community's needs.

    At 6:30 p.m., the public is invited to meet at the ministry center on West Main Street to participate in the so called Partner for Hope discussion.

    Service Extension Director Bethany Woodard is hoping Tuesday’s meeting will help members of the community work together in addressing the needs of low-income families.

    She added that Southeast Iowa is one of the poorest regions in the state, and many families, especially during the winter months, will need access to food, shelter and clothing.

    "These are people who live here," Woodard said. "Even if they don't have a shelter, they're part of our community and they need our help."

    Woodard is also getting the word out about a Salvation Army clothing drive this month. Volunteers are encouraged to bring coats, hats, gloves, socks, boots and blankets to the ministry center at 505 West Main St.

    Also happening at the Ottumwa Salvation Army this holiday season.... free lunch is being served Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the ministry center's brand new kitchen.

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