The need for economic assistance in Madison County is great. Observe the following tell-tale statistics:
u Poverty rate (2011), 18.9 percent, 13th worst among Indiana counties
u Children living in poverty, 29.4 percent, eighth worst among Indiana counties
u Food stamp recipients, 21,571, seventh most in Indiana
u Free or reduced cost school lunch recipients, 10,343 (out of 19,240 students), seventh most in Indiana.
u Unemployment rate, 8.1 percent, 1.1 percentage points higher than the state and national averages.
In a community with so much suffering, much is required of those who are financially comfortable. And, in Anderson and Madison County, those folks have made a habit of showing their generosity.
Community servants have another opportunity to do so this holiday season. The Herald Bulletin’s Empty Stocking Fund is raising money for the Salvation Army, which in turn will supply essentials to Madison County families in need throughout the year.
To contribute to the fund, bring or send cash or a check (made out to the Salvation Army) to Empty Stocking Fund, The Herald Bulletin, 1133 Jackson St., Anderson, IN 46016. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Herald Bulletin will publish names of donors periodically until Christmas Day. If you’d like to donate in memory of a loved one, we’ll publish the loved one’s name, as well. Or, if you’re a publicity-shy giver, you may donate anonymously.
During the first week of the Empty Stock Fund program, $485 was contributed through a combination of 10 donations, ranging from $5 to $100.
No donation is too small — or too large!
Please, out of the goodness of your heart, give this holiday season to help those in the community who are suffering. The Empty Stocking Fund is a great way to give, but don’t forget to make contributions to the Salvation Army’s kettle drive, as well.
Let’s address those tell-tale Madison County poverty statistics by helping families in need, one at a time.
In summary Let's address Madison County poverty statistics by helping families in need, one at a time.