Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013
Harrisburg Homeless Shelter Avoids Closure
HARRISBURG -- A Saline County homeless shelter, on the brink of closing down, has new life. The Christian Community Compassion Center's homeless shelter in Harrisburg ran out of money and was set to close next month.
Radio station WEBQ hosted a Radio-thon for the shelter on Tuesday. The event generated $41,000 in donations, enough money to keep the facility running for ten months.
"We don't want it to happen like it did," said Norma Jean Gibbs, the shelter's volunteer coordinator.
Harrisburg Township Highway Commissioner Bob Holmes was one of the people that donated to the shelter.
"There's so many homeless people out there, we don't even realize," Holmes said.
He donates half of his salary each month to a different not-for-profit. Holmes made two donations to the shelter this year, totaling $1,000. He would like to see other elected officials do the same.
"I hope that people donate. They really need that," Holmes said.
Gibbs says this latest surge in donations will not be forgotten.
"We are very much grateful, and we will be getting our thank you letters out shortly," Gibbs explained.
The 4C's shelter is always in need of donations. They have a fundraiser coming up again next month. It's a free ham and bean dinner at the Rural King in Harrisburg. The event is Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The organization will be accepting donations at the dinner.
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