The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights goal was $93,600 – the community actually raised 102,077.64.

Thank you to giving community

By Lt. Julie Trapp
Carthage Salvation Army

The Salvation Army's Tree of Lights goal was $93,600. We actually raised 102,077.64.

This is a break down of our TOL goal – these two make up the number above:
• Kettles / Bell Ringing was suppose to raise $28,000. We actually raised 29,827.72.

• Donations from the community was to raise $65,600. We actually raised $72, 249. 92.

The money we raise during Christmas helps us to provide programs and services throughout the year. We are able to help families with utility and rental assistance, prescriptions, transportation and food. It helps to support our Weekly Feeding Program where we serve a hot meal at lunchtime to those in the Carthage community.

We were able to provide toys, hats / gloves / scarves, books and clothing to 368 children.  

Here is a list of groups who donated a significant amount of toys to make this possible: Schreibers (Claxton), Schreibers (Fairview), Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital, Carthage High School, First United Methodist Church, Mark Twain Elementary School; as well as those who donated toys through our Angel Tree at Walmart.  

A big thank you to Walmart for allowing us to do so.  

A thank you to this community for helping us to make this a meaningful Christmas to many families in the Carthage area.

We couldn't have had a successful bell ringing season without the volunteers who came out to ring bells for us. We had 41 individuals, families, businesses and service organizations who participated this year. This was a huge increase in volunteers from last year. They made it possible for us to reach our goal. We had Realtor Ring Day where many of the realtors from this area rang bells. We had our Third Annual Fire Department / Police Department Competition. Carthage Emerging Leaders competed guys versus ladies ringing the bells. They make it fun for themselves while raising money for us.

I would like to say "THANK YOU" to this very supportive community. Without you we would not be able to provide the needed programs for this community. What always amazes me is that no matter if it's the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve people are still willing to give and support the Salvation Army and the work we do.

Father helps daughter in Salvation Army effort

By Rebecca Haines

Helping others is something Elmer Trapp taught his daughters a long time ago.
Some would say, because of his influence on Lt. Julie Trapp, who is with the Carthage Salvation Army, a great number of local families had a merry Christmas, and will receive help this coming year.

“We are blessed – we have two daughters who know what life's all about. I once heard, if you want to know what you're like just look at your kids,” said Major Elmer Trapp, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., as he rang the Salvation Army bell outside the Carthage Walmart.

Elmer Trapp's apparel drew attention to his station at the kettle with his hat and uniform. He said he received many compliments, and enjoyed meeting the citizens of Carthage.

“I really enjoy doing it,” he said of bell ringing. “Being a major just means you've been at it a long time.”

Elmer joined Salvation Army in 1971 in St. Louis. He has served in Hannibal, Kirksville, Maple Wood, Jefferson City and Cape Girardeau. Yet, despite the fact he retired 10 years ago, he still gladly put on his hat for his daughter.

“We are an organization people can trust,” he said. “It's one of integrity, and we help people in need. After Christmas people forget there are still needs. Donations are needed 12 months of the year.”

Next year, when the Salvation Army bells are heard again, Elmer said locals can look for his smile again.