CENTERBURG — The Centerburg community has yet another opportunity to help local children, continuing the tradition begun years ago by the late Jacqueline McCalla Cordle.
Cordle served as director of the Centerburg Unit of The Salvation Army for 32 years. Because of a change in protocol, the unit is now restricted to providing help in accordance with guidelines set by The Salvation Army.
“Over the last several years, I helped Mother raise local funds through different local organizations, groups and individuals to maintain the unit,” said Cordle’s daughter, J. Ann Cordle, former assistant director for the Centerburg Salvation Army unit. “The only financial assistance received from the Cleveland Salvation Army office was client gas vouchers.
“Mother and I had been granted money by the [local] United Way board, which was directly deposited in the local bank account on a routine schedule,” she continued, adding that she was shocked to learn those deposits stopped in November.
After contacting the local United Way office, Cordle said she was told the checks would no longer be direct deposited, but would be sent to the Cleveland office of The Salvation Army. The Centerburg unit would receive $800 a month from Cleveland. In addition, all of the money raised by the Centerburg unit is now sent to Cleveland.