April showers bring May flowers: You’ve probably heard this proverb, which traces its origins to 1557 in a collection of writings by Thomas Tusser.

Often this proverb is taught in elementary schools as a neat way to remember the months of April and May, but it also has a metaphoric draw to it — that even the most unpleasant of things can bring enjoyable things.

At the Salvation Army, we strive hard to turn the unpleasant things of life that affect our neighbors into hope and joy.

With the winter behind us, we can finally look forward to warm weather, green grass, blossoming flowers, cookouts and all of the fun activities that spring brings. Many of you use the warmer weather to get the yard cleaned up and the house “spring cleaned.” Did you know that spring cleaning is a unique opportunity to change the life of a person or family in need?

Lightly used household items can be donated at our corps community center (3116 75th St.), which in turn are given to people and families who are in desperate need of basic things including dishes, cooking utensils and drinkware. Additionally, we are always grateful for donations of hygiene products, non-perishable food items and products like milk, eggs and cheese. Healthy food items are essential to the wellness and care of the individuals and families that we serve on a day-to-day basis.

We are also incredibly excited to be hosting our first Spring Fling Vendor and Craft Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Paris Grade School, 1901 176th Ave. With more than 36 vendors and crafters, you are certain to find some unique and talented individuals with a diverse array of products, crafts and wares. There will be a silent auction and a bake sale at this event. Tickets are $2 in advance or $3 at the door. A lunch will be available for $5. For tickets, call us at 262-564-0286.

Another fun activity to mark in your calendar will be our Kenosha Kingfish Salvation Army Night Baseball Game. The date will be Wednesday, July 31. We’ll have more information as we get closer to game date on our website: www.sakenosha.org.

Make sure you stay connected with us on Facebook. As we look ahead to summer, to fall, to winter, and then 2020 — know that the Salvation Army Kenosha is grateful for the 129 years of love, support and partnership with the Kenosha County community.

Dustin Beth is coordinator for public relations and fundraising for the Salvation Army in Kenosha.

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