Hundreds of dollars are just waiting to be claimed.

Started earlier this year, Logansport City Council at-large member, Jake LeDonne, spearheaded an event that targeted helping those in the city limits. But since rolling out the gift card program a few months ago, he said response has been sluggish.

Anyone residing in Logansport who has experienced hardship during the pandemic may apply for the City’s Gift Card Program. Applications are available at Emmaus Mission Center, 805 Spencer St., and the Salvation Army at 620 Wilkinson St.

The questionnaire asks for applicants to acknowledge that they have experienced a setback in the last year and that receiving gift cards for gas and/or groceries would help ease a burden.

LeDonne said individuals or families may receive one gift card for groceries and one gift card for gas. The amount may not exceed $50. For the time being, he said the limit will be capped as a way to distribute financial assistance to as many people as possible.

“The bottom line is: I want to help people who might need assistance,” he said in a previous interview.

Therefore, LeDonne held discussions with representatives from Emmaus Mission Center and the Salvation Army. After agreeing to work together, he met with local business leaders and was able to secure funding for the program.

The $6,000 initiative has been paid for through the County Economic Development Income Tax Fund with the Cass-Logansport Economic Development Organization purchasing the gift cards. The monies will be split between six businesses: Martin’s Super Market at 3420 E. Market St., Aldi’s at 4129 E. Market St., La Fiesta at 524 North St., Speedway at 2875 E. Market St., McClure at 300 Burlington Ave., and Marathon at 10 E. Miami Ave.

Each of the three grocery stores will have 20 $50 gift cards available while the gas stations will have 40 $25 gift cards for distribution for a total of 180 cards to be given away.

Once an application is completed and approved, individuals may be able to receive support through disbursement of gift cards from Emmaus and the Salvation Army.

Dep. Mayor Jacob Pomasl previously said that the Mayor’s Office will receive updated reports on the status of the program.

Pomasl hopes people take advantage of the assistance being offered. “The councilmen and our administration believe this is a small way to help local businesses and residents manage financial difficulties that have come. It’s a dual benefit to our community.”

And, said LeDonne, “We hope this helps people get through a week or a month, so they can put money back in their pockets.”

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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