Thanks to a generous and kind community The Salvation Army had a good winter; and now are preparing for our summer activities as well as entering into our planning for the next holiday season.
We have many opportunities this year for everyone to participate. Our youth activities will continue into the early part of the summer, and then run on a full schedule in September. We could help and work with more at-risk youth if we were able to have sufficient funding to secure an additonal van to transport them to our building.
Every day we and the staff of The Salvation Army are committed to serving those in need with practical assistance with the basics of life, such as food and shelter. Every week of the year we continue to provide bags and boxes of non-perishable food at a rate of 280 to 320 families a month. Each night we feed and shelter the homeless at our 72-bed facility on Jefferson St.
Each year there are numerous opportunities for volunteers to make a difference, to assist behind the scenes with sorting and packing of food, or assisting with answering the phone and helping with various office projects. We have volunteer opportunities to assist at the shelter with cooking and serving the evening meal. Throughout the year we have special projects where volunteers help to make it possible to help far more families than we could with staff alone. Such seasonal events as gathering and distributing back to school supplies and at Christmas distributing toys to over 1,500 children is made possible by our volunteers.
We deeply appreciate how this community reaches out from the bottom of their hearts to help those in need. Again and again we see how people throughout our community are endeavoring with God’s help to live out Christ’s message of compassion and love…love for their Lord and love for their neighbor.
Thank you for your interest in helping others. Thank you for your prayers for The Salvation Army, our staff, our clients and community.
May God’s grace and blessings continue to be upon us all as we seek to live out the peace of the Lord.
Major’s Hank & Eunice Harwell