• Armour® Celebrates a Salvation Army Central Virginia “Great Mom” for Her Role in Delivering the Baby of a Shelter Resident

    Armour® Celebrates a Salvation Army Central Virginia “Great Mom” for Her Role in Delivering the Baby of a Shelter Resident

    Posted August 2, 2017 By in News, Uncategorized With | No Comments

    Armour Surprises Salvation Army Shelter Monitor, Iris Washington, with $2,500 in FREE GROCERIES at Publix

     RICHMOND, Va. – (August 1, 2017) When Iris Washington, an evening housing monitor at The Salvation Army Central Virginia, started working at the West Grace Street shelter, there was nothing in the job description about delivering babies, however that’s exactly what happened recently in the lobby of the shelter.

    “It all happened so fast,” explained Iris Washington, as she remembered the recent delivery of a shelter resident’s baby. “I really didn’t have time to think about it, I just went into autopilot. I’m a mom myself, I’ve been there, you just need someone to help you and I just did what I could to help her out. I really didn’t realize what I was doing, it was just happening.”

    “The Salvation Army’s promise is to ‘Do the Most Good,’ and I’d say that everyone that was helping was ‘doing the most good’ at the time,” said Captain Donald Dohmann, Area Commander of The Salvation Army Central Virginia. “Who knows what would have happened if The Salvation Army shelter wasn’t here. Where would this mother have given birth? Knowing that a child was born right here in our shelter, Praise God that The Salvation Army is here in our community to provide shelter for homeless men, women and children!”

    To honor Iris for her service and selfless actions to help bring a new life into the world, Armour®, the makers of convenient meal solutions and ingredients including frozen meatballs, pepperoni, and portable meal kits, hosted an event today at The Salvation Army Central Virginia Area Command, recognizing Iris as part of its campaign to recognize “Great Moms” across the country. Her service and commitment to her work and her family truly make her a “Great Mom” in the eyes of Armour, her coworkers, friends, and her three children.

    Armour and Publix celebrated Iris, with her family, friends, and fellow coworkers in attendance. To recognize her for being a “Great Mom” and community hero, Armour surprised her with a $2,500 gift card to Publix.

    “Ms. Washington exemplifies the spirit of an Armour ‘Great Mom’,” said Mike Paribello, Smithfield Foods senior director of marketing. “She is a wonderful mother to her children and has shown tremendous support to her community. We are honored to celebrate and reward Ms. Washington with $2,500 in free groceries to Publix.”

    “Thank you so much, this is a beautiful surprise,” said Iris Washington, after being honored by Armour as a “Great Mom.” “I’m just glad I was here and am so honored to have been a part of the baby’s birth and it makes me feel so good to be called a great mom, because as a mom, we doubt ourselves on a daily basis, we try to do our best and to have that recognition means so much to me. It’s confirmation that I am doing a good job.”

    “We’re so proud of Iris,” said Captain Donald Dohmann, Area Commander at The Salvation Army Central Virginia. “We’re blessed to have wonderful staff that are willing to jump right in and do it all, including delivering a baby! She truly was ‘Doing the Most Good’ at that moment and deserves to be honored as a ‘Great Mom.’”

    Armour, a brand of Smithfield Foods, has been making meals easier for everyday families with convenient ingredients and meal solutions for 150 years. The Armour “Great Moms” campaign is a national program designed to highlight and reward everyday great moms across the country for their extraordinary efforts in their communities and at home.

    Through community support, The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter program helps residents overcome ongoing crisis and achieve stability. In addition to providing a bed, a place to shower and at least two hot meals each day, Salvation Army case managers concentrate on helping residents identify problems and eliminate causes that contributed to their homelessness. The Salvation Army assists residents with issues related to substance abuse, employment and/or educational deficiencies, financial mismanagement and mental health. Case managers support each resident in developing realistic goals to overcome their situations. To make a donation to support The Salvation Army’s efforts in Central Virginia, please visit


    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, please visit


    About Armour

    With frozen meatballs, LunchMakers portable meal kits, and pepperoni products, Armour is proud to be a trusted brand that provides convenient, delicious and affordable meal options for smart, sensible families since 1867.


    About Smithfield Foods

    Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathan’s Famous, Farmland, Armour, John Morrell, Cook’s, Kretschmar, Gwaltney, Curly’s, Margherita, Carando, Healthy Ones, Krakus, Morliny and Berlinki. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

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