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Guest Column: Salvation Army Appreciates Community Support


Last updated 3/11/2019 at 12:36pm

Reflecting on 2018 and the ministry of The Salvation Army in Transylvania County, I realize how blessed we are to live and work in such a generous community. You have cared for your neighbors through your support of The Salvation Army. As a result of your financial support and volunteer hours given, more than 818 families, which represents 2,031 people, received assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothes, food and gifts at Christmas.

Our fund raising goal for the “red kettles” was $47,000. Despite the loss of two “bell ringing” days due to the snow, we reached our goal, with thanks to our sponsorships. This money will go far in our work to keep families intact with rent, utilities and food year-round. Thank you for this gift. We pledge to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

I thank the many volunteers who rang bells at our red kettle locations this year. We are so thankful for your commitment and the selfless gift of your time. Several days were bitterly cold, but you were always there, sharing a smile and a Christmas greeting to passersby.

Your spirit and love made a difference in the lives of so many and will continue to do so this year as we help those who have no alternative but to turn to The Salvation Army for their basic needs.

In addition, I want to thank the kettle sponsors for their financial support, which allowed us to cover a large portion of the cost of paid bell ringers when needed.

This year needy children woke up to a joyful Christmas morning because of The Salvation Army and the community’s help with the Angel Tree program. A big “thank you” for those who adopted angels from the Angel Trees, for placing Angel Trees in churches and businesses, and for hosting toy drives.

The funds raised also enable us to give a small gift to those in the local nursing homes and local detention center. For some of those, this may have been the only Christmas gift they received.

By working together, we can provide hope and joy to those in need in our community.

It is a great privilege to work alongside you as a neighbor, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the days ahead.

(Susan Breedlove is advisory council chair The Salvation Army of Transylvania County)


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