It only takes one trip to the Salvation Army for you to realize how blessed you are and how much we all take for granted. Jennifer and Taylor with the Salvation Army were kind enough to take a group of us on a tour of their facility in Jackson, and it was an eye-opening and heart-warming experience. The passion and love they share for every person that walks through their doors is truly amazing. Our community is blessed to have an organization that cares for those less fortunate, as well as, those that just may need a temporary helping hand.
The Salvation Army is so much more than bell ringers! They provide assistance to the needy, whether it’s food, financial help paying their electricity bill to prevent service being cut off, or even a place to lay their head for the night. No matter what needs they are filling, it is done with a kindness and a genuine desire to help that person move forward in a positive way. It could be assistance in finding work, interview skills, providing food for a family, or any other multitude of needs. We were able to speak with some of those that spend their time helping others, see the rather bare food pantries, the rooms that house beds for those in need, the kitchen and dining areas, and so much more. All of this assistance is all done on funds donated by people like you and I.
While we were there, a Salvation Army vehicle loaded with supplies and a team of their employees pulled out, headed to help the hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Before leaving, they all formed a circle and prayed for a safe journey and for those in need. I got in my car from the tour, feeling extremely blessed and encouraged to be more like those that are the heart and soul of the Salvation Army. So, when you see a red kettle this holiday season, I encourage you to reach in your pocket and know you are playing a big part in helping someone in need. Better yet, don’t wait til the holiday season, donate now!