New Salvation Army leadership arrived earlier this month in Valdosta. Majors Robin and Pamela Starr are the commanders of the Valdosta post. They come to Valdosta with three children, Jackie, Jennie and Josh.
The arrival of new commanders serves as a reminder that the Salvation Army is not just a Christmas organization, but a group that works in the community throughout the year.
It’s easy to associate the Salvation Army with Christmas especially in Valdosta. There’s the tradition of holiday bell-ringing. There’s the decades-old Valdosta tradition of the Salvation Army coordinating the Empty Stocking Fund with The Valdosta Daily Times and Guardian Bank to ensure that no child goes without a toy each Christmas morning.
So often, as the holidays end, it seems the majority of the public puts the Salvation Army away with the Christmas decorations. But the Salvation Army isn’t just for Christmas. It works with and for the community yearround.
The Salvation Army sponsors scouting troops, provides social services, operates a men’s shelter, runs a thrift shop, hosts church services, sends local kids to summer camp, opens the basketball court to area businesses and the community, etc.
It is the Christmas bell-ringing that helps fund these yearround programs.
The people who need, meet and work with the Salvation Army understand the organization’s presence throughout the year. The rest of the community needs to realize the Salvation Army’s daily importance in Valdosta.
Whether you hear the bells ringing or not, the Salvation Army still needs your help so it can help the community.
To learn more about the Valdosta Salvation Army, call (229) 232-4724.