As part of The Valdosta Daily Times Empty Stocking Fund, the Salvation Army receives attention daily during the Christmas season.
After all, it is the Salvation Army that does the heavy lifting for the Empty Stocking Fund — registering families, compiling the children’s wish lists, buying toys, distributing the toys to parents.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army bell ringers can be seen and heard in various locations during the holidays.
The Salvation Amy kettle drive raises thousands of dollars that keep the Salvation Army operating during the coming year.
When the holidays end, however, 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. As husband-and-wife Salvation Army Capts. Guy and Monica Nickum said recently, 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.
While the bell-ringing kettle drive helps fund these activities, those donations are already nearly spent, and it’s only mid-April, which has the Valdosta Salvation Army dipping into reserve funds to perform its duties, or having to turn away people who need the organization’s help.
The people who need, meet and work with the Salvation Army understand the organization’s presence throughout the year in Valdosta. 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) 242-6440.