The Salvation Army of North & South Carolina2020 Annual Report
Nights of Shelter
Revenue and Expenses
Supported in part by the United Way
The work of The Salvation Army has always been focused on nourishing the spirits and the bodies of those whom we have the privilege to serve. Our founder, General William Booth, once observed, “You cannot warm the hearts of people with God’s love if they have an empty stomach and cold feet.” This holistic approach is fundamental to our service.
Among the people in our community that we interact with every day are those who are most vulnerable to the effects of illnesses like COVID-19. Often those with whom we work have limited access to resources such as health care or personal protective equipment (PPE). Throughout the past year, we have taken seriously the need to modify our approaches while continuing to serve those who need us.
Like you, we are hopeful for the day when these precautions are no longer necessary. Until then, we will continue to do all that we can to serve compassionately and safely.
One Special Call
The local Salvation Army officer could not have known when he answered the phone, one week into the COVID-19 crisis, that a portal was about to swing open allowing The Salvation Army volunteers and staff to repeatedly respond in the weeks that followed.
“The whole thing began with that phone call,” he explains, “from this elderly man who needed food in the worst way. Then he told me that he was blind and could not come to us, so I told him that I would bring the food to him.”
Then he had a better idea. The man attends one of three senior centers in the county, so he asked him to contact his center director who then contacted The Salvation Army.
“When she contacted me, we had an automatic opening to serve 90 senior citizens who are members of her three centers.”
The officers, along with their daughter, began making sometimes daily runs throughout two counties, as well as overseeing drive-by distribution at their building.
“I really like loading stuff into the cars as the people drive up for a food box,” their daughter says. She works in a daycare center, but since it is closed, she works alongside her parents.
“That can be a good thing and a bad thing,” she says with a chuckle.
Typical food boxes are crammed with non-perishable items: canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, mac and cheese, bags of trail mix, and peanut butter, for example.
“But we are really scratching for food resources since our regular pantry now usually runs bare. But one thing is for sure, I will do my very best to make sure no one goes hungry".