After working 12 hours on the overnight shift as a Rapid Response Nurse at a Moses Cone Hospital, Paula Trivette heads to The Salvation Army of Greensboro's Family Store two or three times a week. She arrives at 8am to spend another several more hours of her day sorting through and hanging donated clothes.
Paula’s drive, speed and determination have earned her the nickname the “Bulldozer” at the store. Store Manager Liz Brown says she sets her own goals when she arrives and doesn’t stop until she’s done.
“Paula is an unstoppable force,” says Liz. “She hangs clothes faster than just about anyone and she talks while she’s sorting and hanging. She doesn’t stop what she’s doing to chat and talk. She loves to give back and she always thinks about other people.”
Volunteers like Paula are vital to helping us keep The Salvation Family Stores running efficiently. The stores generate revenue to run other programs and services of The Salvation Army’s Ministry. Donations to the stores also allow us to provide clothing for a family in need, shoes to a man whose only pair has holes in them, or furniture to a family that has lost their home in a fire.
Paula and her husband arrived in Greensboro 22 years ago. She had just retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the U.S. Army, Paula served as a nurse for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. After retiring, Paula says she needed another “Army” to join. In addition to the six to ten hours a week she spends at the stores, each Christmas Paula coordinates all of her church’s volunteer bell ringers for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettles. Christ United Methodist Church adopts one of the entrances at the Friendly Center Macy’s for the entire Christmas season. Paula sees to it that someone is ringing the bell at her church’s “adopted” door eight hours a day, six days a week, for six weeks. If someone can’t make their scheduled shift, count on Paula to be the one to step in and ring the bell.
It’s not just The Salvation Army that Paula supports. She is an avid blood donor and also donated her stem cells to save the life of a complete stranger in Colorado who was in need of a bone morrow transplant.
We celebrate Paula this National Volunteer Week for her selfless acts for others. Paula says volunteering is a win-win for her. We are fortunate to be able to work alongside Paula and this community is winning because of her tireless work ethic and love for others. Paula, you are shining example of what is means to be “Doing the Most Good”.
For more information on how you can get involoved with helping others through The Salvaiton Army, please click here.