The Salvation Army of Greenwood2020 Annual Report
Covid-19 Summer Emergency Meals
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.
Janet knows the joy of giving to others. During the Christmas season, Janet loved being able to support The Salvation Army by donating gifts to the Angel Tree program and volunteering to ring. She was blessed to be able to see the smiles on her own children’s faces on Christmas morning and always felt compelled to do what she could to help other families.
“People don’t realize that The Salvation Army isn’t just outside at Christmas time with the little bells asking for money, they are a 24-7, 365-day organization.”
Janet learned this lesson in the most significant way.
After a recent doctors appointment, it was determined that Janet’s kidneys were not functioning as they should. Around the same time, her husband and the granddaughter under her care both required expensive medications for their own unexpected medical concerns. Very quickly, the cost of providing care to her family became overwhelming.
“All a sudden, all these medical bills and prescriptions came in and took over our financials.”
Though she had never had to ask for help before, she was running out of options. Janet contacted The Salvation Army to see if there was anything they could do.
“I was a little nervous because I’ve never asked for assistance before. I didn’t know what to expect or what I should do but the lady at the front desk was wonderful. She made it easy and very stress free. I didn’t feel like I was treated like I was needy or anything like that, except, they just understood that things happen in life.”
The Salvation Army worked with Janet’s family to provide for their basic needs during this time of crisis. Janet received far more than assistance with food and utility bills; she received the blessing of a peace of mind that her family was going to be OK.