The Salvation Army Center of Hope was the grateful recipient of two wonderful gifts on Monday, January 15, the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. In the morning the staff of The Gentleman's Grooming Lounge provided free haircuts to residents of the only family emergency homeless shelter in Forsyth County. Proprietor Derek Brooks and his team gave up their normal day off in order to give the gift of their time and talent to brighten the day of the children and parents at The Center of Hope. Not to mention making them look so very good! Mr. Brooks said about their service, “We see a lot of folks having a hard time and we wanted to show them that someone cares.”
In the evening, the third year of "12 Suppers at The Center of Hope" kicked off with Quanto Basta Italian Eatery preparing and serving the evening meal to residents. Lynette Matthews-Murphy, one of the restaurant owners, spoke of their reasons for participating, “We're honored to be involved for the third year of 12 Suppers at the Center of Hope on the very day that we celebrate the Day of Service inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr. Our team gets such satisfaction out of serving a delicious Quanto Basta supper to our fellow citizens in a time of need. Not only do we wish to provide nourishment with this meal, but also a sense of hope and new beginnings that inspires us all."
"12 Suppers at The Center of Hope" is a unique partnership among The Salvation Army and Winston-Salem area restaurants, with a different restaurant each month providing dinner for residents of The Center of Hope.
On what would have been Dr. King's 89th birthday, The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem is deeply grateful to The Gentleman's Grooming Lounge and Quanto Basta Italian Eatery for their gift of service.