Community support helps Salvation Army assist local families


TAYLOR COUNTY—The Salvation Army is an organization that strives to provide assistance to those who need it most, but without the generosity and help of area residents, organizations and businesses, they would be unable to fulfill that goal.

Locally, the Grafton Salvation Army works year-round to provide services for residents through numerous programs including fundraising efforts, toy, food, clothing and school supplies drives, their annual Angel Tree, their food pantry and more, which are made possible by volunteers and money received during their annual Red Kettle Campaign.

The Grafton headquarters is responsible for aiding individuals in Taylor, Barbour, and Randolph Counties, and Captain Denise “Dee” Stewart shared that they were blessed to serve even more residents throughout 2019.

“Once again, we were blessed to be able to provide for families in our three counties. The communities that we serve are always so gracious, and without their support, we would not be able to help those that we do,” Stewart expressed.

She said that in Taylor and Barbour Counties, they were able to provide for 235 families, comprised of 750 individuals, in December alone.

“While both counties are included in those numbers, the bulk of those served were in Taylor County,” Stewart revealed. “In Randolph County, we helped 425 families.”

Through their annual Angel Tree campaign, 186 Taylor County children received presents, 150 Randolph County youths were given gifts and 90 kids had gifts in Barbour County.

We would like to thank Barbour County Fairgrounds and Craig Phillips for allowing them to utilize their locations for this year’s distribution.

Each year, the Salvation Army launches their Red Kettle Campaign, an initiative to collect funds that will be used throughout the year to help the needy within the community.

Captain Stewart shared that the local branch of the army depends solely on the community’s support in order to obtain the funding necessary to operate each year.

“The money collected through the kettles during the holiday season makes up about 90 to 95 percent of our annual budget,” she revealed. “So, that means that we really rely on the community to help us help others.”

She shared that the Salvation Army of Taylor, Barbour, and Randolph Counties wished to thank each and every person who manned a kettle site during this year’s campaign. Without the help of dedicated bell ringers, the program would not have been successful.

Stewart disclosed that she would like to thank the Alpha Delta Kappa Teacher Sorority, First Community Bank, Barbour County 4-H, BB&T Bank, the Salvation Army Advisory Board/Corps members, Chessie Federal Credit Union (Winner of Battle of the Banks), Church of the Covenant, Hepzibah Baptist, Grafton High School National Honor Society, Grafton Lions Club, Grafton Rotary Club, Independence Baptist Church, Junior Lions Club, Mt. Pleasant Church, First Baptist Church, Philippi Lions Club, Gump’s Shop n Save, Ms. Snyder, Drake Toothman, Terance Winrich, Expresso Yourself Coffee House, Taylor County Middle School Student Council and Danny Williams.

“We would also like to thank everyone who trusted us enough to put money in our kettles,” Stewart voiced. “We truly believe that every penny can make a difference in our communities.”

To learn more about the programs that the Salvation Army provides, please visit the Grafton Salvation Army, located at 111 Beech Street or give them a call at 304-265-3565.

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