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Salvation Army: A friend in need

The Salvation Army Service Center and Thrift Store on South Brundidge Street in Troy is now open daily.  Donations have been steady and business is brisk.

Kim May, center director, said, the service center and thrift store are operating at regular business hours and the store is well stocked.

“We were closed for six weeks due to COVID-19,  and, when we first opened it was only part time,” May said. “We recently opened full time but the bills kept coming even though the doors were closed.  So, not having income during the time we were closed really put us behind. Right now, we are trying to get caught up but it’s just a few of us manning the store and we could really use volunteers.”

May said those have some extra time on their hands and want to volunteer to support a good cause are encouraged to think, Salvation Army.

“The Salvation Army serves friends and neighbors right here at home,” she said. “Right now, there are a lot of needs to be met.

“The Salvation Army is self-sufficient so we are beginning to plan our fall fundraising events, which will include the  Empty Bowls Luncheon that is traditionally a spring event. However, because of COVID-19, it will be on September 18  at the Bush Baptist Church Family Life Center. Empty Bowls will the same as always – soups, chilies and stews and all the trimmings, a clay bowl to take home and entertainment by Ed Whatley.”

The Salvation Army’s camp stew sale, featuring  Carter Sanders’ famous recipe, will be the first week of November.

“And of course, we need volunteer bell ringers for our annual Red Kettle Campaign that begins Black Friday and runs through Christmas Eve,” May said. “We also need a Red Kettle coordinator or coordinators, and that is a paid position.”

Anyone who is interested in the Red Kettle coordinator’s positon and in volunteering as a bell ringer or to assist at the service center/thrift store, is encouraged to contact May at the store or by calling 808-1069.

The Salvation Army Service Center and Thrift Store and all its fundraising events comply with COVID-19 guidelines.