By Nancy Rae
Special to The SUN
You can make a difference in the lives of your less fortunate neighbors by offering them hope through the donations you drop in the Salvation Army Kettle during the holiday season.
Hope is what carries us through the difficult times of our lives. The Salvation Army, with its maxim of “meet the need at point of need,” believes that we can’t offer spiritual hope without meeting physical needs, too.
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matt 7:12.
Your contribution makes it possible for our local Salvation Army Service Extension Unit to aid local individuals, families and organizations to meet the many critical needs that we have here in Archuleta County.
Just recently, $4,500 was distributed to three of our local church food pantries, which will work together and use these funds to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys and all the trimmings to feed struggling families within our community. If leftover funds remain, these churches will use the money to purchase additional food to maintain stock in their food pantries, which operate throughout the year to assure that no one in our community is hungry. Volunteers will donate their time to coordinate, assemble and distribute food boxes both for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year, close to 300 families received Thanksgiving food boxes and were provided a Christmas meal as well. Folks, that’s a lot of turkey, stuffing and trimmings that you provided for our less fortunate friends and neighbors.
In addition, donations totaling $3,100 were distributed to several more local food pantries, Loaves and Fishes, the Nurturing Parenting Center’s Car Seat Program, the Pagosa Springs Pregnancy Support Center and the Pagosa Springs Rotary Backpack Program that assures children will have food to eat on weekends. Yes, Pagosa Springs, we have children who leave school on Friday afternoon and have very little to eat until they’re served breakfast in the school cafeteria on Monday morning.
Have you heard of the Christmas Angel Tree Project? Did you know that Salvation Army sponsors the program and counts on your participation each year to assure that every deserving child in our community has a present to unwrap? So, what happens if it gets close to Christmas and the Angel Trees have tags remaining? Those dollars that you dropped in the kettle are stretched to the max and presents are purchased for boys and girls — needs are met. We are truly blessed to have the best volunteers and the most giving donors, who consistently meet the needs of those who are less fortunate in our community. Every year, we are humbled and blessed with your treasure, time, talent and giving hearts.
Throughout the year, on a weekly basis, your local Salvation Army participates financially within our community by partnering with individuals, local churches and organizations through the Pagosa Outreach Connection. This is an amazing group that provides emergency assistance to Archuleta County residents in need. Salvation Army spends thousands of dollars every year through the POC.
In addition, our local Service Unit has helped families with housing, meals, clothing, utilities, medical expenses, emergency shelter, prescriptions, medical transportation and, for the first time in our unit’s history, we arranged to send 14 youth to the Salvation Army High Peaks Camp in Estes Park.
All of these needs are met by your generous contributions and we pledge to do our best being good stewards of the money that you so faithfully deposit in the red kettles each and every year. The pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills add up quickly. We look forward to seeing you at the kettle.
Donations can be addressed to Salvation Army at P.O. Box 1567, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
If you want to be a part of our team and volunteer an hour, a day or limitless quantities of time, or if you have any questions, please contact the Salvation Army at firstname.lastname@example.org.