- Posted September 23, 2013 by
Glen Cove, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Tell us the Good Stuff!
The Salvation Army and me!
This report was hard for me to do, but here goes:
Many years ago during a very difficult period in my life I was in a facility in a rather rough section of town.
It was Christmas eve. Some of us had places to go or family came to visit.
There was a group of us, men and women of all backgrounds that weren't seeing family and friends. I was very lucky as I was able to call home and speak with my mother who was still alive at the time and also call my best friend. I could hear the merriment in the background and so much wanted to join in and be well again.
The facility was serving a nice Christmas eve dinner that night as we had a great Jamaican chef. I remember we watched Michael Jackson's Thriller video in the rec room.
Then one of the staff told us that the Salvation Army was in the lobby and had something for us, did anyone want to participate. About 10 or 12 of us went-men and women, some big burly men types too. They greeted us with open arms, sang Xmas carols then gave us each a stuffed teddy bear holding a box of chocolates that said " I LOVE YOU." Some of our tough hearts melted. We needed to hear those words. Most of us held onto that bear and candy and put it in our rooms.
I'll never forget my experience with the Salvation Army and the act of kindness they offered that night. We also were told later that they had left a box of winter clothes, sweatshirts, coats etc. for us to rummage through.
My life is a lot better today than it was then but whenever I see the Salvation Army volunteers ringing the bell for donations at the holidays I give what I can, a small payback to what they gave me.
#1- Truck in parking lot of the Salvation Army in Hempstead, LI, New York.
#2- Their family shopping store which houses a fantastic thrift shop with good quality merchandise at very low prices.
#3- The bear and candy. Not the original bear which I lost.
#4- Me- Today- Taken at Billy Joel's motorcycle museum in Oyster bay- Long Island.
The Salvation Army is serving more people in the USA than ever before seeking the basic necessities of life, food, shelter, and warmth and human care services.
Their mission- The Salvation Army, an international movement is part of the universal Christian church. It's ministry is motivated by the love of God. It's mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination.
Thank you for reading.
September 22, 2013
- My life