Williamsburg's Salvation Army ready to deploy

The Salvation Army of Greater Williamsburg is alive, well and ready to deploy when called upon. In a recent presentation to the Rotary Club of James City County, Lieutenant Jeremy Lind brought us up to date on its local organization and how it functions. Levels of authority are clearly established by rank, which is unusual for this established church.. The military model was selected for effectiveness and efficiency. Orders must be issued and carried out without question. The Army is international, with movements in 128 countries Internationally, and commanded by General Andre Cox.

The budget for the year's charitable work comes from many sources, not the least of which is the donations placed in the red "kettles" on street corners at Christmas time. With these funds they have a fully equipped rescue vehicle the size of a bus, which stands ready to respond to any emergency. As a social service agency, it serves the public well. From October 2017 to February 2018 The Salvation Army served 3,570 people, 1,349 meals, and provided 5,062 nights of lodging for their neighbors in need. Additionally, it provided food assistance, utility assistance, school supplies and Christmas gifts to many area children.

Our hats are off to the Salvation Army!

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