When it comes to the Salvation Army, you might think people who use services are the one's saying thank-you, but this week is a little different. Leaders are taking time to recognize you for your donations, whether it's time, money or goods.
This week is National Salvation Army Week. In Rockford, despite tough economic times the last few years, since October 2012 people have donated more than $800,000 to Winnebago County's branch.
"We're at the Cherry Vale Mall and we're just saying thank you to volunteers and supporters, passing out information, letting them know about bell-ringing efforts, giving them opportunities for other volunteering that they can do." -says Winnebago County Coordinator Major Randy Hellstrom.
For 125 years, Winnebago County's Salvation Army chapter has been in service helping those in need in a variety of different ways. Whether it's new school outfits for kids, coats to keep them warm, a place to go after school or food on the table, this agency is there. That's just a small chunk of services offered.
"We also help with utility assistance, rent assistance if we have the money, because it comes in it gets used up, it's budgeted." -says Hellstrom.
He says the Salvation Army is usually stretched thin of resources, but it does the best it can with what it has. Hellstrom explains for Salvation Army workers, helping others is reward enough all year round.
"Whether that's this week or next week, Christmastime or in the fall, whatever time of the year, that's what's so neat about being in my position is that I get to connect those who want to give and have the ability to give to those in great need and I can bring them together in such a way that really kind of completes our community."
Salvation Army workers will be at the Cherry Vale mall the rest of this week.
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