The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

The Salvation Army serves us well


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 17, 2017 - 6:01 AM

Among the 250 or so nonprofit organizations in Coweta County, one of the most effective is also one of the most quiet when it comes to self-promotion, the Salvation Army.

This happens to be Salvation Army Week, and the Newnan Council passed a proclamation honoring the local outfit, officially reading it in a small ceremony at the NTH. The organization, characteristically, plans to spend its namesake week not in frivolous celebration but with its sleeves rolled up and doubling its outreach efforts through something it calls the Whole World Mobilizing campaign.

Activities include prayer services, food deliveries to the needy and a luncheon for firefighters where they’ll be given inspirational books. Part of the campaign includes marching a flag and canteen through here as a stop on its national tour.

“The idea is to get outside our four walls, to get out in the community and to educate people on what our mission is,” said Jim Morrow, service extension director.

For many of us, the Salvation Army is either a place where we can donate old clothes to clean out our closets, those quaint bands playing slightly out of tune, or ringing bells and red buckets for spare change during Christmas. What we don’t often see are the ways people are served, such as housing for the elderly, financial assistance for the needy, camp for youngsters and assistance for the victims of fires and natural disasters.

Those donations of clothing and loose change help fuel the group’s efforts, but so do the gifts of time from dozens of volunteers.

We add our appreciation to those who wear the uniform of the Salvation Army and those additional employees, volunteers and donors who help it enhance this community in many ways. Enjoy your week – even if you refuse to rest on your laurels during it.