WEIRTON - The Salvation Army is making plans for its annual appreciation dinner set to take place April 16 at the Serbian American Cultural Center.
Each year, the Salvation Army hosts an event that will serve to honor and thank those who have given to the Salvation Army to further the mission set forth by the organization to help those less fortunate.
Captain Goldie Long said the annual dinner is always a special event because its purpose is to thank all of the volunteers for their support for the Salvation Army throughout the year, especially during the Christmas season. During the 2011 season, she said, there was an overwhelming amount of support given and those who volunteered have helped make the difference in the lives of those in the area.
The Salvation Army is making plans for its annual appreciation dinner set to take place April 16 at the Serbian American Cultural Center. Each year the Salvation Army holds the dinner to thank the volunteers and workers who assist in the mission the organization carries out. Pictured from left is Captain Ed Long, Jane Anderson, Cathy Ferrari, RuthAnn Valiga and Captain Goldie Long. -- Angelina Dickson
"The past year has been a difficult one for many of our neighbors," Long said. "We are seeing the needs of the community grow and it's so wonderful to see such a great response of generosity in return."
Advisory Board member Cathy Ferrari added that the work of the Salvation Army has taken on an even greater importance over the past few years. No longer is it just the low- to moderate-income families needing assistance, but the needs are creeping up into the middle class and to those who have never needed the assistance before.
"We're proud to be volunteers and encourage the members of our community to support this worthy organization by attending the annual dinner," she added.
The dinner is open to the public and Salvation Army officials hope the members of the community will join them on April 16.
"We would love to be able to thank everyone in person for their support for the Salvation Army," said Long.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available by calling the Salvation Army at (304) 748-4310.
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