Salvation Army blessed by the community

To the Editor,

The Weirton Salvation Army, serving Hancock and Brooke counties, had the wonderful opportunity and challenge to serve 571 families, which represents 1,038 Angels adopted through the Angel Tree.

Along the way, throughout the holiday season, there were parties for children and gifts for those who were visited in the nursing homes throughout the area.

At the end of this Christmas 2018, it is always somewhat easy to add up the different activities and the numbers, but it is more difficult to really say “thank you” for the support from the community.

The first person that we would like to thank is The Weirton Daily Times, for their efforts and support in moving along the message of the application process for those in need and also for helping to tell the story over these last several weeks.

The Weirton Daily Times does so much behind the scenes for so many.

It becomes difficult to also say “thank you” 88,160 times to the donors who gave at the Red Kettles. The $88,160.00 represents the donations received throughout the Christmas Season.

The Salvation Army realizes that without the enormous support given by the donors and the volunteers and those individuals who managed to come alongside of us just at the right moment; that this Christmas Season would have simply not happened in such a strong and beautiful way.

One of the things that Alice and I do is that we always take several families and deliver the food and toys and Angel gifts. Please know that we do not do this for everyone but we’ve always found it helpful to visit these households.

The last Angel Tree gifts and food and toys were delivered to a family that lived in a remote area. The family had been notified, but we could not get them to respond to come and pick up their Christmas items. In delivering the gifts and food, we were greatly blessed by how appreciative the family was. The mom and dad stated that their cell phone was lost and that their vehicle had simply broken down.

Supporters of The Salvation Army Christmas Effort, please know that this family had a very tidy house with just a few Christmas decorations, but no gift items under the tree. If not for your goodness, Christmas 2018 would not have happened.

Thank you! And, please know that we will pray God’s richest blessing upon the communities that we serve.

Happy New Year!

Lt. Colonels Mark and Alice Bell

Salvation Army corps officers