Salvation Army thanks volunteers

Volunteers with the local Salvation Army were treated this weekend to a thank-you breakfast by Pauline Gower at the Elkins Motor Lodge.

The Salvation Army office, located at 203 Randolph Ave., is open to assist residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. Local volunteers Steve Hedrick, Lora Hedrick, Brian Hammer, Gloria Collett, Beverly Dawn Hammer and Dixie Martin were recognized for their work in the office.

Business recognized for their contributions were Big Lots No. 458, Kroger, Walmart and Kmart. Employees of Mon Power received special recognition for Harvest for Hunger in March.

“They collected $2,750 for the Elkins Salvation Army as well as 450 pounds of food,” Gower said. “We are fortunate for all they did for us this year.”

Collett said the local Degree of Honor works closely with the Salvation Army.

“This year, the Degree of Honor’s national projects are the Salvation Army and Ronald McDonald House,” Collett said. “We donated $1,000 more this year than last to the local Salvation Army.”

Collett, Hammer and Martin are all members of the local Degree of Honor.

In 2012, the local Salvation Army offered assistance to 350 families, touching 1,283 lives through help with food, and money for electric bills, gasoline and medicine. In August, the Salvation Army distributes school supplies to those needing help.

“At Christmas, we helped those at the Randolph County Homeless Shelter, Women’s Aid in Crisis and the Mountain School,” Gower said. “We made and distributed 50 Thanksgiving baskets, and during Christmas, we gave 59 food baskets. Our angel tree helped 82 families with gifts for 140 angels and 16 teen angels.”

Major Libby Duracher, a guest from the Salvation Army in Baltimore, Md., told attendees the importance of their work.

“When I was growing up, my father worked at a newspaper, and we did not have much money,” Duracher said. “When I was 6, my name was put on some list and a young couple adopted me for Christmas. They took me to the Sir Raleigh Hotel for a wonderful dinner. Everyone there were couples that had adopted a child for Christmas. Afterward, they took me on a shopping trip. I received new shoes, clothes and my very first Barbie doll.”

Duracher said the experience made a huge impact on her life. “I will never forget that night and what an impact that couple had in my life,” Duracher said. “What you do for others, especially small children, will make a huge difference in their lives.”