Salvatian Army volunteers honored

ELKINS – Volunteers for the local Salvation Army in Randolph County were honored Saturday with a luncheon at the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library. The organization had lots to celebrate – during 2013, the local group had nearly 20 volunteers who gave 1,080 hours of their time to help others in their time of need.

Rebecca Gower, social service director for the Randolph County Salvation Army, said the group does God’s work. Individuals and families receive utility assistance, renal assistance, food from the food pantry, medication assistance and help with school supplies. The group also prepares food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and assists with Christmas gifts for its angels and teen angels. With all of the programs the Salvation Army offered in 2013, the group touched the lives of 1,034 people in 356 families in the area.

“Helping others really touches your heart,” Gower said. “One family came in this year and both the husband and wife had lost their jobs. They did not qualify for any medical assistance anywhere they turned for help. Someone suggested they come and see us.”

Gower said the couple came and completed the paperwork to receive the necessary prescription.

“A 30-day supply of her medicine was $30 and we were able to help her get 3 months,” Gower said. “They really appreciated our assistance.”

Former social service director for the Salvation Army in Randolph County, Pauline Gower, addressed the group offering some advice from her years of working with the Army.

“Embrace change with faith,” Pauline Gower said. Quoting scripture she said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change, and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Pauline Gower said people facing stress need to change or they will continue to encounter the same thing.

“If you want different results, you have to change what you are doing,” she said. “If you are not getting enough rest, make a change. If you are not taking care of yourself, make a change. Are you getting the point?”

Pauline Gower said stress can be relieved if you are not afraid to make changes.

“The time is now,” she said. “Boldness takes action.”

Volunteers receiving certificates for their volunteerism during Saturday’s event include Pauline Gower, Bonnie Wilfong, Dixie Martin, Dawn Hammer, Melissa Isner, Dee Mayle, Junior Mayle, Buck Gower, Zac Gower, Rachel Gower, Lexie Martin, Aliyah Martin, Caitlyn Varney, Lora Hedrick, Steve Hedrick, John Gower and Rebecca Gower.

The Degree of Honor was honored for their work. Member Gloria Collett accepted a certificate for their donation to the Randolph County Salvation Honor. Dixie Martin and Dawn Hammer are also members of the Degree of Honor.

The Randolph County Salvation Army is located at 203 Randolph Ave. in Elkins, and is open Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Additional information is available by calling 304-637-1173.