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Volunteers key to Salvation Army’s South Placer work

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By: Capt. Chris Aird Roseville Corps, The Salvation Army
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Christmas and the New Year have come and gone one more time. What we do could not have been done without the help of so many of you as our volunteers. Because of your help, we were able to serve the needs of our communities during this past holiday season. On behalf of The Salvation Army here in South Placer County, I would like to say a special thank you to the Advisory Board, the Placer County Fairgrounds that hosted our Christmas distribution center and Coats for Kids, the Knights of Columbus for their donation of toys, the Placer County Association of Realtors for their financial contribution and all the countless volunteers who stood at a kettle, made a food box and helped with the Christmas festivities. In addition, our Advisory Board in Roseville has 13 members and includes Fred Festersen, Dave Coburn, Tim Clark, Max Dodge, Cori Duncan, Sgt. Karl Dyer, Dean Anderson, Joe Newton, Dean Anderson, Val Berlin-Douglass, Mike Stewart, Ed Silva and Robbie Robinson. As you may or may not know, The Salvation Army located in the heart of Roseville has been showering and feeding the community in addition to other services offered. We continue to do what was started back before The Salvation Army became known as The Salvation Army. This can only happen by teaming up with other churches, individuals and groups of people. Recently we have seen newer families come for a food-box over the past six months. This time last year, we were handing out an average of 14 food boxes and already this year, we are handing out an average of 60 food boxes. For the month of January, we handed out 263 food boxes. For the month of February, 203 food-boxes were handed out. Our food boxes contain non-perishable foods ranging from peanut butter and jelly to Top Ramen as well as spaghetti with sauce and cereals. In addition to our food boxes, we serve lunch every Friday out of our building and a breakfast on Saturday mornings. Our lunches range from sandwiches to a hot lunch and our morning breakfast on Saturdays can include muffins, juice, coffee, eggs and pancakes with sausage. We have purchased more food over the past few weeks due to more individuals and families coming for a free meal. Soap is offered through our showering ministry. This allows individuals and families whether employed or not, to come to our building and take a private shower on Friday mornings. This is a free service and we have watched an increased number of people showing up. Everything we do is an example and an action of God’s love for all of us. From preparing and serving the meal to finding out each other’s names, we do what we do because it is our “Hearts To God and Our Hand To Man.” – Captain Chris Aird can be contacted at 784-3382 or on the Web at chris.aird@usw.salvationarmy.org.