Sometimes I'm surprised by the way The Salvation Army has affected so many people. Just the other day I went to a meeting to discuss funding with one of our donors.
After our brief introductions and small talk, she said to me, "You know, the Salvation Army was there for my family when we really needed it."
I questioned her and she continued, "When my kids were toddlers and I was a stay-at-home mom; my husband was an independent contractor and he had an accident on the job. We had no insurance. My husband didn't even want to get services for his broken arm because he knew we couldn't afford it."
At this point she began to get choked up, "someone told me to go to The Salvation Army and they would help us. I didn't want to go - maybe it was my pride - but no one likes to have to ask for help."
She was crying now and had my complete attention.
"The Salvation Army helped us - you work for a great place - they really cared about us and helped us. I can't say enough good about the Salvation Army."
Santa, I had come into this meeting with the expectation of discussing plans to help people with utilities. Little did I know, I'd walk away feeling encouraged and truly blessed.
Please help by giving generously to the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army Santa Fund.
You can help make this a brighter holiday season for local families by making a contribution in person to any branch of M&T Bank or by mail to M&T Bank at 405 River Ave.; at the Salvation Army, 457 Market St.; or the Sun-Gazette office, 252 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, PA 17701.
The Santa Fund is a fundraiser organized by the Sun-Gazette and the Salvation Army to help local families in need.