Salvation Army: Helping the Hungry


By Ellis Eskew

The Salvation Army prepares hundreds of meals every day for the people who come stay in the shelter or just need a meal here and there.

Donnie Warthen is one of those people.

He is a former truck driver who has been coming for the past few years after he got injured and lost his job.

 "No trucking company wanted have me because of my diabetes and high blood pressure. I come here and it's a good place. It helps a lot of people. Lot of people here can't even buy food. Young children, they go to bed hungry every day if it wasn't for the Salvation Army," said Warthen.

Warthen eats at the Salvation Army for one meal a day near the end of every month to help make ends meet.

Jacquelyn Nettles is the kitchen manager and she says she loves serving the people there.

"It's a way of giving back and helping others. It just makes me feel good to do that. Lot of them like to talk. Sometimes I'll talk to them. A lot of them know me when I'm in a hurry I'm passing through. I'll say 'hey!' Just people, I love talking to people and kidding with people and helping," said Nettles.

And donations are, of course, always welcome.

"Whatever you give, we use it. We do get donations in whenever we get it we'll use it that day or next day and we are grateful for anything we get."

Salvation Army stays open year round serving men, women and children.
And it's your donations that help put food on the table for them.

"A lot of people need this place a lot worse than I do. I hope this place stays," said Warthen.


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