The Salvation Army of Big Spring is a non-profit organization that serves the community by providing resources to those in need. This may be by providing affordable after-school child care, providing food through their food pantry, by offering holiday meals, or through their Christmas assistance program.
This year, the Salvation Army was able to provide almost 800 meals to the local community. The organization also hit a new record this year in their Christmas Assistance program. According to Lt. Ben Godwin with the Salvation Army, over 200 families received assistance and overall there were 502 angels that were provided for.
Lt. Godwin explained that modifications were made in order to comply with COVID-19 guidelines.
"This year, with [COVID-19] we had to change it up and make some different changes. We did a drive-thru, where [clients] would just pull up in their car. We had people go and speak to them to figure out what their number was, pray with them, and be able to speak God into them, and then we were able to give them their gifts again for Christmas.
It was an amazing success this year, and we're just so thankful that the community was able to step up and help us take care of those in need," said Lt. Godwin.
This year, the Salvation Army was able to begin their Red Kettle Season earlier than normal. Lt. Godwin told KBest News that even though they anticipated a rough fundraising season this year due to the pandemic, he advised that they were still $15,000 behind their goal. The funds raised during the Red Kettle Campaign are used to fund their various programs all year long.
After being able to coordinate with partners, he advised that Sabalo Energy LLC was able to offer $10,000 to the local Salvation Army, and the Greater Big Spring Rotary Club was able to donate $3,000 to help close the gap in funding. Now the Salvation Army is only $2,000 short of their goal.
If you’d like to donate any amount of money to the Salvation Army in Big Spring, you can contact Lt. Godwin at 432-352-2005.