Savannah Salvation Army hosts annual distribution of food and gift packages
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Share the love – that’s what The Salvation Army in Savannah did on Friday during their annual food and gift package distribution.
“We take all the love in this community and put it in people’s cars,” says Savannah Salvation Army Major Paul Egan.
The pandemic has made vacations difficult for many families.
“We have spoken with a number of people who have lost their jobs or their source of income due to the pandemic, so the opportunity now to help them in what has been a very difficult year is even better,” the Major. Egan mentioned.
Community members and local organizations have proven that the holidays really are the season for giving at the distribution event.
“We have so many people who love and care for their neighbors here in this region and they do it by giving to The Salvation Army so that we and our team can eventually put that love in someone’s car,” explains Egan.
For Ruth Mathis, a volunteer with the Salvation Army Female Auxiliary, serving others is a family tradition.
“My grandmother served in the Salvation Army in Florida and was buried in her uniform, so this continues her legacy,” said Mathis.
Continuing this community tradition of giving, say the volunteers, brings joy to everyone.
“To receive these hugs and to receive these thanks and a few little tears to say that they have had a really tough year and now their Christmas is going to be awesome,” Egan said.
The Savannah Salvation Army is also hosting a Christmas Dinner on Christmas Day, at its location on Montgomery Street. For those who live at the shelter there, it will be a sit-down meal. Dinner is also open to the public to take away.