Not too long ago we were inspired by a story about the Salvation Army at work here in the Napa Valley. The local Salvation Army Center serves the public on a daily basis – providing meals, hosting worship services, and generally “doing the most good” possible, as their motto states.
For those not familiar, The Salvation Army has a series of more than 7,500 centers spread throughout the United States. Their purposes include disaster relief and the distribution of food, but they do so much more. The Salvation army, funded mostly through holiday kettle donations and sales through their local stores, also provides rehabilitation centers, programs for children, and even campaigns against human trafficking.
In the Napa hall, a group of volunteers from the Marinello School of Beauty came together to create a salon for those in need. The students and instructors spent more than three hours giving haircuts, beard trims, and styling to those the center serves. This particular school has also done styling, manicures, and pedicures in retirement homes.
Earlier this year, volunteers with the Salvation Army offered disaster relief after the August earthquake. They spent days serving meals to displaced residents as well as to first responders working in the area.
The Salvation Army does good in the community throughout the year, but most of us only notice them during the Christmas season, when volunteers are ringing bells and collecting kettle donations. Many don’t realize that the Salvation Army offers families in need – for any of a wide variety of reasons – Christmas dinners, toys, and clothing throughout the season. Just this November, the Northern California and Northern Nevada division distributed more than 310 food baskets in the Stockton area.
Looking for ways to give back? The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteers to help with fundraisers, social services, special events, and youth activities. They also accept car donations, furniture donations, and clothing donations and will give you receipt for tax purposes based on their current valuation guide.
This organization does a world of good not only within our local communities, but internationally, and we’re proud to see the members of Napa and the surrounding communities partnering with them to give back not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.