Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thank you volunteers!

The Police vs. Fire competition
is legendary.
Impossible. That is what Christmas at The Salvation Army would be without volunteers. This Christmas more than 2,000 volunteers provided 8,805 hours of service. Two thousand volunteers is the size of a small army. Which is kind of perfect!

As the volunteer coordinator, I was overwhelmed by the sheer number of people who were willing to give of their time just so others could have a Merry Christmas. As I was thanking our volunteers it blew my mind when they started thanking me! The people who stood on their feet all day in a freezing warehouse were thanking me for this experience? Wow. I thought the cold or exhaustion had finally started getting to them. Then I realized something that everyone at The Salvation Army already knew. We truly have the most amazing volunteers in the world.

If you gave any of your time to us this holiday season or even this year, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We couldn’t do it without you!

Without our volunteer food sorters
our staff would have to work DAYS
to get the job done!
Type of Activity                   Volunteers        Hours Served
Bell Ringing                             403                      2250
Angel Tree                              196                      784
Christmas Eve Meal                  38                      76
Gift Sorting                               99                      396
Checking Bags                          33                     122
Distribution                              838                     3392
Food Sorting                           222                     667
Food Packing                          373                    1119   
Total Volunteers                    2,202                    8,806
Thank you so much!

1 comment:

  1. Those are special people volunteering for you. So glad you appreciate them.