Salvation Army needs Wilson’s support

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The Salvation Army is privileged to serve Wilson County in much-needed areas every day. Whether it’s a bag of groceries, help with a light bill or shaping young lives, we could not do this without your support. 

Today, we need your support more than ever.

The Salvation Army is taking a long, hard look at its operation in Wilson and making plans to streamline the budget while maintaining its service to the community. Sometimes such internal scrutiny brings harsh reality to light. Tough decisions have to be made. And, sometimes hearing reality is not pleasant.

The truth is, we have been serving the community well, but have not been operating within our budget. For years we have had to borrow operating money from our Divisional Headquarters. We have fallen far behind on our administrative support fees to headquarters. Though we were good stewards with the donations entrusted to us, our operation could not continue the way it was.

Currently, our Advisory Board, corps (church) council and Boys and Girls Club Council are working with divisional leaders to come up with a plan that will have our programs operating within a budget, our Family Store turning a profit and the funds raised to continue our service to those in need. With God’s hand upon us, this CAN be done! But we need your help.

As you read this, please take a moment to stop and consider the following questions. Would the quality of life be the same for all Wilsonians without The Salvation Army? Where would the 6,898 people The Salvation Army served in 2017 go for help? Who would provide groceries to the scores of people needing food to sustain their family until payday? Who would provide toys for more than the 740 children in the Angel Tree program? Who would provide a free suit for an out-of-work mom or dad who just landed a great job interview? Or school clothing for families in need? This is the work The Salvation Army has been doing in Wilson since 1927.

We need your help and commitment to support us during this very critical time. Our commitment and promise to you is the money you donate to The Salvation Army in Wilson will help your neighbors in Wilson County.

We will stretch every precious penny you entrust to us. We will keep you updated on our progress as we push forward. We will Do the Most Good in Wilson for generations to come.

Thank you for your continued support of The Salvation Army. God bless you.

David Clark and Gary Proffitt


Clark is chairman of The Salvation Army of Wilson Advisory Board. Proffitt is the agency’s social services and communications chairman.