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Dinner will honor volunteers


Salvation Army volunteers stand out in the cold every Christmas, ringing bells in hopes of convincing people to put money in their red kettles.

Sometimes younger volunteers clean, paint and redecorate Salvation Army offices.

At Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen, people volunteer their time helping to prepare meals and serve them to guests.

Both organizations depend heavily on volunteers. Not having to pay people to perform these tasks means money will be spent on the people who need services, said Trina Crawford, director of social services for Salvation Army.

For instance, Crawford figures that 660 hours were donated to the Salvation Army kettle drive last year. If she had to pay $10 an hour for those service, the amount spent on people in need would be $6,600 less, she said.

"I just don't know what we would do without the volunteers," she said.

In addition to the traditional volunteers, Hill County United Way's Day of Caring provided volunteers to do remodeling work at Feed My Sheep, she recalled.

Next week, the two organizations hope to offer a small thank-you to the volunteers.

All of the volunteers have been invited to the annual volunteer appreciation dinner at 6 p. m. Thursday, May 19, at Van Orsdel United Methodist Church.

The volunteers will be treated to a meal by Salvation Army and Feed My Sheep.

"The whole community is invited," she said. "We just ask that you RSVP by Friday so we know how much food to get."

"It's very important we show the volunteers how much we care," she said.

Pastor Mike Neubauer of Branded By Fire Ministries, who hopes to open a homeless shelter in Havre, will be the guest speaker.

Crawford said she hopes that community residents interested in learning about the two organizations will also show up for the dinner.

Businesses that want to help cover costs can buy a table for $100, she said.

People interested in sponsoring a table or wishing to RSVP can call her at 265-6411.

She said the dinner will be another way to get out information on what the organizations do. Both are seeing an increase in the need for their services.

"A lot of people are facing eviction," she said. "Today I had some people in here looking for a place to live, and we have nothing for them."


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