At about 10 a.m. on Dec. 10, Tatiana Burgess was pulling into the Kroger parking lot to drop off a kettle for the Starkville Salvation Army’s Red Kettle drive when she felt a jolt, followed by a terrible noise.
For the past 25 years, Annie Barry has spent most of her Thanksgiving Day giving.
Starting out in her own kitchen in 1994, Barry and her friends cooked and delivered hot meals to seniors and residents with disabilities in Lowndes County every year. What began as a small operation has expanded to serving thousands of county residents in need each year over more than two decades.
As it is with the regular military, serving as an officer with the Salvation Army means frequent moves from one community to another.
Now in their 10th year with the Salvation Army, Capts. Pradeep and Priscilla Ramaji are finding their fourth assignment different from the previous ones.
Bundled up in a coat and scarf, Patricia Hollis smiled and spoke to customers outside Kroger in Columbus Wednesday morning as she rang the familiar Salvation Army bell.
One of the best things about the Salvation Army, in Katie Walker’s opinion, is that 80 percent of goods and donations to the Starkville branch stay in the Starkville area.
Every month, Helping Hands director Nancy Guerry sees anywhere from 50 to 200 individuals seeking one-time financial or food assistance come through her doors.
Even before Halloween, retailers rush to get their Christmas displays on the floor. But they have nothing on Lt. Christian Smith in getting an early jump on the holiday.
What Lt. Christian Smith lacks in experience as the new commander for the Columbus Salvation Army, he makes up for, well, in experience.
Of the 110 local families in Adopt-a-Family, the United Way of Lowndes County’s venture to provide Christmas presents for needy families, only five still need businesses to purchase their Christmas gifts.
Much like the military, those who serve with the Salvation Army have ranks and can expect to move from one assignment to another, often without much prior notice.