There was a packed house at Wednesday's 4th Annual BEYOND THE BELLS luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center.
Major Joe Irvin told NewsRadio WGNS . . .
Their Center of Hope on the New Salem Highway at West Main Street served 56,676 meals to the hundred homeless in Murfreesboro last year, provided 14,801 nights of lodging, 1,126 received Angel Tree Christmas gifts--plus, 1,797 volunteers provided 10,808 volunteer hours.
Partner In Mission Award
WGNS Manager Bryan Barrett was honored with the PARTNER IN MISSION award. He said . . .
Barrett has served 7-years on the Salvation Army's Advisory Board, and as chair for the past year and a half.
In addition, he has been on the BEYOND THE BELLS' steering committee since its inception four years ago.
When asked why he got involved, Barrett noted, "I began working with the Salvation Army because of how they work to help the most vulnerable citizens in this community, along with their Christ centered approach."
The local Salvation Army's Director of Social Services Teresa Olson shared her heart-warming story of having grown-up in a large family with several brothers and sisters. As a child, she started falling down while playing. At one point, she could not get up and her siblings took her home. Teresa's mom rushed her to the hospital where it was determined she had M S and would not live past age 12. Persons from the Salvation Army visited her daily until she was released from the hospital.
Later, she was playing and got too close to fire. Her dress blazed up and she was again rushed to the ER for emergency skin grafts. Again, the Army visited daily to pray.
It's easy to understand why Teresa Olson has a passion for the Salvation Army. And yes, the doctors were wrong. Even though she has MS, Teresa made it past age 12. In fact, she recently celebrated number 63, and loves to help others through the Army.
The Salvation Army's Center of Hope is located at 1137 West Main Street at the New Salem Highway. For more information, phone 615-895-7071 or CLICK HERE to visit their FaceBook site.