Monday, July 28, 2008

Service Story: Toys for the Salvation Army

While I was out of town last week, David did his first shoot without me!  I must say that he did an awesome job.  David and Robyn, our friend that is on staff at the Salvation Army in downtown Raleigh, headed over to a retirement community in North Raleigh to check out the awesome way that they are serving the community at large.  

Before I get into more detail about what David was able to document, I do want to mention that if you are in the Raleigh area, please know that the financial crisis going on in this country has trickled down to the service organizations.  During the summer donations typically come in slower for groups like the Salvation Army, but this summer they are in great need for donations.  In particular, the food bank at the Salvation Army is extremely low, and for the first time in a LONG time, they had to go to Sam's Club to purchase food for the pantry.  I encourage you in your grocery shopping to at least grab a few nonperishable items to drop off to your nearest Salvation Army or other service organization.

Back to David's shoot!  There are some men and women that live in this community that spend all year making wooden toys to donate to various groups to give under privileged children at christmas.  One of the places they donate to is the Salvation Army of Raleigh.  David got to go check out what they do and how they do it...

Cutting out the various shapes needed for each toy...

A little sanding to smooth those rough edges...

This is the assembling and painting work room.

A variety of finished products!

Thanks for giving to your local helping ministry/service!

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