‘Doing the most good’

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 27, 2006

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By Ray Holley

The Selma Times-Journal

The Salvation Army of Selma continues its crusade of “doing the most good.”

To express appreciation for those who make that possible, it will host its annual “From the Heart” luncheon at noon on March 7 at the Carl Morgan Convention Center.

Alabama First Lady Patsy Riley will be the special guest speaker this year.

Of the Salvation Army and its efforts, she has been quoted as saying, “Your well runs deep. You don’t just give a cool drink of water to those that are struggling, but you bring them salvation and survival. You bring people joy and a true meaning for life so that they in turn can go and do for others. Thank you for all you do.”

Both Gov. Bob Riley and his wife have been avid supporters of the Salvation Army and actively participate in fundraising, including serving as bell-ringers, said Capt. Don New.

This year’s meeting will also feature another first for the Selma Salvation Army – an annual report with every I dotted and T crossed.

“The annual report is ready and we’re excited – we’ve never had a professionally produced annual report,” he said.

Attendees will receive a copy of it at the luncheon. According to the report, volunteers dedicated 8,140 hours to “doing the most good.”

“This luncheon is our way of thanking the volunteers for donating their time, money and resources during the 2005 year,” he said.

City and business leaders are encouraged to attend.

“This is a luncheon that helps us raise money that we put back into the community,” said New.

Ticket cost is $25 and can be purchased by calling 334-872-1646 or can be picked up at 2104 Franklin before Thursday.