From the Editor

Did you know that the ministry of The Salvation Army touches every zip code in the Lone Star state? Isn’t that incredible? The majority of those touch points are made possible by committed volunteers who operate centers in small towns throughout rural areas of the state.

A handful of these centers have offices managed by full-time staff, but approximately 250 of them are led strictly by volunteers. These volunteers administer Salvation Army assistance from their places of work, which could be the local library, bank, or sheriff’s department to name a few. This issue of the Lone Star includes an interview with one of our longest serving Service Unit volunteers, Fareed Hassen, who has diligently led the work of the Army in Stamford for more than 55 years.

Springtime is often associated with rebirth and new beginnings. Through the dedicated support of our donors and supporters, The Salvation Army provides new beginnings and second chances for individuals and families every day. Homeless prevention programs help families on the verge of losing their homes to regain stability and self sufficiency through emergency assistance and financial education. You will read of such a program in Tyler, which helped a single mother of five children move out of the emergency shelter and into their new home.

The Salvation Army received tremendous support from Texans during Christmastime and the Red Kettle Campaign. The donations received in red kettles during November and December provide essential funds to support local Salvation Army programs year-round. Thank you to all who donated by responding to the call of the ringing bell or who were inspired by Dallas Cowboy Ezekiel Elliott’s kettle leap at AT&T Stadium to make a donation. Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army and for Doing The Most Good.