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Salvation Army honors volunteers, children in Kids Cafe program

PHOTO PROVIDED Children who attend the Salvation Army’s Kids Cafe program received certificates of completion at the annual Kids’ Banquet.
PHOTO PROVIDED Sandy Dewald was one of many who were recognized at the Salvation Army’s annual Volunteer Banquet.

LOCK HAVEN — May is usually a busy month for the Salvation Army in Lock Haven. Every year, the Salvation Army holds its annual Volunteer Banquet to honor and thank their volunteers who serve throughout the year. The volunteers dedicate their time and talents all year long to help those in need in the Lock Haven Community. Some of these opportunities include cooking for the More than Bread soup kitchen, volunteering at the Thrift Store, helping distribute food, and of course ringing the bell at Christmas time.

May is also when the Salvation Army holds its annual Kid’s Banquet to recognize the youth that participate in our Kid’s Cafe program during the school year. The children come to the Salvation Army two days a week where they are given recreation time, homework time, learn Bible stories, and earn badges through Club 3:16, which is like Girl/Boy Scouts. This year, the children all earned their Friendship Badge and Artist Badge.

Although the program was cut short this year, the children were able to do lots of fun activities like visiting Potter’s Pallet, making friendship pens and passing them out to local nursing home, and carving pumpkins.

This year, The Salvation Army had to get creative about how to hold these events. It was decided to do a “Drive Through Appreciation.” Each volunteer that came were given a certificate and a small gift that they would have received at the banquet. The children were also given a gift and a certificate of completion.

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