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THANKED FOR THEIR SERVICE – Brooke County Salvation Army leaders thanked its many volunteers for their efforts during a Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge. With Salvation Army Capt. Gene Hunt, third from left, are regular volunteers John Bucy, Jonnie Fuller and Harvey Rubins. –Warren Scott

WELLSBURG — “We had two good years. We have helped many people in different ways. We have been able to do a lot for this community and it does not happen without you”, Salvation Army Captain Gene Hunt told some of the many volunteers who helped the charity’s Brooke County Service Center.

Addressing attendees at the Salvation Army Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Thursday at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge, Hunt said: “We are all spokes in the wheel. It takes all of us to transform it.

“Every time you’ve donated funds, every time you’ve volunteered, every time you’ve advocated for us, you’re just as much The Salvation Army as I am,” he told them.

Hunt, who also oversees the charity’s operations in Hancock County, said between the two, 2,973 food orders were provided to residents in need last year.

He said residents of Brooke and Hancock counties have received help in other ways, including providing Christmas presents, coats and other clothing for children; helping families and others with their rent, mortgage and utilities; and emergency accommodation for those forced to leave their homes due to fire or other circumstances.

Hunt said about 40 households received this latest aid last year.

He noted that residents served by the organization receive vouchers to purchase clothing and other household items at the Salvation Army Center thrift store at 401 Commerce St., while proceeds from purchases made by others over there goes to his pantry.

Overseeing all of this is Barb McConnell, director and sole employee of the center, underscoring the need for volunteers, Hunt said.

Harvey Rubins, Jonnie Fuller and John Bucy were called upon to be recognized for their regular presence at center.

The three expressed their thanks for the opportunity to help and to others involved in the work of the association.

Fuller said, “I made a lot of good friends and had an amazing time over Christmas. Working with everyone is great. I’m having a great time.”

Rubins thanked “The Salvation Army for his strong leadership. The Salvation Army has made a personal difference in my life. I thank God and all of you who are still doing his work.

Bucy remembers leading local teenagers who came to the center to sort food and being impressed with their efforts. He said he was proud of them and his community as a whole for their support.

Hunt also recognized three Brooke High School groups who, as bell ringers for the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign, tripled the amount raised last year.

They were: the Brooke High School chapter of Health Occupations Students of America, which raised more than $350 under the leadership of Melissa Garrett; and the school’s chapter Future Business Leaders of America and its football team, which each raised more than $200 under the leadership of counselors Adam Haught and Chad Haught and coach Joe Pepe.

Another youngster thanked for his help at center was Raegan Gibson.

Members of Follansbee Presbyterian Church, Church of the Nazarene and Wellsburg Foundry, formerly known as Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, were also recognized for their efforts as bell ringers. .

For their support in various ways, the Brooke County Rotary Club, Wellsburg Kiwanis Club and Wellsburg Lions Club also received kudos.

Hunt also took the time to acknowledge members of the Brooke County Salvation Army Advisory Council, who he said stepped in to pack bags with Christmas gifts, food and groceries. for its periodic food distributions.

They are: Janet Tarr, Ken Hart, Judy Fowler, John Schwertfeger, Manuel Markos, Matz Malone, Steve Hlatky, Peggy Miller, Bob Haas, Audrey Bryant, Frank Haas and Rebecca Bell.

Eugene Cipoletti, who served on the board for many years, was recognized for the many other members he mentored.

Hunt said the involvement of every group and individual furthers the overall mission of The Salvation Army.

“Our goal is to impact lives in the name of Jesus. Love like Jesus. Every bag of food we distribute is love,” he said, adding “I want to thank you for sharing the love of Christ. This is our primary goal in everything we do.



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