DONATION COMMUNITY: The Salvation Army is committed to “helping all those in need” |

The Salvation Army, located at 813 Nottingham Street in Orangeburg, helps those in need with a pantry, clothing vouchers, disaster relief and rent, utilities and medical assistance .

According to a history of the organization, it was founded by William Booth in 1865. Booth left the Methodist ministry to preach as a freelance evangelist in the slums of London’s East End. Many converts were won, but they did not feel “at home” in the churches, so Booth established Christian mission centers.

In 1878, Booth adopted the name “Salvation Army” for his organization. Missions became “corps”, members became “soldiers”, ministers became “officers” and Booth himself became “general”.

This army was provided with uniforms, a flag, and a marching band playing martial music, and it gathered in tents, theaters, dance halls and outdoors.

At first, the Salvation Army was persecuted by members of the Church for being unconventional. Despite this, the military successfully tackled social ills, hunger, homelessness and poverty.

The organization, which is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, eventually became an international movement. During World War II, the Salvation Army operated 3,000 service units for the armed forces and led the training of the USO.

Today, the organization is the world’s largest service group and America’s # 1 charity.

According to The Salvation Army, “its message is based on the Bible. His ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs on his behalf without discrimination.

Captain Kellie Cantrell is the commander of the Orangeburg Corps. She saw the difference the Salvation Army has made in people’s lives.

“We are committed to helping anyone who needs it. Over the past year, we have seen an increase in the number of people in crisis in our community, ”said Captain Cantrell. “We are very grateful for our community partnerships that help us fight hunger, homelessness and other issues people face.”

On Sundays, The Salvation Army Church holds Sunday School at 10 a.m., Holiness Meeting (worship service) at 11 a.m.

On Wednesdays, the church offers a Bible study at 6 p.m., followed by women’s ministry and men’s community at 7 p.m.

Adult programs include the Women’s Ministry (Home League), the Men’s Fellowship Club and the Band. Youth programs include Junior Soldiers, Corps Cadets, Sun Rays, Guard Girls and Adventure Corps.

In February 2017, the Orangeburg Corps opened a new Salvation Army family thrift store in the Edisto Village Mall at 459 Stonewall Jackson Blvd. As we approach the first anniversary of this, we are delighted with the community’s support for the new location.

She said the items sold at the thrift store generate funds to help with medication for the elderly, utilities, and rental assistance and other services.

Donations to The Salvation Army are always needed and appreciated at the family store location at 459 Stonewall Jackson Blvd., Orangeburg. The funds are used to help those who experience personal disasters, such as house fires and floods, and also to enable individuals to dress for success in job interviews, Cantrell said.

She added, “We look forward to serving our neighbors better with the generous support of those in this community who help us help others. Our goal is to bring the hope and love of Christ into the lives of people.

To find out more about The Salvation Army or how to become a volunteer, call 803-534-6805 or drop by the Nottingham Street office.

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