February 13-- The Salvation Army in Vidalia held a ribbon cutting for its new home on Mose Coleman Drive.
Vidalia Mayor Pro Tem Raymond Turner is chairman of the Advisory Board, "Our mission is to serve Jesus Christ. By serving Jesus Christ, we serve mankind through him. This is one of the things I'm proud of about the Salvation Army, that we are able to serve those persons who need us the most," he said.
Salvation Army Major Mark Woodstock made the dedication address and said, "The Salvation Army exists to serve others. Our motto says 'Doing the Most Good,' and we want to do the most good for people in need. This center helps us to raise the much needed money to be able to give right back to the people in Vidalia. the money we raise through our Family Store will be invested right here to help with utility assistance, food, clothing and other types of services that will effect people's lives."
The new building is more spacious than the old location on Jackson Street and will give the Salvation Army a place to expand its community service, according to local manager Sandy Roberts.
"We can do more assistance with programs and classes. We're planning on doing more in this area. We didn't do this just to build a store, we did it to build a community," she said.
Major Woodcock echoed Robert's remarks and recalled the basic foundation of the Salvation Army as envisioned by its founder William Booth,"Soup, Soap and Salvation. It's awful hard to offer someone Jesus if they're hungry, so we want to feed them. If they're dirty and they need cleaning up and clothing, we want to do that as well. Then, at the that point, if that opportunity arises, it gives us the opportunity to tell them about Jesus Christ and the salvation they can only have through him."