Despite challenges, Salvation Army will still be spreading holiday cheer

The Salvation Army headquarters in Tiyan. (PNC file photo)

The Salvation Army will still be spreading holiday cheer this year but it is definitely going to be different from years past.

This holiday season, with thousands of residents still unemployed, it’s not surprising they will seek out organizations like the Salvation Army to help them celebrate with their families during this time of need.

Salvation Army Corps officer, Captain Kari Rudd, went on air with K57’s Patti Arroyo. saying many of the clients they have seen lately are those who had never needed their services before.

“The clients we’ve been seeing a lot of the time, more often than not, they were the folks that were actually helping us. So there’s some embarrassment and shame but we just walk through it with them and let them know that hey, this is what we’re here for, it’s okay,” Rudd said.

Additionally, Capt. Rudd mentions that this year, for the first time, they had to “spend money they don’t have” in order to keep to their core mission of helping those in need.

“So we’ve asked for monetary donations. We’ve spent about $7,300 for the meal, we got $2,000 in donations so that’s where we’re at. We have a goal of 400 families, 1,200 children that we’re going to be providing toys and food for Christmas. And right now, our warehouse is pretty empty with toys, not the food, but the toys. Once again, it’s another sidestep because we can’t say no to these people, they need to have a Christmas,” Rudd said.

Instead of a Thanksgiving spread, the Salvation Army is partnering with Guam Reef Hotel and will be delivering packaged meals to senior citizens, the homeless, and those with special needs.