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October 23, 2012

Salvation Army hosts Open House and Business after Hours

Corsicana — There’s a new attitude these days at The Salvation Army, and the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours and Open House held there Tuesday spotlighted that fact.

A good sized crowd snacked on nutritious but simple fare, much like is given to people helped by The Salvation Army, and were also treated to guided tours of the facility. Sgts. Toby and Linda Romack, who began their second year in Navarro County in June, are excited about serving the Lord in Corsicana through The Salvation Army.

“Our goal is to get people to stand on their own two feet,” Sgt. Toby Romack said. “For some, this is the first time they’ve ever fallen on hard times, and their stories will break your heart. We are here to help financially and spiritually.”

Romack credits a marvelous staff of social workers and a great bookkeeper and being blessed by the Lord for the positive changes made recently. The Thrift Store has made a remarkable turnaround, and they are praying for a larger store in the future.

“My wife and I had a vision to come and build a new corps here, and we are looking into the future toward a bigger, better building,” he said.

Not only does The Salvation Army bless people in Corsicana, but it is in 126 countries around the world. Romack said 88 cents of every dollar goes back into the community, and their budgets are never extravagant. People are assisted with food, clothing, prescriptions, dental needs, utilities and emergency situations. They also offer counseling to help people with their household budgets.

“Last year, The Salvation Army here helped 633 families — not individuals — with food and gifts for Christmas,” he said. “This year, we will use the old Cinemark building on Seventh Ave. to distribute, because we are expecting the needs to be great.

“Fifty percent of all people who come through our doors are first-timers. There are lots of hurting people in this community. Mark Luera of Family Service Association is co-chairman of our board, and is my prayer partner — and he can testify about how many hurting people there are out there.”

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