Salvation Army to host appreciation dinner

The local Salvation Army wants to say “thank you” to the community for its support by holding a special dinner this Friday (April 20).
“This appreciation dinner is for the people who have helped us in all the campaigns that the Salvation Army has been doing for the last three years in Fort Frances,” said Capt. Angel Sandoval.
“This is a little token we want to give back to the community,” he added.
The meal will be held at the former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, next door to the Salvation Army’s Citadel, beginning at 5 p.m.
The event will begin with a PowerPoint presentation of some of the work the staff at the local Salvation Army have been doing over the last three years.
Capt. Sandoval and his wife, Capt. Marlene, already have sent out invitations to various service clubs, businesses, and individuals who have helped out over the years.
“We’re asking people who didn’t receive an invitation to call us if they want to come,” he added.
Capt. Sandoval said there was no charge for the meal, and that they would not be soliciting for donations.
“We want to say thank you to everyone,” he stressed.
The event will include recognition of the volunteers and businesses that have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the community through the Salvation Army.
“The mission we have is huge,” said Capt. Marlene Sandoval. “Without volunteers and financial help, it’s hard for us to give to people.”
The divisional commander from the Winnipeg office also will attend the appreciation dinner.
Capt. Angel Sandoval said he hopes to make the dinner an annual event.
In related news, the captains’ attempt to establish a community council this past fall was unsuccessful, but Capt. Sandoval said they have not given up hope.
“There was not enough interest,” he noted.
The purpose of the council would be to give advice on business matters, as well as provide ideas for fundraising and community partnerships.
The council also would help determine where the greatest need is in the community and how to best distribute limited resources.
“Visually, people don’t see the need in this community,” Capt. Marlene said. “The need is huge.”