Thursday, May 20, 2021

Church celebrates partnership with Salvation Army

Two mainstays in the Plymouth community are celebrating a decade of cooperation this year.

A relationship between The Salvation Army and NorthRidge Church in Plymouth made perfect sense when it began more than 10 years ago - and is even stronger toda, a spokesman said. NorthRidge consistently donates food to the pantry at The Salvation Army Plymouth Corps Community Center and to the Bed & Bread program.

Beth Harris, the church outreach coordinator, manages the team of 130 people who regularly volunteer for The Salvation Army.

“We used to hold food drives at our church years ago, but we realized that The Salvation Army was better equipped to address the need in the community,” Harris said. “Our volunteers are very familiar with food pantries and distributing food boxes, so that's a big reason why we continue to support and volunteer with The Salvation Army in this way.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic first started spreading across southeast Michigan in March 2020, volunteers from NorthRidge provided aid to address hunger, packing food boxes at The Salvation Army warehouse - which helped jumpstart the first phase of the nonprofit food box distribution services.

“The generosity of The Salvation Army stood out to me when I was at the warehouse at the start of the pandemic,” recalled Harris. “It's nice to know that you are a refuge for people in need; The Salvation Army is a reassuring presence in our community. If we come across someone in need of food assistance, we know we can confidently send them to The Salvation Army, knowing they'll be taken care of.”

NorthRidge Church also assists The Salvation Army in the anti-human trafficking efforts of the organization, donating money to the program and providing care kits for survivors. “We want to love people and further God's kingdom, and we love working with organizations that align with that goal,” Harris said.

April 2021 was designated as Volunteer Month and The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division recognized, celebrated and thanked volunteers for their commitment, dedication and support to help Do The Most Good, a leader of the organization said.