Tuesday, September 7, 2010
What did you do on Labor Day?
Maybe you spent the waning days of summer by the pool or over a sizzling grill. Or maybe you skipped town for a brief getaway. Or maybe you had a lot of big ideas but never seemed to get beyond changing out of your pajamas.
If you’re like me, your aspirations for the Labor Day holiday probably didn’t include much laboring.
But 60 volunteers in Charlotte, North Carolina had a different idea. They spent their day off cleaning, painting, and transforming a Sunday school building into an emergency overflow shelter for homeless women. The site is being opened by The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, whose main facility is experiencing overcrowding and must sometimes turn women away.
The Salvation Army expects the overflow shelter will be ready to open next week after one more volunteer-work day.
We appreciate these volunteers and the Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church (who donated use of the facility) for making it possible for The Salvation Army to better to serve the city’s homeless. Thanks to their efforts, at least 50 more women will have a safe place to rest their heads at night.
You can check out a video news story on these Labor Day laborers HERE.
To learn more about The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, visit their website HERE