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Church youth collect for Salvation Army

LOCAL YOUTH CHURCH MEMBERS present a large number of can goods they collected for the needy to Gloria Harrell of the Salvation Army, fourth from left. From the left, are Kyle Harris of Grace Church, Daniel Gray of Grace Church, Grace Church youth pastor John Woodum, Ms. Harrell, First Baptist Church youth minister Al Sessions, Grant McDonald of First Baptist Church and Jim Whitehead of First Baptist Church.

Local middle and high school students from Grace Church, First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Baptist Church, Faceville Baptist Church and Morningside Baptist Church collected more than 5,000 canned items for the Salvation Army needy on Feb. 18.

They went from door to door collecting items.

The most canned goods were collected by the sophomore girls from First United Methodist Church.

Bob Henderson, owner of Henderson Grocery that is closing, donated his remaining canned goods to the youngsters.

Local Salvation Army Director Gloria Harrell said she was very grateful for the youngsters’ hard work and dedication to the poor.

“We have people with needs, and I always know the Lord will provide,” she said. “What these young people did is a real blessing.”