Whistle While You Work: Florida Resident Happily Volunteers In Bunnell

October 10, 2016
Tiffani Jett | Tiffani.Jett@uss.salvationarmy.org | (813) 340-8465

(Bunnell, Fla) October 10, 2016 – Michael McKay enjoys giving back to the community. While not an official Salvation Army volunteer, he did spend part of his Sunday offering words of encouragement to residents seeking a warm meal at a Salvation Army mobile kitchen stationed in Flagler County. 

The pastor at the Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Palatka pulled out some gloves and started cleaning his neighbors’ yards after Hurricane Matthew swept his community.

“I enjoy giving back because my roots are in Bunnell,” McKay said.  “Since the hurricane, I have worked to clean up the community by throwing away debris and helping The Salvation Army.”

McKay may not wear a red Salvation Army uniform, but he’s definitely a solider in The Salvation Army – volunteering his time to serve his community.
With his bubbly personality and can-do attitude, McKay greeted each person that stopped by the West Polk County Salvation Army mobile canteen, or kitchen on wheels. The mobile kitchen was stationed serving the most venerable of the community’s population, a Section 8 housing development that has been without power since October 6.

“The residents in the neighborhood welcomed The Salvation Army with open arms,” said Major Barry Corbitt, who is helping to oversee The Salvation Army’s disaster operations in Volusia County. “During times like these, it’s important to reinforce the meaning of ‘loving thy neighbor’ and helping those in the greatest need.”

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to The Salvation Army.  Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations such as The Salvation Army to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

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