WEIRTON - The Salvation Army will be showing its appreciation for those who have supported the organization in the last year.
The agency's annual appreciation dinner is planned at 6 p.m. April 15 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.
The dinner is open to the public, with tickets at $25 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Capt. Goldie Long said the annual dinner is a special event because its purpose is to thank all of the volunteers for their support for the Salvation Army throughout the year, especially during the Christmas season.
She noted that during the 2012 season there was an overwhelming amount of support given and those who volunteered helped make the difference in the lives of those in the area.
"The past year has been a difficult one for many of our neighbors," Long said. "We are seeing the needs of the community grow and it's so wonderful to see such a great response of generosity in return."
Advisory board member Cathy Ferrari added the work of the Salvation Army has taken on an even greater importance over the past few years. No longer is it just the low- to moderate-income families needing assistance, but the needs are creeping up into the middle class and to those who have never needed assistance before.
Ferrari said she and the Salvation Army advisory board are proud to be volunteers and encourage the members of the community to support the organization by attending the annual dinner.
According to reports produced by Brenda Greathouse, social services director, many people are facing layoffs and having to work multiple jobs just to maintain the status quo, and even that, she said, has been difficult for families. Greathouse said without the help of the volunteers willing to give of their time and talents, helping those in need would not be easy, if not impossible.
"We would love to be able to thank everyone in person for their support for the Salvation Army," said Long.
For information on the dinner, tickets and table sponsorships, call the Salvation Army at (304) 748-4310.