2009-05-11 / Local News

Salvation Army says 'thank you'

Annual dinner May 18 at the First Baptist Church of Gaffney
By JOE L. HUGHES II Ledger Staff Writer joe@gaffneyledger.com

Dr. Don Wilton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, will deliver a message to those in attendance. Dr. Don Wilton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, will deliver a message to those in attendance. Appreciating the donations and contributions by local supporters, the Salvation Army of Cherokee County will show its gratitude at its annual dinner May 18 at the First Baptist Church of Gaffney fellowship hall.

Knowing the sacrifices being made by families coast to coast as a result of the nation's economic downturn, members of the Christian nonprofit organization felt it was only right to recognize those who showed their support last year.

"We're saying thank you to all of those in the county that donated to the Salvation Army during the past year," said Harold Wood, chairman of the local Salvation Army advisory board. "They helped us with their donations and contributions, and it feels good for us to be able to recognize them for their support."

Top money raisers from the Salvation Army's Kettle Program, private donors and organizations contributing to Salvation Army in 2008 will be recognized, each receiving plaques for their generosity to the nonprofit group in 2008.

In addition to dinner and the presenting of awards, Dr. Don Wilton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, will deliver a message to those in attendance.

Each week, approximately 65 million households are able to view Wilton's sermons from the comforts of their own home through his "The Encouraging Word" broadcast ministry. He has also written many manuals, articles and reviews, in addition to authoring a book, "The Absolute Certainty of Life After Death."

Wilton has served as senior pastor for First Baptist of Spartanburg for the past 15 years.

"In addition to a good meal, we'll receive a good message from Dr. Wilton," Wood said. "Anyone wanting to attend can come."

The annual dinner will be held May 18 at the First Baptist of Gaffney fellowship hall on Floyd Baker Boulevard. Tickets for the event are $10 and are available at the Salvation Army Church on Colonial Avenue or Dr. Ron Barrett's office at 105 N. Johnson Street.

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