To the Editor:
In response to the letter to the editor on Dec. 24 by Alison Werner, I feel compelled to share my experience with the Salvation Army.
I do not know Ms. Werner, nor do I know the circumstances that brought her to the Salvation Army, or the unhappy circumstances that were part of her visit. But I do know something about the Salvation Army.
I have been involved at the Army for about 25 years. The first 20 years as a fairly active volunteer. The last few years, because of age and health, not so very active, but still interested, concerned and amazed at what, and how much the Army does for those people who need a helping hand. However, they are dependent on the helpfulness and the generosity of those throughout the community who year after year contribute food, money and time and what ever else is needed to make it possible to do what needs to be done. At the same time, the people at the Salvation Army - the captains, volunteers and employees - do not have an unending supply of time, energy, supplies and money. It is not humanly possible to give what they do not have.
All of the people whom I have known through my years of association with them have been kind, compassionate, sympathetic and dedicated to serving those who need help. I am indeed sorry for the unpleasant encounter that apparently occurred. I wish that everyone could have the experiences that I have had while observing a charity that works so diligently to serve others, and know firsthand the hard work, love and caring that I have seen among these fine people.