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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019. 8:53 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Salvation Army’s charitable works make them among the most recognized churches in Belize, but their work is not reserved for the Christmas season, reminds Commander Major Jonathan Kellman.

In Belize City alone, the Army runs the Raymond Parks Night Shelter on Cemetery Road, near the Salvation Army Primary School and the Ganns Rest House on East Canal; it also maintains a presence on Northside and in the Cayo District in Georgeville. They also assist families with food hampers on a one-off or regular basis, according to need.

So while the Christmas Appeal remains the key source of funds, it must, at least in part, carry the Army through at least June of the next year.

And the Army’s new year resolution is to look at solutions for uplifting some of its constituency from conditions of poverty – “to move from that total dependency, to rise one step at a time. We will look at partnering with other agencies or how we can initiate something to – you know, as they say, we can give a man a fish to eat, or we can teach a man how to fish,” as Major Kellman puts it.

Major Kellman observes that the situation has not changed much since he was last in Belize and the Army will be working on its plan. Currently some 2,500 families benefit from the Army’s works.

If you can help, contact the Salvation Army office on Regent Street.


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