Program Chair and President of the day, Ken Carroll declared December 17, 2020 – Salvation Army Day! This is usually the club meeting before our day of ringing the bell, but not 2020. The podium was turned over to Captain Jim Dillingham of the Salvation Army.
He stated it was always a pleasure to be invited to the Exchange Club and has now enjoyed the partnership for five years. He was ready to provide updates on the many programs and services that the local Salvation Army contingent has accomplished in 2020:
755 – helped with a specific utility
375 – helped with all utilities
312 – helped with rent
2808 – Food Pantry
360 – Clothing from Salvation Army Store
152 – Disaster Assistance
697 – Children of the Angel Tree; a complete 100% helped by sponsor donations go to the other programs.
Captain Jim praised the community for the giving spirit and the willingness to help others. He said such a spirit comes from God and the Salvation Army is about Glorifying God. He stated that Waycross is the kind of place he wants to live in. A small village with a big village willingness to help others.
Two examples are the food pantry and disaster shelters. the goal this year was to help 2000 at the food pantry but they have served 2808! He confirmed that when hurricanes threatened the community, shelters were provided that is rivaled to any city.
Yes, this is a tough year but it is a great time for giving and helping others. The impact on the Kettle program will be significant with 2019 seeing donations of $79,829 but this year the expectation is the ar of $55,000.
The Exchange Club presented Capt. Jim with a check for $500 and donations placed in the Red Kettle. Capt. Jim gave a wonderful message of encouragement and of hope that is found in God. He told of how the Bible and life is full of opportunities to feel, protect and bring peace to others in the power of John 3:16.
Wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas!
SOPHIE CHOUDHRI DECEMBER YOUTH OF THE MONTH
It is with much enthusiasm that I introduce to you Sophia Choudhri. Sophia is the daughter of Sohail and Nosheem Choudhri. She is currently ranked 5th out of 347 Ware County High School seniors. Sophia’s Activities/Honors at WCHS include:
- “A” Honor Roll 9th-12th
- Beta Club 9th- 12th Community Service Chair
- National Honor Society 10th – 12th
- Varsity Tennis 9th -12th Captain
- Technology Student Association 9th-12th Secretary (Placed in State Finals for Fashion Design)
- FBLA 10th -11th (Won 1st place in Social Media Campaign and 2nd in Graphic Design at Region)
- Academic Quiz Bowl 9th -12th Co-Captain Okefenokee Swamp Ambassador 11th -12th
- Waycross Bank & Trust Junior Board 12th
- Technology Fair 9th -12th (Won 1st in the state 3 years in a row)
- Ware County Gator Productions 10th -12th (Spring Musical and One Act. Won region for One Act)
- Model UN 9th -12th Treasurer (Won the Valdosta State competition 3 years in a row.)
Sophia has been involved in a number of community activities:
Sophia is an officer in Beta and she is involved in the National Honor Society, which are two community service clubs at the High School. She was also an Okefenokee Swamp Ambassador. She has volunteered at local fashion shows where money was raised for the Satilla Health Foundation, Mattie’s Mission, and Hospice House. Sophia also created the Sunrise Movement Hub which is an organization that is focused on the preservation of the environment. After graduation from Ware County High School, Sophia is planning to attend Vassar and major in Biology.