LETTER: Proud of service, community careTo the Telegram: I, Jerry E. Hartson, a U.S. Navy retired disabled vet of Superior have begun my 35th year of volunteering at the 916 Hughitt Ave., the Salvation Army in my hometown.
To the Telegram:
I, Jerry E. Hartson, a U.S. Navy retired disabled vet of Superior have begun my 35th year of volunteering at the 916 Hughitt Ave., the Salvation Army in my hometown.
When I came home after serving my country, I was hurt bad and was retired from the Navy because of it. I would do it again if asked because that’s what makes our country great. We’re free because of dedicated men and women who gave their all to keep it that way. They gave limbs and life so America is No. 1.
We, as Americans, always help each other in times of crisis. It may be floods, fire, economic hardships, people know the Salvation Army’s reputation as a major resource in their time of need and it comes.
The heart is free. What a great organization to donate your food, money and time to. You get so much in return. Grace, compassion - those are priceless feelings. To make someone’s pain go away and pass on your gift that keeps on giving and returns are so great. I think we all know suffering in any form and to do something is the right thing and God knows this.
To me to know first-hand coming home and being homeless and having the Salvation Army help me with a bag of food and a blanket was why I felt the need to return the gift of compassion to as many folks that I can and that was 35 years ago. They help many vets and families stabilize their crisis to the best they can. If we can’t help your need than we try to point you to some other resource that’s out there.
I’m proud to give 35 years to the Salvation Army for all they do - visits to VA hospitals, mobile canteen and mobile tents to hard-hit areas like Hurricane Sandy, fires out West, etc., give rides to folks in need so they can rebuild. It’s a life-changing experience. One day you have a house and life and in the blink of an eye, all is gone because of storms that we can’t stop and only come to the rescue of people and let them know we always will.
The Salvation Army has saved my life and stabilized it and I speak for many.
I am the son of the late Morley H. “Muggs” Harson and my ma Florence E. Cook-Hartson-Bachund, both of Superior.