The Salvation Army in Williams Lake has reached a milestone.
Last year (2022) on December 11th, marked their 40th anniversary in the City.
Leftenant Jessica Hoeft said because of how busy the Christmas season was with fundraising they postponed celebrating it until this weekend.
To familiarize residents about what the Salvation Army has been doing and offering Williams Lake the past 4 decades, Hoeft said they have a special event planned for tomorrow between ten and two.
“Right beside the Thrift Store is our church building and so when you go in there will be displays and Leftenant Nathanal will be there to have conversations and go through some of the history of what has been over the past 40 years in Williams Lake through the Salvation Army.”
Although Hoeft hasn’t been with the Williams Lake Salvation Army that long, she has seen an increase in their free lunch and food bank programs.
“We are seeing a drastic increase on who is needing support right now and it doesn’t matter what kind of walk of life they’re in, whether it homeless or employed part time, full time, the increase cost of living has impacted so many people and we’re witnessing that. We see it in our food bank statics but also in how often we have to order new food to replenish our stock to be able to provide to the community.”