Women’s Auxiliary Host Souper Bowl for Seniors

About 15 members of The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary met at the William Booth Towers on Monday to socialize and serve the elderly for their Annual Souper Bowl gathering.

I am always excited to visit the William Booth Towers since the residents are known to have such interesting personalities. All of them are on fixed incomes and some are handicapped or disabled, but despite those shortcomings they are filled with so much joy and wisdom.     

Members of the Auxiliary prepared an array of hearty soups for the residents so an aroma of Vegetable Beef and Chicken, Corn Chowder, Potato, Santa Fe, and Turkey Chili filled the air. They also made corn muffins, chocolate dessert and arranged the cutest little party favors.

As the seniors made their way down to the Souper Bowl, they were greeted with thanksgiving from the Auxiliary members. They helped the residents to their seats and served them one by one. It’s such a treat to be waited on hand and foot one of the residents proclaimed. As laughter filled the air, the Auxiliary members continued taking orders until all were served. 

“We always enjoy giving back to the residents at the William Booth Towers,” said Major Casey Cunningham, Women’s Ministry Projects Coordinator. “It gives us an opportunity to pay some well deserved homage to the elderly in our community.”

Both the Turkey Chili and the Santa Fe turned out to be a big hit for the residents. They also really enjoyed the chocolate cake as several of them packed away a few slices for later. Since the Super Bowl is around the corner, the Auxiliary decided to create NFL favors filled with sweet treats.

In speaking with Major Alyce Kerns, Director of the William Booth Towers, she said that the Auxiliary means so much to the residents, they always make them feel so appreciated. 

The Women’s Auxiliary assists The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command in many activities in the community throughout the year by providing volunteer workers for the many projects associated with The Salvation Army. 

If you would like to learn more about the Women’s Auxiliary or the William Booth Towers, please visit www.salvationarmyatlanta.org

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CarMax Cares For Our Seniors

On June 10th, a total of eleven CarMax employees hosted a fun-filled cook out for the seniors residing at our Salvation Army William Booth Towers. In celebration of CarMax Cares Month, established in 2003 to support the communities where CarMax associates live and work, they chose The Salvation Army to complete their next team building project.

The Salvation Army William Booth Towers houses over 90 elderly, handicapped and disabled residents in Atlanta.

CarMax employees went all out and gave the seniors at the William Booth Towers an unforgettable cook out filled with grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, watermelon, potato chips, baked beans, potato salad and soft drinks. They even transported their very own gas grill in order to prepare the food on site.

“The residents thoroughly enjoyed the golf, bingo, croquet and bean bag toss activities, especially when they realized prizes were involved,” explained Major Loyd Kerns, The Salvation Army William Booth Towers Corps Officer. Winners received books, personal hygiene items, movies, and gift cards to both Publix and Kroger. CarMax wrapped up this fantastic event by provideing each resident  with a CarMax gift bag full of much needed personal care item.

When asked why CarMax employees choose to participate in volunteer efforts such as these, CarMax HR Specialist, Kevin Shaw explained, “Helping make a difference in someone’s life is infectious. That’s the one thing our employees love to spread around.”

Thank you so much, CarMax friends, for thinking of us, and for giving of your time and energy to make this happen.

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