Braving the Cold so Others Stay Warm

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Dakota Broom lucked out like most children in the Wiregrass. This winter weather gave him his first snow day. However, instead of playing with friends, he chose to volunteer with the Dothan Salvation Army. They helped Greater Beulah Baptist Church in Dothan on Tuesday and Wednesday, to keep bellies full.

“It makes me smile that I can take time out of my personal time to help people who cannot provide for themselves,” said Broom, a volunteer.

Volunteers cooked breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the past two days. They made nearly 175 meals just Wednesday alone. Members with Greater Beulah said it was a no-brainer to team up with the organization. While the Salvation Army cooked, the Church offered shelter.

“To see a mother and son come in on yesterday, they walked here in the rain and the sleet and the snow. They heard about it and they walked from a few miles away to get here. And to stay the night, the look on their face was just so fulfilling,” said Angela Underwood, a member of Greater Beulah Baptist Church.

It is part of their mission to make sure no one is forgotten.

“It's always a joy to give back to the community, and spread your love,” said Deacon James Jackson of Greater Beulah Baptist Church. “Because, its’ not just about me. It’s about your loved ones as well, and everyone is our loved one.”

They will continue until temperatures heat up.

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