COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – The Midlands Salvation Army held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Millwood Avenue location to unveil new delivery trucks.
JT’s Automotive Group has donated the two lorries which will be used to deliver donated items to Salvation Army family stores in the Midlands.
Advisory Board Vice Chair Tyler Baldwin spoke of the importance of community giving: “When you donate goods, you are helping to provide items that are sold to the community or donated to those who need it most. need. Additionally, when you shop at our store, you are directly funding life restoration programs that exist in our community.
“Without those who donate, these trucks are useless. So the credit goes to them,” says JT Automotive Group CEO JT Gandolfo.
The trucks will also help move gifts for children as part of The Angel Tree program this Christmas season.
Salvation Army Area Commander Major Mark Craddock says the trucks will help in more ways than one.
“These family store trucks are vitally important to the operation of the Salvation Army to help get donations from donors across the Midlands to our family stores. And these family stores are vitally important to us. They do three things for us. They provide a means for our social workers to provide items to families in need. They also sell items so we can convert them to cash and plug them into other Salvation Army services and provide families with an economical place to shop so they can say hey we bought this for us ourselves and we can provide for our own family,” explains the major. Craddock.
Gandolfo has been involved with the Salvation Army for over 15 years now.
“Their motto has always been to do the most good. And the Salvation Army does the most good. They help people who absolutely and positively need help and so it’s exciting to be able to give back — and a privilege,” says Gandolfo.