Drumheller's Salvation Army staff and volunteers got together on Sunday, April 8 to celebrate another year of helping people in the community and surrounding area.
The annual dinner packed a room at Knox United Church.
"Some people show up and they help out at Christmas time and they're a tremendous help, and there are other people that are there every single week of the year helping out," noted Salvation Army Captain Jennifer Hillier. "I thanked somebody last night and he said oh, I only give a little and I said we all give a little and it adds up to be a lot."
"Of course, this is our centennial and so we talked a little bit about that and how the face of our work has changed over those hundred years and some of the new initiatives that we've been undertaking at this time, so it was kind of a nice kickoff to our 100th celebration," she remarked.
Sunday's thank-you dinner was catered for the second straight year by Pizza 249 of Drumheller.
2017 saw 150 new clients, including families, for the Food Bank and other Salvation Army services in Drumheller and Hillier doesn't see 2018 being much different. However, she is still upbeat.
"One of the highlights from this past year was Sally's Cafe; that's been going over really well," she pointed out. "Sixty to seventy people are coming out every week and just enjoying a meal together and new relationships and new friendships being formed. That's been a whole new and different way we've been meeting the needs of the community."