The following is an open letter from Divisional Commander Major John Turner:

Indiana has certainly had more than its share of winter weather so far in 2014.  Some areas have seen as much as three feet of snow and experts are expecting more to come.  Of course, in order for us to go about our daily lives, all of this snow needs to be moved out of the way. So we bundle up and head outside with our plows, snow blowers and shovels to clear a path.

After the first big snow in January, I was outside clearing my driveway and watching my neighbors do the same.  Some were able to get right to work and in only a few hours their sidewalks and driveways were clear.  Others, however, simply could not overcome the snow.  Whether it was because of age or a physical limitation, these folks couldn’t keep up with what nature was dishing out and soon, through no fault of their own, they found themselves stuck.  So, like good neighbors do, those of us who could came to their aid and helped to dig them out.

I see similar situations at The Salvation Army every day.  The people we serve – the children and single mothers, families, older adults and other individuals – are simply overcome by the hardships this world has thrown in their paths.  Whether it was because of poor personal choices or through no fault of their own, they find themselves stuck with no way out.

This is where good neighbors come in.  The Salvation Army, thanks to our amazing donors, works side-by-side with these folks to help them dig out of their troubles and clear a path to a better life.  Right now there are a lot of stuck Hoosiers in need of a helping hand, but we can’t do it alone.  We need you – our neighbors, our donors, our volunteers and our supporters – to help us make this possible.

I invite you to join The Salvation Army in 2014 as we continue to serve our communities and help those who are in need find the path to stability and independence.  Together, we can dig them out.

After all, that’s what good neighbors do.

Major John Turner
Divisional Commander