SPOTLIGHT ON DANA WALLS
Family Store Manager of the Salvation Army.
I live in Great Bend.
I have lived here for five years.
I have a husband.
I enjoy fishing and football.
What drew you to this work/service?
What the salvation stands for is what drew me to this line of work.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Seeing the client succeed is what I enjoy most.
How has it changed since you first began?
Nothing has really changed, our goal stays the same; help the people of the community.
What changes do you anticipate in the next 5-10 years?
New store and helping more people.
Most people can always find the help they need if they know were to look — and for the people of Great Bend and the surrounding communities this help is only a stone’s throw away.
The Salvation Army has been helping people for many years here in Great Bend.
“It is the most awesome feeling helping people in the community,” Family Store Manager Dana Walls said. “I love my job.”
The Salvation Army offers many programs to help the community to be stronger and to help those that are in need.
The Salvation Army helps people pay their utility bills, has a shoe and clothing program, helps with lodging, offers a prescription program, disaster services, backpack and basic school supply program, they offer a summer camp, a vision program and they also help with household items.
One of the main programs the Salvation Army has is the Red Kettle Program which they have once a year.
The red kettle
According to the Salvation Army, in 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee was distraught because so many poor individuals in San Francisco were going hungry.
During the holiday season, he resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute and poverty-stricken. He only had one major hurdle to overcome — funding the project.
Where would the money come from, he wondered. He lay awake nights, worrying, thinking, praying about how he could find the funds to fulfill his commitment of feeding 1,000 of the city’s poorest individuals on Christmas Day.
As he pondered the issue, his thoughts drifted back to his sailor days in Liverpool, England. He remembered how at Stage Landing, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called “Simpson’s Pot” into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor.
The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, “Keep the Pot Boiling.” He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas.
Six years later, the kettle idea spread from the west coast to the Boston area.
That year, the combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy.
In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years.
Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods.
Captain McFee’s kettle idea launched a tradition that has spread not only throughout the United States, but all across the world.
Kettles are now used in such distant lands as Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries.
Everywhere, public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping those who would otherwise be forgotten.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army operates 7,546 centers in communities across the United States. These include food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts and a wealth of children’s programs.
The work is funded through kettle donations, corporate contributions and the sale of goods donated to our Salvation Army Family Stores.
Eighty-two cents of every dollar they spend supports our various missions across the country.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.