I have known about The Salvation Army since 1945. My father was a dedicated supporter and he was a life member of The Salvation Army Advisory Council in Kansas. I decided to become a council member of The Salvation Army of Cleveland County because I wanted to follow my father’s example and I am dedicated to serve The Salvation Army.

During my ten years of service on the advisory council, I have enjoyed the opportunities to serve and the relationships I have developed along the way. It continually amazes me as the years go by about everything The Salvation Army does. I would say that “service” best defines The Salvation Army because it is the foundation of all who they are and what they do.

The one thing I wish others knew about The Salvation Army of Cleveland County is all the good it does by providing a multitude of services to those in need, regardless of race or religion. One of those services, and one I am most proud of, is social services. Leona Chapman, the director of social services for Cleveland County, and her team provide for those in need in our community through community meals, pantry and shelter.

I like to work with those who like to serve and are willing to serve whomever and whenever it is needed. The Salvation Army of Cleveland County is a shining example of what The Salvation Army is all about thanks to Major Margaret Kennell, an advisory council, and a multitude of volunteers all working together towards the same mission, and that is “to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination”.

Bob Staples, Advisory Council Member
The Salvation Army of Cleveland County