Howard County Volunteer Goes The Distance

(GWYNN OAK, MD) Salvation Army volunteer Larry Pope at last year’s Feed Caravan.

Larry Pope has been volunteering for The Salvation Army Howard County Service Center & Thrift Store since Thanksgiving of 2013.

Like most people, Larry was not previously aware of the wide array of services that The Salvation Army offered to the community. After volunteering for the holiday season and seeing the various opportunities to serve, Larry has been committed to serving his neighbors in need in Ellicott City.

“I love helping people and I’m having fun,” said Larry.

Over the years, Larry served in a variety of areas including bell ringing, maintenance, food drives, youth programs, and processing in-kind donations. Larry volunteers at the Howard County thrift store,  5-6 days a week.

Every week, Larry works alongside a group of volunteers at the thrift store that process the donated goods. The volunteers clean, organize, and tag these items for customers to buy.

“We have 40 or 50 people here that give their time. Everybody is equally important and without these volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing.”

Apart from his service in Howard County, Larry also drove for 6 hours to aid The Salvation Army of Central Maryland in their disaster relief efforts for the historic West Virginia flooding last year.

Most recently, Larry has collected and donated a variety of toiletries for our new anti-human trafficking home, Catherine’s Cottage. He has also motivated several family members to volunteer and obtained monetary donations from his health care professionals.

Larry’s volunteer experience has been so influential, that he makes sure to visit the local Salvation Army headquarters every time he goes on vacation, including London and Paris!

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