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Salvation Army Volunteers Honor MLK with Day of Community Service

The Salvation Army of Middlesex County in Malden honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding a Special Day of Community Service. This is the third year that husband-wife team Lieutenant James Labbe and Major Joy Labbe have held a community service in honor of Dr. King. The Labbes have been stationed at the Malden chapter since 2011.
“We decided to just offer coats to guests who come for assistance – I would say at least 20 volunteers,” explained Lt. Labbe. “Most of the coats came from Anton’s Cleaners. People brought in coats, clothes and toys for a few weeks leading up to the event. We received lots on the day of.”

Volunteers met at the Salvation Army’s Main Street headquarters on Monday afternoon to hand out coats, clothing and toys and serve a home-cooked meal. The food was prepared by the Men’s Group of the Salvation Army. Long tables, set with hand-drawn place mats, had been arranged along the hall.

Lt. Labbe did remark that this year’s turnout had been lower than anticipated.
“We’d love to start serving a meal again as we did in the past. Unfortunately we didn’t meet our kettle goal this past December,” he said. “We ended up missing our goal by $30,000. We will be meeting with our Advisory Board and members of the community who believe in our mission to see what we can do to make up for this tremendous shortfall. This includes revising our budget.”
The Malden chapter of the Salvation Army, which also covers Medford and Everett, has been at its 213 Main St. location since 1979. The Salvation Army offers a number of services to the community, such as youth programs, Bible Study groups and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. They also have a food pantry.
“This was my third year attending the Salvation Army’s Day of Service event and they did a great job providing a delicious warm meal and a place for families to “shop” for clothes and toys,” said Karen Hayes, Community Outreach Coordinator from the Mayor’s Office. “Martin Luther King Day was the perfect day to volunteer and serve your community – thank you to the Labbes for once again opening their doors to our Malden families!”


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