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Orlando, Fla. (June 28, 2012) - Considering its name includes the word "Army," it's not surprising to learn The Salvation Army follows a quasi-military structure. However, The Salvation Army has a different opponent than other armies-it is at war against homelessness, hopelessness, and hunger. Its weapons are compassion and justice. It is an army that brings salvation to those in need. And the military references don't stop with the name. Salvation Army officers, pastors and leaders, carry ranks like Captain, Major, and Colonel; they wear uniform and even have a salute. Like military officers, they also get moved to a new assignment every few years as needs arise. When those new assignments were announced earlier this summer, Orlando's own Majors Andy and Amy Kelly were among those listed. They were assigned new appointments in Washington D.C. where he now serves as the General Secretary, the second in command, for the National Capital/Virginia Division, and she serves as the Secretary of Women's Ministries for the same division.
For five years, the Kellys led The Salvation Army Orlando Area Command with self-sacrificing commitment to the Army's mission and never-ending compassion for those it serves. We thank the Kellys for their service to the least, the last, and the lost in our community and know they will continue doing the most good in their new appointment. Major Andy Kelly said, "It is with heavy hearts that we leave Orlando and the community that has come to be family to us. What makes leaving bearable is knowing we are leaving it in the good and strong hands of the Woodcocks."
On June 17, we said goodbye to the Kellys and on June 21, we rolled out the welcome mat and said hello to the Woodcocks. Coming all the way from Memphis, Tennessee where they were stationed for six years as Memphis Area Commanders, Majors Mark and Rhea Dawn Woodcock are children and grandchildren of Salvation Army Officers and have been officers themselves for 25 years. Major Mark Woodcock says "we are simply overwhelmed by the good The Salvation Army is doing in Orlando. It will be exciting to see its reach expand and grow, better serving those in need in this community that I can't wait to get to know." Salvation Army officers become a part of the community, so let's join together in giving Majors Mark and Rhea Dawn Woodcock a warm Floridian welcome.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.