FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s golf team spent time at the end of November donating time to The Salvation Army in Fort Myers. The team helped the organization sort and prepare donations for distribution. It was the second-consecutive year that the team volunteered with the organization.
"Being able to help out the Salvation Army is very rewarding,” explained head coach Sarah Trew of the team’s experience. “It is easy to forget sometimes just how fortunate we are. There are so many people in need and the fact that we can lend a hand is one small way we can give back. It truly warms your heart to walk in and see how many people have donated food and toys. We are glad that we had to opportunity to help!"
The entire team was present to help The Salvation Army prepare for the busy holiday season. FGCU is now represented among the nearly four million volunteers that enable The Salvation Army to serve over 58 million meals each year.
“Volunteering with The Salvation Army is the best of both worlds because you get to give back to the community, while enjoying the experience with your teammates and coach,” said senior Megan Van Etten. “It always makes us feel grateful for the meals on our plates every evening and for the experience we get during the holiday season.”
The Salvation Army began in 1891 with an initiative to serve Christmas dinner to the less fortunate residents of the Sacramento area. The idea has since spread world-wide. The well-known red kettles around Thanksgiving and Christmas help make it possible for The Salvation Army to do the most good possible for 30 million people each year.