Woodmen of the World Lodge No. 323 of Union presented a donation of $500 to The Salvation Army on Tuesday in order to provide Christmas dinner to local families in need.
Woodmen of the World — one of the nation’s leading fraternal benefit societies — serves a dual mission: to help ensure financial security for members through insurance and investment products and to provide opportunities to members to become involved in the community. Many Woodmen of the World lodges raise funds for projects that will enrich lives and benefit individuals, families and communities.
“Fraternalism is about helping others and giving back to the community,” said Paul Winters, local Woodmen field representative. “Woodmen of the World fraternalists are among the most generous people I know.”
Dawn Knox of The Salvation Army said the Woodmen’s donation will provide Christmas dinner for 10-15 families this year. Since there is no means to store food in Union, the food will by provided by way of gift cards for groceries.
“All Woodmen members in the state are behind a unified cause of ‘Feed the Hungry,’” Winters said. “This donation to our local Salvation Army will allow this organization to provide a Christmas meal to at least 10 needy Union families.”
The local Salvation Army distributes food from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Thursday for the first 10-15 applicants who are income eligible. Knox said approximately 400 people are served each month, and applicants may return every three months.
Knox said coats are also still available as result of the “Covering the Community” and “Coats for Kids” coat drives. Applications are still being accepted.
For more information about any Salvation Army program or to make a donation (which can be earmarked for a specific project if specified by the donor), call (864) 427-9622.
Woodmen of the World was founded in 1890 as a fraternal benefit organization. Today, Woodmen of the World offers insurance, annuities, mutual funds and 529 college savings plans. Nearly 785,000 Woodmen of the World members across the country share a commitment to family, community and country. Anyone who would like to know more about local lodge membership can contact Paul Winters at (864) 426-1420. Winters said most people join the organization by purchasing life insurance or a financial product, but social memberships are also available for people who wish to join a lodge in its social or philanthropic activities.