It is better to give than to receive

1204-tarra copy Tarra’s many years of generosity pays off, when she sees how it changes the lives of people in need. The Black Creek Salvation Army is open around the clock and would greatly appreciate any donations, food, toys, clothing or money. – Photo by Linda Titel

24 year-old Tarra Springstroh has volunteered at the Salvation Army Bread of Life center in Black Creek for the last nine years.
Tarra said, “I really enjoy helping out others in need and seeing how it impacts their lives.”
As office assistant she is the first person you would see when you enter the Black Creek Salvation Army.
Springstroh’s father owns Toms Cabinets in Freedom, but she doesn’t work for him, she works as a substitute teacher in the Seymour School District for Special Education and is also a CNA for a man afflicted with Cerebral Palsy during the a.m. hours.
She is a busy woman, but diligently volunteers every Monday afternoon at the Salvation Army.
Springstroh said, “Some days can be difficult, I help people with the paperwork needed for the food pantry, Christmas help, Thanksgiving help, special projects or Easter baskets and also the sign-up for people or businesses sponsoring families during the holidays.
Her family is sponsoring two families this year, and she said it is thrilling to see how excited the families are to receive holiday presents and cheer.
Donations are always needed and appreciated. Anyone can drop off anything at any time. The front doors are always open for toys, clothes and any other items one can think of donating.
After the holidays, the Salvation Army will take gently used or new furniture. These bigger items take up too much room during the holidays so they ask that you drop them off after the holidays.
It is a wonderful way Tarra pays it forward to help out her surrounding community. It seems to run in her family because Tarra’s mother Traci also volunteers her time. Traci has been here four years and said she cannot believe the difference that they make in many lives, it is a very rewarding experience.

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