Guest speaker

Pictured are Susie Basile, secretary of Jackson County Chapter of AARP, Tracey Ridgeway, director of the local Salvation Army and Donna Hawkins, vice-president of Jackson County Chapter of AARP.

Local Salvation Army director Stacey Ridgeway served as the guest speaker for Tuesday’s Jackson County AARP meeting. During her speech, she reminded everyone assembled at the Jackson County Senior Center of what her organization is for.

“The Salvation Army-Jackson County provides food, clothing, emergecy assistance, and other services for all of Jackson County,” she said. 

She spoke of her experiences during the disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of the April 27th tornadoes that struck Jackson  County. She continued to inform everyone 90 percent of the organizations funding, is derived directly from the thrift shop it operates, without which charities such as relief efforts would not be possible.

She stated that due to a vastly limited staff and sparse funding, donations and volunteers are welcome for the year’s upcoming charities, including the community Thanksgiving dinner at Randall’s Chapel Methodist Church, summer camps, and the ever-necessary food pantry. 

The next Jackson County AARP meeting is September 3 at 3 p.m. at the Jackson County Senior Center. 


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