Special Recognition for a Dedicated Salvation Army Volunteer

by Bill Hughes on May 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

When Sandy Kirbride went to volunteer at the Salvation Army Monday she was met with a huge surprise.

After years of volunteering for the Salvation Army, for sometimes more than 40 hours a week, Kirbride received recognition from the Ohio Secretary of State, John Husted. The original liaison for the Secretary of State’s office, Bob Kalish presented the award to Kirbride this afternoon. And the first thing she thought about was the people that get help.

"I can’t get this out of my mind with the clothing that we give away," Kirbride said. "To see these people come in, and they really are happy when they leave."

The people that she helps aren’t the only ones who are happy with her work. Employee in charge, George Bates is always happy to see her.

"We have this thing, I’ll see her or she’ll see me and it’s like hey where’s my hug," Bates said. "She’s just a great person. She’s inspiring."

This award means just as much to her as she does to the people around her.

"It will always be with me until the day I pass away," Kirbride said.

She’s been volunteering with the Salvation Army for the past six years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.