After retiring from a 26 year successful career at Sunbeam Bakery, Ron learned about helping others through The Salvation Army and decided this was something he’d enjoy doing at Christmas time through their Angel Tree Program, under the direction of Majors James and Bertha Worthy.
After close to 10 years of volunteering, Ron became employed by The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center under the leadership of Majors Ken and Hellon Merrifield, with the stipulation that he would still be allowed to help in Angel Tree and Disaster work (which he loved!).
Within 2 years, Ron was asked to join The Salvation Army Area Command and become their Disaster Coordinator. He worked there for 9 years performing such tasks as starting the feeding program for the homeless under the Jefferson Street Bridge (Soup Wagon) and raising the funds to provide the food to feed others. Prior to finding this location, he served meals to the homeless at Riverfront park, the Nashville Library and beside The Salvation Army Thrift Store then located at 140 North First Street in Nashville with his wife, Melody and another amazing volunteer Toby.
When opportunities arose to conduct disaster preparedness training, Ron was there and eager to share with others how to best meet the need at the point of need. As more disasters began to take place in Tennessee and surrounding states, including Hurricane Katrina, Ron coordinated the volunteers, prayed with others and gathered the food needed to take with them to the affected areas. When he left The Salvation Army in 2010, Ron continued to volunteer his time and energy serving others on Friday nights under the Jefferson Street Bridge by driving the mobile kitchen, praying with others and assisting his fellow volunteers anyway he could. His Sunday School class at Inglewood Baptist Church followed his lead and join in on the Friday night feeding program every 2nd Friday each month. He and wife, Melody (who worked at The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center for 13 years prior to the May 2010 flood) along with their class have been cooking, serving, cleaning up, providing blankets, clothes, bags, shoes and praying with the homeless for over 2 years.
Both Ron and Melody have a heart for serving others and will continue to do so as the Lord leads them into new adventures.
Thank you Ron for your heart to serve alongside this “Army!” Your compassion and empathy for the homeless does not go unnoticed and we know your day is complete if you have the chance to provide a warm meal, clothes, something to drink and hope to someone who feels abandoned and alone. You are indeed a shining light; a Sally Star!