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Salvation Army accepts historic donation from Baptist Minister’s Conference

4/17/2014, 3:44 p.m.
L to R: The Revs. Edgar Howard, Gilder Anderson, James B. Barnwell, Geraldine Harris, Anita Burson (president of BMCGNY&V, presenting the check) and James Morrison, Major James Betts (general secretary of the Salvation Army, greater New York division), the Revs. Winnie Walker, Gwendolyn Watts, Sterling Hawkins, Wendy Kelly-Carter and Michael Emery Photo by Karl Crutchfield

For the first time in its history, the 117-year-old Baptist Minister’s Conference in the greater New York area has reached out to another denomination with a monetary contribution. In this case, they are supporting the ongoing work of the Salvation Army’s greater New York division, which has been on the front lines of making a difference for people in need for the past 134 years.

Last week, the Salvation Army’s General Secretary Major James Betts graciously accepted the donation of $1,500 from the Baptist Minister’s Conference and his associate ministers. The Rev. James Morrison said, “The conference has a history of supporting relief efforts, and recently the East Harlem explosion, which impacted a few of our congregations, reminded us how vulnerable we all are and the value of being able to rely on one another and especially on the good work of the Salvation Army.”

Betts expressed the significance of this first meeting between representatives of the conference and the Salvation Army, saying, “We are grateful to serve alongside our brothers and sisters and thrilled to be the hands of the church to those of our neighbors most in need. We look forward to what this new relationship can mean for all of those we serve.”