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Salvation Army has new chairman


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 30, 2000

CITRUS HILLS -- The Salvation Army of Citrus County named William Robinson of Crystal River as chairman of its board of directors for the coming year.

Robinson retired five years ago from the Citrus County School Board, where he was director of personnel. He is a deacon for Mount Olive Baptist Church in Crystal River. Robinson will lead the 18-member board, which sets the operating policies of Salvation Army.

"I'm happy to be doing God's work," Robinson said of his appointment, which was announced last week. In announcing Robinson's appointment, Sgt. Larry Ballard, the Salvation Army administrator, said the agency's role is widespread in Citrus County. Ballard is in charge of daily operations of the Salvation Army.

"Many people just think of us as bell-ringers at Christmas time," Ballard said, "But the Salvation Army is much more than that."

The Salvation Army operates the parole and probation department, which provides a nice income for the community's needy, Ballard said.

"Every Christmas we send about 60 kids shopping, each with $100, and that comes from fees generated by the probation department," Ballard said.

The Salvation Army also operates an emergency canteen, used to feed people during disasters, such as the flooding in northeast Citrus two years ago. The canteen is equipped to feed up to 500 people.

Other services provided by the Salvation Army include worship services, all types of counseling, rental and utility payment assistance, and low-cost items available at its thrift store on NE Fifth Street, Crystal River.

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