Salvation Army and Bethel Church Partner to Serve Goldsboro

Goldsboro, N.C. (September 21, 2018)–Friendships and partnerships in the community are very important to Captains Philip and Sherri Stokes.  They understand how important they those in need every day.  And, when disaster strikes, the partnerships become even more valuable. One of those partnerships is with Bethel Church in Goldsboro, NC. 

Daniel Weeks and Phillip Sexton, pastors at Bethel Church, called immediately after the storm to ask if there was anything they could do to help in response to the storm.  It turned out, several whole pigs had recently been donated to The Salvation Army. The Stokes jumped on the opportunity and asked the church to cook the pigs for barbeque pork dinners for storm survivors and emergency responders.

The church congregation didn’t stop there. They wanted to help those who lost all their food during power outages from Hurricane Florence. Instead of holding their regular Wednesday night meeting, they decided to give back to the community.  With the help of 120 people from the church congregation and The Salvation Army, they were able to deliver 180 meals to those in need at the Carolina Motel, Alpha Arms Apartments and West Haven Apartments.  

Captain Philip Stokes was so encouraged by this action, he challenged other churches to serve those in need with a warm meal and a caring hand during their weekly meeting or bible study. 

Captain Philip Stokes was so encouraged by this action, he has challenged other churches to be the church in the community by taking an evening of Bible study and going out to serve those in need with a warm meal and a caring hand. 

As the effects of Florence continue to impact Wayne County, The Salvation Army continues to meet the need with the help of generous contributions.

How to help:

  • Online:
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Mail checks to: The Salvation Army, P.O. BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
  • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricane Season – Florence’ on all checks.
  • To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555
  • You can now use ALEXA to donate to The Salvation Army Hurricane Florence Relief. Just say, “Hey Alexa, make a donation to The Salvation Army!”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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