Lewann Stewart, Assistant Food Pantry/Volunteer Director

 

Although Lewann became an "official" Salvation Army employee two years ago, she has been volunteering with us for the past eight.

 

"I love The Army and all it stands for," Lewann says. "Volunteering here was a no-brainer for me. Helping people meet their needs is an amazing feeling."

 

As Assistant Food Pantry/Volunteer Director, Lewann oversees our entire Food Distribution program, including Thanksgiving and Christmas, and our Christmas Toy and Angel Tree programs.  With the thousands of people served yearly, this is no small task.

 

But Lewann is always up for the challenge, never complaining and always grateful. "Seeing the smiles on people's faces is what it's all about," she says. "I am reminded every single day how blessed I am."

 

One family in particular will always have a special place in her heart. "I care about every person I meet," she explains. "But one year, on the last day of our Toy Distribution, and two days before Christmas, a woman walked in, looking dazed and desperate. She was completely covered in soot and she smelled like fire. It turns out, her house was destroyed in a fire a few days prior and she was hysterical that all her kid's Christmas presents were destroyed in the fire…" she stops.

 

After a few moments, Lewann clears her throat and continued; "Walking her through our Toy shop to pick out presents for her children was such a touching experience. She held onto my arm the entire time and went from screeching with excitement to crying tears of joy that she would have presents for her kids. They lost everything but she was still able to give her kids a Christmas. I can't even put how that makes me feel into words. I still think about her and her kids every Christmas morning."

 

It takes an Army to feed Monroe County's hungry residents and we sure are blessed to have Lewann leading the charge!