For as long as Sharline Woofter can remember, she has spent her free time volunteering.
“Because of the people and the kids. If it weren’t for Salvation Army, the people and the kids wouldn’t have anything. We supply them in clothing, we supply them in food. I enjoy helping people because I know what it is like to have nothing,” explained Woofter.
Growing up, Woofter’s parents were alcoholics, who relied on the Salvation Army to help provide Christmas gifts for her and her siblings.
“Mom and dad would be drunk when they brought the toys in and stuff. Every time I seen a bell ringer, I’d say someday I’ll pay you back,” Woofter said.
Sharline dedicates at least 40 hours a week to helping out at the Salvation Army on Chestnut Street in Clarksburg.
“I’m on top of the world because. You see, these kids you know they don’t have much. It makes me feel good when on Christmas Day they have presents to open, instead of having nothing,” Woofter said.
On any given day you may find her lending a hand in the store, food pantry or helping drivers load and unload donations.
And she doesn’t stop there. During the holidays, Woofter spends hours organizing red kettle pick ups.
“I’m a bus driver bell ringer. I bring the bell ringers out and bring then back, they call me grandma bus,” Woofter said.
Friends said Woofter’s generous heart and loving personality are contagious.
“She just makes us laugh and we love her. She is just so generous not just to us but to whoever she meets,” said Andrea Sikes, Salvation Army.
Thanks to the generous support of The Miley Legal Group, The Salvation Army will receive $500 to continue its work giving back to local families.