Serving Salmon and the World

"I just love shopping at your store!” a teenager exclaimed, who had come into the center one day. While Adventist Community Services (ACS) is not really a store, it does provide great “shopping” for many Salmon citizens.

On Monday mornings, a crew of volunteers help sort the clothes and household things that have been left in bags and boxes on the porch during the week. Clothes are hung on racks and organized on shelves around the room ready for Tuesdays when the ACS center is open from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

“People have problems and sometimes just want to talk,” says Joan Clark, who waits on people on Tuesdays.

The surplus clothes not used in Salmon are sorted into boxes and hauled to the Adventist Development and Relief Association (ADRA) warehouse in Boise. They are then shipped around the world to various disaster sites.

Another way Salmon’s ACS helps people suffering from disasters is by making direct monetary donations. When the Asian tsunami disaster struck last year, a monetary donation was made from the funds donated by our Tuesday customers.

“While we wish we could be down south to help in the latest hurricane Katrina and Rita disasters,” director Donna Bailey says, “we’re here for those who have everyday emergencies in their lives.”

December 01, 2005 / Idaho Conference