Reflections from the Moss Park Armoury

Reflections from the Moss Park Armoury
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By: June Li

As the Moss Park Armoury officially closes its doors, The Salvation Army would like to say thank you to all the volunteers and staff who have dedicated their time to serve Toronto’s most vulnerable members. In times of great need, Salvation Army volunteers jumped into action, giving hope and dignity to those who called the Armoury their home.  Because of our volunteers, The Salvation Army was able to serve over 6,300 warm and nutritious meals, drinks and snacks. Many were grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community and for some the experience was an eye-opener. Major Lynn Cummings, Divisional Volunteer Services Secretary recently connected with those who volunteered at the Armoury and here is what some of them had to say:

  • I have never participated in this type of outreach before but wanted to get out of my comfort zone.  I thought I had an idea of what it would be like, but I was not prepared for the impact of meeting the less fortunate members of Toronto.  I was only there for five hours but will be carrying them in my heart and mind much longer than that.
  • As soon as I walked into the Armoury, I knew this was not going to be your normal day. I talked to a lady named Jane, she was nice but I think I talked to two of Jane’s personalities.  When we left and wished her the best, she asked, “Do you have a place to go honey?” I said yes and she was happy for me.  I was blessed and came away so appreciative of what I have and for those who loves and cares for me.
  • What a meaningful experience to serve at Moss Park. Most of them were very polite and willing to help. One lady even helped me empty an overflowed garbage bin. There is a Chinese saying, “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

Though The Salvation Army’s time at the Armoury has come to an end, our work in the community carries on. Whether it is providing shelter to those who call the streets their home or giving a second chance to someone who has lost control of their life to an addiction, The Salvation Army continues to give hope, love and compassion to those marginalized and overlooked in the community.

For photos of The Salvation Army serving at the Moss Park Armoury, visit our Facebook page here.

To learn more about The Salvation Army or to volunteer with the organization, please click here.