Salvation Army volunteer helps needy children at holiday time

December 18, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

Editor's Note: In this 12-part series that runs through Christmas Eve, The Herald-Mail highlights people and organizations who make the holidays brighter for others.

Name: Dorothy Dockeney

Age: 80

Home: Hedgesville, W.Va.

Occupation: Retired cook

Organization: The Salvation Army

What do you do to make Christmas brighter?: Dockeney volunteers with The Salvation Army each Christmas, helping to facilitate the organization's Angel Tree program by organizing the toy shop for children in need. Along with other service activities, Dockeney has helped with the holiday program for more than 30 years and been involved with The Salvation Army even longer.

Why do you do it?: "I like to try to see that they get something," Dockeney said of the children, whose Christmas she has helped make brighter.


How can others help?: Donations of toys, wrapped or unwrapped, are accepted and may be dropped off at The Salvation Army chapel at 505 Virginia Ave. or mailed to The Salvation Army, c/o Angel Tree Program, P.O. Box 1679, Martinsburg, WV 25402.

What else?: Dockeney, who was born the week before Christmas, deflects any credit or attention for her efforts. She said her inspiration was fed by her close relationship with the Lord.

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