A Canteen Prayer

Jan 25, 2021 | by SAConnects

From SAConnects: In November 2018, God touched Charles Parkerson’s heart. A Trenton, N.J., native and successful businessman, he felt a deep calling to serve his community through The Salvation Army more than ever before.

“The main reason I got involved is to give back to the community,” Parkerson says. “I own a business in Trenton and I’m a believer in hands-on volunteering.”

The owner of Capital Fire Protection, the 69-year-old Parkerson said he doesn’t let his age keep him down.

“The community has always been good to me and I’m a strong believer, especially in my senior years, that I need to give back to the community and to people who are less fortunate than myself,” he says. “I’ve been blessed with being fairly successful. I’ve always had a steady income and I just felt like I’d like to give back.”

Parkerson, an advisory board member for the Trenton Citadel Corps since 2018 and a faithful bellringer each Christmas, knew that The Salvation Army had a canteen program which served in the aftermath of 9/11.

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