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Around Town: Heather Miller recognized for National Volunteer Week

Heather Miller has volunteered with the Salvation Army for eight years
Heather Miller
Heather Miller has volunteered with the Fort St. John Salvation Army for eight years.

Heather Miller has been volunteering with the Salvation Army for eight years, and worked as an employee in the thrift store for two years. She's as passionate about helping out now as she was when she first started. 

"I do it because I love it, and these guys need help, so why not. I like being able to help people, people who really need it. I've met a lot of the people and clients who depend on this and they are great people," Miller said. 

April 18 to 24 is National Volunteer Week, and the Fort St. John Salvation Army has been recognizing its diverse group of volunteers through social media.

"Our volunteers are an ongoing and critical part of what we do, and this is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to the background support at the Salvation Army," said Salvation Army Executive Director Jared Braun. 

"To see people who aren't in it for a paycheck but do it to help out, it's a huge inspiration to us in leadership, to our staff, to our community, and the guests and clients we serve. It's a tangible expression of what it looks like when different people come together to serve and help."

Miller has had many different tasks in her time as volunteer, from packing snack bags for kids, to stocking the thrift store, and sorting food in the food bank. Now that she's retired and has moved to Taylor, Miller is only at the Salvation Army on Tuesday mornings, but is committed to being there every week. 

"Just once a week now, but I'm older now. Come on, give me a break, my back can only take so much," Miller joked. 

It's that sense of humour that Miller has brought to the Salvation Army for eight years, along with her smile. She loves the people she volunteers along with, and appreciates all of the support and donations from the community as well. 

"It's really amazing the way the community has given back," she said. 

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