(Captains Borrero recognizing Bessie Childs
at their Appreciation Dinner.)
The Glue That Helped Hold The Corps Together
New London Says Goodbye to Bessie Childs
NEW LONDON - Bessie Childs, Office Manager for New London
Salvation Army, finished her last day on June 27, as her military family now
prepares to move to the West Coast in July. Everyone who knows her is forever
grateful for the mark that she has left on The New London Corps. Her entire
family will also be missed, including her husband Nathaniel, a U.S. Navy Sailor
and cousin of Captain David Childs, and two sons, Nathan and Andrew.
We thank Bessie for her services as an Office Manager and a Soldier and
express a great amount of gratitude to Nathaniel for his services as both a
Soldier to the Corps and for his service to our country. New London is forever
changed by this family. To give you an idea of what it was like to be the
Office Manager, what follows are Bessie’s reflections on some of the days
of the week during her last week.
"Tuesdays are our calm days! A Tuesday was my first day of work, since the
Monday was Presidents Day. I grew to love this day at work; I spent it playing
catch up on paperwork, filing, organizing, and computer work. I also loved
Tuesdays because I got to see my "babies;" it's program day, so all of the kids
and youth come in after school. It's also the calm before Wednesday’s
"Wednesdays are complete craziness! I've even named it "Crazy Wednesday." We
arrive to a line at the door; that same line grows by 10:00, but by 11:30,
they've all been helped. Why the turnout you may ask? Well, it's BJs Wholesale
and produce day. We also get our food bank delivery today (2,000lbs+,-) and it
all must be brought inside and put away. However, it's a day I wouldn't trade
for anything. It's busy, sometimes chaotic, but knowing that by noon you've
been able to supply 50 to 100+ people with bread, pastries, sweets, and
produce, it’s a feeling you just can't forget!"
"Thursdays can be calm or they can be filled with long appointments. If
funds are available, this is the day we do the most with rent, electric, and
vouchers. In winter, we do Project Warm-Up, a heating assistance program of
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, which helps with fuel for heat. I also
enjoy Thursday because it's Home League day, and I get to see the ladies. To
me, Thursdays are the most rewarding day of the week; sure, we feed people the
other days, but to know you helped someone stay warm, keep their electric on,
and have a roof still over their head – well, nothing can compare!"
“Fridays are the end of the work week. We serve food pantry on this
day, but only for half of the day, then we close the office for the
building’s final clean for Sunday. There have been weeks where I couldn't
wait for Friday's to come and then weeks, like this one, where it seemed to
sneak up on me. Fridays are also the best day to reflect upon what we did well
and what we can improve upon. My reflection for today is how it has been a wild
three years and four months. During this time, I've grown a lot as a person, an
employee, and I have a better understanding of the poverty in our country. If
everyone opened their eyes and hearts, God can use them to help the people in
their immediate area. Even if you can't spare money or your time to volunteer,
prayer is still the most powerful weapon you possess!"
Bessie and her husband Nathaniel will be spending the rest of June packing
and saying goodbye to all of their friends and family here on the East Coast.
They will then be heading west to San Diego, California, where Nathaniel will
take up duty at a U.S. Navy port there. Beyond our thankfulness in abundance,
the New London Salvation Army wants the Childs family to know that prayers are
also definitely going with them.