WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s known for angel trees, giving shelter, food, life skill’s programs and countless other services. Right there leading the way and inspiring people who are in need of direction is Major Richard Watts, our Extraordinary Person of the Week.

“Every once in a while you hit a homerun,” Major Richard Watts said, “and you get men and women whose lives have been changed.”

Major Watts knows first hand what the Salvation Army can do for someone. He was once that someone.

“When you’ve got those kinds of life experiences and you are dealing with people who are homeless, who are hungry, who do have a serious need,” Watts said, “it’s easy to empathize with them because I know what it is like to be hungry, I know what it is like to be homeless, so you want to do something about that.”

The Angel Trees, the kettle drives, and the food drives are all part of the holidays.
But year round Major Watts is helping with life skills and family programs too.

“We invest time and resources, money, into people’s lives and we hold people accountable, the men and women in our shelter, we want to see growth, we want to see development,” Watts said.

One of the ways this community leader changes lives is by showing people they have something to offer.

“If you stay at our shelter, for example,” Watts said, “you are required to do community service, to volunteer, to give back, not just get, and for some people it’s the first time they’ve ever done volunteer work.”

Major Richard Watts, you help bring major salvation to our community. And that makes you….Extraordinary.

If you’d like more information on the services provided by the Salvation Army or would like to volunteer, click here.


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