Uniform: Like Carrying a Bible

It’s a moment Linda Griffin will never forget.

While waiting in an airport to catch a flight to St. Louis, a stranger came up to Linda, reached into her purse, and gave her a handful of bills.

It wasn’t because Linda had asked for money. It was because she was wearing her Salvation Army uniform.

After a few minutes, the woman returned, wanting to give Linda more money.

‘She said she felt God told her to give me more money,’ Linda says. ‘She trusted me because I was wearing my Salvation Army uniform. She knew of the work we did.’

In 42 years of service in The Salvation Army, Linda and her husband, Terry, saw again and again the impact of the uniform.

Terry remembers walking through downtown Olympia, Wash., while assigned there in the 1970s.

‘They’d say, “Hello, Captain. Nice to see you,” ’ he says. ‘I knew the people. People identified me. But when I walked down that same street out of uniform, they didn’t recognize me.’

Terry also remembers walking through the airport in the South not long after a hurricane devastated New Orleans. In addition to sending relief groups to that city, The Salvation Army also counseled Delta Airlines staff.

‘We’d walk through that airport and the Delta people would say, “Thank you for what you do and what you’ve done for us,” ’ Terry recalls.

For Terry and Linda, wearing the uniform is like carrying a Bible. It helps identify who they are.

‘When people see a Salvation Army uniform, they know what that person does and what that person believes,’ Terry says. ‘They understand that this is a person I could trust.’

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