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‘I just love doing for the children’

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” —Matthew 19:14

Susanne Pummill was a cook at Piqua High School for 25 years and then worked as a substitute cook for another decade.

That might have been enough for most people, but when the opportunity arose to also cook for the kids at the local Salvation Army for several summers, Pummill was all in.

“I’m a retired cook and I love doing it,” she explained. “I have the skills to do it. I just love doing for the children.”

Pummill, 70, retired as a school cook in 2006. Four years earlier, she had cooked every day for the Salvation Army’s summer feeding program, which lasts for 11–12 weeks.

She also cooked for the Salvation Army’s kids throughout the year in various other programs.

“The time, energy, and love that she pours into cooking for all of these children is such an amazing blessing,” said Major Jody Kramer, the corps officer in Piqua.

Pummill, who has two children and eight grandchildren of her own, said the love she imparts comes from God. She desires to show that love to other people.

“They just want someone to love them,” Pummill said. “That’s my way of showing love. They relate to me that way.

“If you feed an empty belly, that helps them.”

Pummill attended the Piqua Corps as a child and has been back for 25 years or so. “When my husband passed, he left me financially able to care for myself,” she said.

She sometimes helps send the corps kids to divisional events. Kramer said that comes from Pummill’s generous spirit.