VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – The Salvation Army in Vincennes welcomed to town in June its newest staffers, Lieutenants Curtis and Laura Lunnam. Just one week into the Lunnam’s journey, the challenges and opportunities of small town living, and an in-need community became clear.
“They let us know on June 8 that we were coming to Vincennes, Indiana, which we didn’t even know where that was and now we’re here. We’re excited to be here, and get our children into the schools here and get going each day,” said Laura Lunnam.
Retiring Salvation Army Majors, Tim and Cathy Wilson retired from the agency in June. Lunnam said Salvation Army leadership spent much time praying, and ultimately, that’s how the Lunnam’s found their new home in Vincennes.
Laura, who told News 10, she was not from the area, explained the people she’s met thus far, have been very welcoming.
“I am from the Detroit metro area, and my husband is from Kansas, so Indiana is a totally different ball game,” she added.
The Lunnam’s bring to town two sons, ages 12 and 7, and explained that they are very excited about small town living.
“We’re excited to be here, and get our children into the school here, and get going each day,” said Laura.
The excitement would soon turn into compassion, as the Lunnams found that there is a great need in Vincennes, and in Knox County. The agency stated some of the area’s biggest need is food, baby commodities, and utility assistance.
“It’s about 20 to 30 people a day, and that’s just family, 20 to 30 families a day coming in for a food box,” said Laura. While food donations are the agency’s primary source of providing meals to the hungry, staffers explained, they walked into a pretty good situation. The Lunnam’s stated food donations were always needed, but at the time, were not immediate. On Wednesday afternoon, Bridgepoint Health donated to the agency, 1,000 lbs of food.
The Vincennes agency’s greatest need is a closed trailer to haul food donations from long distances.
“We’re in the process of finding a trailer so we can actually go get our food,” said Curtis Lunnam. The Lunnams told News 10, one of their major food donators is over an hour’s drive away. Retiring Majors Tim and Cathy Wilson personally owned a closed trailer to haul donations, and now the Lunnams were making efforts to find a new one.
Another challenge soon to face the Lunnams, a fallen tree that had landed right near the Salvation Army’s outdoor playground. Staffers said they were grateful no children were playing on it, when the tree fell.