salvation army

Children participate in the Salvation Army’s after-school program in 2018, one of the many services the charity provides on St. Thomas.

Sad to say, but there are some people living in our community that are morally bankrupt.

The recent series of break-ins and theft of equipment and food at the St. Thomas Salvation Army is proof of that. The worst thing about these actions is that these thieves are not stealing for themselves, but from themselves. They are just too selfish to realize it.

Anyone who has worked with the Salvation Army knows that a person in need only need ask for help. Food and clothing and other items are always given free when a need is shown. Talking with the dedicated pastors, Majors Irma and Steve Pearl, is all it takes for the very best efforts at providing help to begin. Like many other humanitarian groups working daily in the community, they follow the motto of doing the most good.

Emptying the community pantry shelves of food intended to be shared by many is low. These thieves showed that they were thinking only of themselves and not their fellow Virgin Islanders.

In addition to these thefts causing the lunch program to shut down, the other items also were important to the Salvation Army’s work and, in many cases, required fundraising to purchase. With little, much is done.

Because of the selfish actions of a few, many will go hungry in the next few days.

To the thieves, we hope you can think of others in the future. It must be very hard for you to look your friends, family and the community in the eye after what you have done.

— Maria Ferreras is a longtime St. Thomas resident and community volunteer. She can be reached at