At this time of year, a familiar holiday sound while out Christmas shopping is the ringing of the Salvation Army bell. These Red Kettle bell ringers help remind us that the holiday season is a time of kindness and giving. The annual Red Kettle campaign helps raise funds for those in our community in need, providing food, shelter, clothing, and services for those recovering from many kinds of personal disasters.
Mike Henderson serves as the advisory board chairman for the Salvation Army of Smith County and you will find him out in the community the next few weeks as a Red Kettle bell ringer.
“My wife and I have had the privilege of serving many families in the Tyler area, both through our fields of work and through our community engagement, Mr. Henderson said. “Our involvement with the Salvation Army began when our children were young. In an effort to teach them to have a heart for others, we would volunteer during Christmas. We have always been amazed and comforted by the giving nature of so many people and organizations in our community. We enjoy being a part of a community that shares our values of self-reliance and mutual support.”
Mr. Henderson is also involved with the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, which, through the efforts of local donors, gives joy to children as they wake up on Christmas morning to find gifts under the Christmas tree.
In addition to his volunteer service with the Salvation Army, Mr. Henderson serves on the finance committee for PATH and teaches adult financial literacy classes with the City of Tyler Neighborhood Services.
Born in Houston, Mr. Henderson is a graduate of Palestine High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and his master’s degree from Baylor University. Mr. Henderson serves as president, Northeast Texas Division, of BancorpSouth. He and his wife, Patti, have two adult children and one grandson, Dawson. Mr. Henderson is a member of First Baptist Church of Frankston.
“I believe in an active faith through service to others,” Mr. Henderson said. “I believe in the words written in the book of James in the New Testament. Because of that, I believe that service to others is both a duty and a privilege. I’ve been helped by many people in my life and I haven’t experienced any greater sense of satisfaction than when I’m able to help someone else.”
For more information on programs offered through the Salvation Army of Smith County, please call 903-592-4361, or visit www.salvationarmytexas.org/tyler.