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Butch Puttman Is This Week's Hometown Hero

Butch Puttman is no stranger to the Henderson Salvation Army.

Posted: Dec 5, 2020 9:28 PM

Butch Puttman is no stranger to the Henderson Salvation Army.

"You just feel it in your heart. Just to see the look on a face. The appreciation. It's just a feel good," says Puttman. "It had a place in my heart since I was a kid. My grandmother used to bring me here as a youth, so I wasn't unfamiliar with the Salvation Army and what they do."

Growing up just a few block away, he saw firsthand how the non-profit helped his community.

"The Salvation Army just kind of culminated into I think where I needed to be to be serving over here," says Puttman.

Joining the board nearly a decade ago, Puttman and the Salvation Army team working day in and day out to give back.

"We're all about feeding the hungry," says Puttman. "We're about giving a hand up to people that are less fortunate."

The pandemic taking a toll. This year alone Puttman says they've serves 70,000 meals to those in need.

"Just at lunch, we were doing about 125-150 meals," says Puttman. "We're up over 300 everyday, so the numbers have almost just doubled."

Aside from meals, Puttman helps with other programs through the non-profit.

In their bike program, the Salvation Army giving away more than 1500 bikes to residents.

In addition, he has helped with the expansion of their computer program.

But Puttman says he can't take all the credit, it's with the help of his team, they hope to make this season and others a little easier for families.

"You can do anything. Anything. It can be a kind word. It doesn't have to be monetary. Some sort of assistance, any kind is volunteering in the right way," says Puttman.

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