Last week's commemoration of National Salvation Army Week was a family affair for two Texans.Mary Freeman and her kid sister, Beverly Pop, hold development positions for the Salvation Army in Dallas and Houston, respectively. The work, it appears, is in their blood. Their parents were Salvation Army missionaries, and their grandfather was a high-ranking officer. They spend their days recruiting volunteers, raising funds, and telling the world that the Salvation Army is a lot more than bell ringers in Santa suits.
Freeman says she often makes Pop's creative ideas work. It was Pop who decided to recreate the uniforms of World War I "dough girls,
or Salvation Army soldiers who cooked doughnuts for servicemen over campfires. Last May, Pop wore her outfit to hand out Krispy Kreme's wares around Houston. Last week, she donned it once again to deliver press kits publicizing summer camp programs. Meanwhile, Freeman simulated a day in the life of homeless person for Dallas supporters.
The Salvation Army benefits from the friendly rivalries between the sisters and their cities. Pop hopes the NFL's new expansion team, the Houston Texans, will contribute more than the Dallas Cowboys, for example. "The smartest thing that the Salvation Army could ever do was put us in a competitive relationship,