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The Salvation Army in need of donations


The Salvation Army is usually known for its bell ringing and holiday programs. But the Core provides food and other necessities for those in need all year long. Now due to summer needs and heat, the Salvation Army is feeling the strain.

"There's always a big need for food especially with the economy the way it is. Families are getting hours cut at work or they're working two part-time jobs. And then the kids are home for summer break so there's more need of food in the home. And this is the time when people tend to forget," said Judy Gilstrap a Salvation Army case worker.

Every weekday the Salvation Army serves breakfast and lunch to varying numbers of those in need. Now with the lack of donations, the Core is struggling to make these meals.

"Right now our donations have been so tight that whatever I get this week is what I will cook for the following week. Where I used to be able to go into the freezer or into the hand room and be able to plan out a whole month," said Mary Moore, the kitchen supervisor.

The main food needed now is meat as the meat freezer sits empty. The extreme heat has also created a need for fans. They will even except used fans in good condition.

"I've already given over 80 and there's probably 100 more on the list waiting for fans," said Gilstrap.

Donations for food and necessities are taken all day at the Salvation Army. Can't donate and still want to help? Gilstrap says volunteers are always needed.

"We have the meal program that serves from two to three hundred people every day. We need people to help serve, cook, clean up. Anything you'd like to do that'd be terrific," Gilstrap said.

For more information on how you can help or make donations, check out the Salvation Army web site.


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