Salvation Army provides for those in needPublished 12:38pm Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Salvation Army is at work in Tallapoosa County providing food, help with expenses and providing Christmas presents for those in need.
“The Salvation Army helps those less fortunate in our community,” said Director Susan Hardy. “Our biggest time of need is right now.”
Hardy said the Salvation Army is accepting applications through November for families needing help providing Christmas to children ages 2 through 18.
“It provides an opportunity for children to receive Christmas,” said United Way Executive Director Sharon Fuller. “The Salvation Army does wonderful things.”
Hardy said the Salvation Army also operates a service center year round to help with rent, medicine, utility payments and gas for out-of-town doctors’ appointments for those less fortunate, as well as assisting in times of natural disaster.
“The Eagle Creek tornado was the first time we’ve brought in the food truck locally, and we served 125 people,” Hardy said. “It was a great feeling to be able to provide hot food to them in their time of need.”
The Salvation Army also operates a thrift store, which generates income for the organization and sells affordably prized clothes and home goods.
“The Salvation Army is so much more than just a thrift store,” Fuller said. “It makes money that goes back into providing for the community, and it is such a service to offer such reasonably priced clothing.”
Hardy said some of the funds for the Salvation Army come from its annual fundraising of ringing the bell, but without the funds from the United Way the organization could not provide services year round.
“United Way helps provide us with some of the money we need so that we can continue to do these things in our community,” Hardy said. “I’d like to say thank you to the United Way and those who contribute for their continued support. People in our community are so generous and always willing to help. I’m so thankful to live in a community like this.”
For more information on the Salvation Army, visit its website at www.uss.salvationarmy.org or call 256-215-3730.