GREENVILLE, South Carolina (FOX Caroline) – At 81 days of Christmas, the Salvation Army is already preparing to come to the aid of families in need.
The organization says it anticipates an even higher volume of needs due to the resurgence of the pandemic. So they are asking the community to give back as soon as possible.
Greenville Salvation Army director of social services Lauren Stephens said they had worked hard throughout the pandemic.
“In fact, Need doesn’t have a season at all,” Stephens said.
So far, The Salvation Army reports that it has provided over 57,000 meals, over 800 boxes of food and has exceeded $ 506,000 in rent assistance. As thousands of families grapple with the impacts of pandemic poverty, the organization calls on everyone to help those in need overcome the threat of eviction this holiday season.
“At the end of last year, at the start of 2020, our help that we provide directly to members of this community has increased by 85%. seems, ”Stephens said.
They estimate that they will need close to $ 250,000 to help them.
“There was a larger increase in the number of people telling us that they had not been able to make their rental or utility payments because they had to miss ten days of work due to quarantine due to a suspected case of COVID-19 in their children. or a real one, ”Stephens said.
And then there is the ripple effect of falling further behind.
“Catch-up, which is often not very fun to play, has really started to take effect in our middle to low-income families, as well as the children and teachers who need to be quarantined due to school exhibits, ”Stephens said.
If you can’t give financially, Stephens says volunteers are needed as well.
“There are a lot of different opportunities. We have ringing opportunities that would cost a family absolutely nothing,” Stephens said.
Stephens says the shelter has also been at maximum capacity. And they expect to stay full. You can donate food, clothing and toiletries.
You can help by enlisting in Love’s Army, volunteering or donating to Red Kettles, handing out Angel Tree gifts, or giving digitally. Click on here for more information.