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Salvation Army in need of help

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – We are about a month away from Christmas and just days from Thanksgiving but some charitable organizations are worried about being able to provide for all those people in need.

The Salvation army says the need now is greater than ever. They hope if you'll find it in your heart, and your wallet to help.

Jackie Armstrong has turned to the salvation army for help more times than he can count.

"They provided me with a hot meal, a clean bed to sleep in, soap, towel, washcloth something I need to be cleaned up," said Armstrong.

And never once has he been turned down.

"It's good to have a God with people on his team to provide places like this," said Armstrong.

In Albany alone, the Salvation army has provided more than 32,000 people with hot meals this year which is 10,000 more than last. But this year, times are tougher.

"I want to make sure we have enough toys for Christmas, I want to make sure we have the utilities on so our shelter would be open I have staff I have to pay," said Capt. Douglas McClure.

While they have enough food to feed people for thanksgiving, its the little things that matter most.

"A lot of people don't realize there are some staff costs there are some utility costs the basic property issues that happen here at the salvation army so we can keep this place up and running for the years to come," said McClure.

Cash donations are down a whopping 18 percent this year, and the Captain says help is needed.

"We are going through a couple packs of toilet paper in a week, paper towels, dish detergent, soap, a lot of those kind of paper goods," said McClure.

"If you've got one dollar, if you've got 50 cents stop by and donate it! You are helping someone's kids our future as a matter of fact," said Armstrong.

But regardless of what happens, the Salvation army has made a commitment that no matter what happens during this tough financial time they will continue to offer basic services to those in need.

On Wednesday night at 6:00pm the Salvation army will be providing a thanksgiving meal to anyone who needs a place to go for the holidays. The Captain says stop on by, anyone is welcome. They have enough food to feed up to 200 people.

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