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Salvation Army needs your help

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ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – Many charities need your help to make sure people in need make it through this cold snap. With subfreezing temperatures and single digit wind chills more people need shelter from the weather.

The Salavation Army shelter is the busiest it's been in years and while they're making room for the cold, they're running low on personal toiletries and other items.

"This is toothpaste, single use toothpaste," said Capt. Douglas McClure with the Salvation Army.

It may not keep folks warm, but it's the type of item the Salvation Army needs the most right now.

"We've seen a lot more people staying in our shelters. In fact our stay numbers are almost 20% higher this year than last year," he said.

If you stepped outside Friday you understand why. And temperatures are expected to dip in the low twenties again Friday night. With a wind chill in the low teens.

"Thursday night the men beds were full and we had about five people on the floor," said Capt. McClure.

They expect more than 50 people to spend the night and they'll need the basics.

"This puts a strain on shampoo, toothpaste, linens, it puts a real strain because based on our numbers from last year we didn't prepare for this," he said.

But as always the Salvation Army is still encouraging people to give what you can. Geraldine Bond stopped by the donation center Friday day to give and then picked up a few items at the thrift store for her kids.

"Come by here at night and see all the people that need help, you don't think about it ntil you see it yourself," she said. And she'll be back soon to give more.

"I'm considering donating toiletries and everything you'll need because of the cold weather," said Bond.

People with the Salvation Army say they had a pretty good Kettle Season donations were up from last year. But they still need money, it's the best kind of donation really. There's also an increase in the need for utility assistance as people struggle to stay warm at home.

The Salvation Army says another financial burden they're dealing with is the increase in staff costs because of last year's minimum wage hike.


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