Salvation Army Desperate For Donations
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
"I've been here 20 years and I've never seen this room this empty," Paula Scribner, Director of Social Services for the Salvation Army of Fresno, said looking around her warehouse.
Scribner can't seem to get a good night's sleep.
"At night I go to bed thinking, are we going to have to turn families away this week? Is this going to be the night they aren't going to be able to feed someone?" Scribner said.
Scribner says donations are at an all-time low and the number of people who need them are at an all-time high.
"The biggest thing is obviously the economy. People are having trouble feeding themselves and their neighbors. And the amount of new cases they get, the new areas and zip codes is really dramatic," she said.
Each month the Salvation Army gives away boxes of commodities at its giveaway events.
They can hand out 600 in just one day, which leaves the organization pretty empty.
Officials say it's a scary thought with the holidays quickly approaching.
"Everybody I know of can always find one good smile out of a holiday. A lot of people in Fresno are not looking for that smile this year," Scribner said.
And Salvation Army officials worry they won't be able to help them find it.
With food donations down so much, the annual Thanksgiving Day meal at the Salvation Army's senior complex is being threatened.
"Sometimes that's the only time they see their families, is when they come for a hot meal," Scribner said.
And turkey handouts for the rest of the hungry might not be there either.
It's a situation no one ever plans on being in.
"A lot of new people coming in the last two or three years; a lot of people who've never been in this position. That's really heartbreaking, people who are on goals, they had their whole life planned out and now they're coming to the Salvation Army," Scribner said.
So what can you do to help?
Paula says donations of turkeys or any food can be dropped off at the Salvation Army's main office at 1752 Fulton Street in Fresno.
You can also donate money there or at www.salvationarmyfresno.org.
Another way you can help is by putting money into those red kettles you'll start seeing in front of stores in the next few weeks.
The Salvation Army in Fresno is certainly not the only one in the Valley that needs help.
All of the locations are in serious need of donations and open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
You can donate at any of the following locations:
Clovis Corps (needs lots of turkeys)210 East Barstow Ave.Clovis, Ca 93612Contact: Captains Xia and Sia Xiong(559) 298-6797www.salvationarmyclovis.org
Fresno Corps (needs lots of turkey)1752 Fulton StreetFresno, Ca 93721Contact: Paula Scribner(559) 233-0138www.salvationarmyfresno.org
Hanford Corps380 East Ivy StreetHanford, Ca 93230Contacts: Majors Gregory and Orpha Moody(559) 582-4434www.salvationarmyhanford.org
Tulare Corps314 E. San Joaquin Ave.Tulare, Ca 93724(559) 331-9758 or (559) 687-2520Contact: Captain Maggie Laubachwww.salvationarmytulare.org
Visalia Corps(needs 350 turkeys)1501 West Main StreetVisalia, Ca 93291Contact: Envoy Jesus Quintanilla(559) 733-2784www.salvationarmyvisalia.org