Wingham Salvation Army calls for community help

After seeing a dramatic increase in demand for services, the Wingham Salvation Army indicated that a donation was needed.

“Thrift stores are always busy because people are looking for low-cost alternatives to other things that are out there,” said Josh Edwards, regimental superintendent with the Wingham Salvation Army. “We’ve also seen a significant increase in demand for food bank services, housing assistance, paying rent and finding housing.”

They’re also working with other churches in town to run a free takeout program on Wednesdays, Edwards added. Increased demand has led to a demand for donations.

“I think there’s a lot to be said for the increase in grocery prices and the cost of living. We’re actually seeing more and more older people who were once budgeting to live on their pension at prices that no longer fit,” he said.

If you want to help, a donation of used clothing, a cash donation or a box of food can be great for them, Edwards said. Edwards believes that donations shouldn’t break the bank if you can’t afford them.

“Secondhand items are a great way to organize your closet, maybe something that’s been sitting in the garage for a while. If not what [you] If you still need it, maybe it can become someone else’s treasure. This revenue helps us support our community programs,” Edwards said.

Anyone who is currently struggling will be there to help, Edwards said.

“We see a lot of people who are ashamed to come in and use our service. However, there is no shame in helping when we need it. We hope to bring a smile to your face and take something off your plate Things that stress you out,” he said.

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