Sumter Charity Needs Donations After Harsh Winter

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With so many programs, it's hard to see how the Sumter Salvation Army can keep it all together. Major Robbie Robbins says they've helped more people than last year and the year before.

"The needs have been really great this year. Really, really great," Robbins said. "What we have found is that we got newcomers, people that we have never helped before in the past."

Cold temperatures and extreme winter weather have made it difficult this year.

"Actually, it all started before the ice storm, helping people with the fireside funds, help them with their rent,and utilities, and different other needs that they need. And, of course, that fund is pretty much almost gone."

And they still have a waiting list of almost 200 people. Appointments are booked till March 3rd. And now the pantry is getting empty.

"We're getting pretty low on our canned goods. We have not ran out at this point, but i know we're getting low. Our pantry is getting low. I've seen a few bare shelves in there which I haven't seen in quite a while," he said.

Robbins says money is the best gift that the organization could get. Although funds are low, they'll continue to get the most out of every dollar to fulfill their mission.

"It's just put a lot of dampers on everything we're doing in the community. Doesn't mean we're going to stop," Robbins said. "We're here to help this community and we're going to do everything in our power to do so."

Robbins says the Sumter Salvation Army can only take appointments to give help.They have no timeline on when they'll be able to financially help people.


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