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Helping the Salvation Army to help others

Guest editorial

In recent weeks, many Americans have been asked to shelter at home and “social distance” themselves in the effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. While unquestionably necessary in the fight against this pandemic, an unfortunate effect of social distancing has also been economic struggles for those already living paycheck-to-paycheck. Many have had their work hours reduced or have been laid off indefinitely. We continue to help those in need during this time — and we need your help.

We recognize you might wish to help but could be unsure of how to do so safely and effectively.

For that reason, we want to share a handful of ways people like you are already helping us to serve those affected by coronavirus.

Donate needed supplies

Contact your local Salvation Army for a list of needed supplies. Our personnel are ready to receive your donation while providing comfortable social distance. Mostly needed are basic items such as non-perishable foods and hygiene supplies, diapers, wipes.

Not comfortable going out to shop?

Contact your local Salvation Army for a list of needed supplies, and then shop for them online. You can either have the items delivered to your home for our local team to pick up, or you can have supplies delivered directly to your local Salvation Army, 145 Roseland St., Kingsford, MI 49802

Donate monetarily online

The quickest and safest way to help those in need is to donate monetarily. You can send a donation to 145 Roseland St., Kingsford, MI 49802 or give at SalvationArmyUSA.org; your donation goes right back into the community of your billing zip code.

Helping our neighbors in need has always been a community effort, and that’s never been truer than now. The coronavirus affects every community and individual. In addition to the direct threat of the disease, many now struggle more than ever to pay their bills and put food on the table because their work hours have been reduced or they’ve been laid off indefinitely.

These are people in your community–maybe your relative, maybe your next-door neighbor.

So we’re calling upon those who remain capable of donating money or supplies to help our neighbors through a time of increased need.

We encourage you to also call upon your friends and network to give their support as they can. Their neighbor and their community needs them, and they want to help. They might just need to hear how from someone like you.

You can provide powerful support by simply sharing social media posts and talking about how The Salvation Army is helping in your community and across the country.

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