As its supplies dwindle and requests for help increase due to the uncertain economic situation, The Salvation Army of the Upper Potomac Valley is seeking donations to help the needy and destitute.

We are concerned we won’t be able to help people arriving at our doors through the summer. The Salvation Army has always relied on the generosity of local residents to help us do our work, and we are making a special plea at this time for support.

The Salvation Army provides clothing, food, household and furniture items, utility assistance and emergency aid for struggling families, programming for at-risk and low-income children and families and counseling for the troubled, There is always a friendly, compassionate ear at The Salvation Army, where those who are struggling can pour out their hearts and never have to fear judgment.

Our holiday donations have long since been depleted but due to the state of the economy, more and more truly needy people are making their way to our doors ... many for the very first time ever in their lives. They are hardworking, low-income or under-employed families whose food dollars are stretched to the breaking point in summer, when their children no longer receive federal school lunches.

Others include bewildered, recently laid-off workers who have run through their savings while seeking new employment, never having found themselves in this predicament before. Still more are families threatened with foreclosure who don’t know where to turn.

These new visitors to The Salvation Army headquarters swell the ranks of the homeless, chronically unemployed and psychologically damaged who have previously received food, clothing, shelter and counseling throughout the year.

We always find that the summer months are difficult due to funding being at low ebb. This year is going to be particularly difficult. The Salvation Army is asking for donations from everyone who cares about the well-being of this community. The timely help of area residents will demonstrate to the needy God’s love and support, keeping hope in their hearts and creating a bridge to a better tomorrow.

I know how generous this community has been in the past and I know that this community still cares. Thank you for all that you have done and will continue to do for those in need.

Food, personal hygiene, paper and cleaning products, clothing, household and furniture items may be dropped off at the Cumberland Corps located at 701 East First Street. Cash donations may also be dropped off at the Corps or checks can be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2467, Cumberland, MD 21503.

The Salvation Army in Cumberland serves Allegany, Garrett, Hampshire and Mineral Counties. During the last fiscal year, the Army assisted more than 2,500 different area families with food, utility or rent assistance or some other type of emergency aid, as well as more than 1,300 children with toys and food at Christmas.

In addition, the Youth and Family Outreach serves an average of 40 children and their families each day, providing a safe place for children to do their homework, play and receive mentoring from caring, trained volunteers and staff.

Major Sue Dewan

The Salvation Army

Cumberland

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