Local organizations need food and clothing donations
Louisville, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several local organizations are in desperate need of food and clothing for the area's poor and homeless.
The Salvation Army says it needs more food and especially paper plates, cups, and napkins to help feed an expected 800 on Thanksgiving.
Monday afternoon, turkeys and canned food donations rolled in. But some of the shelves there are still bare.
Barbara Carlton, the Food Service Manager for the Salvation Army says, "Even dried storage items like boxed stuffing, au gratin potatoes, even fresh stuff like potatoes, celery, carrots, we'll take anything and we'll use it all up."
At the Volunteers of America Freedom House, women like Debbie Henry who has a 3-week-old baby are going through addiction recovery. She says she's been sober almost nine months.
Courtney Wallace, an employee of the VOA Freedom House says, "We provide shelter, nice place to stay. They have apartments here so they can prepare their own food."
The VOA has started its Hope for the Holidays Campaign to help homeless families with children and others in need.
Jenny Rectenwald, a VOA spokeswoman says, "Walgreens, for the first time this year, they are supporting us. They are collecting personal care items, baby care items, the kinds of things you can pick up at the store and donate in one of the collection bins."
All Heine Brothers Coffee locations have boxes set up for donated new winter items like gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages.
Mike Mays, the Heine Brothers Coffee President and Co-owner says, "It makes me feel proud of our company that we are stepping up and doing our part to help. But, it's almost a bittersweet sense of pride because there is a real problem in our community that we've got. There are actually families that are homeless out there."
The Salvation Army is expecting to feed another 800 on Christmas. A decrease in food stamp assistance is also bringing more people here. Charities are just hoping that those who have more will help those who have less at this time of year.
The Salvation Army says you can drop off donations at its Brook Street location every day between 8:30 and 4 p.m.
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