Normally, it’s the Salvation Army helping those less fortunate. Now, the organization itself needs help.
Faced with lower end-of-the-year funds and rising costs, the Salvation Army of Central Georgia issued an urgent appeal Wednesday seeking financial help from the community.
Peggy Steele, the organization’s director of development, said Wednesday that usually, the organization starts a new calendar year with $40,000 or $50,000 in the bank because of holiday donations.
But for 2012, the organization started with $1,700.
“We’re starting to get anxious,” she said. “For our operations, we depend on the community we’re in.”
The Salvation Army aids its customers with everything from paying utilities bills to providing shelter to the homeless, Steele said. Now, the organization is concerned about paying its own utilities bills.
Steele said the shelter serves roughly 300 meals a day and can house between 120 and 140 people per day. It costs the organization about $15 a day on average to house one person.
Steele said while the organization’s kettle drive over the holidays was fairly consistent with previous years, unrestricted cash donations are down 49 percent and mail appeals are down 13 percent.
Steele said the organization is accepting cash, food or clothing donations.
To send a donation, make the check payable to The Salvation Army of Central Georgia, P.O. Box 13386, Macon, GA 31208.
People also can drop off their donations at the organization’s headquarters, 1955 Broadway.
To contact writer Phillip Ramati, call 744-4334.