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Helping the helpers

Posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Nearly half of Americans are just one paycheck away from financial disaster. All it takes is a financial emergency, frequently a medical bill, to create a downward spiral, which many never recover from.
The Richmond County Salvation Army wants to make sure that doesn’t happen to local residents. The Salvation Army’s mission, “to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to care,” primarily helps those who are experiencing “sudden, unexpected emergency expenses.” By providing temporary financial help, like “assistance with rent, gas, utility bills, medicine or food, we hope we can prevent a long-term cycle of need,” said volunteer coordinator Amy Jenkins.
The local Salvation Army is run by a committee of volunteers who are available to help, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They operate solely on donations, which are collected around Christmas through their famous kettle campaign.
When Richmond County resident Doug Jenkins heard about the local Salvation Army’s emergency assistance work, he knew he wanted to help. Jenkins, who is Chief Banking Officer with Virginia Commonwealth Bank, decided to partner with them by providing financial support and designating the Warsaw branch as a drop-off point for clothes and toy donations for the Army’s annual Christmas Assistance program.

For the full article pick up a copy of this weeks Northern Neck News 11/28/18