|The local branch is in danger of closing|
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
Franklin Community Bank recently donated $250 to the Salvation Army. Above, Beth Wooten (center) accepts the donation from bank staff members (from left) Judy Akers, Kelly Riggan, Lisa Ratliff and Sheila Hagy.
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Franklin County branch of the Salvation Army is in jeopardy of closing if extra funds are not received by Sept. 1, according to chairman Beth Wooten.
Franklin Community Bank recently donated $250 to the organization in hopes of keeping it functioning until its annual fundraiser, which begins in November.
"The Salvation Army helps 30 to 40 local families a month," Wooten said. "As of Sept. 1, we will have no funds available to help those families."
Wooten said the local Salvation Army relies on mail-in donations from citizens and businesses to survive.
"The majority of our help is in the way of electric bills," said Wooten. "We help those people who have come under hard times to avoid their electricity being cut off."
The Salvation Army works closely with Helping Hands and other organizations to screen families and make sure the right ones are being helped, Wooten said.
"Ninety cents out of every dollar stays in Franklin County to help local families," said Wooten.
She said the other 10 cents goes to the Salvation Army headquarters.
In July, the Salvation Army held an extra fundraiser to try to fill the void in funds. The organization raised $1,800, but Wooten said it didn't go far.
"Each family receives $150 to $200 towards their electric bill, so $1,800 was gone in no time," she said. "This is the worst I've ever seen for the county as far as hard times. People are really struggling more than ever. It's really bad."
Kelly Riggan with Franklin Community Bank is hoping the $250 donation will be a start to something greater for the Salvation Army.
"It is not much, but I hope it encourages other businesses to do the same," said Riggan.
Wooten said the goal of the annual holiday fundraiser is $40,000, though last year the organization raised a little under $30,000.
"I'm really hoping we receive the needed funds so we can continue our business of helping those who are less fortunate," said Wooten.
Those wishing to make a donation to the Salvation Army can mail a check to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 161, Glade Hill, VA 24092.