Pay cuts at work, layoffs, the rising cost of feeding a family means a growing number of your neighbors are in need. But you can make a difference this week in the Salvation Army's annual Bucket Blitz.
Monday was the first day of the Bucket Blitz, as WGEM again teams up with the Salvation Army to raise $30,000 in four days.
Everyday, the Quincy Salvation Army serves hundreds of people. The Salvation Army helps with food, rent, utilities, emergency medical bills, even a place to stay for those who might be on a fixed income, just got laid off, or simply can't find a job.
"The only thing they're able to cut out is food. 'If I want to pay my utility bill, or I want to pay my rent, what can I skimp on to make these payments?'" said Elizabeth Flynn, Regional Manager of Family Services. "Well they end up skimping on food."
The money raised during the Bucket Blitz helps support social programs like the food pantry, holiday baskets, the emergency shelter, toy town and others.
For many people struggling to make ends meet, the Salvation Army is a place of refuge and maybe even their last hope.
"I can not tell you probably the number of people who sat down at my table and said I've never done this before, I don't know what to do. I've been unemployed for six, eight months and things are really tough and that's kind of embarrassing," Elizabeth Flynn, Regional Manager of Family Services, said.
The Bucket Blitz continues through Thursday.
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