Non-profits need help feeding the hungry

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Philanthropy took a down turn with the economy.  Leaving non-profits like the Salvation Army and the Valley Rescue mission hurting.

The Salvation Army said they are a little worried this year about being able to cover the costs of feeding families in the valley. "Folks who were able to make very generous donations last year may not be in a position to do that this year. So we are going into the season with some concern and caution," explained Captain Art Fultz of the Salvation Army.

The familiar Red Kettle Bell ringers will be stationed outside major retail stores in the valley starting Saturday.  They are hoping to raise enough money to cover the holiday expenses and much more. 500 families are signed up for The Salvation Army's Christmas Help, looking to receive toys and food.

You can create an online red kettle and donate from teh comfort of home.  Click here to learn more.

The Valley Rescue Mission is also asking for help to continue serving the community, especially this Thanksgiving. Joshua McQuien said, "People just do not have the money to spend and the freedom to just go out and buy whatever they want to give away. People are starting to focus more on making sure their family is taken care of before places like us." They are in need of 60 turkeys and 30 hams.  If you have a ham or turkey or other holiday meal food items you can donate please bring them to Valley Rescue Mission, 2903 Second Avenue, Columbus, GA.  For more information contact Rhonda Mobley, executive director, or Joshua McQuien, development director, at 706-322-8267.

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