Salvation Army Forced To Turn Away Families

Salvation Army Forced To Turn Away Families
Salvation Army Forced To Turn Away Families

Updated: 1/09/2014 6:01 pm

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When Raymond Foxworth became homeless six months ago, he went to the Salvation Army.

Since then, they have helped him in getting a job.

Not only that, they provide him with three meals a day and a place to sleep. Foxworth said he owes a lot to them.

"I have lived here for almost 6 months and I have never seen nothing but their giving ability," Foxworth said.

Foxworth has been one of the lucky ones though because since the middle of December, the Salvation Army has been having to turn down families asking for food boxes.

Those boxes normally contain non-perishable items, dry rice, and some fruit.

The reasoning for it is simple, an in-house miscommunication.

Laura Martin is the core administrator for the Salvation Army and said the food boxes they receive is part of an arrangement with the Food Bank.

When they failed to re-new their agreement with the Food Bank, the Salvation Army no longer had extra food available to hand out.

"We hate to turn people away because we really try to help them. We are very sorry but we just didn't have anymore food from the Food Bank that we could give them," Martin said.

Martin said the paperwork to renew the agreement was overlooked because there was confusion as to who was assigned to it.

According to her, they have had to turn down almost 75 families.

Not all is bad news though, as the Food Bank is allowing them to still re-new the agreement.

"We have to send it to our headquarter office for approval and as soon as it comes back from them we will be able to give it back to the Food Bank and get their approval. Shortly after that, we will be able to fully purchase for them again," Martin said.

Martin said she expects to get those food boxes in a week or two. Something Foxworth said he is happy to hear.

"All the people that work here are 100 percent dedicated to helping people," Foxworth said.
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debrahmathis - 1/8/2014 11:27 PM
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With all of the money the red cross begs for,no one seems to understand it is funded by the CIA;CIA is funded by the taxpayer on a federal level.Look it up,go to their website.Why else do you think,and anybody serving in the military knows this,to make an emergency communication to active duty;it is always through the red cross.
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