Salvation Army in Need of Donations
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Salvation Army in Grand Junction is asking for the community to donate food and jackets for the winter.
"Our pantry is virtually empty," said Claudia Jackson, director of public relations for the Salvation Army.
They serve food three times a week to more than 500 people.
"There's times where we wouldn't be able to get nothing," said Josephine Trujillo, who's been going to the Salvation Army for a year.
"If it wasn't for them helping us we wouldn't be eating," said Debbie Arnoldt.
They offer food, clothes, blankets and even animal food; it's all free if certain requirements are met.
A family can apply for a food box four times a year. One food box will feed a family of three for about four days.
"No one goes hungry; that is our rule, no one goes hungry," said Jackson.
Organizers say they're running dangerously low. They have about 200 jackets, which is about half the amount they typically have at this time.
Only 30 of the jackets fit children.
"The kids are walking more, so they're out earlier in the morning because they have a longer walk, rather than getting on the bus, and it's cold," said Jackson.
They say any donations help, whether in the form of clothing or money.
"This is what the purpose of the Salvation Army is, to help those in need; it's what we do best. It kind of gives you the warm fuzzies," said Jackson.
Drop-off locations for jackets include Murdoch's, Cabela's, Nick-N-Willy's Pizza and the KEKB studios.