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Salvation Army in need of donations during summer slump

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The Salvation Army is in critical need of donations .

Summer time can be a difficult time for families -- without the school breakfast and lunch programs many parents struggle to balance the costs of childcare with providing for their family.

Major Hank Harwell says that's when the Salvation Army comes in to help.

" We want to stand in the gap so they don't have to make hard choices between do I pay my rent today or do I buy groceries," Harwell said.

Harwell said the Salvation Army provides food and utility assistance to families in need, but during the summer months they see a slump in donations.

"We find that our revenue gets a little tight because more people are asking for assistance," Harwell said.

Harwell said this year the need is especially high, which is why they're asking for the community to help.

“Last year, we saw a significant increase in requests between May and August," Harwell said. "This year, the amount of need we’re seeing is even higher.”

The organization accepts monetary donations as well as food donations which they use in their pantry.

To give to The Salvation Army’s summer campaign, call 352-376-1743 or visit www.SalvationArmyFlorida.org.


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