People sitting at home living through the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, pandemic want to help others experiencing hardship. The Kalamazoo Salvation Army saw that firsthand, from a high school student who made hand sanitizer for Salvation Army Volunteers, to the woman who dropped off 12 boxes of diapers and cases of baby formula.
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Tim Summers, development director for the Kalamazoo Salvation Army, said the health crisis was also an economic crisis.
"What we have found is the need is about 3 to 4 times what it would normally be," he said. "Over a two-week period we might give out 60 to 80 families' worth of food. And now we are three- to four-hundred families of food for that same time period."
Summers said the best way to help the Kalamazoo Salvation Army was through financial donations. The organization brings donations directly to a food bank and can buy food for pennies on the dollar. That was also the best way to make sure the items that were most needed were purchased.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Newschannel 3's parent company, teamed up with the Salvation Army nationally to raise money for financial COVID-19 relief. Sinclair Broadcast Group and The Salvation Army raised more than $300,000 to help those who had been stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic, in the nationwide Your Neighbor Needs You campaign.
The campaign began on March 31 with the original goal of raising $100,000. Sinclair Broadcast Group matched the first $100,000 in donations with a check of its own.
To donate to the Salvation Army, Sinclair Cares "Your Neighbor Needs You" relief fund, CLICK HERE.