Doctors, nurses and other medical workers were on the front lines of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, health crisis in March 2020.
Places like the Kalamazoo Salvation Army saw evidence of the virus's economic burden, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered many workplaces to close for the duration of the outbreak.
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"Typically we would have four to five to 10 families come in for food assistance any given day," Development Director Tim Summers said. "Now that number has tripled, sometimes four times as much."
Whitmer told individuals to stay home and practice social distancing to slow the spread of the virus. That was the most important way to help, but those who wanted to do more, could.
Sinclair said they would match donations up to $100,000 dollars through the Your Neighbor Needs You campaign.
As of April 3, 2020, more than $250,000 had been donated.
"A lot of people that are working today, if this goes on for two, three or four more months, may be out of a job," he said. "So I don't anticipate it slowing down, and we are planning for it to be even more than what we are seeing today."
Summers said the best way to help the Kalamazoo Salvation Army was through financial donations. The organization would bring donations directly to a food bank and could buy food for pennies on the dollar.
That was also the way to make sure the items that were most in need were purchased.
Sinclair Broadcast Group said money donated through the Your Neighbor Needs You campaign would stay in West Michigan and help local families. As of April 3, Summers said about $2,500 given to the campaign was from West Michiganders.