Salvation Army Coat Donations Decrease
COLUMBIA - The Salvation Army continues its annual coat drive Friday, but this year is a little different.
Last year they were having some trouble collecting enough coats, and this year they are seeing trouble as well. The lack of donations is actually becoming a trend. Numbers released earlier this year said one in six families in the United States is living in poverty. To respond to this need, the Salvation Army leaves blue barrels at participating businesses, and collects them when they are full of coats.
Concord Custom Cleaners is one of the businesses participating in the coat drive. The manager said he has seen a decrease in donations as well. He said in previous years the barrel would get filled up twice a week. Last year the barrel was only filled up twice and this year only one jacket has been donated.
Salvation Army Regional Coordinator Major Mathews said lack of awareness might be the problem."The army has been doing this for 20 years, and somewhere we lost connection between what we are doing in the coat drive and connecting with people in the community."
To help collect more coats, Major Mathews said he might get in contact with other Salvation Army officials to see if they can get extra coats. This years goal is 300 coats, but they have only collected 30.
The drive will continue until the end of November, however the Salvation Army will accept coats and or monetary donations during the winter months.