With income still tight for some families across the Panhandle, there is an agency that can help with clothes, furniture and other items. News 13 takes a look at those services and how to also help restock their supplies to assist others in this week's Problem Solver.
Estelle Keith is the Director of the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Panama City. She says, "I think that for people in need...this is the place to come." Keith, a Salvation Army veteran, has served as a staff member since the 1940s. She truly cares for people hurting and trying to make ends meet. She says it seems more people are stopping by the store these days looking for help with clothes and other items due to job layoffs in the area. Keith tells News 13, "they don't have the money to buy things that they need with groceries, rents and that type thing. (With funds taken in) Everything goes to help people in this community."
If you have furniture items to donate...the army can help. Call this number 769-7788 9 a.m. til 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Arrangements will be made to pick up your furniture donations.
Speaking of community services, just next door to the Thrift Store on 15th street, The Salvation Army Food Pantry shelves are increasingly becoming bare. You can assist others by bringing by non-perishable food items, canned corn, green beans, other vegetables also canned meat. If you have food donations, you can drop them off at The Salvation Army Office at 1824 West 15th street in Panama City. Please no glass containers.
If you have the time, they can always use volunteers. Give them a call at 769-5259.