WEIRTON - The Weirton Salvation Army is looking for the community's help to serve those in need.
"It is the time of year that we struggle to make ends meet," said Maj. Sue Dewan. "Thankfully, we are not in debt at this point, but neither are we finding it easy to operate and meet the rising need."
Dewan explained that by this time in 2013, the Weirton Corps. of the Salvation Army had served 953 cases. This year, more than 1,500 cases have been addressed, with the need continuing to increase, she said.
Dewan explained the summer season brings an increased burden on low-income families, with the added costs of daycare and meals for children who are out of school. In addition, she explained, some senior citizens find themselves unable to pay higher utility bills, and sometimes go without air conditioning.
"Donations to The Salvation Army drop significantly after Christmas, threatening our ability to meet the rise in requests for assistance every summer," she said. "This year we are seeing more and more requests for help and yet we are finding fewer resources to work with. The Salvation Army in Brooke and Hancock counties needs the assistance of those in the community who care about their neighbors."
Dewan said any donations to the local Salvation Army will stay in the area, and will assist in providing food, summer utility assistance and other resources for those in need.