Pay It Forward Cash Used to Buy Blankets for Salvation Army Shelter

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It’s getting cold outside. With the drop in temperature, there’s a rise in the need for blankets and clothing for those who are less fortunate. WHNT NEWS 19 recently received an urgent email from the Salvation Army in Huntsville with the title: “Blankets Needed Immediately.”

This time of year, the Salvation Army shelter on Seminole Drive in Huntsville is full every night. However, its supply of blankets, winter clothing, and rain gear isn’t.

If it keeps you warm when it’s cold, it’s needed at the shelter.

"The first thing we need is blankets,” explains Major Mark Satterlee. "Hats, jackets, coats, scarves, gloves, thermal underwear and any rain gear."

Satterlee says they had a lot of blankets in stock, but it’s been whittled down due to demand of those in need or people who are homeless.

"It takes extra effort on our part to provide these items for the people who need it,” says Satterlee.

The need is great.

"I’ve got room for 44 men in here," describes Satterlee. "We have room for 12 women and on the other side I've got a 24 bed alcohol rehab program for men.”

After getting a clear understanding of what was needed, the $319 Pay it Forward cash surprise was revealed.

"How sweet," said Satterlee. "$319 worth of blankets then. Thank you. What a pleasant surprise.”

If you want to help, you can take twin size blankets and clothing donations to the Salvation Army Shelter in Huntsville. It’s located at 305 Seminole Drive. The items can be new or gently used, but in usable condition.