HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - We all have to live on a budget these days. But what if your budget comes up short? You have to find that money somewhere else. That's exactly what the Salvation Army is doing. We wanted to get the ball rolling by paying it forward to the organization this week.
When WHNT News 19’s Courtney Crown recently interviewed Major Donald Wilson, he told us, “Our goal is to keep people in their home so that they don't need a shelter or they don't need to come to a soup kitchen.” Huntsville’s Salvation Army fell short of its fund-raising goal to provide emergency services for people this winter.
Judy Mason is the caseworker supervisor for the organization. Her budget is tight right now for people who need help paying their utility bills. “I have to try to pick the most urgent, if they're being turned off or have gotten turned off or something's happened,” Judy told us. “I don't want them to be in the house with no power.”
She has the responsibility of administering the Project Share funds, money collected year round that's put into an interest bearing account and then used January, February and March to keep people's power on. “In those three months, I spend close to $200,000,” she said. “That's a lot of money and it gets to the point in March where I'm having to check each day to see how much money I have.”
A painting from the Thrift Store hangs on Judy’s office wall. It simply says, “Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day." We decided to do some good and pay it forward. I handed her $319 in cash to use as the Salvation Army sees fit. And it sounds like the money will be put to good use. Judy was extremely thankful.
She says the money will definitely help someone. Judy added that right now, utility bills aren’t as high as they were last January but they’re still bills and they have to be paid. We encourage you to make a donation to the Salvation Army’s emergency services. And look at your utility bill where you can also make a contribution to Project Share each month.