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Salvation Army In Need of Donations

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Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: Jonathan Merryman

Danville, VA -- They work to help those who have lost their homes but now they are having to ask for help themselves. Danville's Salvation Army is in need of furniture and large appliances, now more than ever.

The Salvation Army hands out clothes, furniture, and appliances when someone loses it to a disaster, for example a house fire. They say donations have been low this year, but fires haven't, so now they really need the extra help.

"With the economy the way it is, people are holding on to their goods longer than they have...Things are tight so things so donations tend to be a little down," said Capt. Karl Dahlin, Salvation Army.

 And those donations can mean a lot. Especially for someone like Ricky Tarpley, who lost his house to a fire last March.

"I lost everything. When you don't have anything, anything can help," said Tarpley.

Tarpley received clothes from the Salvation Army, but can only imagine how much the bigger items would have meant.

"When you have a fire and lose everything it would be a big help if you could get a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator," said Tarpley.

"It certainly means a way to continue, a little return to normalcy," said Dahlin.

But this year the bigger items simply haven't been coming in as they used to, and the Salvation Army can't serve as many. On this day, one single dishwasher sits in the store.

"We've seen a reduction in the amount of those type of items. So it's been tough," said Dahlin.

"This past year it probably has been the slowest with the house ware items," said Sherita Swanson, Works at Salvation Army Family Store.

Swanson has watched as folks occasionally bring in large appliances to the Salvation Army. She says, as quickly as they come in, they get donated right back out.

"If you can't afford to pay that then yeah they really need it, desperately," said Swanson.

The Salvation Army says they help serve 7,500 families a year -- in different capacities. If you want to make a donation you can bring it to their stores or their headquarters.

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