As inflation and record gas prices continue to plague people everywhere, an organization is working to ensure no city is left behind.
The Shoals Salvation Army wants to make sure that small towns with limited resources get the help they need during tough economic times.
This work includes the Sacks of Love Giveaway. The Shoals Salvation Army had nearly 400 bags of canned goods, along with some blankets, to help families in need.
The Shoals Salvation Army covers Franklin, Lauderdale and Colbert counties.
They say that because so much of their community action takes place within the city limits, they wanted to make sure that rural areas don’t feel neglected.
“I feel like it’s a blessing for someone to come in and give you something to keep you warm, give you something to fill you up, food. It’s a blessing “said Susie Allen, a resident of Leighton.
With inflation reaching a 40-year high and gasoline prices being the most expensive in US history, Allen was grateful for the help.
“Thank you very much,” she said. “Because there are many of us. We really need food, we need help, we need all kinds of help, and we need help, because time is running out now.”
Daniel Jones, a Salvation Army cadet, was one of many in Leighton, providing much needed service to the community.
“Just seeing the joy on people’s faces, just the love for the community. So it’s just… I love it. I’m glad to be here, definitely,” Jones said.
Jones shared what it meant to be able to give back during one of the toughest economic times this country has ever seen.
“That’s it. Like, that’s how I feel, that’s one of the biggest things that led me to the Salvation Army, was seeing their mission to be able to help people without discrimination, just reach out to them and give whatever their needs are and then it’s all in the name of Jesus. So yeah, man, that says it all,” Jones said.
The majority of those in need are elderly people who may find it difficult to leave the small town of Leighton, a quiet town lacking its own gas station and supermarket.
Allen said this town desperately needs the Sacks of Love gift.
“It’s a small town, you know? And we don’t have… a lot of income here. So we need all the help we can get,” Allen said.
The Shoals Salvation Army is working to visit other rural areas in Lauderdale, Franklin and Colbert counties to continue helping those who may have difficulty getting to the main office in Florence.