Dollar General to host ‘Fill the Truck’ to benefit Salvation Army
by Chris Yow
Nov 17, 2010 | 1605 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Salvation Army’s budget has decreased since the downward turn of the country’s economy while the number of people who need assistance has increased since the start of the recent recession.

That combination creates a problem for the organization, especially in Walker County.

“So many people need our help, and right now we are having a hard time filling those needs,” said Donna Manning, the field representative for Salvation Army in Alabama.

Realizing that need, a Jasper Dollar General manager took initiative. The Dollar General Corporation supports many causes throughout the year, but this was the idea of store manager Keith Head.

“We try to sponsor organizations that need help, and the Salvation Army needs our help,” Head said.

The donation event, “Fill the Truck,” will last from 1 p.m. until evening Friday at the Dollar General store located at 1902 7th Ave. West in downtown Jasper.

Head mentioned his store was happy to be of service.

“Our corporation supports many different things, but this is a local drive. We are going to help local people,” he said.

“We wanted something different than toys for tots, and the Salvation Army is a worthy cause.”

Donations of non-perishable food, clothing and toys will be accepted throughout the day, and just as the event is named, the donations will go to fill a donation truck outside the store.

“Sometimes people don’t like to give to a box. We hope if they see where their donations are going it will help increase the donations,” added Head.

Manning said the Salvation Army needed anything it could get.

“Anything will be a big, big help,” she said. “This will go straight to the community.”

Head added the Salvation Army is sometimes misconceived, and he wanted to help change that.

“They are a wonderful organization. Most of the time when people think of the Salvation Army, they think of the thrift store and that’s all.

“They are so much more than that, and it’s important people know that. I hope this event will help people realize how much help they really are.”