ASHEBORO, N.C. -- It might seem early to be thinking about the holidays, but applications for assistance programs for families in need are due this month at Salvation Army locations across the Triad.
But empty food pantry shelves and lagging donations are making Captain Curtis Kratz nervous at the Asheboro Salvation Army.
"About September, the stocks just dry up and that's where we're at," he said. "It's hard. When there are more people who are in need than there are giving. It feels that way a lot of times. But I will say God always finds a way to provide."
That's part of the reason Cpt. Kratz and other Salvation Army workers used Asheboro's Fall Festival this weekend to get the word out. They were collecting money in their signature red kettle and set up barrels to collect any canned food donations that families brought.
"It's a real community-oriented town, and people really want to help each other," said Adrienne Macon, as her daughter slipped a $5 bill into the kettle. "The Salvation Army is a great opportunity to do so."
But maintaining a food pantry is just a part of what Salvation Army does.
"We help people with rent and utilities when we do have funding. We also are beginning our Christmas program," said Cpt. Kratz.
Now is the time for families to apply for assistance with food, toys and winter clothing if they anticipate needing help this winter. The FOX8 Gifts for Kids program helps Salvation Army collect donations.
"Don't be too ashamed or too prideful to come in and tell us, hey this is what I need. If we can't meet it, we'll find somebody who can," said Cpt. Kratz.
Meanwhile, they encourage anyone who has a dollar or can of food to bring donations to their local Salvation Army.
Applications for 2012 holiday assistance are collected this month at local Salvation Army spots:
Asheboro 9am-11:45am & 1-3:45 pm, Thursday 6-8pm (tentative)
Lexington 9am-1pm, 2-4pm
Denton 9am-1pm, 2-4pm
Welcome 9am-1pm, 2-4pm
Thomasville 9am-1pm, 2-4pm
-October 13 & 15-18
Winston Salem 8:30am-4:30pm
Southmont 9am-1pm, 2-4pm
Tyro 9am-1pm, 2-4pm
High Point and Randolph County 9am-12pm, 1-3pm
Eden 9am-11:30am, 1-3pm
Burlington 9am-4pm Mon, Tues, Thurs; Wed 6-8pm
October 29-November 2