The Salvation Army’s annual Woodyard Fund campaign has concluded for the year having helped 365 families in the Midlands and coming close to breaking last year’s total.
Through the fund, eligible households in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry counties receive help with their winter’s energy bills.
This winter, area residents donated $116,115. Last winter, residents raised a total of $116,468.
The Salvation Army manages the fund, and The State newspaper publicizes it.
The fund traces its origins to 1816, when the Ladies Benevolent Society provided firewood and, later, coal to families in need. The society turned management of the charity over to the Salvation Army around the turn of the 20th century. In 1930, William E. Gonzales, then-editor of The State, began publicizing the fund and those it helped, a tradition the newspaper continues each winter.