Colder weather and early sunsets are becoming common in South Carolina, meaning light and power bills are expected to be a little higher than usual and many residents will need help to pay higher bills.
For Linda Robinson, it wasn’t anything that she could control that set her behind, but she was trying her hardest to keep up with each month’s statement.
“I had around $100 or so stolen,” Robinson said. “It got stolen and I was playing catch-up, when God had a fix for me and Salvation Army paid my bill this month.”
Robinson said that after her money was stolen, she tried to catch up and simply couldn’t, which is why she reached out for help.
“They are free-hearted and they help anyone that needs the help and I’m so glad to be in the midst of those people.”
The Woodyard Fund, run by the Salvation Army, was originally started in 1816 by the Ladies Benevolent Society who provided firewood, and later coal, to families in need.
In 1930, the fund was embraced by then-editor of The State newspaper, William E. Gonzales, a tradition continued today.
The fund helps pay energy bills for Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry county residents who are in crisis situations.
Some are unaware of programs available to them, but Robinson has first-hand experience with how helpful the Salvation Army is, as she attends their church on Farrow Road.
“I came to South Carolina in 1997 to get my life together,” Robinson said. “A friend of mine introduced me and they have inspired me and taught me how to love myself and love others.”
This week, a total of $11,441.66 had been donated to the fund, pushing the total to $72,834.66 for the season. The fund typically runs from late November to mid-March.
“You couldn’t meet a group of people that love others as much as they do.”