With this past week’s sudden drop in temperature, the Midlands experienced frozen windshields, delays and bone-chilling cold.
For Columbia resident Nancy Zimmerman, the Salvation Army’s Woodyard Fund was key in keeping the lights – and heat – on this month.
Zimmerman, who recently had her disability reduced, had only great things to say about the Salvation Army.
“They are very good people and they love to help you,” she said. “I was grateful, happy and blessed that they paid my bill.”
The fund helps pay energy bills for Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry County residents in crisis situations. As winter rolls on, many are in need of help, which makes each donation all the more meaningful.
The fund traces its origins to 1816, when the Ladies Benevolent Society provided firewood and 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 newspaper, began publicizing the fund and those it helped, a tradition that continues each winter.
Zimmerman also is grateful that the Salvation Army has helped her out with more than just her bills.
“I’ve dealt with them for years,” she said. “They have helped me with food and clothes and light bills and they are all very nice.”
This week’s donations totaled $2,825, pushing the overall donations for this year’s campaign to $75,659.66. Donations have come from classes, churches and individuals both known and anonymous.
The fund typically runs from late November through March.