Amy Daughtry is a 65-year-old retired employee of the state of South Carolina who, because of an illness, is now disabled. Her only income is Social Security.
Once her utility bill rose beyond her means, she began to look for help.
She found it, when she read about the Salvation Army’s Woodyard Fund in The State newspaper. The Woodyard Fund was able to pay her electric bill of $411.62.
The Woodyard Fund helps residents in crisis in Richland, Lexington, Fairfield and Newberry counties pay for utilities. The fund dates to 1816, when the Ladies Benevolent Society provided firewood and coal to families in need. In 1930, The State newspaper’s editor, William E. Gonzales, began publicizing the fund. It became a tradition the newspaper continues every winter.
The fund usually runs from late November through mid-March, when temperatures generally are the coldest.
“I appreciate the help that I’ve gotten,” Daughtry said. “Without you all and God – I put God first and you all next – I wouldn’t be able to have electricity on in my house this month because I didn’t have the money to pay it.”
Receiving assistance just as she was reaching the point of no way to warm her home, Daughtry couldn’t feel more thankful.
“Blessed be to glory,” she said. “I thank God I got waited on.”
How to give help: Donations can be mailed to the Woodyard Fund, c/o The Salvation Army of the Midlands, P.O. Box 2786, Columbia, SC 29202. Make checks payable to the Woodyard Fund. All donations are tax-deductible.
How to get help: Area residents who need assistance with heating bills can call (803) 462-5093 for more information or to make an appointment for assistance.
Donations to date
Week of Dec. 5
Vicki D. and O. Marshall Dodds, $100; Barbara S. DeHamer, $50; Anonymous, $100; Anonymous, $50, in memory of Keith T. Taylor; Martha B. Loden and Patricia Leigh Records, $100; Anonymous, $100; Robert J. and Andrianna Pigeon, $100; Archie L. and Angeline B. Dorrell, $250; Angeline B. and Archie L. Dorrell, $250; St. John Neumann Catholic Church, $873.87; Henry W. Chappell Jr and Kathleen D. Chappell, $50; Nancy J. Piester, $100; Rev. & Mrs. J. Hilton Roof, $100; Dot Buff, $100, in memory of Willie Buff; Gay E. Renberg, $100; Helen Silver, $100; Gordon G. and Linda S. Maynes, $1,000; Jeanette Coltrain and Tina M. Lovejoy, $100; Anna M. Amick, $100; James H. and Iris S. Harman, $100; Katherine W. Mahon, $100, in memory of Trina M. Williams; William R. Hallman, $25; Christopher G. and Dianne C. McGreevy, $1,000; J.B. Kneece, $200, in memory of Ellen, John Sr., and Debra Kneece; Lester W. Johnson, Jr. and Regina G. Pacheco, $100; Rodney E. Harmon, $25; Cicely and Dick Jenkins, $75, in memory of Kendall Marie Wooten; Samuel E. and Anselma A. Douglas CMSgt USAF RET, $100; Georgia H. Hart and Beverly Hart Smith, $75; James N. Gunter, $100; Peggy M. Janicki, $200; Lee & Louise Andrews, $300; Andrew R. and Kathleen E. Kustin, $50; Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church, $200; Thomas P. Ballard, $100; John A. Wilkinson, $100; Warren H. Christmus III, $150; Albert W. and Mary W. Hoskins, $100; Lois D. Samellas, $100; Joe H. Miller, M.D., $250, in memory of J. O’Neal Humphries, MD; Raymond & Julianne Hendrix Jr., $500; Joseph D. and Sara B. Mills, $200; Men’s Bible Class at Main Street United Methodist Church, $100; Sinners Class at Trinity United Methodist Church, $50; Betty J. Taylor, $100; Anonymous, $100, in memory of Mrs. Katy Catoe; Constance M. Larkin, $100; J. Warren Tompkins, $100; T.E.L. SS class of Trinity Baptist Church of Cayce, S.C., $50; C.J. Cambre, Jr., $100; Angela M. Render, $200, in memory of Lois C. Suggs; John T. and Susan A. Moore, $25; E. Douglas Franklin, $100; Marshall Watts, $50; Grace T. Allen, $100; Karl and Patricia Snyder, $1,000; Anonymous, $200; Juanita and Charles E. Cousins, $50; in memory of our parents Roger Dale and Wanda W. Teague, $50; Anonymous, $50; O’Neill Barrett Jr MD, $200, in memory of Elois Barrett; Nancy J. and Robert A. Schwind, $300; Dianne Chinnes, $100, in memory of Bob Pierce; Blanche D. Schaeffer, $100; Dean H. Kress, $200, in honor of Lynn E. Kress; Kent and Georgia Metz, $100; Joy Sunday School Class at Bethel United Methodist Church, $50
Weekly total: $11,448.87
Total to date: $19,198.87