The Woodyard Fund traces its roots to 1816 in Columbia, when the Ladies Benevolent Society provided firewood to needy families.
In 1930 the cause was embraced by William E. Gonzales, then editor of The State newspaper. Each winter since then, the paper has continued publicizing the charity. Donations help the neediest in the community stay warm in the winter.
The Salvation Army screens applicants, who are selected based on income level, illness or special circumstances such as a house fire. Residents in Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Fairfield counties are eligible. In general, folks will have received a “past due, to be cut off” notice to qualify.
From December 2015 through March 2016, The Salvation Army's Woodyard program assisted 301 households with an average payment of $295.54 per household and a total budget of $88,875.72.
Below are links to a few stories which were published in The State newspaper about local people who have been assisted by the Woodyard Fund.
You can help by mailing a donation to The Salvation Army of the Midlands @ P.O. Box 2786, Columbia, SC 29202. Designate to Woodyard Fund on the memo line.