The Salvation Army of Wake County received a donation from State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) and the SECU Foundation to help local residents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The gift is part of a $2 million donation to help deliver basic services like food, shelter, or emergency financial assistance through Salvation Army locations across North Carolina. The donations are part of a joint commitment by SECU and the SECU Foundation to provide up to $10 million for COVID-19 disaster relief efforts.
“We are grateful for this generous gift from SECU and SECU Foundation,” said Major Al Newsome, area commander of the Salvation Army of Wake and Lee Counties. “So many people in our community have been impacted deeply by the pandemic. This wonderful gift will ensure we can impact the lives of many people in our community during this desperate time.”
Since the pandemic began, requests for assistance from The Salvation Army have risen sharply. Currently The Salvation Army is meeting the needs of the community by furthering its Food Pantry Program, through its Soup Line, and making sure its shelter residents remain safe and can practice social distancing by moving its 30 families to local hotels.
“The Salvation Army lives its commitment to helping care for the people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” remarked Jo Anne Sanford, SECU Foundation Board Chair. “Their staff and dedicated volunteers are focusing additional efforts to serve those in need during this difficult time. We are happy to provide our support and we applaud the ongoing efforts to make a crucial difference in the lives of people and communities in our state.”“SECU and the SECU Foundation wanted to find a way to assist that would provide the greatest impact – leverage our resources with matching donations was a great solution,” commented Bob Brinson, Board Chair of SECU. “Thousands of people are struggling from loss of wages, health issues, and many other challenges as a result of the pandemic. The Salvation Army’s strong leadership and partnerships with North Carolina organizations who have experience and ability to act quickly will offer welcome relief and hope during a time of great need.