WEIRTON - This winter's colder-than-usual temperatures have caused added difficulties for many in the area. That includes those who are looking out for the less fortunate.
Major Sue Dewan of the Weirton Salvation Army explained the organization has seen a decrease in its donations this winter.
"Due to the weather, donations are really down, and we need some help from the community," Dewan said.
Specifically, there has been an impact on the inventory of the Salvation Army's Thrift Stores located on Cove Road in Weirton and Commerce Street in Wellsburg. The Thrift Store provides clothing and household items at prices manageable to families in need throughout Hancock and Brooke counties.
Inventory is made possible through donations of gently used and unwanted items. Proceeds from the store sales support the Salvation Army's local programs and services.
Suggested items include clothing, furniture, home decor, electronics, shoes, coats and jackets, children's toys, bedding and linens, household items, small appliances, dishes, pots and pans and various accessories.
"In addition, we are seeing that financial donations are also down," Dewan added. "Given the fact that the extremely cold weather has caused higher utility bills, this is problematic for some of the folks we serve. We are seeing an increase in requests for assistance with utility bills."
Donations, which may be tax deductible, are accepted 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at the Thrift Stores located at 794 Cove Road in Weirton and at 401 Commerce St. in Wellsburg.
For information about pick up of large items only, call 304-748-4310, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.