GLENS FALLS — People are familiar with the red kettles during Christmastime, but the Salvation Army runs programs all year round to help people in crisis.
In 2018, the Greater Glens Falls Salvation Army assisted over 7,000 people with emergency needs in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties, according to Capt. Leo Lloyd.
“If they couldn’t pay the rent or the mortgage or needed a place to stay because they were put out or needed help with utilities or heat, prescriptions or food — these are the kind of comprehensive emergency services we provide here,” he said.
“If you can’t get help anywhere else through any other program, you can turn to the Salvation Army,” he added.
To inform the community about what the organization does, the Greater Glens Falls Salvation Army is holding an open house today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 37 Broad St. facility. This is in conjunction with National Salvation Army Week.
Lloyd has been pastor since June 2018, after relocating from Connecticut.
“My wife and I are brand new to the area and we just thought it would be a great opportunity to open up the building, invite people down to have a nice lunch and understand everything we do for the community and how they can get involved,” he said.
Lloyd is looking to add a couple of volunteer positions to assist in the operations. One person would be a volunteer coordinator, who would assist in helping organize the efforts of the volunteers.
In addition, Lloyd said he is working on a couple of new initiatives including addressing childhood obesity and people who are struggling with opioid addiction.
“Those are things we’re looking to get some community support with,” he said.
The Salvation Army also delivered nearly 1,000 baskets of food to families in need during the holidays and distributed 1,400 toys and gifts. Nearly 6,000 people received grocery and hot meals each year.
The organization also distributed perishable food, such as breads, pastries, fruits and vegetables, deli and meat items, three times a week during food gleaning, according to the website.
Its soup kitchen is open every Tuesday evening when the Open Door soup kitchen on Lawrence Street is closed. Last year it offered 2,600 meals, according to the Salvation Army’s website.
In addition, the Salvation Army recently opened the building to AAU basketball because there was a lack of gym space.
For more information, visit the website at empire.salvationarmy.org/EmpireNY/GlensFalls.