The Salvation Army suffered thousands of dollars worth of lost donations in Wednesday's fire. Now the group that does so much for the community is need of the community's help.
Nearly ten-thousand dollars worth of clothes, toys, and furniture were lost when the fire ripped though a storage building at the Salvation Army in Monroe. Leaders are trying to find a way to bounce back after this tremendous loss.
"The donations in the warehouse were to go to the store," says Salvation Army Director Lieutenant Jerry Williams.
Williams says their West Monroe store depends on these donations. The store is where given items are sold and money made goes back to the charity.
Williams says, "The money that we make in the store helps fund the operations we do out of the building."
Those operations include, housing the homeless, feeding the hungry, ministering, and outreach programs that stretch across Northeast Louisiana.
Clean-up crews are working to fix the unit. Williams says by the end of the month the building will be ready to store donations again. A "Move-Back-In" Day is set for February 27th. For now, the group needs a different kind of donation.
"Right now we need help with money donations to keep us funded while we are down with our donations."
Fire Investigators says the blaze was caused by a halogen light. No injuries were
Despite Wednesday's fire, the cause must continue at the Salvation Army. Lieutenant Williams just found out he's headed out on a mission.
"I just got confirmation that I will be going to Hattiesburg to run tornado response."
Williams could be helping with recovery efforts for two weeks.
For more information on how you can help, click here or call 318-325-1755.