CENTRAL GLENDALE — Salvation Army Glendale, which has had to grapple with a precipitous increase in demand for services over the past two years, got some support of its own Wednesday after a group of community leaders donated thousands of food items and about $7,000.
Since 2007, Salvation Army Glendale has seen a 200% increase in the number of people seeking help, Capt. Rio Ray said. At the same time, donations to the center have slumped with the battered economy, creating a crunch for resources, he added. So Leadership Glendale’s donation of about $7,000 and about 5,000 non-perishable food items will go a long way, he said.
“It’s amazing because we don’t have big fundraisers like this where we get big amounts of money,” he said.
Participants in Leadership Glendale — an eight-month Glendale Chamber of Commerce program focusing on community development — organized the effort to collect and offer the donations to the Salvation Army in response to its current challenges.