WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The clock is ticking for a Walker County non-profit trying to raise $50,000 to help families in need. The group is trying to raise the money before Thanksgiving.
So far, the Walker County Coalition for the Homeless has raised $8,200 of its $50,000. The group is calling the fundraiser, Harvest for the Homeless.
The coalition has noticed at 47% increase in the amount of families reaching out for help in Walker County. Resources are strained and the group is trying to raise the money to help more families in need. The group is trying to raise the money in about 5 weeks, with a deadline of November 17.
The coalition says right now is its most demanding time. As the weather gets colder, power bills go up and families who are already struggling to make ends meet are forced to make some really tough decisions.
So far this year, the coalition has helped more than 650 people, 250 families in Walker County. For many of those families, approaching the holiday season isn’t a happy time.
“It’s hard to make a Thanksgiving dinner in a hotel room, so we’re working to get everyone in a permanent housing situation before the holidays and through the holidays,” said Lona Courington, executive director of the Walker County Coalition for the Homeless.
The coalition uses the money to help pay for temporary shelter, emergency food, gas money or anything that can help someone get back on their feet.
“Everybody thinks of the homeless at Thanksgiving as far as feeding them, but we need to think before that of housing and sheltering them as the weather turns cold,” Courington said.
You can help the coalition reach its goal. Click here for a link to the GoFundMe page.