The Rotary Club of Guam resumed its weekly meetings today and invited Major Tom Stambaugh of the Salvation Army to speak about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the community he serves.
The working class has always supported the Salvation Army’s mission, said Stambaugh, because they understand what it is to struggle, and they give back to the organizations that have helped them in the past.
This time, Stambaugh said, many of those working-class people who have volunteered and made donations to the Salvation Army in the past are now seeking help for themselves during this crisis.
“In this case, we’ve seen a lot of people who came to us for food who may at one time supported one of our fundraisers or who came out to volunteer at one of our Red Kettle stands and helped out. So we’ve seen brand new families at the Salvation Army which is obviously due to the COVID situation,” Stambaugh said.
Stambaugh also said that the Salvation Army had to shut down its thrift store because it is a retail establishment.
However, that has cut into the organization’s income.
He said they’ve lost about $70,000 in income over the past two months since the thrift store has been closed.