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Salvation Army during a pandemic: 'We're serving people we've never served before'

Salvation Army during a pandemic: 'We're serving people we've never served before'
This year, while the coronavirus pandemic forced the Salvation Army to adjust some programs and dealt a blow to its typical fundraising efforts, the public's demand for services has only skyrocketed, officials said.

Salvation Army during a pandemic: 'We're serving people we've never served before' b here b here .SEATTLE (Tribune News Service) — Abbas Abbas was new to the country, with a toddler son and mounting household bills, when he first saw the sign in his East Bellevue neighborhood that read "Salvation Army." Since February, The Salvation Army has helped Abbas fill holes in his family's budget, covering diaper costs and providing clothes.Abbas' family doesn't always qualify for assistance from The Salvation Army, which considers whether a household has previously received assistance and how it compares to federal poverty levels.

Thousands of stories like Abbas' are told each day at The Salvation Army's service centers, food pantries, homeless shelters, addiction rehabilitation facilities and various other programs and services for people in crisis throughout King County and the Northwest, the nonprofit's officials said.The Salvation Army, one of 12 agencies benefiting from reader donations to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, provided food, shelter, rent and utility assistance, programs for youths, domestic violence victims and addiction recovery, and other emergency services to more than 177,000 people in King County last year, according to the nonprofit's annual report.

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