Published: Jul 13, 2010 7:04 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 13, 2010 4:02 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - As supplies dwindle and requests for help increase due to the uncertain economic situation, The Collier County Salvation Army is seeking canned food donations to help the needy and destitute. "We're concerned we won't be able to help people arriving at our doors through the summer," says Naples Corps Officer Captain Pierre Smith. "The Salvation Army has always relied on the generosity of local residents to help us do our work, and we are making a special plea at this time for support."

The recent US Mail Carriers canned food drive and the 5th/3rd Bank food drive brought in many items, but with the distribution of over 17,000 lbs of food in June alone the reserves are soon gone.  

Besides feeding hungry people, The Salvation Army provides clothing for the needy, utility assistance and emergency aid for struggling families.
Explaining the Corps' current need, Smith points out that, "Our holiday donations have long since been depleted and lately most local citizens have had their minds on the state of the economy.  They're looking for relief themselves. It's hard to interest them in the plight of those truly needy people who've made their way to our doors… some for the very first time."

The Salvation Army is asking for donations of canned food including canned meats, rice, beans, pasta, cereals, baby formula and canned vegetables and fruit, from "everyone who cares about the well-being of this community," concludes Smith.  "Collier County's" residents' timely help will demonstrate to the needy God's love and support, keeping hope in their hearts and creating a bridge to a better tomorrow. We know how generous they have been in the past and we're sure they won't let us down now."