In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thousands across the country donated food and clothing to those in need, but now one Salvation Army branch in Cumberland County is in desperate need of food.
The Salvation Army asks for our help every year, but now as the Bridgeton branch prepares for Thanksgiving they tell us they are more in need than ever.
"Last year we did just under 400 families, this year we have 498... close to 500 families signed up for thanksgiving and Christmas," Salvation Army Capt. James Stephenson said.
All those families signed up for a meal, but the shelves in Bridgeton Salvation Army pantry are nearly empty.
That may not mean much to some, but for people like Linda Brown, she says there will be no holiday meal unless something happens.
"I'm a single parent and a lot of things went up in my household so the turkey and the food do help a lot," Linda Brown said.
So far 200 turkeys have been donated, but that still leaves nearly 300 families with nothing, but not if you can help it.
"This will be one of those few moments where we don't actually ask for money," Stephenson said.
If you want to give more than food, you can also donate toys. Pick up an angel tree tag with a child's name on it and donate the gift written on the tag.
Times are tough especially in New Jersey's poorest county, but Captain Stephenson says he has faith things will work out.
"I have to say Bridgeton is awesome. People really do want to help," Stephenson said.
As for Linda she's grateful to the organization that has helped put a Thanksgiving meal on her table for so many years.
"I'm very thankful for the Salvation Army. I think if we didn't have the Salvation Army here to help with a lot of things there would be a lot of families lost in need," Brown said.
If you are interested in helping out the Salvation Army you can donate turkeys this Saturday at any of the four shop rites in Cumberland County or by dropping off food at any Salvation Army branch.