Wood­yard Fund helps mom pay power bill

The State - - Stay Connected - BY LEZLIE PAT­TER­SON

For many peo­ple, it doesn’t take much to dis­rupt a tight bud­get. But los­ing an en­tire in­come would be dev­as­tat­ing to most.

When Erica Wilder’s two-in­come fam­ily be­came a one-in­come sin­gle­par­ent home, she had to make some ad­just­ments. Still, even with those ad­just­ments, she found her­self un­able to pay her power bill.

“I’m just go­ing through a bunch of things,” Wilder says. “And one of those things, I just needed some help with my light bill.”

Fol­low­ing the sug­ges­tion of a friend, Wilder found the Wood­yard Fund, which has been help­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers who need tem­po­rary as­sis­tance pay­ing their power bills for var­i­ous rea­sons for more than 200 years.

The Wood­yard Fund is an an­nual cam­paign run by the Sal­va­tion Army that helps pay en­ergy bills for Richland, Lex­ing­ton, Fair­field and New­berry county res­i­dents who are in cri­sis sit­u­a­tions.

Through the Wood­yard Fund, which traces its ori­gins to 1816, com­mu­nity mem­bers can do­nate money to help those who need help pay­ing util­ity bills. The State news­pa­per has worked with the Wood­yard Fund by pub­li­ciz­ing the fund and those it helps since 1930.

Some­times, Wilder says, just a lit­tle bit of help can go a long way. And in this case, not hav­ing to worry about squeez­ing out money to pay the power bill took away a lot of stress and helped her fo­cus on pay­ing other bills. She was very thank­ful for the as­sis­tance.

El­i­gi­ble house­holds get vouch­ers re­deemable at busi­nesses that pro­vide heat­ing ser­vices. The Sal­va­tion Army re­im­burses the busi­nesses for the voucher amounts.

Each ap­pli­cant is screened to ver­ify need and to en­sure that no other re­sources are avail­able.

Donors con­trib­uted $93,446 to last year’s fund, which al­lowed the Sal­va­tion Army to pro­vide util­ity as­sis­tance to 221 fam­i­lies from De­cem­ber through March. How to give help:

Do­na­tions can be mailed to the Wood­yard Fund, c/o The Sal­va­tion Army of the Mid­lands, P.O. Box 2786, Columbia, SC 29202. Make checks payable to the Wood­yard Fund. All do­na­tions are taxd­e­ductible. How to get help: Area res­i­dents who need as­sis­tance with heat­ing bills can call (803) 462-5093 for more in­for­ma­tion or to make an ap­point­ment for as­sis­tance.

DONORS

Becky Lewis, in mem­ory of He­len Win­gard Hill, $300; Anony­mous, $500; John and Mau­reen Lee, $100; Grover and Pa­tri­cia Shuler, $100; David and Les­lie Wylie, $ 75; Amy Shell, $100; Carol Krebs, $50; J.C. Moore­field, $50; El­iz­a­beth Cantey, $100; Anony­mous, $25; Dean Kress, in honor of Lynn E. Kress of Isle of Palms, $200; Woman’s Co­op­er­a­tive Mis­sion­ary, $100; Ken­neth and Frances May, $500; James and Bev­erly Telfer, $500; Joseph and Julie McCue, $3,000; Em­ploy­ees of L-J. Inc, $1,000; L-J Inc.,-in mem­ory of Bar­ney Allen Jor­dan Sr. and all his chil­dren, $1,000; Neda Oster­man, $100; Mary Joyce Shealy, $200; Wil­liam Todd, $200; Dei­dra Jo McMillin, $100; Mr. and Mrs. Sid­ney S. Locke, $100; Lee C. Si­ple, $100; Chris­tine Rankin, $50; Richard and Ur­sula Smith, $3,000; Lu­cre­tia and Wil­liam Sei­gler, $200; He­len and Richard Vaughn, $30; Anony­mous, $50; New Hope Lutheran Church, $545.

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