Sally Renshaw of Decatur stood in front of the Wise Area Relief Mission Tuesday morning anxiously awaiting the arrival of 500 pies.
“We’ve been trying to get them here since 8 a.m. this morning,” she said. The Salvation Army donated the pumpkin pies to W.A.R.M. to be given out this week with turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner.The line began forming before 7:30 a.m., and by the end of the day, 545 turkeys were distributed.
Rick Ross, president of W.A.R.M.’s board of directors, said the pace was hectic, but it flowed well.
“Everyone is so cooperative – the volunteers and the people coming for assistance,” he said.
Mannie Wright, 62, of Decatur said WARM has been helping him for 10 years.
“If I couldn’t come here, I don’t know what I would do to get food,” he said. “It’s keeping me out of trouble. If you can’t get food, you negotiate ways to get it. I couldn’t make it without W.A.R.M. If I had money, I’d give to the place.”
He encouraged anyone who needs help to seek it.
“If you need help, please don’t be ashamed to ask for it,” he said.
Although, the number of turkeys given is about the same as years past, Ross said they have seen an overall increase in need this year, forcing the pantry to dip into its reserves more.
“I think the recession is just hitting us later than it has the rest of the country,” he said. “The number of families seeking assistance has increased significantly.”
He added that W.A.R.M. has been seeing a lot of new families every month.