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The Salvation Army hosts Day of Hope in Plainview

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

COVID-19 put a stop to a lot of The Salvation Army's services for a few months, but as of today, it is back in action.

The organization hosted a Day of Hope at Stonebriar Village Apartments in Plainview.

"Doing what we're doing today is why The Salvation Army exists," Major David Worthy said. "We're elated to be back at it."

The Salvation Army offered up to $500 dollars in rent assistance and up to $250 dollars in utility assistance.

"The criteria is very basic," Worthy said. "You just have to prove that you have been negatively impacted by COVID-19."

One Stonebriar renter took advantage of The Salvation Army's services for the first time today.

"It's a big help and it kind of relieves stress," Polonia Gomez said. "A lot of people have a lot of pride and don't want to ask, but it never hurts to ask for help."

In addition to the financial help, The Salvation Army volunteers handed out free food and 'Hope Totes'.

"There's a roll of toilet paper, paper towels, cereal, canned goods and various stuff to get you through a couple of days, maybe a week," volunteer Jerry Dennis said.

Worthy says his team expected anywhere from 50 to 200 people at Plainview's Day of Hope.

"This is sort of the beginning of a fresh start for us," Worthy said. "We're excited about the continued opportunity to serve those in need in this community."

The Salvation Army's social services office in Plainview is currently open two days a week, but it will extend its availability to five days a week starting in July. 

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