Charity Needs Donations to Continue Helping Hundreds of Families

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

LURAY, Va -- A charity, called Page One, is in desperate need of money to continue its family assistance program.

Page One Manager Lois Shaffer wanted people to know how important Page One is to the community. They feed nearly 500 families every month and provide housing assistance.

Recently four big plants in the area closed and that has affected the community.

"People that are working are coming in saying, 'They've cut our hours. We're getting 20 hours, 25,' How do you feed a family of six off of 25 hours a week?" said Shaffer.

The need in the community is becoming too much for the program, staff and volunteers.

"I've been here 22 years, and I have never seen this much need."

Shaffer said cutting back on services could devastate the community.

"They're having to do without their meds, things that they need, food. So it would be drastic for the community to see us close."

Leonard Nicholas has volunteered with Page One for years and he volunteers in exchange for help. Page One helped him when he needed it the most.

"I got rental assistance once, but since then, I've been paying it myself. It kinda feels good to be independent," said Nicholas.

He is one of many who would hate to see Page One close.

"It would not be good at all because a lot of people in this area depend on Page One for food."

Shaffer wanted the community to know the importance of Page One.

"It would be heartbreaking, really. And that's why we're here today, to let the community know that people are in need," said Shaffer

Local banks, like Blue Ridge and Pioneer Banks in Luray will match any $5,000 donation. Shaffer hoped this would be enough to stabilize the future of the program.

Page One relies on good neighbors, churches and thrift stores its operates for donations.

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