“We can usually be called at a moments notice, be able to hook up an EDS trailer to a truck, go out to a site to be able to help those affected by a disaster,” Major Jason Koenig says,
But this summer, the Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen remained parked, and unusable. It’s now been that way for years.
“It’s been at least 3 years since it’s been able to be functional,” Major Koenig says.
Koenig says it became apparent the issues needed to be addressed, when they couldn’t respond to nearby wildfires this summer.
“In lieu of that we would cook some meals, go in a little mini van but that still is limiting,” he explains.
The needed repairs are estimated at $6,000. They’re hoping that figure will be enough to fix current damage, replace tires, buy a generator, and give the outside a little TLC. Now they just need your help, so they can get back to doing the most good whenever, and wherever its needed.
“The community helping us serve the community and that’s really what were asking for,” Koenig says.
If you’d like to donate call the Medford Salvation Army office at 541-773-6965 or come by their Beatty Street office. Once the repairs are the made, the trailer will be moved to a more secure location.
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