Tracking Can-A-Thon contributions

ATLANTA — Today is a big day for 11Alive. In partnership with the Salvation Army and Publix, 11Alive’s 38th annual Can-A-Thon hopes to stock the Salvation Army’s 13 metro Atlanta food pantries.

With the pandemic stretching into the holiday season, our neighbors need your help now more than ever.

Like so much else this year, the event will be a little different. Because the need is high, we’ve created many ways to support…

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“I Couldn’t See Any Light”

After 19 years of marriage, my wife and I divorced. That was also about the time my mom got sick and died. I was beyond depressed, and since my wife got the home — and I basically didn’t care about anything anymore — I wound up on the streets.

For five years I lived under a bridge, suffering from hunger, thirst, heat, cold. I was too scared to kill myself, but I wouldn’t have minded drinking myself to death. I couldn’t see any light in my future.

Meals, a Shower . . . and New Hope

But it was about that time that someone told me about The Salvation Army. I just came for some meals and a shower. The people here were very nice, and they would wash my clothes, encourage me, and tell me about God. I started to make friends. I started to see some good.

The road to recovery was bumpy. I suffered a heart attack and nearly died. But the people from The Salvation Army were with me all the way. They visited me in the hospital and raised my spirits. And when I got out, they took care of me for a year, helping me address the roots of my problems.

My life isn’t easy now, but I have hope again. I have food to eat and a roof over my head, thanks to The Salvation Army. They saved me. I will never forget the lessons I learned here, or the kindness these people showed me.

To continue to support struggling children and families in our community, please donate.