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Salvation Army helping Central Ohio communities during outbreak

The Salvation Army has partnered with Sinclair Cares to help people affected by coronavirus across the country, including Central Ohio. (The Salvation Army)

ABC 6/FOX 28's parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, has teamed up with The Salvation Army to provide relief to thousands of Central Ohio families.

The organization says providing relief during the coronavirus pandemic has been unlike any other disaster.

"When we're serving in tornadoes or floods, we don't have to worry about social distancing. we can give hugs and provide hot meals," said Salvation Army Major Debra Ashcraft.

She said one of the greatest needs during the pandemic is money.

"We're so grateful sinclair cares is partnering with the salvation army because frankly we need financial resources to be able to continue to provide food and other services deemed critical," she said.

Services like the drive-up food pantry, where people can receive boxes of food also play a major roll.

"In our hilltop community, normally the food pantry would see 15- 20 families every day. last week that jumped to 60 and more every day," said Ashcraft.

She said 100% of donations go to the local community, to help neighbors in need.

More details from The Salvation Army can be found here.