For nearly four decades, a group in Montgomery County has been helping lots of folks, but now it needs help. The Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Progam or MCEAP is out of money
A note taped to the charity's front door in Christiansburg read;
This reporter walked up to a woman who had just walked away from the charity. "You walked up and walked away because you saw what? Kimberly Hosey answered quickly, "It says 'no funds till 1-14' and this is my first time using this facility."
While Kimberly Hosey spoke, volunteers brought in food, much of it donated by local businesses. Other strangers walked up the porch, saw the sign, and walked away.
MCEAP says it works completely off donations. Not a single cent of taxpayer money. Every day someone or some family has a crisis, and this charity helps out.
Krista Wilson is the director of MCEAP, she said, "With the increase in electricity bills and then, they're like what am I going to do? What can I do? Well that's what we're here for."
Not this time. As much as it wanted to, MCEAP couldn't help Hosey, who needed 53 dollars to keep her lights on.
"I've already been to the church and they helped me, and I thought 'Well I'll come here.' So I dont, I don't know what to do after this. I've always been very proudful and not taken anything so I really don't know. I don't know what I'm going to do, I'm sorry."
Every Monday morning by 10:30, all the charity money has been given away. That means the rest of the week, folks like Kimberly, are out of luck.