Charleston, WV (November 1, 2012) – The Salvation Army Area Command in Charleston, WV, is keeping their doors open to shelter residents while power is being restored in their neighborhoods. The shelter housed 15 people last night, after the Kanawha shelter closed and moved residents to The Salvation Army. Over 70 hot meals were served and 15 hygiene kits were distributed. Over 97 hours of volunteer services were rendered to those in need.
“The Salvation Army will stay open as long as people are without power,” said Captain Aaron Goldfarb, Area Commander of The Salvation Army in Charleston. “Some power is being restored today and we pray as the weather slowly warms and the snow melts, people will be able to get back into their homes and be blessed with the Christmas Season.”
With over 55,000 people still without power, The Salvation Army dispatched a mobile feeing canteen to Marlington, WV (Pocahontas County) yesterday. Salvation Army volunteers are serving many residents and emergency personnel in the area.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*
Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.
At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.