Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Kentucky Sends Support to West Virginia

January 11, 2014
Christopher McGown | | (500) 277-7664

Louisville, KY (January 11, 2014) – Crews and equipment from Kentucky will be driving into the sun heading to West Virginia to reinforce The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services work following a massive chemical spill into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia.

Not too long ago, Major Darrell Kingsbury and his wife were The Salvation Army’s representatives in Ashland, Kentucky; today they lead the work in Charleston, West Virginia.  On Sunday morning the Canteen (mobile feeding unit) and a crew, he helped train, from Ashland will be reporting to him as The Salvation Army Incident Commander for their work in this disaster.

Also traveling to aid in the Emergency Disaster Services work is a trained crew from Richmond, Kentucky along with the Canteen from Danville, Kentucky.

The Salvation Army structure allows for prepositioning of a variety of emergency response teams and equipment in strategic locations around the country.  Should they be needed, additional equipment and personnel in nearby communities are on stand-by.

The Kentucky-based crews will join the ongoing efforts to distribute much needed water due to the ban on the communities’ water supply.  The Salvation Army is always providing meals, drinks, and snacks to response workers and volunteers who are working to ensure the safety of their friends and neighbors.

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this disaster, please visit:  or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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