Charleston Shelter Remains Open as Mobile Feeding Canteen Serves in Marlington, WV

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 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 the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

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*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

The Salvation Army of Maryland and West Virginia Preparing as Sandy Approaches

Baltimore, MD (October 27, 2012)—The Maryland & West Virginia of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) continues to prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches the Delmarva Peninsula and severe winter weather threatens northern West Virginia and western Maryland.

All Salvation Army units across the Division are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding canteens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.

On Maryland’s eastern shore, Salvation Army Corps in Cambridge and Salisbury are prepared for mobile feeding in neighborhoods and at emergency shelters. In Salisbury, a section of the community has been asked to evacuate. Salisbury Bennett High School is serving as a shelter. In response to a request from the Wicomico County Emergency Management, The Salvation Army of Salisbury, Maryland, is preparing to serve lunch for more than 200 persons at the shelter on Sunday, October 28.

In Annapolis, The Salvation Army will be serving meals at Annapolis High School, where an emergency shelter opens Saturday evening, October 27, and will continue to do so until that shelter closes.

The Salvation Army in Baltimore is in close contact with the Baltimore City & County Emergency Operations Centers. The Salvation Army has been asked to feed neighborhoods that lose power should the need arise. The Salvation Army may also be tasked with feeding at a local emergency shelter if it becomes necessary to establish such housing. Salvation Army teams are collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure preparedness.

The Salvation Army is asking all residents of Maryland and West Virginia to be prepared with an emergency disaster plan. Critical decisions need to be made ahead of time, before the storm makes landfall.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit

Salvation Army Teams Respond in Maryland & West Virginia

Immediately after the storms swept through the state this past Friday evening, Salvation Army personnel, equipment, and facilities were mobilized to provide hydration, feeding, and shelter services throughout West Virginia. These services are being provided to emergency service personnel and those who have experienced damage or displacement due to the storms. Where Salvation Army facilities themselves have not lost electrical power, cooling stations have also been set up, especially for those who are at risk due to the excessive heat affecting the eastern part of the United States.

Salvation Army Officers, volunteers, and equipment have been dispatched from the following communities:

    Beckley, WV—Corps facilities are without power, but feeding services are being conducted     by Salvation Army canteen
    Bluefield – hydration services
    Charleston – hydration and feeding services from canteen and Corps facilities
    Huntington – shelter services, hydration and feeding services from canteen and Corps     facilities
    Parkersburg– Cooling station, and serving meals from Corps facilities
    Wheeling – Cooling station, shelter services, hydration and feeding services

Two camp facilities of The Salvation Army (Camp Happy Valley, Scott Depot, WV, and Camp Tomahawk, Hedgesville, WV) were heavily affected by the storms. Both facilities have been closed due to the loss of electrical power. Loss of most refrigerated food is anticipated.

In Maryland, the Baltimore Area Command and Annapolis Corps have responded to emergency management requests to provide cooling stations and hydration services to assist individuals and families who are at risk due to the excessive heat. Baltimore Area Command is also delivering mobile feeding services in the metropolitan area.