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Salvation Army needing, offering help

Civitas News Service

October 6, 2013

As the economy struggles to recover and unemployment remains high, The Salvation Army is sounding an urgent call to all the Southern Coalfield neighborhoods to respond generously to the needs of the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Army is asking for immediate donations of cash or non-perishable food, to help with meal service during the Thanksgiving holiday.


“We need donations to cover the costs of providing food to those in need in Southern West Virginia this Thanksgiving season,” says Lt. Ryan Vincent. The number of families finding themselves in desperate financial straits continues to increase in the Southern Coalfields. The need for compassionate support from the public is more essential than ever.


“We know people have been seriously affected by the deep recession over the past few years, and we are grateful to generous friends who have provided faithful support for those struggling to make ends meet,” says Lt. Ryan Vincent. “Unfortunately, the need has not decreased, and the level of public support is just not keeping up. It is particularly sad for us to see the growing numbers of families with children who have lost their homes and are now needing our help.”


The economic situation has contributed to the drop in local donations too. In fact, some who have been generous supporters in the past are now coming to our doors in need of help themselves.


Many struggling individuals feel forgotten and disheartened as they approach the Thanksgiving season, but The Salvation Army believes the community will once again step forward and help those who need it most. “We’ve been doing this work for over 100 years so we’re not going to turn away any deserving neighbor now,” says Lt. Ryan Vincent.


“The Salvation Army plans on doing the most good we can with the gifts we receive to help those in the greatest need in our community. We urge our friends, those whose circumstances will allow, to dig deep this year to spread the spirit of Thanksgiving to those who are facing particularly hard times.”


To donate to The Salvation Army, please call 304-792-1147, or mail your gift to


P.O. Box 1771, Logan, WV 25601.


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The Salvation Army is asking for the community minded to volunteer to be bell ringers at their kettle locations in Madison, Chapmanville, Logan, South Williamson and Goody, Ky. The Kettle season is November 9-December 24. Anyone with a civic organization, church, youth group, Scouts, ladies groups, business, schools, sports group, etc. that would like the opportunity to ring the bells, contact Alice Baisden at 304-792-1147; Mon-Thurs. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


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From October 7-11, the Salvation Army will be taking applications for Angel Tree and Christmas Assistance from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for Logan County residents. You will need to bring the following items with you to be considered for these programs: Photo Id; Social Security Cards for each member of household; Proof all income in the household and Copies of all expenses for the household. Bring your information to: The Salvation Army Church, 544 Stratton Street, Logan. For further information, call 304-792-1147. Office Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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From October 14-18, the Salvation Army will be taking applications for Angel Tree and Christmas Assistance from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. for Mingo County residents. You will need to bring the following items with you to be considered for these programs: Photo Id; Social Security Cards for each member of household; Proof all income in the household and Copies of all expenses for the household. Bring your information to: The Salvation Army, 108 Pike Street, Williamson. For further information, call 304-792-1147. Office Hours are Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


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The Salvation Army of The Southern Coalfields will be taking applications until Oct. 25 for the position of Bell Ringers for the Christmas 2013 Season at The Salvation Army Chapmanville Thrift Store located at Commerce Park in Chapmanville during store hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.- Fri.


To be considered for the position, the application must be completed on site in its entirety and acceptable ID made available while on site. Kettle locations are in Madison, Chapmanville, Logan, South Williamson and Goody, Ky. For further information, call 304-855-1767 or 304-792-1147.