Christmas Assistance Signups Being Held 10/9-13 For Kanawha County

The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for Christmas assistance at 301 Tennessee Avenue in Charleston, from October 9th through October 13th. Applicants from Kanawha County may apply between the hours of 9 am and noon and 1 pm until 3 pm Monday through Friday.

Children ages newborn through 12 are eligible for the Angel Tree Program with approved applications. Families and Seniors are eligible for a food basket.

You will need to bring the following items;
• Photo ID for applicant,
• Proof of Residence (ie. utility bill),
• A secondary form of identification for all family members of the household,
• Birth Certificates for all children,
• Proof of income and expenses. If you receive food stamps, a copy of your award letter showing the amount is acceptable in place of proof of income and expenses.
• Accepted forms of secondary identification include: State issued drivers license, State or US government issue photo ID, US Passport, Employee ID, School ID, Health Insurance card (not Medicare), Matricula Consular ID Card, US Military ID.

Kettle Contest Winner Announced

And the news everyone has been patiently waiting for… The winner of the Highmark Kettle Contest is This Little Piggy by Angeyln Fisher!! Congratulations, Angelyn! Thank you to everyone who participated!!

The Salvation Army’s traditional red kettle received a facelift. At least 17 of them did, and they were on display Saturday, August 12 at the Charleston Town Center. The Salvation Army designed this campaign to build awareness of year-round need. “People think of The Salvation Army at Christmas when they see our red kettles and hear the bells, but the need is ever present and continuously increasing,” said Major Brooks Gilliam, Charleston Area Commander.

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of West Virginia signed on as the signature sponsor of the first ever event. Local artists were given creative liberty to give the traditional token a fresh look. Seventeen locals took advantage of the opportunity to put their talents to work. A winner was chosen by the kettle who received the most donations when they are on display Saturday, August 12 in the Starbucks Court in the Charleston Town Center.




From Exploitation to Redemption

Your support helps rescue women like Rosa from the sex trade, giving them safety, and starting a new life.
SA-16-09-Fall-eNewsletter-2016NWE9NL-Article2-600x536Rosa, a 32-year-old single mother, was jobless, homeless, and often slept on the streets. Her only source of income — her only hope of ever sleeping indoors — came through an abusive boyfriend who would exploit Rosa’s body: She was being peddled for sex.

A police officer found Rosa (not her real name) and listened to her story. The officer knew exactly what to do: take Rosa to a Salvation Army safe house for victims of sex trafficking.

Rosa says it was the first step on her road to hope and healing.

“This place has been a real blessing,” she says. “I’m not sure what I would have done without it.”

Julie Shematz, a Salvation Army social worker, knows exactly what Rosa means. She used to earn a living as an exotic dancer, exploited by men who cared nothing about her heart or soul. But today, working in one of those safe houses, she helps men, women, and children find a way out of being trafficked.

“Mine is a story of grace and redemption,” Julie says. “I’ve gone from being a victim of exploitation to helping others rebuild their lives.”

Because of you, women like Rosa and Julie are discovering unconditional love.


You change lives. Each and everyday.

SA-16-09-Fall-eNewsletter-2016NWE9NL-Article1-600x536Our community is a better place because of your kindness. You’re helping to bring light and hope to our community through your support. Thanks to you, more men, women, and children are getting the help they need.

The Salvation Army couldn’t exist without you!

Your compassion and generosity are changing lives every day. Thank you!

The support of friends like you means that our struggling neighbors are getting the help and hope they so desperately need. Hunger is alleviated. Shelter is provided. Clothes are distributed. Recovery is made possible. Unconditional love is offered. Lives are changed.

Your support helped provide these things in the last year:

• Nutritious food for hungry neighbors
• Clothing for those in need
• Safe haven for kids who are at risk
• Relief supplies for victims of local disasters

This is only possible because of caring people like you. Thank you for your continued support … and for doing the most good!