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.

 

 

 

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Daya Harris Named West Virginia 2017 Youth of the Year

Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s premier recognition program, celebrating the extraordinary achievements of Club members. Each year, one exceptional Club member is selected to be the National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year serves as both an exemplary ambassador for Boys & Girls Club youth and as a strong voice for all of the nation’s young people.

The journey to being named National Youth of the Year begins locally and progresses to the state, regional and national levels. To achieve the title of Youth of the Year on any level, Club members must embody values of leadership and service; academic excellence; and healthy lifestyles. They should exemplify the critical impact that Boys & Girls Clubs have on the lives of young people.

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Daya Harris named WV Youth of the Year, pictured here with representatives of The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Charleston.

On Friday, March 10th  in Huntington, WV, 16 year old Daya Harris competed against four other Club members from Boys & Girls Clubs in West Virginia for the title of 2017 WV Youth of the Year.  We are pleased to announce the 2017 Youth of the Year for the state of West Virginia is Daya Harris of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Charleston.  Daya is a sophomore in high school with a 3.62 GPA and a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Daya hopes to attend Howard University upon graduation, and plans to be a lawyer.  She has been a member of the Charleston Club for ten years, where she is a devoted, junior staff member.  Daya will advance to the Midwest Youth of the Year competition this summer.

The Boys & Girls Club has played an integral role in the Charleston community for over 50 years, providing daily programs and services to hundreds of young people.  The club is open Monday – Friday from 2:15pm to 7:00pm.

For more information about the Club, please call 342-8831 X 1106 or check out our Facebook page: The Salvation Army- Boys and Girls Club of Charleston WV.

Too Proud to Seek Help

Vicki wouldn’t ask for assistance, but thanks to friends like you, she got what she needed.

SA-16-09-Fall-eNewsletter-2016NWE9NL-Article3-600x536Vicki, a 40-year-old single mother, lives with her two children in a dilapidated trailer.

Her children’s father abandoned them a few years ago, and Vicki can hardly provide for her family, barely keeping up with utility and grocery bills. Over the summer, they lived outside in tents for a while, because they had no electricity or running water.

But Vicki is too proud to ask for help. When asked if she needs anything, she always says, “Someone else needs the help more than I do.”

Smiles and Tears

One day, one of Vicki’s neighbors called the Army: Vicki’s electricity was about to be shut off because she couldn’t pay her bill. It took much persuading to get Vicki to accept the Army’s help, but she finally gave in. The Army made a small payment on her behalf, and the power company agreed to grant Vicki an extension — and keep her power on.

Vicki was all smiles and tears when she heard the good news.

This is the kind of help you’re providing every day with your support!

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Warming Shelter Opened In Wheeling

The Salvation Army of Wheeling, WV has opened a Warming Station at their Shelter. Due to the frigid single digits, the

people can come in to our Lobby at 140-16th Street and “Warm Up” for as long as needed. Also the soup and coffee is on!!!

If coats or  clothing is needed please contact The Salvation Army at (304) 233-4400.  Keep Warm and Safe!!!!!!!

Thank you Wheeling for your support!!

Hot Donations Being Accepted

With the temperatures falling below zero we are letting are residents stay inside the next few days, so we are in need of hot soups, hot chocolate, hot coffee. If you would like to donate please bring them to the shelter located at 140-16th street, Wheeling or call 304-233-4400 if you have any questions and ask for Janine.