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.


LAS VEGAS (Oct. 2, 2017) – The Salvation Army Southern Nevada is providing emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“Salvation Army Clark County Coordinator Major Randy Kinnamon has mobilized our Southern Nevada corps officers to area hospitals to offer emotional and spiritual care. Social Services Director Phillip Hollon is also working with local first responders to determine other ways in which we can help,” said Lt. Col. Kelly Pontsler, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army’s Southwest Division.

We ask that everyone please pray for the families and friends of those who have lost their lives or were injured, as well as the first responders and Salvation Army officers and employees who are serving and ministering to the community.”

The Salvation Army has officers on-site providing emotional and spiritual support at the two hospitals where the vast majority of victims are being treated: UMC Hospital, which is currently on lockdown, and Sunrise Hospital. There are also Salvation Army officers at Spring Valley Hospital and St. Rose Hospital, where other victims are being treated.

Major Kinnamon reports that there is a tremendous need for life-saving blood donations, and people are encouraged to give at the Labor Health & Welfare Clinic, at 7135 W. Sahara, or any United Blood Services location:

The Salvation Army has dispatched a mobile canteen to the United Blood Services location at 6930 W. Charleston Blvd. to provide food and hydration for those waiting in long lines to donate. Mobile canteens are also being considered at other strategic locations in the city.

Needs are also being evaluated at the Thomas and Mack Center, which has be opened up as a shelter.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: relief for disaster victims, food for the hungry, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( For more information, visit

Help Continues Despite Shortages: The Salvation Army fights to serve Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

In one of the worst Hurricane seasons in a decade, The Salvation Army is unwavering in its continued efforts to serve those affected by the storms. For Hurricane Irma and Maria, which obliterated much of Puerto Rico’s and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ infrastructure, The Salvation Army overcomes supply chain challenges to ensure priority needs are met. Last week, The Salvation Army shipped to the areas of greatest need:

– 112,680 bottles of water
– 6,720 meals ready to eat
– 2 pallets of tarps
– 5 cases of water filtration
– 4,530 snacks ready to eat
– 1,000 cases of organic baby food

“We have truly turned a corner to persevere and deliver hope and help to our neighbors in need,” said Michael Orfitelli, Territorial Coordinator of Emergency Disaster Services. “We are grateful for the continued generosity of our donors and partners. These gifts provide food, supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to those affected by the devastating weather events.”

Some key updates for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands are (as of 9.29.17):
• In Puerto Rico
o The Salvation Army continues to fight to meet the needs of San Juan, Loiza, Fajardo, Humacao, Guayama, Ponce, Areciro, Mayaguez, Penuelas, and Caguas.
o In total, nearly 273,400 meals and snacks have been distributed to those in need since the impact of Hurricane Irma.

• In St. Thomas
o In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army has partnered with the Dutch Reform Church to serve almost 72,000 meals and snacks, along with delivering food, water, and supply boxes to the poorest communities on the Island. These resources are delivered to nursing homes, one skilled care facility, and shelters of the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities.
o In St. Thomas, The Salvation Army is serving nearly 6,000 families daily.

• In St. John
o The Salvation Army is partnering with a local cafe to serve 1,200 families each day.

• In St. Croix
o The Salvation Army is serving nearly 1,000 families each day.

With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army Disaster Services will continue to provide assistance until the need is met and beyond.

How People Can Help
Response efforts to this hurricane and flooding are expected be costly and last for years. The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation.


Donate By Phone:

Text to Give:
STORM to 51555

Mail Checks – ** Please designate “Hurricane 2017” on all checks.
The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

About The Salvation Army Disaster Services

The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to serve those impacted by the storm, however long it takes, because they are there before, during, and after impact. Beyond serving immediate physical needs, they also meet the emotional and spiritual needs that are unique to catastrophic events. The Salvation Army:

• Delivers disaster relief to an average of 382,000 people annually.
• Serves every ZIP code in the United States and touches almost 25 million lives a year.
• Has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
• Remains in communities until needs are met and beyond.

About The Salvation Army

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.

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.





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.


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.

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.


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!


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!


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.