Update: West Virginia Coal Mine Explosion

Since Monday’s explosion in the West Virginia Upper Big Branch coal mine, Salvation Army volunteers and officers continue to offer emotional and spiritual comfort to victims’ families and hydration to fire and rescue personnel. They have served more than 650 meals, along with snacks and drinks.

The Salvation Army’s Major Tom Richmond of Charleston, WV is serving as Liaison for the Emergency Operations Center and Homeland Security.

Area businesses, including the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, have greatly assisted The Salvation Army by providing food and snacks for distribution to those affected by the tragedy, truly making this a community effort.

The Department of Labor and Statistics has deemed the tragedy as one of the worst mining disasters in the past 27 years, and four miners remain missing.

Your prayers are welcomed for the victims’ families and all those affected.

Visit The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory website for more information.

Information provided by Major David Singletary, Divisional EDS Director, MWV Division

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