Post-Weekend Storms: Serving MD & WV

Monday, July 2, 2012
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Residents of Maryland and West Virginia are still suffering in the aftermath of the super derecho that swept through this past weekend. The widespread storm caused power outages…

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Supporting Those In Need Following the West Virginia Coal Mine Explosion

Monday, April 12, 2010

With a very heavy heart, rescue crews will continue removing from the mine the remaining victims of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. It was revealed this weekend that the four missing West Virginia miners did not survive.

The Beckley Salvation Army Disaster team continues to offer emotional and spiritual care to families of the victims of one of the worst mining disasters in many years. Also nearly one thousand meals, snacks and drinks were served to fire and rescue personnel.

Thank you for the hundreds of meal items that were donated that enabled The Salvation Army to serve those in need during this extraordinarily difficult time.

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Update: West Virginia Coal Mine Explosion

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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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Salvation Army Responds to Mine Explosions Near Charleston, WV

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Salvation Army officers, church members, and volunteers from Beckley, West Virginia offered their service and support Monday at the disaster scene in the Upper Big Branch coal mine, where a massive explosion is said to have killed 25 miners and trapped several more.

Headed by Captains Robert & Monica Barber, The Salvation Army provided, food, drinks, emotional and spiritual care throughout the night to those affected by the mine explosion and the 150 rescue workers that were present.

Initial relief efforts by the Army have been suspended today while the authorities begin a recovery operation that requires holes to be drilled into the ground to vent the toxic gas that has filled the mine. All site crew, except for state patrol, have been released, but The Salvation Army is expected to return at the request of the state’s Emergency Operations Center.

We will post further updates when they become available. You can also find more information at The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory website.

Please continue to pray for those affected by this tragedy.

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