The Salvation Army needs help to feed your community this Thanksgiving

By Kyle Lovern

October 6, 2013

As the economy struggles to recover and unemployment remains high, The Salvation Army is sounding an urgent call to all the Southern Coalfield neighborhoods to respond generously to the needs of the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Army is asking for immediate donations of cash or non-perishable food, to help with meal service during the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We need donations to cover the costs of providing food to those in need in Southern West Virginia this Thanksgiving season,” says Lt. Ryan Vincent. The number of families finding themselves in desperate financial straits continues to increase in the Southern Coalfields. The need for compassionate support from the public is more essential than ever.

“We know people have been seriously affected by the deep recession over the past few years, and we are grateful to generous friends who have provided faithful support for those struggling to make ends meet,” says Lt. Ryan Vincent. “Unfortunately, the need has not decreased, and the level of public support is just not keeping up. It is particularly sad for us to see the growing numbers of families with children who have lost their homes and are now needing our help.”

The economic situation has contributed to the drop in local donations too. In fact, some who have been generous supporters in the past are now coming to our doors in need of help themselves.

Many struggling individuals feel forgotten and disheartened as they approach the Thanksgiving season, but The Salvation Army believes the community will once again step forward and help those who need it most. “We’ve been doing this work for over 100 years so we’re not going to turn away any deserving neighbor now,” says Lt. Ryan Vincent.

“The Salvation Army plans on doing the most good we can with the gifts we receive to help those in the greatest need in our community. We urge our friends, those whose circumstances will allow, to dig deep this year to spread the spirit of Thanksgiving to those who are facing particularly hard times.”

To donate to The Salvation Army, please call 304-792-1147, or mail your gift to

P.O. Box 1771 Logan, WV 25601.

The Salvation Army taking applications for Angel Tree and Christmas assistance

As they have done for decades, the Salvation Army taking applications for Angel Tree and Christmas assistance on the following days and times:

October 14th – 18th, 11:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.

To be considered for either of these programs you must sign up on these days for Mingo County Residents. You will need to bring the following items with you to be considered for these programs:

* Photo Id

* Social Security Cards for EACH member of household

* Proof ALL income in the household

* Copies of ALL expenses for the household

Persons need to bring their information and a positive attitude to The Salvation Army, 108 Pike Street, Williamson, WV. For further information please call 304-792-1147. The office hours are Monday to Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Salvation Army needs volunteer bell ringers for the Christmas Season. The Salvation Army operates in the following counties: Logan, Boone and Mingo. The Salvation Army does our best to meet the needs of the underprivileged in the communities we live. The Kettle season is November 9th through December 24th. If you have a civic organization, church, youth group, scouts, ladies groups, business, schools, sports group, and etc. that would like the opportunity to ring the bells please contact Alice Baisden at the following telephone number: 304-792-1147 Mon-Thurs. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. We have locations in Madison, Chapmanville, Logan, South Williamson and Goody, Kentucky. You can be the shield in your community by helping the Salvation Army. Come and join us!

About The Salvation Army in the Southern Coalfields

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.