Local Salvation Army called to Charleston

Local Salvation Army called to Charleston

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Crews from the local Salvation Army are making their way to Charleston to join the disaster relief efforts.

They have been on stand-by all week, and they finally got the call Wednesday.

Crews are planning to be there for about two weeks. For most of the day earlier Wednesday, there was food, supplies and volunteers everywhere at the Victory Drive Donation Center.

They were packing enough food for about 3,000 meals. That will last them for a couple of days and then they will restock. Tuesday, four Salvation Army volunteers deployed to Charleston and more folks will be sent later this week.

Most of the supplies they are taking was bought Wednesday, which is why organizations say monetary donations are the best way to help because they were able to go out and get exactly what they need.

However, a lot of Wednesday's planning was prepping for the unknown.

"We have no idea if it's going to be a hotel on the outskirts or what they are going to have to do. They are just going prepared for what needs to be done," said Linda James, Salvation Army.

Their disaster units are equipped to prepare and cook three meals a day. WTOC is told other Salvation Army units are on standby along the east coast, including as far north as Virginia.

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