Salvation Army Helps Community Affected by Storm

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

The Salvation Army worked closely with the Grottoes Fire Department to provide meals and a cooling center for people affected by the storm.

It had been a tough weekend for people in our area, especially for those without power or water. The Salvation Army tried to alleviate some concerns of people in Grottoes with a van filled with food.

"We cook up some hamburgers and hot dogs so they have something warm to eat," said Capt. Duane Burleigh with the Salvation Army.

The hamburgers were not only aimed to fill bellies, but also hearts.

"If we can provide a hot meal, a cold bottle of water and a smiling face, that can maybe lift the spirits for some of the people"

Burleigh said these were tough times for many people in Grottoes, who still had no power and no water on Monday.

"They never had this big an outage so they're trying to cope with it as best as they can."

Carolyne Whitmore, who had been without power or water since Friday, knew the feeling.

"I feel depressed because there's nothing I can do," said Whitmore.

John Grad, a Salvation Army soldier, said there was something they can do.

"To let people know that there's always a brighter side to everything," said Grad.

Salvation Army workers served more than 160 people on Sunday and they said they would stay as long as they community needed them.

"Most people drive away from disaster or trouble. We drive to it," said Burleigh.

For Grad and his wife, this is just another way of giving back to their own community.

“Being from the community it really makes a big difference because it's people that you see all the time,” said Grad.

A difference that people, like Whitmore, appreciate.

"I think it's a really good thing," said Whitmore.

For the Salvation Army, it is great to provide a helping hand when disaster strikes.

"Every person we help is a step closer of making a difference," said Grad.

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