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The Telegram
  • Salvation Army continues to provide meals, support to Mohawk Valley residents

  • As Mohawk Valley residents clean up after last week’s flood Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers continue to provide hot meals, water, cleanup kits and support to survivors.

    The organization’s mobile feeding units are roaming streets in the villages of Herkimer and Mohawk in Herkimer County and the city of Oneida in Oneida County providing breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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  • As Mohawk Valley residents clean up after last week’s flood Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers continue to provide hot meals, water, cleanup kits and support to survivors.
    The organization’s mobile feeding units are roaming streets in the villages of Herkimer and Mohawk in Herkimer County and the city of Oneida in Oneida County providing breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    Lunch and dinner are also provided at the Salvation Army’s Herkimer center on North Prospect Street and at a vacant lot next to Family Dollar in Mohawk.
    Wednesday, the Salvation Army served 1,433 meals, 3,000 drinks and distributed 475 cleanup kits. Fifty volunteers provided over 500 hours of service.
    Thursday, the organization served 1,178 meals, 400 snacks and 2,715 drinks. Twenty-five volunteers provided 250 hours of service.
    “We have crews here and helping from across New York ctate and as far away as Massachusetts,” said Major James Purvis, incident commander.
    Since Sunday, the Salvation Army has provided more than 5,400 meals to residents in the Mohawk Valley.
    Thursday was Mohawk resident Mary Jane Heafey’s 83rd birthday. Her daughters shared that with the Salvation Army’s mobile canteen crew from Oneonta while they were driving with breakfast provisions, who arranged to obtain cupcakes. As the crew made its lunch swing around Mohawk, they presented Heafey and family with birthday cupcakes. Family members continue to help their mother and father, George, clean their basement and yard.
    Purvis said radio personality Polly Wogg from Big Frog 104FM spent the day volunteering with the Salvation Army. He said she spent the morning working in the kitchen and riding on one of the mobile feeding units. She also spent time volunteering and meeting flood survivors at the fixed site in Mohawk, he said. A volunteer from Buffalo whose son is a student at Herkimer County Community College brought cases of sports drinks and father and son volunteered in the kitchen for the morning, said Purvis. He added a woman and her young daughter came into the Herkimer center asking for water, as they were down to their last gallon of water and had run out money. After being directed to retired Salvation Army officer Major Jody Best, Purvis said the woman left with water, milk, breakfast bars for her children and lunch.
    The Salvation Army continues to accept donations of lunch meat, granola bars, Pop-Tarts, fruit bars, fresh fruit, juice boxes and sports drinks.
    Purvis said to support the Salvation Army do the most good for Mohawk Valley residents, donors can make a secure gift online at http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/empire/disaster. He also said donors can write a check payable to “The Salvation Army” and reference “NYS Flood Relief” in the memo line. Checks are to be mailed to The Salvation Army Empire State Division, P.O. Box 148, Syracuse, NY 13206. Donors may also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Anyone calling the number is asked to reference New York state flood relief when donating, said Purvis.
    Page 2 of 2 - For updates on the Salvation Army’s efforts, Purvis directed residents to visit www.salvationarmyempirestate.org. The Empire State Division of the Salvation Army is also on Facebook at facebook.com/salvationarmyempirestate, on Twitter at twitter.com/salarmyempire and on Instagram at instagram.com/salarmyempire.
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