The Salvation Army Responds to Charleston, SC Warehouse Fire

July 18, 2016
Shelley Henderson |

The Salvation Army Responds to Charleston, SC Warehouse Fire

Charleston, S.C. (July 18, 2016)— On Friday, July 15, The Salvation Army in Charleston, South Carolina got a call from emergency management officials that there was a large warehouse fire and needed The Salvation Army to provide support for the first responders working to contain the fire. The Salvation Army was on the scene 45 minutes later.

“As soon as we got to the warehouse, my wife and I just started cooking,” said Major Tom Richmond, area commander of The Salvation Army of Charleston. “There were 80 first responders there working hard. These folks were risking their lives – keeping them fed, hydrated, and prayed over was the least we could do.”

The Salvation Army fed and hydrated the first responders through the night into the next morning. More than 300 meals were served, 350 drinks and 500 snacks were given out to the first responders in the 15 hour service time.

“It was a blessing to keep watch over the brave men and women who were serving the community,” Richmond added. “They worked tirelessly and without thought of self—they worked for others.”  

The Salvation Army thanks the first responders—the men and women who, without thought of self, are the first on the ground when disaster strikes. We are here to support you as you keep our communities safe and we are honored to serve alongside you. God bless you all.


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