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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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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