Members and volunteers of the Tamaqua Salvation Army have again opened the doors to their community center today.

Major Sharon Whispell stated, "We were grateful to serve over 300 meals Tuesday."

Nationwide, the Salvation Army has begun feeding operations at shelters along the East Coast. Centers all over have opened their centers, offering meals, warm drinks, activities and a safe place to be during the storm and power outage.

In addition to food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care, the Salvation Army is also providing clean-up kits, hygiene kits, shower units, first-aid supplies and communication support, where available.

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need. Nearly 30 million Americans recieve assistance from the Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance with the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underpriviledged children.

Volunteers will remain at the Tamaqua Salvation Army Community Center, as long as there are many people still without power in Eastern Schuylkill or Western Carbon County.

As well as providing hot meals, volunteers are offering entertainment and many activities for kids. Volunteers are encouraged to stop by and help.

To donate, please mail monetary donations to Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street, Tamaqua.

For more information or for local delivery of hot meals, call (570) 668-1234.