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The Salvation Army, United Way team up to deliver meals in Southern West Virginia

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) - There were more than 100 boxes of food piled high at The Salvation Army location in Beckley on Monday.

The organization has partnered with United Way of Southern West Virginia to help feed those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a little help from the Mountaineer Food Bank, the collaboration filled more than 50 boxes with non-perishable items to be distributed to the elderly and families in need.

"What this is all about is we know this virus has put a lot of hurt on families," Captain Jerry Lester of the Beckley Salvation Army said. "We're trying to take some of the burden as best we can off these families during this difficult time that everybody is going through."

This is the second time since March that the two sides have partnered together to lend a helping hand.

"There's always people in every community that need a little extra lift up -- a little extra hand -- to give people that are on top of the hill their extra time," Beckley native and volunteer Doug Legursky added. "It's the least that they can do, especially during this time when so many people are scared and nervous and sick. It's just our American duty to get out there and help them."

The United Way supplied about 15 volunteers to pick up the boxes and deliver them to households in Raleigh and Fayette County.

"It shows us that the community and the people in it still care about one another," Captain Lester said. "That's the biggest main part is people reaching out to help other people."

"As a community, the least you can do is make a little bit of a donation," Legursky said. "Even if it's your normal Starbucks run that you can't make anymore. That's five dollars a day that you can give at the end of the month. It really adds up if everybody could do that."

Anyone willing to support The Salvation Army's mission can do so online. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1573 in Beckley, West Virginia 25801 -- or dropped off at 312 South Fayette Street in Beckley.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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