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Salvation Army Of Carolinas Sends Aid To Pentagon Victims

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CHARLOTTE — The Salvation Army's North and South Carolina Division is doing its bit to help people get through the crisis of the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.

The organization assigned a counseling team, four mobile kitchen units and related personnel Thursday to Washington, D.C., as the ministry organization expanded its outreach in the vicinity of Tuesday's Pentagon terrorist attack.

The organization's North and South Carolina Division also dispatched additional counseling and public information support staff Thursday afternoon to Washington, D.C., where rescue and recovery efforts continue at the Pentagon.

As staff members of a Pentagon-area counseling center, Maj. Stanley Melton of Greenville, S.C.; Maj. George Price of Charlotte, N.C.; and.Capt. John Edmonds of Reidsville, N.C., will provide emotional and spiritual support for family and friends of disaster victims.

Disaster teams and mobile units from the North Carolina cities of Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Elizabeth City and Columbia, S.C. will offer food, drinks and other forms of tangible support around the federal defense headquarters.

"Although it is hard to predict, this may be just the beginning of the Carolinas involvement. Especially in New York City, the situation is changing so dramatically that we do not yet know demands that will be placed on Salvation Army resources," Carolinas Emergency Disaster Services Director Mike Patterson said.

Meanwhile, Salvation Army chapels throughout North and South Carolina are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for prayer and emotional support.

Financial contributions, marked "World Trade/Pentagon Disaster Recovery," may be directed to any local Salvation Army office or P.O. Box 241808, Charlotte, NC 28224-1808. No other collection efforts are planned at this time.

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