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Salvation Army still helping tornado victims in Fayette County

Joe Napsha
| Saturday, March 3, 2018, 12:15 a.m.
Worker Nico Johnson removes pieces of debris from a neighborhood off of North Gallatin Avenue in Uniontown on Feb. 16, the day after an F1 category tornado touched down, causing a large swath of property damage.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Worker Nico Johnson removes pieces of debris from a neighborhood off of North Gallatin Avenue in Uniontown on Feb. 16, the day after an F1 category tornado touched down, causing a large swath of property damage.

The Salvation Army is continuing to help Fayette County residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged as a result of a tornado and torrential rains that slammed the region last month.

The Salvation Army said it has been feeding 30 to 50 people lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks on a daily basis since Feb. 17 at the Uniontown Holiday Inn Express, where they are living until they can find alternate housing. The storm destroyed 22 homes and caused major damage to nine other properties, while 187 sustained minor damage.

“This will continue until the families have been able to find alternate housing with assistance of HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development), which is expected to occur within the next week,” the Salvation Army said in a statement.

At a multi-agency resource center set up on Feb. 26 and 27, the organization distributed 45 flood cleanup kits and numerous cleaning supplies, provided food and beverages for volunteers and clients, distributed $10,000 in gift cards to those whose homes were determined to be impacted, and took applications for another $2,000 to be given out later in the week.

Anyone who was assessed as affected by the tornado and rains but hasn't yet reached out to The Salvation Army can still request financial support at the location at 32 W. Fayette Street in Uniontown.

Those wishing to donate to help victims rebuild their lives can send checks, with “Uniontown Disaster Relief” indicated in the remittance line, to the Uniontown Salvation Army Worship & Service Center, P.O. Box 1026, Uniontown, PA 15401.

Credit card donations are being accepted online at Salvationarmywpa.org/disaster . All funds donated for disaster relief are used for their intended purpose; no administration costs are deducted.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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