The Salvation Army in Logan County has come under new leadership: Lieutenant Justin Johnson and Lieutenant Chansey Johnson officially began their tenure in the Logan County Salvation Army Monday, June 29.
The pair were moved from St. Albans to Logan during the last week of June and look forward to expanding the role of the Salvation Army in Logan County. “We want to continue, first of all, the mission of the [Salvation] Army and that’s to share the love of Jesus and also to meet human needs in his name without discrimination,” Justin Johnson said. In order to further that goal, the Johnsons are examining options of reopening Salvation Army thrift stores in Logan and Williamson.
Throughout the week, the Salvation Army offers programs for women, men and children. “We do have offer limited social services that we offer,” Justin Johnson added.
The children’s programs are held every day Thursday and usually center around character building. Programs for children include the Adventure Core, Girl Guard and Sunbeams. While speaking about the children’s programs, Chansey Johnson said they are, “…very similar to boy and girl scouts except ours are Christ-centered. It’s a lot of fun. The kids get to earn badges and we hold specials Sundays where the kids get recognized for those. They wear sashes and [people] get to see the badges that they’ve earned. They also get to go to summer camp. The Salvation Army has a summer camp in Hedgesville, W.Va. They really like it.”
Programs for men usually consist of community projects and cleanup. The group is currently exploring options for street cleaning projects. Programs for men and women are held Tuesday evenings at the Salvation Army on Stratton Street in Logan. “In the women’s program…we like to have fellowship and we also do crafts…and a lot of do it yourself things. One of the things we like to do as the Salvation Army is to not just be a building or church but improve the community in which you live,” Chansey Johnson said.
Each Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Salvation Army in Logan also opens their food bank. Anyone with identification and proof they receive government assistance can pick up a food box for free.
The Salvation Army is always accepting monetary and other forms donations. Clothing donations are accepted at the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Chapmanville and non-perishable food is accepted at the Salvation Army building on Stratton Street in Logan.