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On the evening of Tuesday, July 10 The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps had three of its external air conditioning units destroyed by vandals. The destruction of the air conditioning units leaves much of the facility without working air conditioning, a critical feature of the facility during the summer months when clients visit the office seeking services and refuge from the summer heat.

β€œIt is disheartening to believe that anyone would do damage to The Salvation Army where people come to find help and hope,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Salvation Army Tidewater Area Commander.

The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps provides daily social services including utility assistance and food supplements to families and individuals in need in Portsmouth as well as offering worship opportunities and youth programming throughout the week.

A police report has been filed. The Salvation Army requests that anyone with knowledge of this crime or potential suspects call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP. Companies or individuals interested in donating to assist with the replacement of these HVAC units, please contact The Salvation Army at 543-8100.

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