A little help can go along way, especially for folks without power for days.
"On Friday night our power went off at like midnight. So we decided to go over to my mother's house that had power and she lost power last night," says Karen Vanderplaats.
Vanderplaats lives in Roanoke County.
"We are here trying to find a warm meal and someplace cool to hide out," says Vanderplaats.
She was one of dozens of people who got a free hot meal at the Roanoke Civic Center, thanks to the Salvation Army.
"Not having to pay for it will really help my budget, because we have spent a lot of money in the past few days, trying to get food wherever we can find it," says Vanderplaats.
The Salvation Army isn't only helping people in the Roanoke valley. They also have crews in Martinsville and Craig County, where in one day they served 1,500 meals.
"This storm came out of nowhere and I know it took a lot of people off guard," says Travis Roberts, the commanding officer for the Salvation Army inRoanoke.
Roberts says they also have enough food for 1,500 people in Roanoke.
"They may not have had any food stored up so we're here to provide that food for everybody," says Roberts.
"The Salvation Army you hear them being at all of the other disaster areas I never thought they would come here but they are and I'm very grateful for it," says Vanderplaats.
And will continue to help in the coming days in any way they can.