"It's shot," said Larry Shoemaker, Salvation Army board member and chairman of the fund-raiser.
In the event of a disaster, Shoemaker said, volunteers are prepared to provide emergency workers with cold drinks and some food with a van. If faced with a desperate situation, Shoemaker said they could try to borrow Harrisburg's unit.
"We'll do something, but we're very limited right now," Shoemaker said.
Volunteers have provided meals for the disaster response unit out of the Salvation Army's kitchen for more than 30 years, and a staff is called in to keep the unit supplied at the scene, Shoemaker said.
Donations can be mailed to the Salvation Army Corps, 159 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201.
"It's been very helpful, particularly in the event of multiple-alarm incidents when there's a lot of men," said Chambersburg Fire Department Lieutenant Clyde Thomas.
Thomas said the drinks from the "canteen unit," as rescue officials call it, are especially welcome in extremely hot or cold weather.
Some communities depend on ladies auxiliaries to provide refreshments, but Chambersburg's is small, Thomas said. That makes the Salvation Army's disaster response unit a necessity, he said.
Once the $55,000 is raised, Shoemaker said it will take about three months to get the new unit.