The Salvation Army is at the fore-front during disasters, helping those in need.

The Good Work in South Georgia Continues

Phillip-Phillips-Wife-Hannah-AlbanyJanuary 26, 2017 – (ALBANY, GA) – Three days after tornadoes ripped through South Georgia, the whirl and buzz of chainsaws continue to mix with the smell of freshly cut pine trees in the hardest hit areas of Albany, GA.  Residents in affected areas are still coming to grips with the devastation as they work to restore their homes and neighborhoods. Those who can, are now reaching out to help their neighbors as local and state emergency crews race to remove trees and restore power to the remaining estimated 1,200 families without power.

The Salvation Army continues to probe and serve affected areas with three roaming mobile feeding units (canteens) from Albany, Bainbridge, and Columbus, GA. In addition, a canteen from Elberton, GA continues to be stationed at the Civic Center where the number of people sheltered there is anticipated to rise as temperatures fall to 32 degrees this weekend. To date The Salvation Army has served 2,573 meals, 2,003 snacks and 3,361 drinks. However, it is anticipated the need for relief services will continue for a while.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal visited the area to survey the storm’s severity and cautioned that much of the damage was “long term.”

Albany, GA corps officer, Major Kelley English, continues to work with first responders, the American Red Cross, and other non-profits to coordinate and maximize relief efforts.  “We’ve always been there for the people of Albany when they needed us,” said Major Kelley, “and this is a time like they’ve never needed us before.”

Major Kelley and his crew of volunteers were joined Wednesday by Albany native recording artist and American Idol Season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips and his wife Hannah, as they distributed food from the Albany canteen in the most severely impacted neighborhoods. “We are trying to do what we can to help,” Phillips said, “whatever the city needs.”

“It is heart-wrenching because we are seeing people with no home,” said the talented singer,

In neighborhoods where homes were spaced farther apart, Phillips and his wife ventured from the canteen to knock on doors to distribute food and give an encouraging word. “This is my home, these are all my people (and I want to do) all I can,” he said.

Mr. Phillips will be joined by Luke Bryan, another Albany-born music star, for a benefit concert this weekend to help Southwest Georgians impacted by the recent storms that devastated the region.

“You are never promised anything,” Phillips said. “You don’t want to take anything for granted. Until you get out in it, you don’t really know how bad it is.”

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Salvation Army’s Albany disaster relief outreach gets helping hand from Phillip Phillips

Albany-Phillip-PhillipsJanuary 25, 2017 (ALBANY, GA) — The tornado that struck southeast Albany on Sunday afternoon has brought in an outpouring of support from all walks of life, from the everyday citizen to well-known city leaders and even an American Idol.

The Salvation Army’s disaster relief vehicle, joined by “American Idol” winner and chart-topping recording artist Phillip Phillips, continued its relief efforts Wednesday, venturing into an environment where there are building checks, tarps on roofs, scattered debris and trees as far as the eye can see.

 And on the third day after the series of weekend storms that included a deadly tornado, the shock had began to wear off. Some of the victims’ deeper emotions were beginning to surface as they came to terms with what they had lost.
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Individuals in the east Albany area taking part in tornado relief efforts are treated to some nourishment by volunteers with the Salvation Army. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

In some cases, there were complete losses.

“A neighborhood looks one way and (in a moment), it looks nothing like the way it did before,” Albany Salvation Army Maj. Kelly English said.

Phillips, a Leesburg native and the “American Idol” Season 11 winner, was with this wife, Hannah, on the truck distributing food as well as goodwill.

He said a few hours after the tornado ravaged the area, he was out with his in-laws in the Radium Springs area, compelled to help.

“We are trying to do what we can to help,” he said, “whatever the city needs.”

Phillips’ connection to the Salvation Army is through his father-in-law, Board Member David Blackwell. When approached about the possibility of helping, the singer was open to the idea.

“It is heart-wrenching because we are seeing people with no home,” he said.

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In the days since a tornado hit Albany on Sunday, Salvation Army has taken its disaster relief truck to the streets. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

The emotional stress brought on by the fatal storm has been heightened by other recent weather events. Many had still not come to terms with the impact sustained from a Jan. 2 storm that left thousands without power and downed thousands of trees.

English compared the dual disasters to a freight train that has been stopped, only to be started up again.

“There is a whole new group added to (the storm devastation),” he said. “It is a lot to take in. It is cool to watch people respond and think beyond themselves. They are reaching out without expecting anything in return.”

In the disaster truck Wednesday were hot dogs, Gatorade, water, chips and fruit. The service is being provided to the areas hardest hit, including Holly Drive and Hardup Road, to anybody who walked up to receive it — including small children looking for some juice.

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Maj. Kelly English and Capt. Ruth Kenyon, both of the Salvation Army in Albany and Warner Robins, respectively, help to distribute drinks and food to tornado-impacted areas. (Staff Photo: Jennifer Parks)

“You are never promised anything,” Phillips said. “You don’t want to take anything for granted. Until you get out in it, you don’t really know how bad it is.

“This is my home, these are all my people (and I want to do) all I can.”

In many cases, the truck is going to people who can’t get out to get food otherwise, but as the Salvation Army has found, food is only one of the needs.

“In the places we’ve been, people need talking to as much as they need food,” said Harold Boling, another one of the volunteers.

The truck is expected to be out daily for as long as it is needed in the impacted areas.

Article and photos from Albany Herald

Serving South Georgia: Doing the Most Good Where It is Needed Most

Albany-Georgia-CanteenJanuary 24, 2017 – (ALBANY, GA) Never is the mission and purpose of The Salvation Army felt so strongly by those who serve and are served, then when they converge in the aftermath of personal and community tragedy.  As South Georgia is still in search and rescue mode after Sunday’s severe tornadoes, The Salvation Army of Georgia continues their good work of comfort and aid to those climbing out of the carnage left behind.

“Mass devastation” is how Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard described the storm aftermath.

As soon as weather conditions and officials permitted, five Salvation Army canteens from across South Georgia started scouring the most severely affected neighborhoods providing food, hydration, and spiritual comfort. Their journeys often meant carefully traversing around fallen trees and powerlines to reach those in need. One canteen was deployed to serve those being sheltered at the Albany Civic Center.

The clear blue skies and crisp, clean air that followed the storms were a stark contrast to the sights of toppled pine and live oak trees that splintered and sliced through homes, vehicles and the lives of South Georgia residents.  Major Kelly English, Corps officer for the Albany, GA Corps, was compelled by compassion for those in his community and undaunted by the devastation before him as he went door to door through affected neighborhoods with four dedicated volunteers seeking those in need.

“These are our friends and neighbors and we are here to help them. That’s what we do,” said Major English.

“You all were the first people to come to us” said one thankful resident, “The next check I write is going to be to The Salvation Army. You people are wonderful!”

As residents became aware of The Salvation Army’s presence in their neighborhoods, some started coming to the canteen for food and water. One family’s home and car were both completely destroyed by fallen trees. “Those things can be replaced,” said a man receiving some snacks and Gatorade, “I’m just so thankful my wife, daughter, and granddaughter and I all made it safely through the storm.”

On the next stop, Major English notices an elderly man in a wheelchair coasting down his driveway to meet the approaching canteen. He greets him at the end of his driveway with some food and drinks and a little extra time for some encouragement and a word of prayer.

To date, The Salvation Army has provided 1,640 meals, 2,066 drinks, and 520 snacks in relief of those affected by the South Georgia tornadoes, but there is still much good work to be done. The Salvation Army will continue to assess and re-deploy resources as needed.

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Devastating Storms Hit South Georgia

Tornado-Storm-EDSJanuary 23, 2017 (ALBANY, GA) – A weekend of devastating storms tore across the southeastern U.S. taking in its wake the lives of 15 Georgians. In response, The Salvation Army of Georgia deployed five of its mobile feeding units (canteens) to provide aid and support for first responders and those affected by the storms. Additional canteens are on stand-by across the state to further support the Georgia relief efforts, or to deploy to other impacted areas as needed. Canteens from Albany, Bainbridge, Elberton and Columbus, GA are currently serving in the Albany, GA area, and a canteen from Valdosta, GA is serving the Cook County area.

The state of Georgia averages 20 tornadoes a year. During the storms that passed through Georgia from early Saturday to Sunday night, 30 tornadoes were reported.

The storms led Governor Nathan Deal to declare a state of emergency in sixteen South Georgia counties. The Governor plans to visit affected areas on Wednesday. President Donald Trump called Governor Deal to offer condolences and pledge his support.

“To all in South Georgia impacted by this deadly storm, we are keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers as we take action to move quickly and serve compassionately,” said Major Jack Butler, Emergency Disaster Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia.

The Salvation Army canteens deployed are tasked with providing hot meals, snacks and hydration to first responders and those affected by the storms.

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A United Salvation Army Helps Georgia in Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

united-salvation-army-hurricane-matthew-savannah-edsSAVANNAH, GA (October 15, 2016) — The Salvation Army was ready. Long before Hurricane Matthew approached the southeastern coast of the U.S., The Salvation Army was mobilizing to respond aggressively and to serve compassionately those who would be impacted.

Working with state and local officials, The Salvation Army tracked Hurricane Matthew closely, so personnel and resources could be placed when and where they would do the most good.

At the height of relief operations, The Salvation Army served more than 120,000 meals, 150,000 snacks and 125,000 drinks in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. However, relief work continues and The Salvation Army will serve as long as there is need and resources to do so.

In Georgia, The Salvation Army enlisted 21 mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) and a field kitchen supplied by Texas Division to deliver food, drinks, and spiritual care to those impacted across the state by Hurricane Matthew. Five canteens from the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division partnered seamlessly with sixteen canteens from the Georgia Division in relief efforts. Over 41,000 prepared meals, 36,000 drinks, and 97,000 snacks were served, and over 800 people were helped with emotional and spiritual care.

“We are very grateful for the support we have received from the local communities,” said Divisional Commander, Major Charles Powell. “In terms of volunteers, materials needed in support of the services we provide, and financial contributions; all those combined together have enabled us to serve the needs of the people in our communities.”

Georgia canteens responding to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts included units from Albany, Americus, Atlanta Red Shield, Bainbridge, Carrolton, Columbus, Covington, Elberton, Evangeline Booth College, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Macon, Savannah, St. Marys, and Valdosta.

“The response from the public is great, but the need continues,” said John Zanders, Director of Development for The Salvation Army of Georgia.  ”We will stay for as long as necessary, until the last person in need of assistance receives help” he added with a note of encouragement and confidence.

How You Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.

  • Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301.
    Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Whether providing a hot meal and a word of encouragement in the middle of disaster, helping someone have a happier holiday season, or lifting someone out of the depths of addiction and the road to a better life, The Salvation Army knows all things are possible with God.

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About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Faith in the Face of the Storm: The Salvation Army in Savannah

Savannah, GA – Hope is an amazing thing. It can take a family by the hand and lead them out of the depths of despair. It can raise up a community out of unthinkable disaster. And it can bless us with immeasurable spiritual riches in the midst of desperate times.

But when disaster hits, who are the messengers of hope? Who are those who stand firm in the face of the storms in life with a willing heart to serve selflessly and to share an encouraging word when it is needed most?

john-korpThey are people like John Korp from Savannah, GA, who endured the wrath of Hurricane Matthew with determined resilience to help his community through the storm, and to help repair and rebuild when it had passed.

An unassuming, humble single dad with two pre-teen boys, John serves as the Mission Specialist for The Salvation Army of Savannah, where he shares the Good News of Jesus and the good work of the Salvation Army.

“Before the mandatory evacuation was announced by local and state officials, my priority was to get my two boys, John Jr. (12) and Gavin (10), to a safe place out of town with their grandparents.” Korp said. “After I made sure they were safe, I knew my place was here with my community, serving our people here.”

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, John found his home on Wilmington Island severely damaged. Fierce hurricane winds had toppled a towering 100-year-old oak tree onto his house, piercing and crushing the roof.

“A house can be rebuilt, but lives are what matters.” Korp said in a soft undertone, “I’m here to help people rebuild their homes and their lives.”

John is a man who puts his faith into action. “I was reminded of a scripture verse where God says He will work all things for the good of those that love Him.” Korp said, “For me, it reminded me I was doing what He wanted me to do in serving His people, so I knew He was going to take care of me.”

John recently discovered his passion to serve others may be a legacy inherited from his grandparents and great-grandparents. “I was not close to my dad’s side of the family,” Korp said, “So I did some genealogical research on my family and found this long line of history. I found that my grandparents on my father’s side served as majors in The Salvation Army in the eastern U.S., and that my great-grand parents were colonels.”

A company has been contracted to cut and remove the tree from John’s home, so repairs can be started. He is looking forward to moving back into his home with his boys within the week.

“All the things in my life have made me realize I can trust Him and wherever He leads, I will follow.” Korp said.

This world needs more people like John Korp.

The good news is that John is not alone. There are many people like John serving and volunteering in The Salvation Army each and every day, ready to face the storms of life with determined faith and a commitment to serve others in their time of need.

You Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.

  • Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301
    Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

 

The Salvation Army at Its Best – Relief in Savannah

salvation-army-at-its-best-relief-in-savannahSavannah, GA (October 12, 2016)— The Salvation Army continues to serve the needs of first responders and returning residents as Savannah begins to restore and recover from Hurricane Matthew.

At the height of relief operations, The Salvation Army enlisted 22 mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) and a field kitchen supplied by Texas Division to deliver food, drinks, and spiritual care to those across Georgia impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Five canteens from the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division partnered seamlessly with 17 canteens from the Georgia Division in the relief efforts

When disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is at its best. The past days found The Salvation Army helping those impacted by Hurricane Matthew when they needed it most. Close to 35,000 prepared meals, 32,000 drinks, 92,000 snacks were served, and over 1,600 people were helped through this difficult time with emotional and spiritual care.

In the hurricane aftermath, there are still many trees blocking some roads and many intersections remain without power, so the work of rebuilding in coastal Georgia goes on.

As residents return to their homes and local communities begin to return to normal, The Salvation Army continues to assess and re-deploy resources as needed. The Salvation Army currently has eight canteens in operation in Savannah. Five canteens are serving at stationary locations; three at evacuation shelters and two at Housing and Urban Development (HUD) locations deemed unlivable due to hurricane damage. The three remaining canteens in service are deployed to serve as mobile kitchens covering Tybee Island, Wilmington Island, and Garden City.

“The response from the public is great, but the need continues,” said John Zanders, Director of Development for The Salvation Army of Georgia.  ”We will stay for as long as necessary, until the last person in need of assistance receives help” he added with a note of encouragement and confidence.

How You Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.

  • Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301.
    Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

To further help in Hurricane Matthew relief operations, The Salvation Army has partnered with HIS Radio in the Georgia-South Carolina region to collect canned goods and bottled water at the Christian rock band Newsboys concert at 6:00pm on Saturday, October 15 in the Savannah Civic Center.

In addition, Savannah NBC affiliate WSAV televised short, live Q&A break-in sessions throughout the day today where people could ask a panel of Salvation Army and United Way staff questions regarding Hurricane Matthew relief.

Whether providing a hot meal, a refreshing drink, and a word of encouragement in the middle of disaster, helping someone have a merrier holiday season, or lifting someone out of the depths of addiction and on the road to a better life, The Salvation Army knows all things are possible with God.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Joy in the Midst of the Storm

joy-in-the-midst-of-the-storm-hurricane-matthewOctober 11, 2016 (Savannah, GA) – Almost a year old and full of giggles, little Avreyanna is happy as can be in her mother’s loving presence, and especially so when she finds a cracker in her hand.  “She’s just such a happy baby,” Jamie Boykin gushes about her little girl.

If you are anywhere close by, it doesn’t take long to be captured by Avreyanna’s infectious joy for life. “No matter where we are or what happens to us, we know God will take care of us,” says Jamie. As she talks about her circumstances, it’s easy to see why Avreyanna was born with such a bright outlook on life.

“We were staying at The Salvation Army shelter in Savannah until we were evacuated to Augusta,” Jamie says calmly as Avreyanna struggles to get a closer snuggle in her arms.

One hundred Salvation Army shelter residents, including Jamie and Avreyanna, along with approximately 2,600 other Savannah residents, were evacuated by bus ahead of Hurricane Matthew to an Augusta shelter served by The Salvation Army. A few days later, many of the evacuees in Augusta were brought back to the main shelter in Savannah located at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. The Savannah Salvation Army shelter was damaged slightly during the hurricane, so residents will be staying at the Convention Center until power is restored and repairs can be made.

“We’re so glad to see The Salvation Army canteen pull up here to the Convention Center – we knew you would take care of us,” says Jamie as she puts Avreyanna in her stroller. “The Salvation Army has been so good to us – helping us with whatever we need.”

Prior to the hurricane, The Salvation Amy in Savannah was able to provide Jamie with a safe and secure place to live, food, and necessary resources. This allowed her to get Avreyanna’s stroller and child care so she could go to work and get back on her feet.

“The residents and people at The Salvation Army shelter have become like our family,” said Jamie with a twinkle in her eye, adding “There is a lot of joy here, even in the middle of everything going on.”

Repairs are scheduled for The Savannah Salvation Army building, and shelter residents should be able to move back in a few days – just in time for a planned party to celebrate Avreyanna’s first birthday.

It’s easy to support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Matthew  disaster relief program:

  • Donate Online: http://salar.my/HurricaneMatthew
  • Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army  PO BOX 1959  Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks.
  • Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army On the Front Line as Savannah Returns to Rebuild

hurricane-matthew-savannah-canteenOctober 10, 2016 (SAVANNAH, GA) – The Salvation Army of Georgia is ramping up its Savannah area Hurricane Matthew relief operations as shelters across the state begin to close and consolidate residents to shelters closer to their home counties. As evacuated residents start their homeward journey, they will find The Salvation Army ahead of them on the front line, providing hope and help for their communities.

The Salvation Army now has 19 canteens and a field kitchen unit from Texas in action across the state. Since starting relief operations, The Salvation Army of Georgia has served close to 20,000 prepared meals, 21,000 drinks, and 15,000 snacks. In addition, The Salvation Army has provided spiritual care and support for over 450 people seeking assistance.

“The Salvation Army has been on the ground helping first responders, and as local residents return to rebuild, they will find The Salvation Army here ready to help them get on their feet,” said Lieutenant  Jeremy Mockabee, Operations Chief for The Salvation Army’s Savannah Incident Management Team.

Current Savannah locations of Salvation Army Canteens are:

Trade Center (3,000 meals/day) 1 International Dr.
Hunter AFB (1,200 meals/day)
Pooler Fire Department (450 meals/day) 1093 S. Roger St.
Jenkins High School (1,200 meals/day) 1800 E. Derenne Ave.
Rice Creek Elementary School (450 meals/day) 100 Mulberry Ave. Port Wentworth, GA 31407

For the most current canteen location information, visit www.salvationarmygerogia.org/savannah.

How to Help

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.

Donate online:            http://salar.my/HurricaneMatthew

Donate by mail:

The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA

Please designate “Hurricane Matthew” on all checks.

Donate by Phone:        1-800- SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Donate by Text:          Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. This may (or may not) change in the future.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing, used furniture, and other items to your local Salvation Army Family Store.

“The cooperative effort with Voluntary Organizations in Active Disasters (VOAD) agencies has been a wonderful experience and has enabled the Salvation Army to help thousands in need,” said Major Andrew Gilliam, Liaison Officer for the Savannah Incident Management Team. The Salvation Army continues to work with state and local agencies to monitor and assess the situation on the ground so resources can be deployed where and when they are needed most.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army of Georgia Responds to Hurricane Matthew

georgia-divisional-commander-major-charles-powell-welcomes-governor-first-lady-sandra-deal-to-maconOctober 9, 2016 (SAVANNAH, GA) – Eighteen Salvation Army canteens (mobile kitchen units) are in service across Georgia responding to evacuation and coastal impact situations from Hurricane Matthew. Since October 5, The Salvation Army of Georgia has served close to 14,000 prepared meals, 15,000 drinks, and 13,000 snacks to those affected by Hurricane Matthew. In addition to serving those in need in the Georgia coastal region, The Salvation Army of Georgia is serving inland at evacuation centers located in Augusta, Dublin, Douglas, Macon, Tifton, Vidalia, and Waycross. “The Salvation Army will continue to serve wherever there is need, as long as there is a need,” said Major Jack Butler, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia.

An avid supporter of The Salvation Army, Georgia’s First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Deal, visited evacuation shelters served by The Salvation Army of Georgia in Augusta and again in Macon. Georgia Divisional Commander, Major Charles Powell, greeted Mrs. Deal as she served and encouraged those affected by Hurricane Matthew in Macon.

Two Salvation Army incident management teams have been established in Savannah and Brunswick to coordinate efforts in the affected coastal Georgia area and throughout the state. Canteens from Savannah, Atlanta, Carrolton, Macon, and the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Divisions are currently serving first responders in Savannah, with Georgia canteens from Gainesville and Covington scheduled to arrive in the area tomorrow. Canteens from Bainbridge, Columbus, Elberton, Lawrenceville, and St. Marys are serving in Brunswick and St. Marys.

“First responders are the main focus for The Salvation Army’s initial services in Georgia’s coastal area until local and state officials clear roads, restore power, and open roads to returning residents,” said Captain Chris Powell, Incident Commander for the Savannah Incident Management Team. As people are able to return to their homes, The Salvation Army will adapt its mobile canteens to serve the changing areas of need.

How to Help

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.

Donate online:             http://salar.my/HurricaneMatthew

Donate by mail:           The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA

Please designate “Hurricane Matthew” on all checks.

Donate by Phone:        1-800- SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Donate by Text:           Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. This may (or may not) change in the future.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing, used furniture, and other items to your local Salvation Army Family Store.

State and local officials plan to open areas previously closed for road clearing and power restoration later today. Hoping to soon return safely to their homes, 475 evacuated residents at an Augusta shelter are scheduled to be housed at the Savannah Civic Center shelter where a Salvation Army mobile canteen is deployed.

As the situation develops, The Salvation Army stands ready to respond aggressively and serve compassionately wherever and whenever needed.