October 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
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.
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.