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The Salvation Army: It’s About Others in Blakely, GA

BLAKELY, GEORGIA (October 15, 2018) — The year was 1993, and one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the U.S. had just laid waste to south Florida and the Keys. Steve and Karen West stood outside their now-demolished Miami home realizing life as they had known it was gone. Hurricane Andrew cut a swath of devastation and harsh reality across the lives of millions of people. As Steve looked around, he noticed a Salvation Army truck serving food in the area and started to walk toward it.

“I remember it like yesterday,” says Steve. “What a great sight to see. I thought, ‘how wonderful it was that someone was thinking to do something like this, at a time like this, for us.’”

The devastation to their home motivated Steve to take another job with his employer, Delta Airlines, in Atlanta, Georgia. Life went on for Steve and Karen; their children grew up, graduated from college and got married. But, Steve never forgot that Salvation Army truck and the kindness of people he did not know who would brave the dangers of a disaster zone to venture out to help those in need. Back in those days, Steve had many good words for those Salvation Army people.

Today, on one of the few main street corners in Blakely, Georgia, sits another Salvation Army truck parked in a convenient corner of a large store parking lot. Most of the electricity in the small southwestern Georgia town is out. Just a few days before, Hurricane Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S., had devastated the Florida panhandle with such force it was almost classified a category-five hurricane. The hurricane’s massive impact carried through Florida, into South Georgia and eventually over the little town of Blakely with the rage of a category-three hurricane.

Streams of people approach The Salvation Army canteen (a mobile feeding unit) in the parking lot corner to get warm meals and drinks in quantities sufficient for their families. Words of kind appreciation mixed with stories of hardship and worry fill the air.

“I came down here to help my 93-year-old grandmother,” says a woman carrying away a stack of prepared meals and a bag of drinks. “Our electricity is out and these meals are a God-send. Bless you.”

Christine Drought stands outside the window of The Salvation Army canteen fully decked in red and white Salvation Army regalia handing out meals and drinks with a bright, friendly smile as fast as Trish Francis, inside the canteen, can hand them to her through the window. Christine and Trish are part of the Newnan, Georgia crew and have worked together on many disaster teams. They love what they do and they are extremely good at it.

“Our house is OK,” says another woman, “But, we don’t have electricity, so the food in the refrigerator is now bad.” Adding somberly, “And we lost five acres of timber.”

The man in line behind her listens in and interjects, “You don’t know how fortunate you are to have electricity, water and food until you don’t have it.”

“We prepared for a storm,” says another woman in line, “But, not this! Who would have thought a category-three hurricane would come through Blakely.”

“I used to be just like them,” whispers a man standing off to the side from behind a well-trimmed white mustache, “I know exactly what they are going through, and that’s why I’m here.”

It’s Steve West.

Now retired from Delta Airlines, Steve never forgot the goodness he found with The Salvation Army, and he, along with his wife, Karen, wanted to be part of that good work. She’s a vital part of the Newnan, Georgia team – right there in the canteen next to Trish, handing out meals to Christine.

“I love what The Salvation Army stands for,” says Steve. “Doing the most good. That about sums it up.”

It seems The Salvation Army has never been far from Steve and his family. After graduating college, Steve and Karen’s daughter, Stephanie, took a job as The Salvation Army Service Center Director for Newnan, Georgia. Steve now serves as the board chairman for Newnan, and loves giving back to others.

Steve and his dedicated, hard-working Newnan crew love serving together as a well-knit team. But, they will be the first to tell you it’s not about them – it’s about others. It’s about bringing hope and help to those people standing in line in front of their Newnan canteen full of worry and doubt about what the future holds.

“It’s all about serving others in their time of need,” says Steve. “I know, because I’ve been there.”

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.

Donate By Phone:  1-800-725-2769  (1-800-SAL-ARMY)
Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301
Please designate 2018 Hurricanes – Michael on your check
Donate Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
Donate By Text:
Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Emergency Disaster Service Teams Meet Immediate Needs in South Georgia

ALBANY, GA (October 15, 2018) – An wide array of Salvation Army personnel throughout south Georgia are responding in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. Currently, The Salvation Army of Georgia has mobile feeding units providing food and hydration and emotional and spiritual care. To date, The Salvation Army has served 4,400 meals, 5,000 drinks and 3,700 snacks to first responders and those impacted by Hurricane Michael in south Georgia.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” says Captain Erik Henry, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Hurricane Michael Incident Management Team, “We currently have two response teams set up in Albany and Bainbridge that continually assess and redeploy resources as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.”

Relief efforts extend throughout south Georgia. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will continue to focus on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

“Hurricane Michael was a powerful storm,” Says Major Charles Powell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We are here to minister in the name of Jesus to those who are hurting — to be there for them in their time of need.”

Salvation Army mobile feeding units are currently positioned in the following areas:

  • Decater County
    • 2092 Tallahassee Highway South, Bainbridge
    • Walmart – 500 East Alice Street, Bainbridge
  • Dougerty County
    • East Albany (Putney, Dunes, Massey, Civic Center)
    • Gordon Sports Complex – 800 Willie Pits Jr. Road, Albany
    • Albany Fire Company No. 1 – 320 N. Jackson Street, Albany
  • Early County
    • Piggly Wiggly – 113 N. Main Street, Blakely
  • Miller County 3
    • 51 E. Pine Street, Colquitt
  • Seminole County
    • 3041 Town and Country Road, Donaldsonville

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.

Donate By Phone:  1-800-725-2769  (1-800-SAL-ARMY)
Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301
Please designate 2018 Hurricanes – Michael on your check
Donate Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
Donate By Text:
Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

ALBANY, GEORGIA (October 14, 2018) —When disasters strike, The Salvation Army is there, providing emergency assistance to survivors and first responders. The following is a summary of how The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by Hurricane Michael in Georgia:

To date, The Salvation Army in Georgia has served 3,500 meals, 4,500 drinks and 3,700 snacks to those impacted by Hurricane Michael in the Albany and Bainbridge areas.

Albany, GA:

  • Five mobile canteens and feeding crews are located at fixed sites throughout Putney, Dunes, Massy and Lee Counties. One additional canteen from Vidalia, GA is anticipated to arrive shortly.
  • The Albany Incident Command continues to be located at the Albany Corps building located at 304 W. 2nd Ave.
  • Service requests are increasing due to people returning to the area and those impacted finding TSA service locations. Approximately 1,300 meals are anticipated to be prepared and distributed today, however, service is expected to increase as additional resources arrive on-site and more areas of need are identified.
  • 60% of power is out in Albany and 70% in surrounding counties.
  • Efforts are being coordinated with The Baptist Men cooking operation to set up cooking expanded service in the Albany area.
  •  Locations of service in Albany:
    • East Albany – The Salvation Army’s Albany, GA canteen is roving the East Albany area serving impacted areas, including the Albany Civic Center.
    • North Jackson community – a stationary canteen from Macon, GA is located at 320 N. Jackson St.
    • Gordon Sports community – a stationary canteen from Atlanta, GA is located at 800 Willie Pits Trail.
    • Doughtery County – a stationary catering unit is located at 2424 Sylvester Rd.
    • Dawson – a stationary canteen from Augusta, GA will be located at 638 Forester Dr., Dawson.

Bainbridge, GA:

  • Five mobile feeding units are actively at fixed sites to provide service to impacted areas throughout Seminole, Early and Miller counties.
  • Service to the Bainbridge area has increased significantly during the last 24 hours as new areas of need were identified.
  • An additional Incident Command is being set up in Bainbridge to coordinate the increased service need.
  • Efforts are being coordinated with The Baptist Men cooking operation to set up expanded service in the Bainbridge area.
  • An additional catering unit is anticipated to join the Bainbridge service shortly.
  • Locations of service in Bainbridge:
    • Hispanic Mission – a catering unit is located at the Hispanic Mission at 2092 Tallahassee Hwy South.
    • In Seminole County, a catering unit is located at 3401 Town and Country Road, Donaldsonville, GA.
    • In Early County – a canteen from Newnan, GA is located at735 S. Church St. Blakely, GA.
    • In Miller County – a canteen from Lawrenceville, GA is located at 351 E. Pine St., Colquitt, GA.
    • Walmart – a canteen from Marietta, GA is located at the Walmart; 500 E. Alice St.

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.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
    • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
  •  Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  •  Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Additional information:

  • The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
  • In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.

The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.

The Salvation Army on the Move to Help South Georgia

The Salvation Army of Georgia is on the move to confront the panorama of destruction across southern areas of the Peach State after Hurricane Michael swept through earlier Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Hurricane Michael Incident Management Team (IMT) is relocating their center of operations from Atlanta to Albany, GA, and closer to the most heavily impacted areas in the state.

Michael hit Georgia with the intensity of a category 3 hurricane, after slamming into the Florida panhandle just a few miles-per-hour short of being labeled a category 5 hurricane. Raging winds and heavy rains initially appeared significant and widespread, but short of catastrophic. “This is a story that is yet unfolding,” said Captain Erik Henry, Georgia Incident Management Team Commander. “We are here to help people impacted by the storm and will continually assess the best deployment of our resources to do so.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia charged fifteen canteens (mobile feeding units), along with specially disaster-trained crews, to relieve specific areas of southern Georgia most affected. Each canteen has the capacity to serve an average of 750 meals per day.

Salvation Army canteens from Albany, Augusta, Macon and Marietta, GA will be serving those affected in the greater Albany, GA area. Canteens from Bainbridge, Elberton, Newnan, and Lawrenceville, GA will focus relief efforts in the most southwestern part of the state around the city of  Bainbridge.

In times of disaster, The Salvation Army traditionally serves and prepares meals from its mobile canteens, helps distribute cleaning supplies, and offers comfort to those impacted. According to Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergency Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia, “The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution,” she adds, “Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors as the situation continues to be assessed.”

How to help those impacted by Hurricane Michael

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.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA (Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks.)
  • Donate online: HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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