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

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.

The Salvation Army of Georgia Prepares for Hurricane Matthew

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Georgia Emergency Disaster Director, Major Jack Butler, shares disaster response plans with Georgia Divisional Commander, Major Charles Powell

October 6, 2016 (Atlanta, GA) – The Salvation Army of Georgia is prepared and on stand-by, ready to help the people of coastal Georgia as Hurricane Matthew approaches.

“Historic,” said The Salvation Army’s Georgia Divisional Commander Major Charles Powell of approaching Hurricane Matthew adding, “We have finalized plans and are ready to respond aggressively and serve compassionately where and when needed.”

While the red shield of The Salvation Army has been a symbol of hope and help for the people of Georgia for over 125 years, Georgia has not had a direct hit from a hurricane in over a century. In anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued a state of emergency Wednesday for 17 counties in Georgia’s coastal areas, and a subsequent mandatory evacuation of six of those coastal counties.

The Salvation Army of Georgia has a fleet of mobile feeding units (canteens) designed for rapid and free-standing response in times of emergency. “Fifteen Salvation Army canteens in Georgia will be deployed to the Georgia coastal cities of Savannah, Brunswick, and St. Marys,” said Major Jack Butler, Emergency Disaster Service Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia. The canteens will be stocked with three full days of food and drinks ready to serve affected areas. After deployment, the mobile canteens will have the ability to restock and move throughout affected areas to serve those in need.

The Salvation Army works with partners at the Georgia Emergency Operations Center to coordinate relief efforts for impacted areas. The Salvation Army of Georgia has established an Incident Command Team to monitor the storm and communicate with state and local officials to coordinate efforts and respond effectively.

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 Major Butler, “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.

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. This may (or may not) change once the storm has made landfall and a more complete assessment of survivor’s needs are known.

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.

Those who want to help people directly affected by Hurricane Matthew are asked to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The Salvation Army of Georgia Prepares for Hurricane Hermine

Tropical-Storm-HermineSeptember 1, 2016  (Atlanta, GA) – The Salvation Army of Georgia is preparing and on stand-by, ready to help those in south Georgia and north Florida who may be impacted by Hurricane Hermine.

“Every Salvation Army canteen in Georgia is on alert and ready to be deployed to help when and where needed,” said Major Jack Butler, Emergency Disaster Service Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia.

In anticipation of Hurricane Hermine’s landfall, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order Thursday declaring a state of emergency for 56 counties.

The Salvation Army works with partners at the Georgia Emergency Operations Center to coordinate relief efforts for impacted areas. The Salvation Army of Georgia has a fleet of 21 mobile feeding units (canteens) designed for rapid and free-standing response. According to Major Butler, “The canteens will be stocked with two full days of food and drinks ready to serve affected areas.” After deployment, the mobile canteens will have the ability to restock and move throughout affected areas to serve those in need.

The Salvation Army of Georgia has established an Incident Response System (ICS) team to monitor the storm and communicate with state and local officials to coordinate efforts and respond effectively. 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.

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.

Those who want to help people directly affected by Hurricane Hermine as asked to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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.