Augusta, Georgia (September 12, 2017) – The threat of a category 5 hurricane is enough to unnerve anyone in its projected path of destruction. That’s why Regina Scott and her family made the decision to evacuate Brunswick, Georgia.
It was on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 2:00 p.m. that Regina Scott, her son, daughter and 8 grandchildren had to quickly pack and make the trek from Brunswick to Augusta, Georgia. The plan was to stay with Regina’s brother who lives in Augusta, but after arriving it became clear that there would not be enough room to house the large family.
After looking around town Regina realized she and her family had nowhere to go. “We had no place to stay,” recalls Regina, “So my daughter googled shelters around Augusta and ended up finding this one.”
The shelter Regina’s daughter found is located at Patriots Park, a shelter that happened to be partnered with the Salvation Army.
When asked about their time in the shelter Regina said, “I’m thankful that we are all together and safe. The food was great. The Salvation Army did a wonderful job. They give you breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are snacks and activities all day. Bedtime is at 10:00 p.m., but you can still stay up if you want to in the dining area to talk and play games. They have just been wonderful. The kids think they are on vacation. They are having a wonderful time and everyone has been so nice.”
Regina and her family are thankful for a safe place to stay, as Brunswick is not expected to open until Thursday. “Overall, it’s been a great experience considering it’s my first time staying in a shelter,” said Regina.
For many like Regina, The Salvation Army may be their only shelter from the storm in their time of need. And for those who seek shelter, it comes as a warm comfort to know there will always be a place of safe refuge for them called The Salvation Army.
Those who want to help people directly affected by recent hurricanes are asked to donate in the following ways:
Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Text to give: text STORM to 51555
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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.