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The Salvation Army Delivers!

It may not be pizza but it usually gets there in thirty minutes or less. It’s a Salvation Army officer delivering a meal to a Hurricane Irma survivor who can’t get out to the mobile feeding unit location.

Sunday afternoon Captains Nakisha Carr and Natalie Jackson went door to door to reach residents of a Fernandina Beach, FL apartment complex who faced difficulty in reaching the site of The Salvation Army canteen set up in the parking lot a nearby church.

“Hi! Would you like lunch and something to drink?” Capt. Carr asked an elderly woman after she answered Capt. Carr’s knock on the door. She did indeed want lunch and asked if her grandchildren in the house could also get some. Capt. Carr readily obliged and the family had a nourishing meal. This process was repeated by Capt. Carr and Capt. Jackson at half a dozen more apartments as they drove around the neighborhood.

Then the afternoon took on a more lighthearted tone. The two officers came across a pair of teenage boys riding their bikes down the street. They answered the by now familiar questions with a hearty “Sure!” as the Captains pulled up alongside. When Carr and Jackson got out of their vehicle and handed the meals to the boys, Capt. Jackson noted that one was wearing a Star Wars hat. A lively conversation ensued among the boys and The Salvation Army officers over which movies they thought best and which characters were they favorite. As the officers got ready to leave, they all laughed after someone mentioned that there was a Star Wars “Nerd Fest” happening in the middle of a city street.

The Salvation Army, delivering meals, comfort, and sometimes, more than a little fun.

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.

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22 workers from 6 states in Sebring, Florida with 1 Goal…Bringing Hope

Sebring, FL – Hectic doesn’t begin to describe the last three weeks for The Salvation Army across the southern United States. Two major hurricanes in Harvey and Irma, and potentially a third in Maria. Canteen crews, staff, volunteers and equipment from all over the country have converged on Texas and Florida, and will for the forseeable future. That makes for some pretty interesting staffing situations.

Like here in Sebring, Florida, officers, staff and volunteers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida are working side by side to prepare and distribute thousands of meals and drinks each day.

“I think it’s great,” said Victor Rutledge, who manages the Kentucky-Tennessee Division’s summer camp, Camp Paradise Valley. “To work with folks from other areas, connect with them, that’s the neat part of this.”

With this assignment, Rutledge ran into now McComb, Mississippi Corps Officer, Lieutenant Thomas Marion. Rutledge served as Marion’s summer camp counselor several years ago. They haven’t seen each other in eight years. Lieutenant Marion says the combination of staff from across the South and the country doesn’t have that big of an effect of the operation.

“We are all here for the same goal. It doesn’t matter where they’re from. It’s fun hearing the different accents,” said Lieutenant Marion.

In Sebring, first time disaster volunteer, Laderious Dowell from Memphis, Tennessee is working side by side with experienced veteran, Ronnie Cicchitto from Tampa, Florida who is serving meals from a mobile feeding truck in his forth disaster.

“We all work good together,” said Cicchitto. “Everyone helping the residents in ways only The Salvation Army can.”

“The way the people feel when they see how much we care, they were saying we are the only people who do care for them,” said Dowell.

In the four days of service since the team has arrived in Sebring, Florida, nearly ten thousand meals have been served to Highlands County. 

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.

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Salvation Army Harvey Update Houston, Saturday, Sept. 17

Houston, Texas (September 16, 2017) – Salvation Army workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Twenty-one (21) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to each serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to clean-up kits and other supplies. The Salvation Army of Greater Houston Facebook page features updates on news and the relief efforts happening in the community. https://www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyHouston/

As of Sept. 16, in the Greater Houston Area, The Salvation Army has provided:

Meals

  • 181,376 meals
  • 130,593 snacks
  • 149,969 drinks

Emotional & Spiritual Care

  • 9,320 spiritual care contacts

Donations Management and Distribution

  • 6,428 comfort/hygiene kits (per kit)
  • 3,614 infant supplies
  • 713 blankets
  • 1,722 cleanup Kits
  • 2,441 clothing
  • 3,392 food boxes
  • 5,665 cases of water

Donations to support the relief work of The Salvation Army can be made online at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane 2017”) mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301

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About The Salvation Army of Greater Houston

In this community since 1889, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command serves Harris, Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties through youth programs, homeless shelters, disaster relief, social services, senior programs and rehabilitation. The mission of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command is to meet human needs without discrimination. About 86.3 cents of every dollar raised locally is used to support the services offered in the Greater Houston Area. Nationally, The Salvation Army assists nearly 30 million Americans each year across 5,000 communities. The Salvation Army of Greater Houston is a United Way agency. For more information, please visit SalvationArmyHouston.org.

Photos and videos available: http://ministrytoolkit.org/portals/ehfpqgrr/HurricaneHarveyResponse

Media Contacts:

Adieny Ramos

Greater Houston Public Information Officer

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

(346) 413-7276 cell

[email protected]

Sybil Monciváis Sánchez

Public Relations Manager

The Salvation Army of Greater Houston

(832) 865-9815 cell

[email protected]

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.

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Emotional and Spiritual Care: Helping Families Recover after Disaster

Starke, FL (September 17, 2017)-His name is Jason, but he goes by Spiderman. His beautiful blue eyes are magnified by the thick glasses he wears. His goal for today is to find a playground to play on so he can practice his Spidey skills. Jason is five years old.

During Irma, his apartment flooded. Jason’s clothes were high up in a closet, but the clothing of his three siblings and his mother were found strewn throughout their apartment. Their furniture is ruined; Jason’s family has to start over.

“We are left with nothing,” said Jason’s mother Patty. “I have to figure out a way to get my stuff out of the apartment and it’s just me. I have to figure out how I am going to pay to move into a new place. Help is there, but I have to have the money upfront. I don’t have it.”

Patty’s story shows the stark reality of life after disaster. She is worried about her children. She is worried about keeping her job. She is worried that she will not be able to find a place to live that she can afford. She is worried.

As the shock wears off and the initial crisis is over, families have to figure out a new plan. It is a stressful time. Frustration levels are high. Despair and depression set in.

This is why The Salvation Army provides emotional and spiritual care after a disaster.

The physical support of food and water that the Army provides is necessary; the emotional and spiritual support is life-giving. Today, specially trained Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care providers are working all over Florida in communities impacted by Hurricane Irma. They are praying, sharing resources, and giving hope to people who are living in despair.

In the upcoming weeks, The Salvation Army will remain connected to Patty and her children, guiding her to resources and providing emotional and spiritual support. We are a church, a care provider, and we are here for Patty and others who need us.

Please donate today to help The Salvation Army provide assistance to Patty and other families and individuals.

Online: HelpSalvationArmy.com

By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
 

BY Mail:
The Salvation Army
PO BOX 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate ‘Hurricane 2017’ on all checks.

To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

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.

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The Salvation Army Serves in the Dark

Sebring, FL – Word has spread in Sebring, Florida and across Highlands County, when you see The Salvation Army canteen in front of the Family Store, food is ready. The Salvation Army is providing more than 3,000 meals a day, and it’s welcome relief for many residents and families in these towns of 10,000 people.

Thousands in Highlands County are still affected every day by Hurricane Irma and its affects. 65% of residents are still without power, crops are being affected, and flooding is putting more and more people at risk of loss.

To address the constant flow of county residents coming for food and water, The Salvation Army team developed a drive-thru system, bringing meals to families in cars with police officers directing traffic. Major Ernest Hull, The Salvation Army’s Incident Commander in Sebring, said it’s like serving one big meal.

“These people are desperate,” said Major Hull. “Power outages, damaged crops, loss of income. These people are going to feel this storm for a long time, and we’ll be here to help ease that burden for the long haul.”

The Salvation Army is also providing emotional and spiritual care to people who request it, providing an extra layer of love and hope to those impacted by Irma.

“We are meeting the needs of this community by going into the community,” said Major Hull. “We want to be that helping hand and smiling face that helps them through this tough time.”

The Salvation Army’s Sebring Incident Command and feeding station is positioned outside the Sebring Corps at 3135 Kenilworth Blvd. in Sebring, Florida. Meal and water service is provided from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

To make a donation to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Irma relief efforts, go online to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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.

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I Saw The Salvation Army and I Knew You Would Listen: Finding Hope After Irma

Middleburg, FL (September 16, 2017)—A car drove into the parking lot at the Middleburg Library where The Salvation Army canteen from Goldsboro, N.C. was parked. A frail woman got out and motioned Salvation Army volunteer Danny Boyette over to her car.

“I don’t need any food. I just need someone to talk to,” she told Danny. “I saw The Salvation Army and I knew you would listen.”

She explained to Danny that a few months ago she was diagnosed with cancer. She had a tracheostomy procedure last week and said she was still getting used to it.

“Yesterday my doctor told me that the cancer has moved into my stomach. I have 6-8 months to live. You are the first person that I have told,” she said to Danny as she cried. 

Danny prayed with the woman, who held his hands tight. They talked for another 20 minutes.

“My husband will not talk to me though we live in the same house. I have no one in the world. I am going to die alone,” she said.

Danny reassured her that God was with her and He loved her.

“I did everything in my mind and heart to assure her that God would be with her to the end. I wanted her to know that she was not alone,” he said.

The woman told Danny it was time for her to leave – she had taken enough of his time. He asked her to please come back tomorrow so they could talk and pray some more. Danny helped her to her car and before she left she hugged him and thanked him for being there for her.

“Please come back tomorrow,” he reminded her. “We will be here.”

God is always in the details, using His people to ease the suffering of others. Whether it is the tremendous suffering of disaster survivors, or the silent suffering of a dying woman, He is there providing help and hope.

This story may not have a happy ending, but today, thanks to the generosity of people who care, a woman received comfort and care. To God be the Glory.

Please donate today to help The Salvation Army provide assistance to disaster survivors.

Online: HelpSalvationArmy.com

By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

BY Mail:
The Salvation Army
PO BOX 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

Please designate ‘Hurricane 2017’ on all checks.

To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

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.

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Mercy Chefs Do The Cooking in Rockport, Texas

Rockport, Texas (September 17, 2017) – The Salvation Army mobile feeding units are strategically stationed across the country, ready to respond to emergencies of all scales with the capacity to distribute hundreds of thousands of meals. Since Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas just three weeks ago, The Salvation Army have utilized these vehicles to provide more than 580,000 meals.

To support emergency response operations, especially during large-scale disasters, The Salvation Army works with a number of partner organizations to supply the food and prepare the meals for these units.

Mercy Chefs is a faith-based, non-profit disaster relief organization that serves professionally prepared meals for survivors, volunteers, and first responders in national emergencies and natural disasters. In emergency deployments, Mercy Chefs station their kitchens at local churches and coordinate volunteers to support their operations. In Texas, The Salvation Army’s largest scale partnership to date with Mercy Chefs took place in April 2016 in response to the Tax Day Floods in Houston.

This year, The Salvation Army and Mercy Chefs have joined forces again, providing more than 34,000 meals for people in Rockport, TX. “The Salvation Army’s roaming vehicles allow us to expand who we are, feeding to people that are displaced,” said Lisa Saylor, Managing Chef of Mercy Chefs in Rockport. “The partnership works out well.”

“The Salvation Army’s relationship with Mercy Chefs has ensured the success of delivery of service in Rockport during our response to Hurricane Harvey, and in several other places facing crisis in recent years,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “Collaboration is key to effective service and The Salvation Army is delighted to work with, and for the support of Mercy Chefs.”

The Salvation Army has provided 585,727 meals, 582,686 snacks and 642,066 drinks to first responders and survivors in response to Hurricane Harvey.

To help support the disaster relief work of The Salvation Army, donations can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “Hurricane Harvey”) mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.

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.

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They Lost Everything But Their Compassion for Others

St. Marys, GA (September 17, 2017) – An elderly couple tossed a ruined family photograph on to the growing piled of their flood-wrecked possessions. They lost everything when Hurricane Irma swept into their single story home. During the storm they stayed up all night fruitlessly attempting to sweep the water out with brooms. Then, exhausted and drenched, they surrendered their belongings to 12 inches of dirty water and retreated to higher ground.

When The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit arrived they smelled the pungent mold before they saw the devastated home. The relief workers gave the survivors clean up kits. They prayed together for direction forward and favor with the insurance company. They asked for prayer for their daughter, who had yet to see the damage to her Florida home. Although Irma stole everything from them, they pointed out their neighbors who only escaped the flood by sleeping in their attic. “There are so many people you need you,” they said.

The survivors rejoiced that The Salvation Army searched for them and comforted them in their time of need. They said, “This is why people donate to The Salvation Army.”

How to help those Harvey and Irma Hurt

A financial contribution is the best way to help.  A cash donation allows charitable relief agencies to use monetary contributions to purchase exactly what disaster survivors need.   Monetary contributions are also easy to get to the disaster area. Moving a container of donated goods can sometimes cost more than the value of the items. Getting a donated commodity into containers and onto a ship, or onto a truck, across the sea or across the country to the disaster site, through the port costs and the customs’ tariffs, quality checked, quantity checked and sorted, and organized into warehouses, incurs a cost at each step. Supplies can almost always be purchased locally at the disaster site and provide savings in multiple ways.  Finally, money used to purchase needed items locally can support local and state economies, helping local businesses and workers, which have suffered losses in the wake of the disaster event.

Online: helpsalvationarmy.org

Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

Mail checks to: The Salvation Army P.O. BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301

Please make checks payable to The Salvation Army and designate ‘Hurricane 2017’ on all checks.

To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations.  If you donate to hurricane relief efforts (and designate your gift to a specific disaster) 100 percent of the gift will be used in support of that event.  It may be used to provide food and drinks to survivors, cleaning supplies and other essential commodities, direct financial aid to those effected, or to support disaster relief workers serving in the area.

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.

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Always Enough Room on the Ark

Naples, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2017) – Most would think that already hosting 14 people looking for a place to lay their heads in a 2 bedroom apartment, 14 stomachs waiting for a nutritious meal, and 14 minds needing to be calmed amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Irma was enough, but most are not Hilda Martinez. For her, there is always enough room on the ark. 

Hilda, along with her husband, Jose, happened upon one of The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding unit and shared her remarkable story of faith. “When I learned my neighbor was alone, hungry, and scared, I did not even think twice about it,” explained Hilda.  “Somehow, I knew we would have room for her because it is the right thing to do.”

And, sure enough, there was enough room amongst the two 2 year olds, one 3 year old, one four year old, 2 seven year olds, one 8 year old, one 16 year old, and six adults.  Love has a way of making room, doesn’t it?  And, Hilda has a lot of love to go around.

Jose, said, “She has not stopped taking care of all of us.  It is simply who she is.  She has ensured we had something to eat, she has kept our minds engaged, and she has loved us, and loved us, and loved us.”

Now, as the power outage goes into day 6, they are anxious to get back to a sense of normalcy, especially considering they are running low on food and they spent much of their limited resources on preparations for the storm.

“After Houston, we really thought the storm surge was going to drown us,” explained Jose.  “We bought life jackets, arm ‘floaties’ for the children, and even a raft. We are grateful to be alive but now we have to figure out what we are going to do next. We are just taking it day by day.”

“When I saw The Salvation Army canteen, I thought to myself ‘This is God taking care of us and those we love,’” shared a grateful Hilda.  “We have little food left and this will get us through to tomorrow. You are God’s angels. I cannot thank you enough.”

Thank you, Hilda, for making room on the ark. You are one of God’s angels.

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.

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The Salvation Army Serves Over 3,000 meals Saturday Across Highlands County, FL

(Sebring, FL) – Word has spread in Sebring, Florida and across Highlands County, when you see The Salvation Army canteen in front of the Family Store, food is ready. It’s relief for many residents and families.

Taina Mirio, stopped by with her daughter to pick up meals for her whole household.

“It’s been very bad,” said Mirio. “I’ve thrown away a lot of food. We have to get out of the house and stay under the shade tree to try and stay cool.”

Still, with everything causing her to worry, no power, no water, no ice, a hot meal helps a great deal.

“I’m happy for the food. When I get my food I’m gonna be smiling,” said Mirio.

As the line of cars waiting for food continued to grow, Brad Stephan couldn’t help but think back to previous storms, Charlie and Gene.

“This is the most damage I’ve seen in 30 years,” said Stephan.

To Stephan, the meal he received means more than just nourishment for his physical needs.

“This means people still care and want to help,” said Stephan. “Today, in this world, it’s hard to find people who still do that.”

Alex Chong and his grandson stood in line for a hot lunch too, but while they did, Alex helped Salvation Army works load cases of water into cars as they drove through.

“The heat is hard. We’re hoping it’s going to be over very soon. We want it to be back to normal,” said Chong.

In three locations across Highlands County, Salvation Army canteens and workers will deliver over 3,000 meals with drinks, plus emotional and spiritual care from Salvation Army officers.

“We are meeting the needs of this community by going into the community,” said Major Ernest Hull, Incident Commander and New Orleans Area Commander. “We want to be that helping hand and smiling face that helps them through this tough time.”

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.

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