An Outpouring of Love and Kindness Pour into Kingwood, Texas After Imelda

Houston, Texas (September 27, 2019) – After Hurricane Harvey, Richard Abram and his wife, Dawn Abram, 20-year Kingwood residents, joined the Facebook group, Flooding Kingwood With Kindness, and since then they have worked with the group to organize relief efforts to help neighbors after disasters. 

The Abrams’ home was left underwater earlier this year in May after flooding, and now again by Imelda, but Richard refuses to not help his neighbors in need. He has organized a donation drive so large that he had to move it from his driveway to the Elm Grove Community Club Pool Center.

“I have neighbors worse off than I am,” Richard said. “It’s wrong for me to sit at home and do nothing. God has his own way of bringing people together. I’m seeing people that would have never spoken to each other before, cry in each others’ arms. When something like this happens you become aware of each other and you start seeing the other person.”

Abram informed his network of friends and colleagues about his drive and has since received an outpouring of donations, love, and support. His mother was an activist, so he says doing good and being generous is in his blood. But, he stresses that this time isn’t about one person, it is about a community banding together to help each other in their time of need.

“As a community, we’re banding together to make things happen. It’s an US thing, but we need all of the support we can get. I hope we continue to grow. I’ll find us an even bigger place if needed. People have lost everything.”

Abram has collected gift cards, water, clothing, hot meals and cleaning supplies. On the first day of the drive, a friend recommended that he reach out to The Salvation Army for clean-up kits. That same day The Salvation Army delivered three truckloads of cleaning supplies. All of the supplies went quickly.

“The Salvation Army has played an instrumental part in all of this. People saw the clean-up kits with The Salvation Army shield, and they wanted to know who I was and what I was doing. They wanted to help out.”

Currently, The Salvation Army is still helping and providing support for as long as it is needed.

“It’s never a no with The Salvation Army. It’s let me see how I can help; how else can I help? They keep their word and I know we can rely on them to do what they say they will do.”

For more information on The Salvation Army’s current disaster response efforts go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. To make a financial donation to support the ongoing relief work please got 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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Meals and Prayers Making a Difference in Southeast Texas

Dallas, Texas (September 25, 2019) – The Salvation Army units in Southeast Texas have been out in their respective communities delivering practical support to those affected by flooding from Tropical Storm Imelda. As residents work to clean and gut their homes, many have noted that recent flood levels were worse than those experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Staff from The Salvation Army in Beaumont spent Tuesday morning preparing 150 sandwiches that were delivered to a badly flooded area of the city. The EDS team carefully navigated the mobile kitchen through neighborhood streets lined with furniture, carpets, dry wall and household appliances ruined by more than a foot of water that entered homes. “We were prepared over the weekend to shelter people at The Salvation Army who were displaced in our community and focus has now shifted to feeding in areas of the city that have experienced significant flooding,” said Captain Jason Moore, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army in Beaumont. “We anticipate delivering food and drinks again on Wednesday and for as long as we are needed.”

Damage assessments in affected communities throughout the region are ongoing and The Salvation Army continues to coordinate with State and Local Emergency Management staff across the affected areas. The Salvation Army team from Orange visited several cities on Tuesday afternoon, providing a hot meal, snacks and drinks to anyone in need.

After serving meals to a family of five in Mauriceville, a lady approached the Rapid Response Unit from the adjacent home. “We offered her a meal and drink, but she declined as she approached the truck,” said Captain Francisco Zuniga, Commanding Officer in Orange. “It quickly became clear that this dear lady was completely overwhelmed with her current situation and desperately needed someone to talk to. I was happy to share a moment or two with her and privileged to pray with her. She lost her husband four years ago and then experienced the almost total loss of her home after Hurricane Harvey. Life was just beginning to return to normal when her home flooded again last week,” said Zuniga. “This was a timely reminder for me that The Salvation Army’s ministry during times of disaster goes way beyond simply delivering a sandwich or bottle of cold water. Our emotional and spiritual care continues to make a difference in the lives of people who find themselves in crisis, and what an honor it is to pray with them.”

Corporate partners and other disaster agencies continue to play an integral part in The Salvation Army’s response efforts in Southeast Texas. A tractor trailer load of water and dry snacks arrived at the disaster warehouse in Beaumont, Tuesday, courtesy of Walmart, in addition to a truck load of food boxes from the Midwest Food Bank. “We are so grateful for the support of Walmart and the Midwest Food Bank, along with our other valued partners,” said Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “As recovery efforts continue across the region these relationships will allow The Salvation Army to provide much needed practical assistance as individuals and families work to put their homes, and lives, back together.”

Assistance continues in Liberty, Chambers, Harris, Montgomery, Orange and Jefferson counties. Beginning on Thursday, The Salvation Army will partner with St Vincent DePaul in Winnie, Texas, one of the hardest hit communities, providing a truck load of cleanup kits and food boxes at St. Louis Catholic Church. A mobile kitchen from The Salvation Army of Bryan College Station will also be onsite providing snacks and hydration.

As of 9/24/19 The Salvation Army in Texas has supplied 2,489 meals, 6,290 snacks and drinks, 2,774 cleanup kits, 500 hygiene kits, 370 food boxes and 380 infant supplies.

Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts following Tropical Storm Imelda. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx

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 Service Delivery Begins in Southeast Texas After Flooding

Dallas, Texas (September 22, 2019) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team is monitoring the flooding occurring due to Tropical Storm Imelda moving through Southeast Texas. Several units in the area have already provided service to those affected and additional EDS teams are on standby and prepared to deploy if needed.

“We have been in touch with our Salvation Army units around the state and have put several mobile feeding units on standby in anticipation of feeding needs in the affected communities,” said Alvin Migues, EDS Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We are in regular contact with local and state Emergency Management staff and are already coordinating response efforts where roads are now passable. In the coming days we expect to have a clearer idea of the particular areas that need help.”

The Salvation Army facilities outside the affected area are open for evacuees seeking shelter and a number of response operations have taken place in counties that have experienced flooding:

  • Harris County – The Salvation Army of Houston provided meals, hydration and clean up kits from the Northwest Corps feeding unit to areas of Kingwood and along Westheimer & Hampstead. The mobile kitchen from Conroe has been roving Kingwood and surrounding areas providing hot meals to survivors and first responders.  
  • Orange County – EDS staff is coordinating with the Orange County Office of Emergency Management and the Police Chief of Vidor providing hydration and snacks to area shelters and first responders. More than 1,000 Salvation Army cleanup kits and a pallet of paper towels were provided to the Orange Disaster Assistance Group who is supporting community cleanup.
  • Hardin County – 200 cleanup kits were delivered to the city of Kountze.
  • Jefferson County – The Salvation Army of Beaumont has opened up its Boys & Girls Club gym as an overflow evacuation shelter for up to 100 people. Food and drinks have been delivered to the Beaumont City Hall for survivors and first responders.
  • Galveston County – Meals and hydration have been provided by The Salvation Army to the Port Bolivar Fire Department as that area is currently without power. Disaster support teams have been moving relief supplies (cleanup kits, MRE’s, hygiene kits) into the cities of Winnie, Stowell and Anahuac, along with snacks and hydration.
  • Montgomery County – The Salvation Army of Conroe is providing meals, hydration and snacks to the Bull Sala Community Center in New Caney and sheltered 243 individuals who were evacuated due to flooding.

As of 9/20/19 The Salvation Army in Texas has supplied 1,955 meals, 4,840 snacks and drinks, 1,200 cleanup kits and 500 hygiene kits.

“The Salvation Army warehouse in Beaumont is in an ideal location to provide essential supplies to the affected area. We are making arrangements to ship cots, blankets, hygiene products and other bulk supplies there in preparation for distribution,” said Migues. “Our volunteers have been put on alert and we will begin moving additional people and equipment into the region as soon as it is safe to do so and we have completed our assessment of the situation. The Salvation Army is already working in many of these communities and we will continue to serve residents in need.”

Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts following Tropical Storm Imelda. For the latest information please go to www.disaster.salvationarmy.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salvationarmytexas/ and www.twitter.com/salarmytx

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 Units in Southeast Texas Prepare to Respond to Flooding From Tropical Storm Imelda

Dallas, Texas (September 19, 2019) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster (EDS) teams in Southeast Texas are preparing to respond to heavy rain and flooding associated with Tropical Storm Imelda. Some areas have experienced as much as 30 inches of rain in the space of 24 hours and significant flooding has been reported throughout the region.

“We have six mobile feeding units prepared to respond in Southeast Texas with more units on standby,” said Kathy Clark, Associate Emergency Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “We also have a Salvation Army field kitchen that has been supporting the work of volunteers in Orange, Texas for the last few months that is available with the capacity to produce up to 5,000 meals per day. We will be watching this developing situation very closely over the next 24 to 36 hours.”

On Thursday morning, The Salvation Army in Orange received a request to provide snacks and hydration at an Emergency Shelter set up at the North Orange Baptist Church where 62 individuals spent the night on Wednesday. In Galveston County, The Salvation Army shelter is open for anyone needing shelter from the storm and widespread flooding. “We had around 30 additional people stay in the shelter last night,” said Holly McDonald, Community Relations/Development Manager for The Salvation Army in Galveston County. “We will continue have an open door for anyone needing a dry, safe place to stay, including those who may need to evacuate their homes in neighboring communities.”

Many roads across Southeast Texas remain flooded at this time as rain continues to fall in the area. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will know better how and where we can provide service in the coming few days,” said Clark. “The Salvation Army will be ready to mobilize our trained emergency disaster services teams to meet both the practical and emotional needs of those affected by Tropical Storm Imelda.”

Financial donations can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY to support response efforts in Southeast Texas.

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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Down But Not Out – A Hurricane Dorian Story

The Berkley Manor is a beautiful old hotel located on Ocracoke Island, NC. Its original woodwork and intricate details make it a unique place to relax and enjoy the island. In 70 years, the hotel has never flooded. But, when Hurricane Dorian swept over the island on Friday morning, September 6, the tide brought knee-deep water rushing into the hotel.

Salvation Army disaster workers met Berkley Manor co-owner Rob Orr one morning when he walked to The Salvation Army carrying a three-pot coffee brewer. “It was the only thing left on the table so I thought I would bring it over for y’all to use,” he said with a smile. As the group visited, he shared his story of when the tide came in.

“It was around 6 AM and we were moving the boats to a safer location. Then the wind shifted which caused the water to begin running back into the canals. So we turned around to head back to the Manor. Once inside, I saw the tide coming. It moved so rapidly, it blew the front door open! Within 15 minutes, we had water up to our knees! The Manor is old, it’s not connected to its foundation, so there was a big risk of the entire manor lifting up and floating away!”

Rob continued his story. “The current began flowing through the house, picking up all the furniture and slamming it against one wall. So we jumped into the water, which was over our heads, and we swam toward the barn to wait it out. For two hours as the waters receded, we were praying, hoping. You know your things are gone… you just want to make it through safely. All we could do was sit back and hope for the best.

After Rob shared his story, pastors from The Salvation Army prayed with Rob and Berkley Manor co-owner David Barns, offering words of hope and encouragement. David and Rob walked The Salvation Army pastors through the Manor, pointing out the beauty that still remained and lamenting what was lost. They know long months of work and restoration lay ahead for them. But, they were also left with the hope that Berkley Manor may be down, but it’s not out.

Stories like Rob and David’s are the reason The Salvation Army provides emotional and spiritual care to survivors after the storm. The mission of The Salvation Army is to preach the Gospel and to meet human needs in Christ’s name. After a disaster, we provide food and water to nourish the body; we provide a listening ear and shoulder to lean on to nourish the soul.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

If you would like to donate to Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or you can donate online at helpsalvationarmy.org

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 Carolinas Continues Serving Outer Banks after Dorian

Washington, N.C. (September 12, 2019) — The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Dorian continues in North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Today, four Salvation Army mobile feeding units and crews of trained Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers are serving meals, drinks, and providing spiritual care on Ocracoke Island, in Hatteras Village, and Dare County.

Power in the Outer Banks is restored for most of the area. The Salvation Army is feeding residents as they clean-up from the historic storm surge and disaster clean-up crews as they continue working along the coast. 

Emotional and spiritual care is also a focus for the Salvation Army teams serving along the Outer Banks. Trained ESC (emotional and spiritual care) caregivers are on the ground in door-to-door ministry on Ocracoke to provide a cold drink and encouraging words to residents as they restore their lives.

During disaster, pre-existing partnerships and relationships are essential to meeting the needs of people who are in the most need. The Salvation Army is working along the Outer Banks in collaboration with the North Carolina Baptist on Mission and the American Red Cross.

Salvation Army officers and staff work long before disaster strikes to begin and maintain these relationships. The Salvation Army will continue to partner with local and state government and agencies as communities continue to assess impacts from the storm.

In response to Hurricane Dorian, The Salvation Army in the Carolinas has provided:

  • 26,289 Meals
  • 32,986 Drinks
  • 10,488 Snacks
  • Emotional and Spiritual Care to 1,251 people
  • 9,448 hours of employee and volunteer service
    **Stats as of 9:00 a.m. 9.12.19

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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When the Storm Came – A Hurricane Dorian Rescue

Ocracoke, N.C. (September 10, 2019)–Residents are returning to the small island of Ocracoke after Hurricane Dorian swept over the island, causing flash flooding from storm surge. The 1,200 residents of the island have experienced hurricanes before, but the flooding from Dorian was historic.

During door-to-door ministry, Salvation Army emotional and spiritual caregivers met Lynnette Waller on her porch as she was taking a break from cleaning up the mess the storm surge Dorian left behind. As they visited, Lynette shared her story.

“At first, it wasn’t that bad. In fact, I thought it was over,” she recalled. “Then, in the middle of the night, I woke up and noticed the floor was wet. I walked into the living room and looked outside to discover floodwater up to the porch. I struggled to open the door because it was held shut by water. So I turned around and by the time I walked back to my chair, the water was up to my knees! At that point, I knew I could not stay any longer in the house so I walked outside to the porch. My neighbor waved to me and we tried to figure out how to get me out of the house. Thankfully, they called the fire department where a boat was brought out. The boat came right up to the porch where I was able to get off the house. The entire time, I kept thinking, ‘When am I going to wake up? Is this really happening?’”

After the fire department rescued Lynnette from her home, the Coast Guard flew Lynnette off of the island to a shelter in Elizabeth City. Her brother Gene picked her up the next day.

“I believe my sister’s house may be a total loss, but we are holding out hope,” he said. “My father built that house for us in 1958. The bones are good. I believe we will be able to reclaim it.”

Lynnette added, “I am really thankful for all The Salvation Army is doing here, we could not recover without your help.”

Pastors from The Salvation Army prayed with Lynnette and Gene and offered words of hope and encouragement, reassuring them that would come back to check on them in the following days.

The physical support of food and water that The Salvation Army provides is necessary; the emotional and spiritual support is life-giving. Specially trained Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care providers are working along the Outer Banks in the aftermath of Dorian, praying, sharing resources, and giving hope to people who are working to recover from the storm.

The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is uniquely positioned to support people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our network of trained disaster staff and volunteers are deployed to several locations across all potentially affected areas, in preparation to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors.  We are grateful to NC Baptist on Mission and the American Red Cross for the partnership in providing meals to Salvation Army canteens for lunch and dinner.

If you would like to donate towards Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or you can donate online at helpsalvationarmy.org

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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Neighbors Helping Neighbors after Hurricane Dorian

Ocracoke, N.C. (September 9, 2019)–A light blue SUV drove into the parking lot of the Ocracoke Fire Station where The Salvation Army was serving meals for residents impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Couches, clothes, mountains of mattresses, and other debris littered the street leading to the fire station, evidence of the storm that blew through the Outer Banks of North Carolina just two days before. Ocracoke resident Carol Paul got out of the van, first stopping to pick up clean-up supplies from the community center and then hot meals from The Salvation Army to deliver to her neighbors.

“Thank you for the hot meals you are providing our community,” she said with a smile. “When I came back to the Island, there was destruction everywhere! No power, people’s belongings were all over. I was lucky. My cars were not swept away by the storm. But some of my neighbors….they weren’t as lucky.”

Pastors from The Salvation Army prayed with Carol and she turned to begin her deliveries of hot food and supplies to her neighbors.

As she walked away, the breeze was blowing gently and waves were lapping the shore. Nature had seemingly returned to normal, yet normal will take weeks for the residents here as they recover from Dorian. In the meantime, small things are of the utmost importance. A hot meal. Cleaning supplies. An air-conditioned community center. Charging stations for mobile devices.

The Salvation Army is on Ocracoke Island and other places along North Carolina’s Outer Banks, serving residents who are restoring their lives after Hurricane Dorian. We are there to provide a meal and a cold drink and hope dring a difficult time. We are The SALVATION Army, here to meet human need in the name of Jesus Christ without discrimination.

The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina is uniquely positioned to support people affected by Hurricane Dorian. Our network of trained disaster staff and volunteers are deployed to several locations across all potentially affected areas, in preparation to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors.

If you would like to donate towards Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or you can donate online at helpsalvationarmy.org

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 Carolinas Serving Meals to Communities Impacted by Dorian

Charlotte, N.C. (September 7, 2019)—Today, Salvation Army mobile feeding units and crews of trained Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers are serving meals, drinks, and providing spiritual care in coastal areas of northeast North Carolina and in the Charleston area of South Carolina. In addition, at the invitation of local emergency management, several Salvation Army mobile feeding units are on standby for service on Okracoke Island, in Hatteras, and Dare County in North Carolina’s Outer Banks where storm surge from Hurricane Dorian caused flash-flooding and stranded many local residents.

Currently, power crews are working around the clock to get power on for approximately 90,000 customers in the Carolinas. No power means people do not have a way to cook and refrigerated food may spoil. The Salvation Army is serving in the community to provide meals to families and individuals who need a hot meal to hold them over until the power has been restored.

The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the gospel and meet human needs in the name of Jesus Christ. Providing food for people in need is one way The Salvation Army meets its mission worldwide. During a disaster, The Salvation Army uses its long experience of mass feeding to provide nourishment to people before, during, and after the disaster. 

We feed before a disaster…
Before the disaster, first responders assembled in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) to coordinate response and in staging areas to mobilize in communities. Even before Hurricane Dorian impacted the Carolinas, The Salvation Army was serving hot meals and cold drinks in EOCs across both states so emergency management officials could continue their important work.

The Salvation Army also served food to displaced residents compelled to seek shelter before a disaster because they live in vulnerable areas. Through close coordination with local government and disaster service agencies, The Salvation Army was there to meet the immediate needs of evacuees.

We feed after the disaster…
After the disaster, The Salvation is in the community as soon as the roads are clear to provide the physical comfort of a hot meal and a cool drink and the emotional and spiritual comfort that our specially trained caregivers provide. The Salvation Army is there in the community to provide meals to families and individuals so their resources can go toward restoring and rebuilding their lives.

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 Carolinas Assessing Community Needs Along Coast

Charlotte, N.C. (September 6, 2019)—Salvation Army commands from the North and South Carolina coastline are assessing the needs in their communities today as the track of Hurricane Dorian continues a path along the North Carolina coastline. Wind, storm surge, rainfall, and the threat of tornados continue as a Hurricane Warning remains in effect for portions of the North Carolina coast.

Currently, power outages across the two states are significant; however, crews are working tirelessly to restore these outages. Three mobile feeding units in Charleston, South Carolina will begin roving through communities to provide food and drinks to people without power. The Salvation Army continues to receive requests from local emergency management partners as the day progresses and unmet needs are realized.

During a disaster, pre-existing partnerships and relationships are essential to meeting the needs of people who are in the most need. Salvation Army officers and staff work long before disaster strikes to begin and maintain these relationships. The Salvation Army will continue to partner with local and state government and agencies as communities continue to assess impacts from the storm.

Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.

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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