The Salvation Army Responds to Oregon Wildfires – Update #4

(September 14, 2020) – Since Monday, September 6, The Salvation Army has provided 10,648 meals for evacuees across nine counties in Oregon.

Whenever we’re asked by local and state agencies, The Salvation Army responds to our region’s wildfires. As one of the nation’s major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army is on the ground before, during, and after a disaster strikes. Our Emergency Disaster Services teams provide food, hydration, emotional comfort, and more.

Right now, The Salvation Army continues to provide meals across nine counties in Oregon. 

  • Clackamas County at the Clackamas Town Center at 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086.
     

  • Douglas County: Meal services are available for pick-up and delivery only. To sign up please call 503-313-3438.
     

  • Jackson County Expo at 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, OR 97502.
     

  • Lane County feeding 125 firefighters twice a day.
     

  • Linn and Benton Counties: Serving meals to evacuees at the Linn Benton Fairgrounds at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany, OR 97322.
     

  • Lincoln County: Emergency food boxes at 140 NE 4th St, Newport, OR 97365.
     

  • Marion County at the Oregon State Fairgrounds at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97303, as well as Woodburn at the Super 8 at 821 Evergreen Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071
     

  • Multnomah County at the Oregon Convention Center at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232.


DONATIONS
The best way to help evacuees is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of the disaster. 100% of your donation stays in Oregon to respond directly to the needs of those impacted by the Oregon Wildfires. There are a variety of ways the public can support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts:

ONLINE
cascade.salvationarmy.org

PHONE
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Designate gift “Oregon Wildfire Relief”

MAIL
Designate “Oregon Wildfire Relief” on check and mail to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
8495 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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The Salvation Army Aids in Washington Wildfires – Update

WASHINGTON – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team is committed to helping the families impacted by the Washington wildfires – we are there to provide immediate relief now and will stay in the area for as long as needed. We will work with the community until it is restored.

Please visit our website for updated information about our work:
https://northwest.salvationarmy.org/

As of Monday, September 14 @3pm

Seattle – The Salvation Army’s 24/7 emergency smoke shelter in SODO in partnership with King County & the City of Seattle will remain open until Wednesday morning (9/16) at 8am due to unhealthy air quality conditions. Capacity has been expanded to 101 single adults.

Pierce County – The Salvation Army is providing vouchers for food, gas, and other supplies and is working with the County to provide snacks and drinks for ventilation centers.

Davenport – The Salvation Army is providing vouchers for food, water, hygiene items and other supplies to families who have been evacuated.

The Salvation Army is working with the state and local agencies to monitor current conditions and begin plans for long-term recovery and rebuilding in areas impacted by wildfires around the state.

How to Help
The most critical need right now is for monetary donations. There are three ways to contribute to The Salvation Army relief and restoration efforts for Washington wildfires:
1. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – designate gift for ‘WA Wildfires’
2. On-line at: http://salarmy.us/NWWildfireRelief
3. By mail: Send a check, marked ‘WA Wildfires’ to The Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, PO Box 9219, Seattle, WA, 98109

The best way to help during any disaster, large or small, is often to make a financial contribution. Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Salvation Army Preparing For Sally While Actively Providing Laura Relief

Lake Charles, Louisiana (September 13, 2020)— The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division is preparing for a major emergency disaster response for the second time in less than a month as Tropical Storm Sally threatens the gulf coast—even as active Hurricane Laura relief is currently ongoing in Lake Charles. According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Storm Sally is currently projected to strengthen into a hurricane on Monday and then move slowly northward near the southeastern Louisiana or Mississippi coasts through Tuesday.

The need in Laura-ravaged Lake Charles is still great, where The Salvation Army is continuing to serve an average of 9,000-10,000 meals each day. To date, The Salvation Army has provided over 260,000 meals in response to Hurricane Laura throughout affected areas of Louisiana and Texas—nearly 200,000 of those meals were provided in Lake Charles alone. 

The oncoming threat of Sally is causing The Salvation Army to reassess the placement of already thin-stretched resources and personnel in its Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division. “Helping people at their point of need is what The Salvation Army does best. Nobody wants back-to-back disasters, but we will be there to help whenever and wherever disaster strikes,” said Terry Lightheart, Salvation Army ALM Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director.

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army is by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/LakeCharlesCorps, www.facebook.com/salarmyalm/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week. 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Oregon Wildfires – Update #3

(September 13, 2020) – The Salvation Army continues to provide meal service for evacuees across eight counties in Oregon. Then starting tonight, The Salvation Army will begin feeding 125 firefighters twice a day in Lane County. 
 

  • Oregon Convention Center at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. No volunteers needed at this site.
     

  • Oregon State Fairgrounds at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97303.
     

  • Jackson County Expo at 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, OR 97502.
     

  • Linn and Benton Counties: Serving meals to evacuees at the Linn Benton Fairgrounds at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany, OR 97322.
     

  • Douglas County: Meal services are available for pick up and delivery only. To sign up please call 503-313-3438. Volunteers are needed in Roseburg for assembling lunches and dinners for delivery. Volunteers are needed between 9/13 – 9/20. If you are able to help, please call 503-313-3438.
     

  • Lincoln County: Emergency food boxes at 140 NE 4th St, Newport, OR 97365.
     

  • Clackamas County: The Salvation Army is providing meals, drinks, N95 masks, snacks, and coffee at Clackamas Town Center at 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086.

Evacuee Shelter Services:


VOLUNTEER

DONATIONS
The best way to help evacuees is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of the disaster. 100% of your donation stays in Oregon to respond directly to the needs of those impacted by the Oregon Wildfires. There are a variety of ways the public can support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts:

ONLINE
cascade.salvationarmy.org

PHONE
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Designate gift “Oregon Wildfire Relief”

MAIL
Designate “Oregon Wildfire Relief” on check and mail to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
8495 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Salvation Army Remembers 9/11 Amid Hurricane Laura Relief

Lake Charles, LA (September 12, 2020)—As The Salvation Army continues to serve Hurricane Laura ravaged Lake Charles, the significance of yesterday’s date, 9/11, was remembered. In the daily morning canteen meeting, there was recognition of former military and first-responders who are currently serving on canteen crews, and a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the events of that terrible day 19 years ago. 

The day was especially meaningful for one Salvation Army volunteer, retired Army Major Ell White, who is currently serving on a Salvation Army canteen crew providing Hurricane Laura relief in the form of hot meals served daily in DeQuincy, Louisiana. “This day, being the 19th anniversary of 9/11, that shook up a lot of families in the military because that started a continuing trend of training, deploying, training, deploying, and during that time we lost a lot of good men and women. So, coming here and serving with The Salvation Army, helping individuals that are in a vulnerable situation, was a no-brainer,” said White, who makes it a point to wear his fatigues when he serves, even through the oppressive heat. 

White says that God told him to get involved with The Salvation Army, and specifically with Lt. Bryan Farrington, who is the corps officer of The Salvation Army Montgomery, Alabama Corps, and is currently serving as Operations Chief for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Laura relief efforts in Lake Charles. “I told him the vision God gave me about working with disaster and working disaster areas, how I worked with human trafficking victims and my military background. I told him I have a whole wealth of experience and knowledge and a skill set that I’ll be willing to share by volunteering my services,” said White. “Ever since then, we have been the best of friends. Doing things in the community like feeding the homeless in Montgomery and doing various projects together,” he continued.

White says the purpose of his service here is to glorify God. “Some people have come through here and been a little depressed, but when they leave, you give them a different spin and give them a little hope,” said White. “Yesterday was a powerful day because a couple of families came and asked me to pray for them. Even though I’m dressed like a soldier and I look like a soldier, minus the beard and locks, of course, and that was a wonderful thing. Just to know that although I look like a soldier they knew I was a man of God,” he continued. 

Ell White wants people in the rest of the country to be aware of the depth of pain and suffering that people are dealing with in the wake of Hurricane Laura, and that The Salvation Army is here to help ease that pain. “I was talking to one lady yesterday and she lost her husband to COVID-19 right as Hurricane Laura was happening. To lose your husband and then go through Hurricane Laura,” White said. “Then, I talked to another family, and they lost their father right as Hurricane Laura hit. It’s like they almost want to give up. And I’m telling them, no, don’t give up. God’s going to pull you through this, because if He saw you through the storm, He’s going to see you through this storm, too. But don’t you give up,” he continued.

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week. 

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army is by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/LakeCharlesCorps, www.facebook.com/salarmyalm/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Salvation Army Constantly Assessing & Meeting Needs in Lake Charles

Lake Charles, Lousiana (September 10, 2020)—Today marks two full weeks since Hurricane Laura made landfall as a category 4 hurricane that nearly devastated Lake Charles, Louisiana. With the majority of the area still without electricity and a city-wide boil water advisory in place, the extreme heat and dehydration are a major concern. Add to that the fact that people can’t cook for themselves in homes that lack power and drinkable water, and most homes in the area are in some state of ruin, with or without electricity. Ensuring that everyone is well fed, hydrated, and cared for is The Salvation Army’s primary mission here. 

The Salvation Army has 24 mobile feeding units (canteens) serving two meals a day to the Lake Charles area every day. Every morning, the canteen location list is posted to the Lake Charles Salvation Army Facebook page and shared with partner agencies and local news stations, so people know where they can go to receive a free hot meal. In addition to these static locations, there are also canteens roving through neighborhoods to serve people where they are. Assessing the latest information to determine which areas need the most service is a daily task that is taken very seriously. 

“With power coming back on to different areas, we’ve had to shift the places where we’re feeding. But power is still out in much of the city, so we’ve shifted dynamics on where we are serving to keep meeting the most need and doing the most good,” said Lt. Bryan Farrington, Operations Chief for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Laura relief efforts in Lake Charles. “The need is still extremely great here. We’ll keep adjusting and filling needs, making sure the people have plenty of food and proper hydration to keep going,” Farrington added.

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army is by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/LakeCharlesCorps, www.facebook.com/salarmyalm/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week. 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Oregon Wildfires – Update #2

The State of Oregon has asked The Salvation Army to provide 6,000 boxed meals daily for three evacuee locations:

  • Clackamas Town Center at 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086, starting Thursday, September 10.

  • Oregon State Fairgrounds at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97303, starting Friday, September 11.

  • Jackson County Expo at 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, OR 97502, starting Friday, September 11. 
     

The Salvation Army will continue providing meals in Linn, Douglas, and Lincoln Counties.  

  • LINN COUNTY: Serving meals to evacuees at the Linn Benton Fairgrounds at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany, OR 97322.

  • DOUGLAS COUNTY: Serving meals to evacuees at the Douglas County Fairgrounds at 2110 Frear St, Roseburg, OR 97471.

  • LINCOLN COUNTY: Serving dinner at Newport Recreation Center at 225 SE Avery St, Newport, OR 97365.
     

The Salvation Army is also providing drinks, N95 masks, sack lunches, snacks, and coffee at Clackamas Town Center at 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086, starting Thursday, September 10. 

The Salvation Army HOPE House in Medford is currently sheltering 43 evacuees, providing meals, and is expecting more evacuees.  


DONATIONS
The best way to help evacuees is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of the disaster. 100% of your donation stays in Oregon to respond directly to the needs of those impacted by the Oregon Wildfires. There are a variety of ways the public can support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts: 

ONLINE
cascade.salvationarmy.org

PHONE
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Designate gift “Oregon Wildfire Relief”

MAIL
Designate “Oregon Wildfire Relief” on check and mail to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
8495 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Oregon Wildfires – Update #1

OREGON (September 9, 2020) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services has been activated in Ashland, Phoenix, Talent, Medford, Linn County, Roseburg, and Lincoln County to respond to the Oregon Wildfires.

  • JACKSON COUNTY (Ashland, Phoenix, Medford, and Talent): 

    • The Salvation Army HOPE House transitional shelter program site in Medford is now operating as an Evacuee Shelter while still housing program participants. Currently, housing 22 evacuees and have the capacity for 50 evacuees. Meals are being provided for evacuees at the shelter. If you need assistance, please call 541-773-6965 x101.

    • We are providing food boxes and clothing vouchers to evacuees.

    • Thrift Store is closed today (9/9). The Thrift Store will open tomorrow (9/10) for evacuees to redeem clothing vouchers. 
       

  • LINN COUNTY: Serving meals to evacuees at the Linn Benton Fairgrounds. Sign up to volunteer: http://salarmy.us/albany-fire-volunteer

  • ROSEBURG: Serving meals to evacuees at the Douglas County Fairgrounds (2110 Frear St, Roseburg, OR 97471). For additional services call 541-672-6581.If you would like to volunteer, please call 503-313-3438.

  • LINCOLN COUNTY: Serving dinner at South Beach Church (3335 S Coast Hwy, South Beach, OR 97366) Wednesday (9/9) Thursday (9/10), and Friday (9/11) at 5:00 PM. 
     

DONATIONS
The best way to help evacuees is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of the disaster. 100% of your donation stays in Oregon to respond directly to the needs of those impacted by the Oregon Wildfires. There are a variety of ways the public can support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts.

ONLINE
cascade.salvationarmy.org

PHONE
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY – Designate gift “Oregon Wildfire Relief”

MAIL
Designate “Oregon Wildfire Relief” on check and mail to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
8495 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Salvation Army Disaster Relief In Full Swing in Lake Charles

Lake Charles, LA (September 9, 2020)— Disaster relief operations are in full swing in what is now the second week of The Salvation Army’s response to Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles. There are currently 24 mobile feeding units (canteens) in active service throughout the Lake Charles area, providing hot meals, cold drinks, snacks, and more to anyone in need. Salvation Army canteen crews from all over the South have come in to help support the effort. “On behalf of The Salvation Army, we are grateful to the public for allowing us to serve them. It’s what we do best—attending to the overall wellness of the people we serve by offering emotional and spiritual care as well as providing for their physical needs,” said Major Christopher Thornhill, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army Hurricane Laura Incident Command Team.

To date, The Salvation Army has provided the following in Lake Charles in response to Hurricane Laura: 

• Prepared Meals: 130,789

• Drinks: 90,925

• Snacks: 79,081

• Emotional & Spiritual Care to 4,245 Individuals

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week. 

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army is by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/LakeCharlesCorps, www.facebook.com/salarmyalm/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Salvation Army “A Conglomerate of Angels� in Lake Charles

Lake Charles, LA (September 7, 2020) – In the course of their daily rounds, The Salvation Army’s canteen crews make a difference in the lives of the people they serve throughout the severely damaged neighborhoods of Lake Charles in the wake of Hurricane Laura. They provide more than simply the much-needed hot meals and cold drinks they serve. They also provide hope and consistent help as they make their rounds day after day.

Barbara and Joseph Prater are two of those who have been impacted by the ever-present help of The Salvation Army in Lake Charles. They have been living in a makeshift room which Joseph boxed in at the back of their house, “so we wouldn’t be outside,” said Barbara, a breast cancer survivor who needs to keep cool for her health. They secured a generator and use it to run an air conditioner to cool the room, which they are currently sharing with the rest of their family whose homes are also damaged. “We’re sleeping on the floor on mattresses, but we’re so grateful for it because some people don’t have walls at their house,” said Barbara.

Sometimes they all sit in the shade of their carport to break up the isolation and monotony of the only cool room in the house. “We were just sitting here praying and asking God to send us some angels, and that’s exactly what He did. And here they are, back again today, to bless us,” said Barbara. “That’s what angels do. That’s what The Salvation Army is, it’s a conglomerate of angels,” she added. 

The Salvation Army brought hot meals, cold drinks, and snacks that day. The next day, they also brought the clean-up kits that the Praters had requested the day before. “All I’ve ever known The Salvation Army to do is help people. It’s what they do, and I’m so grateful,” said Barbara. 

To date, The Salvation Army has provided the following in Lake Charles in response to Hurricane Laura: 

117,340 Prepared Meals

84,192 Drinks

74,583 Snacks

Emotional & Spiritual Care to 3,068 Individuals

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salarmyalm/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week. 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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