ALBANY, GA (October 21, 2018) — Thirteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Audrey McLean remembers that day well. Her parents lived in Gulfport, MS, not far from the beach, and were left without a house once the waters receded. “We were lucky,” said McLean, “The house wasn’t completely destroyed, but we were in a FEMA trailer for a long time.” She remembers driving up through the state of Mississippi and being amazed at how far inland the damage continued.
When Hurricane Michael hit, Audrey wanted to give back. Her sister, Leslie Abrams, lives in Albany, GA, an area heavily affected by the storm. Audrey, and her six-year-old son, Cam, drove down from Atlanta to help their family and volunteer with The Salvation Army. They spent a day helping to distribute cleaning kits and boxes of food to Albany residents in need.
Audrey remembers well how it feels to start the recovery process and the difference a small act of kindness can make. “It’s always good to come out and help. Plus, I want my son to know we need to help other people because they would help us if the situations were reversed.”
How to Help:
The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.
- Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
- Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
- Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.
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.