After the tornado that struck Hamilton, MS on Saturday, April 13th first responders entered the area to provide aid to those affected by the storm. The Salvation Army was there as well to assist in recovery efforts. In the days that have followed, The Salvation Army has served this hard-hit community with material aid and spiritual comfort.
According to Lieutenant Christian Smith, Columbus Salvation Army Corps Officer, they are keeping an eye on forecasts of more severe weather coming through the area on Thursday, which may require a temporary hold on service delivery. However, The Salvation Army plans to continue serving the affected community before and after any new storms that may come through. “We’re going to get as much aid out there as possible before the storms hit,” said Lt. Smith.
The Salvation Army will continue to serve the area as the need continues. A multi-agency distribution site was set up at the Hamilton Baptist Church. This distribution site will remain open through the weekend, to ensure they can meet the needs of the community.
To date, The Salvation Army has provided 240 meals, 306 snacks, 294 drinks, 73 clean-up kits, 73 hygiene kits, 13 food boxes, 30 tarps, 8 infant supplies, and 101 cases of water to tornado survivors and first responders in Mississippi and Alabama in response to the tornadoes that struck over the weekend of April 13-14, 2019. To donate to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, go to 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.