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.