Tampa, FL (October 21, 2018) – With residents of seven Florida Panhandle counties still experiencing power outages, many who have been in the dark since October 10, The Salvation Army is there to serve these communities as they start the long road to recovery after Hurricane Michael.
Salvation Army staff and volunteers from across the United States, and even teams from Canada and Bermuda, have deployed to provide meals, supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and responders.
“Lives are being touched, lives are being changed,” says Major Ed Binnix, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s relief operation in the Tallahassee area. “They’re learning that there are people outside of their community that do care about them.”
Henry, a Salvation Army volunteer from Stuart, Florida feels like he’s getting back as much as he’s giving. “It blesses my heart to know we’re helping this community.”
The Salvation Army has deployed 45 mobile feeding units across the Florida Panhandle, and has served the following as of October 20, 2018:
Meals – 243,680
Drinks – 146,426
Snacks – 149,084
Emotional and Spiritual Care – 17,495 people
Comfort/Hygiene Kits – 1,048
Food Boxes – 1,884
Ice (bags) – 1,909
Water (cases) – 4,704
Hours of service– 19,474
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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.