Nashville, Tennessee — “Others” has been the rallying cry and focal point for The Salvation Army since its inception more than 150 years ago. And never is it better displayed than in times of disaster.
A team of trained staff and volunteers are responding to the devastation left after the severe storms and an F3 Tornado ripped through Middle Tennessee. Led by Major Stephen Story, The Salvation Army is utilizing personnel and equipment from not only Nashville but other nearby communities as well.
With three canteens (mobile kitchens) already at work and another arriving today, trained disaster responders with The Salvation Army are providing much-needed food and drinks along with Emotional and Spiritual Care to survivors and first responders. In addition to this specialized equipment, support vehicles are working to transport supplies to affected areas as well as providing service in still hard-to-reach parts of the community.
The Salvation Army’s long-time presence in multiple locations across Middle Tennessee allows for quick, local response in times of disaster. With active response in Davidson, Wilson, and Putnam counties, The Salvation Army’s focus on “Others” means a focus on our neighbors.
Big or small, the needs are the same: food, water, material support, and The Salvation Army’s specialty – a shoulder to cry on, a hug, a knowing nod, a smile, a prayer – Emotional & Spiritual Care.
Of course, Salvation Army personnel are working closely with local, state, and federal officials to ensure resources and services are focused where needed most.
Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most. For the latest Salvation Army disaster response news from across the country visit www.SalArmyEDS.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.