Lumberton, NC (September 24, 2018) — The waterways have crested, water is starting to recede, and many in Robeson County are getting their first look at what is left of the symbols of their lives.
“This is forty years of memories, and I can hardly recognize my own living room,” said Shirley B. (she preferred not to give her last name). “We sat on their porch, sipped a cold bottle of water, talked, and prayed,” said Ken Brown. Brown is a trained Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responder from Greensboro, North Carolina. He and a fellow staff member drove a canteen (mobile feeding kitchen) to Lumberton, NC packed with supplies.
Perhaps the most important thing they brought was an unquenchable spirit to serve. But a close second is what seems to be a bottomless well of energy. Brown is coming up on the end of his two-week deployment but still shares a quick smile as he serves hot meals and cold drinks for the canteen window. Soon, Brown will return home, being replaced by another trained team coming in from Frankfort, Kentucky.
Shirley went on to share, “It’s just overwhelming to think about. My head starts to spin and my heart speeds up.” In times of disaster, The Salvation Army is best known for providing food and water. But, “what makes The Salvation Army special is the ability to serve holistically; we feed body, mind, and soul,” said Major Tim Grider, the Fayetteville Corps Officer. Who, along with his wife, Cheryl, is responsible for The Salvation Army services in Fayetteville and surrounding counties.
Leveraging the nationwide network of resources, The Salvation Army is sending personnel to replace some personnel already working the Robeson County and additional resources – trained workers and response vehicles — to increase the response effort.
Grider said, “The Salvation Army has been here for years, working every day to improve and empower the lives of those in need. Today, The Salvation Army is serving our neighbors as they rebuild their lives in the wake of Hurricane Florence flooding. The Salvation Army will still be here tomorrow, meeting human need where we find it; making the most of the resources the community has entrusted to us.”
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.