Greensboro, N.C. (April 17, 2018) – On Sunday, April 15 a line of severe storms moved rapidly through North and South Carolina, knocking down trees, dropping large hail, and causing power outages to more than 75,000 customers. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado with 135 mph winds touched down in several places in Greensboro, North Carolina. According to the Greensboro city manager, 20 homes and businesses were destroyed, 80 homes and businesses have been reported with major damage, and another 60 had minor damage. The storms affected a total of 320 structures in Greensboro.
The Salvation Army of Greensboro deployed a mobile feeding unit to one of the hardest hit areas to serve relief workers and families who are searching for personal belongings and clearing property of debris from the storm. At lunch Monday, 300 meals were served and the numbers were expected to rise for dinner. The Salvation Army is also onsite to provide emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.
â€œWe are here to meet the needs of the community, whether that need is a meal, a shoulder to lean on, or groceries, clothing, and household items for people impacted by the storms,â€� said Major Don Vick of the Greensboro Salvation Army. â€œItâ€™s heartbreaking to see the devastation of the families, but we are honored to be here to offer hope and a hot meal.â€�
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.