Salvation Army Team from Maryland Serving Mexico Beach After Hurricane Michael

Mexico Beach, FL (October 22, 2018) – In Mexico Beach, the streets are full of recovery workers and residents in need of food and hydration as they begin the rebuilding process. The Salvation Army started distributing meals shortly after Hurricane Michael devastated the area and have been on site ever since providing much-needed resources and care.

“Unfortunately, Mexico Beach has in some ways become the face of Hurricane Michael because the damage is so catastrophic,” says Lieutenant Katie Bernabe, part of a trio of Salvation Army Officers from Maryland serving the area. “We’re blessed to play even a small role in the restoration of this beautiful town.”

The team, which also includes Captain Jonathan Howell and Lieutenant Chris Pachik, has connected with survivors and responders as they hand out meals to cars passing by each day from their mobile feeding unit.

“We thought we were going to be the blessing for others in this community, but in turn, they have blessed us abundantly more than we could have ever imagined,” says Lt. Pachik.

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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 ( 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 or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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