LUTZ, FL (September 3, 2019) – Volunteers gathered at The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services warehouse in Tampa to pack clean-up kits for people impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
The 5-gallon-buckets include trash bags, sponges, gloves, bleach, hand sanitizer, and more. Mops and brooms are also available for distribution with the kits.
As Tampa schools were closed in anticipation of the storm coming through the area, several Tampa-area teens decided to give back on their day off school.
“I volunteered because I feel like it’s important to give back, and I want to help people in the path of the hurricane,” says 15-year-old Emily Raines. “I feel like I’m privileged to have a good life and it’s easy to take what we have for granted.”
With the help of volunteers, The Salvation Army estimates more than 3,000 clean-up kits will be packed within just a few days. The destination of the kits remains unknown as needs arise in the Bahamas and are expected in several states across the U.S. east coast.
The Salvation Army has 30 mobile feeding units positioned across Florida with each mobile kitchen ready to serve 500-1,500 meals per day. Along with meals and clean-up kits, emotional and spiritual care would be provided to survivors and first responders.
The Salvation Army continues to work with state and local emergency management officials throughout Florida to determine needs and coordinate resources.
For updates on The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
To support Hurricane Dorian relief:
- Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
- Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
- Designate ‘Hurricane Dorian’ on all checks
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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.