Goldsboro, N.C. (September 21, 2018)–The Fairfax Virginia mobile feeding unit (canteen) was a fixture at Tommy’s Road Elementary at the request of Wayne County. For several days after Hurricane Florence, three meals a day were served to people who were unable to go back to their homes because of massive flooding in the area.
The crew serving on the canteen came to know the stories of several of the shelter residents. Major Donald Wilson, from Fairfax, and Captain Shrikant Bhatnagar, from the District of Columbia, were able to provide food for the body and soul. One couple, who were displaced for several days, asked them to pray for them. After the prayer, they shared how much of an impact The Salvation Army had made by sharing warm meals, heartfelt concern and smiles.
Devotions were offered daily to those who wanted to attend as well as prayer before serving every meal. One of the school cafeteria ladies stopped in to see how things were going one afternoon. While there she shared how she was taking her husband for treatment after a surgery. Captain Bhatnagar was able to pray with her and her husband.
And yet in another instance, while going to a local grocery store to purchase needed supplies, a manager stepped in to pay the taxes. After saying thank you, Major Wilson was able to listen to the manager’s story on how Hurricane Florence had affected their family as well as some of the others. The shopping trip resulted in being able to pray with the store managers for their families.
As Major Wilson stated, “Sometimes when you can just be still and listen, it is what is needed most by the person speaking and it provides an opportunity to provide emotional and spiritual care at their time of need.”
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.