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The Salvation Army of Georgia Expands Hurricane Michael Service

ALBANY, GA (October 16, 2018) –The Salvation Army is on the ground with a mission to feed, hydrate, and give help and hope in communities across South Georgia impacted by Hurricane Michael.

Today, one catering truck from the Kentucky Division and three from the Alabama-Lousiana-Mississippi Division join the fleet of 16 canteens (mobile feeding units) from the Georgia Division in service in South Gerogia. The 20 total Salvation Army units in service are staffed with crews of specially-trained food service workers and emotional and spiritual care specialists.

“The Salvation Army is here for those impacted by Hurricane Michael, ready to respond aggressively and serve compassionately as long as we are needed,” says Captain Erik Henry, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Michael Incident Management Team in Albany, Georgia.

The Salvation Army expanded service in the Albany and Bainbridge areas as downed trees and electrical wires were steadily cleared, giving access to more south Georgians in need. Emergency crews continue to make progress to restore power, but it may be several weeks before power is completely restored to rural parts of South Georgia. For as long and wherever needed, The Salvation Army is committed to help those in need of food, drink and an encouraging word.

 “The canteens are stocked twice a day with food and drinks ready to serve affected areas,” says Incident Management Team Operations Chief, Major Andrew Gilliam. “They have the ability to respond quickly to changing conditions to serve those in need,”

Salvation Army mobile feeding units are currently positioned in the following areas:

  • Decatur County
    • 2092 Tallahassee Highway South, Bainbridge
    • Walmart – 500 East Alice Street, Bainbridge
    • Brinson Fire Department – 176 Ruthaford Street, Brinson
       
  • Dougherty County
    • Civic Center – 100 W Oglethorpe Blvd, Albany
    • Gordon Sports Complex – 800 Willie Pits Jr. Road, Albany
    • Albany Fire Company No. 1 – 320 N. Jackson Street, Albany
    • Mike’s Country Store (Putney) – 2305 Liberty Expressway
    • Tallulah Massey Branch Library – 2004 Stratford Drive, Albany
    • State Point of Distribution (POD) – 2424 Sylvester Road, Albany
    • Samaritan’s Purse – 925 Pine Avenue, Albany
    • 600 Sands Drive, Albany (apartment complex)
  • Early County
    • 735 S Church Street, Blakely
  • Lee County
    • 205 Kinchafoonee, Leesburg
    • 795 Hwy. 82 West, Leesburg
  • Miller County
    • 351 E. Pine Street, Colquitt
  • Seminole County
    • 3041 Town and Country Road, Donaldsonville
  • Terrell County
    • State Point of Distribution (POD) – 638 Forester Drive, Dawson

How to Help

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

Donate By Phone:  1-800-725-2769 (1-800-SAL-ARMY)
Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301
       Please designate 2018 Hurricanes – Michael on your check
Donate Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
Donate By Text:
Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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.

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Community Comes Together for Food, Coffee, and Fellowship in Quincy, Florida

QUINCY, FL (October 16, 2018) – When a community is impacted by a disaster, survivors are seeking simple comforts such as a hot meal, a cup of coffee, and a friend to talk to. The Quincy community, just northwest of Tallahassee, got a savory surprise yesterday as The Salvation Army, Crossroad Academy Charter School of Business, and Community Coffee partnered to host a barbeque-style feeding site for families affected by Hurricane Michael.

“We have two low-income housing communities right by the school. When a disaster like this happens, trying to get a meal is just another grocery bill these families did not plan for. By partnering together, we are expanding our resources for these families,” said Crossroad Academy Principal Kevin Forehand. Crossroad Academy, which provides a rigorous educational program for more than 550 students, is still without power.

Sean Kirby of Community Coffee also donated an abundance of fresh, hot coffee to serve at the event, which many survivors in the community were grateful for. Sean has been an Advisory Board member for The Salvation Army in Baton Rouge for almost 15 years.

Just three weeks ago, Sean and his team drove out to the Carolinas to enhance The Salvation Army’s disaster response for Hurricane Florence. This time, Community Coffee joined forces with The Salvation Army again to serve alongside them in Tallahassee and Panama City for Hurricane Michael. “We love helping The Salvation Army. Their emergency response is well orchestrated, and I love their passion,” said Sean.

Between the meals prepared on The Salvation Army’s canteen and those prepared on site by the school’s Chief of Staff and Students, more than 3,400 hot meals were available for the Quincy community, including hot dogs, hamburgers, and barbeque sandwiches.

Friends of The Salvation Army, including State Representative Ramon Alexander, were onsite to meet with survivors and first responders. DJ Dap and DJ Ezone of Tallahassee’s Blazin 102.3, also came out to further broadcast The Salvation Army’s efforts to meet the need of people impacted by Hurricane Michael in Gadsden County.

To help support the disaster relief work of The Salvation Army, donations can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “2018 Hurricane Season – Michael”) mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.

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.

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The Salvation Army Helps Two Brothers in Christ Deliver Hope in Panama City

Panama City, FL (October 15, 2018) – On most days you’ll find John “ZZ” Gavrun and John “Animal” Kirchens riding their motorcycles, preaching the gospel of Jesus throughout Panama City.

They’re both members of Faith Riders, a local motorcycle ministry; but on this day, the pair was riding in Gavrun’s car, its roof barely intact from the effects of Hurricane Michael which devastated the area less than a week ago.

Today’s mission was to find a hot meal to keep them and their families going. “We lived through it, watched it come in, watched the trees come crashing down all around us. It was devastating,” says Gavrun. He had seen hurricanes before, never heeding the call to leave and Michael was no different.

“I’ve sat through several Cat 1’s and 2’s over the years and we thought this would be a 3, something we could handle like the others,” says Gavrun. “But it came in almost as a Cat 5 and it destroyed everything.”

At the Saint Andrew Baptist Church where their motorcycle ministry was born, The Salvation Army mobile feeding unit is a welcome site as crew members provide hot food, cold water, and hope. “It’s a blessing to have The Salvation Army here providing this help, it’s a blessing for everyone.”

His friend John Kirchens credits his strong faith as what carries him through all of this. “I’ve been able to cope with disaster because I have Christ in my heart and he’s helping me deal with this,” he says. “To have The Salvation Army here is a blessing because they’re preaching God’s love through feeding and it’s wonderful.”

Kirchens shares an uplifting message with everyone he comes across. “I’m telling people not to lose hope because they’re still alive. Houses, cars and things can all be replaced but your life cannot. Keep Jesus in your heart and you won’t go through this alone.”

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane Michael relief efforts:

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301
    • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricane Season – Michael’ on all checks
  • Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  • Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
     

Additional information:

  • The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
  • In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.
  • The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.

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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.

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The Salvation Army: It’s About Others in Blakely, GA

BLAKELY, GEORGIA (October 15, 2018) — The year was 1993, and one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the U.S. had just laid waste to south Florida and the Keys. Steve and Karen West stood outside their now-demolished Miami home realizing life as they had known it was gone. Hurricane Andrew cut a swath of devastation and harsh reality across the lives of millions of people. As Steve looked around, he noticed a Salvation Army truck serving food in the area and started to walk toward it.

“I remember it like yesterday,” says Steve. “What a great sight to see. I thought, ‘how wonderful it was that someone was thinking to do something like this, at a time like this, for us.’”

The devastation to their home motivated Steve to take another job with his employer, Delta Airlines, in Atlanta, Georgia. Life went on for Steve and Karen; their children grew up, graduated from college and got married. But, Steve never forgot that Salvation Army truck and the kindness of people he did not know who would brave the dangers of a disaster zone to venture out to help those in need. Back in those days, Steve had many good words for those Salvation Army people.

Today, on one of the few main street corners in Blakely, Georgia, sits another Salvation Army truck parked in a convenient corner of a large store parking lot. Most of the electricity in the small southwestern Georgia town is out. Just a few days before, Hurricane Michael, the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S., had devastated the Florida panhandle with such force it was almost classified a category-five hurricane. The hurricane’s massive impact carried through Florida, into South Georgia and eventually over the little town of Blakely with the rage of a category-three hurricane.

Streams of people approach The Salvation Army canteen (a mobile feeding unit) in the parking lot corner to get warm meals and drinks in quantities sufficient for their families. Words of kind appreciation mixed with stories of hardship and worry fill the air.

“I came down here to help my 93-year-old grandmother,” says a woman carrying away a stack of prepared meals and a bag of drinks. “Our electricity is out and these meals are a God-send. Bless you.”

Christine Drought stands outside the window of the canteen fully decked in red and white Salvation Army regalia handing out meals and drinks with a bright, friendly smile as fast as Trish Francis, inside the canteen, can hand them to her through the window. Christine and Trish are part of the Newnan, Georgia crew and have worked together on many disaster teams. They love what they do and they are extremely good at it.

“Our house is Okay,” says another woman, “But, we don’t have electricity, so the food in the refrigerator is now bad.” Adding somberly, “And we lost five acres of timber.”

The man in line behind her listens in and interjects, “You don’t know how fortunate you are to have electricity, water and food until you don’t have it.”

“We prepared for a storm,” says another woman in line, “But, not this! Who would have thought a category-three hurricane would come through Blakely.”

“I used to be just like them,” whispers a man standing off to the side from behind a well-trimmed white mustache, “I know exactly what they are going through, and that’s why I’m here.”

It’s Steve West.

Now retired from Delta Airlines, Steve never forgot the goodness he found with The Salvation Army, and he, along with his wife, Karen, wanted to be part of that good work. She’s a vital part of the Newnan, Georgia team – right there in the canteen next to Trish, handing out meals to Christine.

“I love what The Salvation Army stands for,” says Steve. “Doing the most good. That about sums it up.”

It seems The Salvation Army has never been far from Steve and his family. After graduating college, Steve and Karen’s daughter, Stephanie, took a job as The Salvation Army Service Center Director for Newnan, Georgia. Steve now serves as the board chairman for The Salvation Army in Newnan, and loves giving back to others.

Steve and his dedicated, hard-working Newnan crew love serving together as a well-knit team. But, they will be the first to tell you it’s not about them – it’s about others. It’s about bringing hope and help to those people standing in line in front of their Newnan canteen full of worry and doubt about what the future holds.

“It’s all about serving others in their time of need,” says Steve. “I know, because I’ve been there.”

How to Help

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

Donate Online: HelpSalvationArmy.org
Donate By Phone:  1-800-725-2769  (1-800-SAL-ARMY)
Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301
         Please designate 2018 Hurricanes – Michael on your check
Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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.

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The Salvation Army Teams Meet Immediate Needs in South Georgia

ALBANY, GA (October 15, 2018) – An wide array of Salvation Army personnel throughout south Georgia are responding in communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. Currently, The Salvation Army of Georgia has mobile feeding units providing food and hydration and emotional and spiritual care. To date, The Salvation Army has served approximately 4,400 meals, 5,000 drinks and 3,700 snacks to first responders and those impacted by Hurricane Michael in south Georgia.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” says Captain Erik Henry, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Hurricane Michael Incident Management Team, “We currently have two response teams set up, one in Albany and another in Bainbridge that continually assess and redeploy resources as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.”

Relief efforts extend throughout south Georgia. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will continue to focus on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

“Hurricane Michael was a powerful storm,” Says Major Charles Powell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We are here to minister in the name of Jesus to those who are hurting — to be there for them in their time of need.”

Salvation Army mobile feeding units are currently positioned in the following South Georgia areas:

  • Decatur County
    • 2092 Tallahassee Highway South, Bainbridge
    • Walmart – 500 East Alice Street, Bainbridge
  • Dougherty County
    • East Albany (Putney, Dunes, Massey, Civic Center)
    • Gordon Sports Complex – 800 Willie Pits Jr. Road, Albany
    • Albany Fire Company No. 1 – 320 N. Jackson Street, Albany
  • Early County
    • Piggly Wiggly – 113 N. Main Street, Blakely
  • Miller County
    • 351 E. Pine Street, Colquitt
  • Seminole County
    • 3041 Town and Country Road, Donaldsonville

How to Help

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

Donate By Phone:  1-800-725-2769  (1-800-SAL-ARMY)
Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301
                              Please designate 2018 Hurricanes – Michael on your check
Donate Online: helpsalvationarmy.org
Donate By Text:
Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

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.

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Planting Seeds of Hope on the Frontlines in Tallahassee

Tallahassee, FL (October 15, 2018) – When disaster strikes, mobile feeding kitchen (canteen) crew members are at the forefront of The Salvation Army’s emergency response offering meals, refreshments, and emotional and spiritual care to rescue workers and survivors. From enduring extreme weather conditions to extensive hours of service, a canteen crew member must have patience, heartiness, and compassion to serve others.

30-year-old Kayla Titchenell is a canteen crew member providing disaster services for Gadsden County, where 40,000 people are still without power.

She was first introduced to The Salvation Army as a child in Hagerstown, Maryland through the Angel Tree program, which provides Christmas gifts of new clothing and toys to children of low-income families. “The Salvation Army played a big part in our home. I got Christmas gifts, food, and clothes from them all the time,” said Kayla.

Kayla eventually moved to Lakeland, Florida and briefly stayed in The Salvation Army’s shelter with her then one-year old son Elijah until she secured a part-time job at Publix. The corporate Angel Tree hosted by Publix was just the beginning of Kayla’s journey to give back to people in need through The Salvation Army.

Kayla diligently volunteered with the Angel Tree program for three years and just two weeks ago became the Special Events Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Lakeland. Now, Kayla and countless Salvation Army colleagues and volunteers from all over the country are serving on the frontlines in the Florida Panhandle to provide relief for families displaced by Hurricane Michael.

“In times of crisis, people wonder if anyone cares what they are going through. The existence of canteen crews demonstrates that someone cares. They give up their time to alleviate suffering and it takes a special kind of person to make that happen,” says Major Ed Binnix, Incident Commander of The Salvation Army’s emergency response in Tallahassee.

“If it wasn’t for The Salvation Army, I wouldn’t have gotten anything for Christmas. And now that I work for the same organization that gave me so much as a child, it feels amazing,” says Kayla. Her unwavering commitment to serving the community is a prime example of The Salvation Army’s ministry: planting a seed of faith in people that have lost hope.

From providing emergency response to survivors of a disaster, to spreading Christmas cheer to a low-income family, The Salvation Army is committed to meeting human needs all year long.

To help support the disaster relief work of The Salvation Army, donations can be made at www.helpsalvationarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by check (designated “2018 Hurricane Season – Michael”) mailed to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.

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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.

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The Salvation Army Delivers Food and Hope in Wake of Hurricane Michael

Panama City, FL (October 14, 2018) – The Salvation Army is ramping up meal service to areas across the Florida Panhandle ravaged by Hurricane Michael. In addition to property damage, survivors and responders are faced with widespread power outages. 

As of October 14, more than 191,000 people were still without power in Florida, with four counties reporting 92-98% of residents impacted by the outage. The Salvation Army has 42 mobile feeding kitchens (canteens) serving across the area to provide meals and supplies as people wait for utilities to be restored so rebuilding can begin.

Amazingly, Ashley Johnson and her four young children were in good spirits as they waited in line for a hot meal from The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding kitchen (canteen) in the late morning heat. The family managed to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Michael as it approached the Panama City area as a strong Category 4 storm.

“We thought about riding it out, but we knew it was time to go when it nearly became a Cat 5 hurricane,” says Ashley. Returning home, they found what most in the area did: trees were blown down, damage to their house, and no electricity to speak of.

Keeping her kids entertained over those initial days wasn’t easy she says, but they were still standing, alive and incredibly thankful that The Salvation Army was there to provide food for her family. “You don’t know how much you appreciate a hot meal and something to eat when everything is so scarce and you have to feed your family,” says Johnson. “It’s amazing to have The Salvation Army helping, it really is.”

As of October 13, The Salvation Army has provided the following to people impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida:

  • Meals – 24,649
  • Drinks – 25,024
  • Snacks – 20,113
  • Emotional and Spiritual Care – 545 people
  • Water (cases) – 1,756
  • Service hours – 6,197

How to Help:
The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
    • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
  •  Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  •  Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Additional information:

  • The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
  • In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.
  • The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.

# # #

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.

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The Salvation Army of Georgia's Hurricane Michael Disaster Response Update

ALBANY, GEORGIA (October 14, 2018) —When disasters strike, The Salvation Army is there, providing emergency assistance to survivors and first responders. The following is a summary of how The Salvation Army is serving those impacted by Hurricane Michael in Georgia:

To date, The Salvation Army in Georgia has served 3,500 meals, 4,500 drinks and 3,700 snacks to those impacted by Hurricane Michael in the Albany and Bainbridge, GA areas.

Albany, GA:

  • Five mobile canteens and feeding crews are located at fixed sites throughout Putney, Dunes, Massy and Lee Counties. One additional canteen from Vidalia, GA is anticipated to arrive shortly.
  • The Albany Incident Command continues to be located at the Albany Corps building located at 304 W. 2nd Ave.
  • Service requests are increasing due to people returning to the area and those impacted finding TSA service locations. Approximately 1,300 meals are anticipated to be prepared and distributed today, however, service is expected to increase as additional resources arrive on-site and more areas of need are identified.
  • 60% of power is out in Albany and 70% in surrounding counties.
  • Efforts are being coordinated with The Baptist Men cooking operation to set up cooking expanded service in the Albany area.
  •  Locations of service in Albany:
    • East Albany – The Salvation Army’s Albany, GA canteen is roving the East Albany area serving impacted areas, including the Albany Civic Center.
    • North Jackson community – a stationary canteen from Macon, GA is located at 320 N. Jackson St.
    • Gordon Sports community – a stationary canteen from Atlanta, GA is located at 800 Willie Pits Trail.
    • Doughtery County – a stationary catering unit is located at 2424 Sylvester Rd.
    • Dawson – a stationary canteen from Augusta, GA will be located at 638 Forester Dr., Dawson.

Bainbridge, GA:

  • Five mobile feeding units are actively at fixed sites to provide service to impacted areas throughout Seminole, Early and Miller counties.
  • Service to the Bainbridge area has increased significantly during the last 24 hours as new areas of need were identified.
  • An additional Incident Command is being set up in Bainbridge to coordinate the increased service need.
  • Efforts are being coordinated with The Baptist Men cooking operation to set up expanded service in the Bainbridge area.
  • An additional catering unit is anticipated to join the Bainbridge service shortly.
  • Locations of service in Bainbridge:
    • Hispanic Mission – a catering unit is located at the Hispanic Mission at 2092 Tallahassee Hwy South.
    • In Seminole County, a catering unit is located at 3401 Town and Country Road, Donaldsonville, GA.
    • In Early County – a canteen from Newnan, GA is located at735 S. Church St. Blakely, GA.
    • In Miller County – a canteen from Lawrenceville, GA is located at 351 E. Pine St., Colquitt, GA.
    • Walmart – a canteen from Marietta, GA is located at the Walmart; 500 E. Alice St.

How to Help:
The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
    • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
  •  Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  •  Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Additional information:

  • The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
  • In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.
  • The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.

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.

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The Salvation Army Helps Hispanic Community Seeking Shelter in Bainbridge, GA

Bainbridge is a small town neatly nestled in the southwestern corner of the state of Georgia just over the Alabama and Florida state lines. It was first settled as a small trading post in the late 18th century. Residents are rightly proud of their little corner of Georgia, and will quickly remind you it’s the hometown of Georgia Bulldog Head Coach Kirby Smart.

Life is fairly laid back in Bainbridge. But, that all changed when Michael arrived hurling winds of 120 miles per hour down against the quite little town.

“Bainbridge was never seen anything like this before,” said Maria Diaz, a resident since 1999. “The last time anything close to this happened here was back in 1851.”

Bearing testimony to Maria’s statement, countless 100-year-old-plus live oak trees, that once graced the town, are now strewn across streets and lawns, and lay toppled over homes and businesses.

Many of the largest and most beautiful trees in Bainbridge are now either gone or severely disfigured. Waves and swaths of live oak leaves stripped from their branches by hurricane-force winds still swirl in the narrower back streets, like dark green glitter tinged with a smattering of road dust. Unripen acorns wretched from parental trees easily crunch underfoot at every step.

A few miles south of town, and a stone’s throw from Tallahassee Highway, almost 100 men, women and children huddled together inside the United Methodist Hispanic Hispanic Mission seeking shelter from the rages of Hurricane Michael, not knowing the fate of their clustered trailer-homes just over the tree line. Their fear grew in intensity as the raging storm winds increased and pressed trees down to their breaking point. At the height of the storm, the little group of gathered families huddled together in prayer for thirty minutes in the center of the chapel. At midnight, the power went out.

Local congregation leader, Jamie Gallaga, earlier pleaded with the little Hispanic community to shelter in the church from the storm. Much to Mr. Gallaga’s relief, they listened. Gallaga grew up on the Mexican Gulf Coast and shared his frightening personal experiences of what hurricane force winds could do. Although Gallaga is not an ordained pastor, its not important to the little Hispanic community. He took up care for the little Hispanic flock when the pastor assigned to the church was delayed by governmental red tape over a year ago, and they won’t forget his unfailing love and dedication to them.

“I’m glad they listened,” says Gallaga with tears in his eyes, “I can’t image what I would do if anything happened to one of these little ones,” he adds, as children run laughing, playing and chasing each other around the inside of the chapel.

The women and children stay at the Hispanic Mission Church during the day while the men go back to their devastated neighborhood to do what repairs they can. One man lost his trailer-home where he and his five children were living. He lost his wife a few years ago, and now must maintain his strength for his family to make it through yet another tragedy.

Gallaga’s step-son’s house is destroyed — crushed under numerous fallen trees. And two trees crashed through Gallaga’s home, too. “I’m not going to worry about my home or going back to work until the congregation is taken care of and none of them need to stay here anymore,” says Gallaga resolutely.

Just then, one of the best mobile kitchen units in The Salvation Army Georgia Division 21-canteen fleet from Elberton, GA, slowly navigates the turn into the driveway of the church—within a short time it is set up and ready to serve lunch. 

Behind the serving window is 2016 Salvation Army Southern Territory Volunteer of the Year, Joe Johnson, now approaching 30 years of volunteer service. “I love doing this,” Johnson says, as a gaggle of pre-teen girls skip up to the canteen followed closely by their moms and younger siblings. “Hot dogs!” they exclaim excitedly.

“I don’t have words to express how much it means for you to help us like this,” says Gallaga.

“That’s what we do – helping people in their time of need,” says Johnson. “We’re with you, and we won’t leave Bainbridge, or the little Hispanic Mission, either, until all in need are served and safe.”

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.

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The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Hurricane Michael Disaster Response Update

The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Hurricane Michael Incident Management Team (IMT) relocated its Incident Command to The Salvation Army Corps building in Albany, GA, and closer to areas of the state most affected by Hurricane Michael. The IMT liaison remains in Atlanta, GA to continue coordination efforts with state and VOAD agencies at the state Emergency Operations Center.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation to serve the most impacted areas around the Albany and Bainbridge, GA,” says Major Andrew Gilliam, The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Hurricane Michael IMT Operations Chief. “Our focus is to respond aggressively and serve compassionately to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of hurricane survivors and first responders.”

Current Update for The Salvation Army of Georgia Hurricane Michael response;

Albany, GA:

  • Five mobile canteens and feeding crews are located at fixed sites throughout Putney, Dunes, Massy and Lee Counties.
  • In East Albany, the Albany, GA canteen roving the East Albany area serving impacted areas, including the Albany Civic Center.
  • In the North Jackson community, a stationary canteen from Macon, GA is located at 321 N. Jackson St.
  • In the Gordon Sports community, a stationary canteen from Atlanta, GA is located at 800 Willie Pits Trail.
  • In Lee County, a stationary canteen from Vidalia, GA is located at 954 U.S. Highway 19 South.
  • In the Double Gate community in north Albany, a stationary canteen from Augusta, GA will be located at 3800 Old Dawson Rd.

Bainbridge, GA:

  • Four mobile feeding units are actively at fixed sites to provide service to impacted areas throughout Seminole, Early and Miller counties.
  • In Seminole County, a canteen from Bainbridge, GA is located at 3401 Town and Country Road, Donaldson, GA.
  • In Early County, a canteen from Newnan, GA is located at the Piggy Wiggly; 113 North Main St. in Blakely, GA.
  • In Miller County, a canteen from Lawrenceville, GA is located at 351 E. Pine St., Colquitt, GA.
  • In Bainbridge, GA a canteen from Elberton, GA will serve at two locations; the Bainbridge Hospital, located at 1500 E. Shotwell Rd., and at Jones Wheat Elementary School, located at 1401 E. Shotwell St.

In addition, The Salvation Army of Georgia is coordinating efforts with both the Tyson Foods’ “Meals that Matter” disaster relief team and The Baptist Men to set up cooking operations to expand service in the Albany and Bainbridge areas.

How to Help:
The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
    • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
  •  Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org
  •  Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

Additional information:

  • The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
  • In times of disaster, we serve the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild. Rebuilding communities takes time and partnership, and we will be there as long as it takes.
  • The Salvation Army is there before, during, and after the storm.

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.

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