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Tallahassee Veterinarian Sharing in Salvation Army's Ministry of Comfort

TALLAHASSEE, FL (October 17, 2018) – Emotional and spiritual care is a unique and valued component of The Salvation Army’s emergency response. In times of crisis, The Salvation Army utilizes trained personnel to provide comfort to rescue workers and disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army is partnering with Therapy Dogs International (TDI) to support serving people impacted by Hurricane Michael, including displaced families and first responders from the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT) in Tallahassee. 

Dr. Elizabeth Blount is a local veterinarian in Tallahassee as well as a volunteer with TDI, which is a volunteer-based organization that provides therapy dogs to individuals in vulnerable situations such as disasters, hospitals, and nursing homes.

After receiving an email requesting therapy dogs to support The Salvation Army’s Incident Command service area for Tallahassee, Dr. Blount had a personal incentive to support this emergency response with her therapy dogs, golden retrievers Gabriel and Molly.

Dr. Blount was one of the many individuals who lost her home after Hurricane Irma devastated the Florida Keys last year. The Category 4 hurricane flooded her home with over 3 feet of water, roofs were torn off, and buildings were demolished. While Dr. Blount and her neighbors were outside rummaging through the debris for their personal belongings, a Salvation Army mobile feeding unit made its way through the wreckage.

“The mobile unit came down the street and stopped at every single house, greeted us, handed us a hot meal, and told us they loved us. It was literally enough to make us cry,” said Dr. Blount. “Not only were we desperate for a meal and water but just for somebody to say hey, we care…it made all the difference.”

Solace can come from a hot meal, a hug from a furry friend, or the caring presence of The Salvation Army’s staff and volunteers. As of October 16, The Salvation Army has provided emotional and spiritual care to 7,000 survivors and first responders impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida.

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 Brings Help and Hope to Albany, GA Enclave

ALBANY, GA (October 17, 2018)— A week after Hurricane Michael swept through the Peach State with the force of a category-three hurricane, the South Georgia landscape is still awash in a sea of toppled trees and littered debris. The harvest-ready cotton fields that dot the southern region are scattered to the wind, blown away like a tornado focused on a dandelion. Farmers quickly try to salvage what is left, leaving large, white circular bales wrapped round with pink and yellow plastic scattered across the plains.

Earlier, dedicated emergency crews from the north, east and west rallied to work feverishly in the hardest-hit South Georgia regions to restore power and free trapped residents as quickly and safely as possible. But, Hurricane Michael took a powerful upper-cut punch to South Georgia and the devastation is spread wide and far. It will take months to get back to any semblance of normalcy. In some cases, things will never return to the way they were before the ravaging storm stuck.

The panorama of tragic scenery is an abrupt contradiction to the calm, brilliant sunny days that often follow a hurricane.

It was on such a day, five days after Hurricane Michael struck, that Terry Lightheart, a mother to three grown children and three still at home, was driving northwest on highway 82 north of Albany, Georgia when her eyes were drawn like a magnet to an odd and dire sight 100 yards to the east a few miles outside of town. A nameless enclave of 60 thin-walled trailer-homes lay mangled by large, toppled pine and live oak trees like soda cans crushed underfoot.

In the buzz and chaos of disaster activity in the surrounding cities and counties, it was eerily quiet here — a little island of destruction secluded all by itself. No bulldozers or backhoes removing trees, no large bucket trucks restoring power, and no emergency vehicles accompanied by personnel directing traffic were on scene. There was only a little movement here and there as lonely residents braved to come out and face the massive destruction that was now their corral.

Moved by compassion for what Terry could only imagine would be found in the rubble, she resolved to find a way to bring hope and help these unnoted people.

And she was just the person to do it.

Terry was there, in Albany, Georgia, on a two-week assignment as the Planning Chief for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Michael Emergency Disaster Incident Management Team. Her compassion for people is one of the reasons Terry does what she does so well. She is in Georgia to help people in need alongside The Salvation Army of Georgia. But, in her normal job, Terry serves as the Emergency Services Director for the entire Salvation Army Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division (ALM).

Years of training and purposeful mission have honed Terry’s skills and given her a sixth-sense of what to do to help people in their time of need. She turns back to the disaster response Incident Command located at The Salvation Army’s Albany, Georgia Corps chapel, where she marshals the needed support and resources and alerts others to the small community’s plight.

Terry is soon back on the road in her Salvation Army branded Toyota Tundra V-8 SR5 and headed to help the people in the trailer enclave. Following Terry, in an ALM catering truck loaded with food and drinks, are Tyler Hicks and Shyan Campfield, a young couple who attend The Salvation Army’s Church in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Tyler and Shyan first met at The Salvation Army’s Camp Hidden Lake in Mississippi, and have been dating for two years. This is their first time helping people during a disaster and they are excited to put their faith in action.

As the two-car caravan pulls into their destination, they are met by a car going the other way. The man inside looks suspiciously at the well-meaning intruders. “Hi!” says, Terry cheerfully. “We’re here to see if you need any food and water.”

“Oh, that would be terrific!” the man says. “We thought we were all alone – nobody has been out here to help us. There are people in here who could really use some food.”

Terry, Tyler and Shyan slowly make their way up the little dirt road that meanders throughout the complex past trailer after trailer crushed by massive trees. They stop by a trailer where Destiny, age five, and her brother, Destin, age eight, are playing. Their Aunt, Brandi Robinson, watches from the trailer steps.

”Hi! Do you need any food?” asks Terry with a smile.

Brandi walks over and slowly warms to the new, friendly visitors. “Sure – that would be great,” she says without a smile. “We’re all just coming back to find all this,” she says. “Thankfully most folks waited out the storm elsewhere and the few that remained are safe. It’s a miracle that nobody was killed. We’re just trying to make sense of all this.”

Tyler and Shyan package enough meals for Brandi, Destiny and Devin, and additionally for Brandi’s sister and husband – the children’s parents. They have all moved into Brandi’s sister’s undamaged trailer right in front of the catering truck. Brandi’s trailer, the yellow one second from the entrance of the enclave, is a total loss – crushed under a massive pine tree. A small American flag proudly stands straight at the side of their mailbox — now dented to half its height by a branch from the pine tree.

A little girl in flip-flops decorated with colored strands and a few rhinestones walks up to the catering truck. “Do you have hot dogs?” she cheerfully asks. She lives in the trailer right beside Brandi’s sister. Soon Terry is talking with her parents who have made their way to the truck – now a centralized gathering place.

“We’re so glad to see you here,” says Cliff Sanspree. “We thought we were on our own. Nobody has come out to help us.” Cliff’s house was not damaged, but a large pine tree fell on his new Ford truck. “It’s a mess,” Cliff says, shaking his head. “We took in one of our neighbors who has a bad leg. Can we get a meal for him, too?” he asks.

A young man drives up on a trail-weary, red four-wheeler. “There’s an elderly house-bound couple around the corner. Can I take them some meals?” Tyler and Shyan spring into action and he is soon off on his delivery run.

Another man gratefully reflects as he picks up a meal and something to drink, “I thought we were alone, but now we have hope. It’s good to see there are good people in this world.”

By the next day, electric crews had dropped off a few caissons loaded with telephone poles, and the future for the little trailer-home enclave began to look brighter.

And for Terry, Tyler and Shyan, the people who were nameless, unidentifiable and in much need just a short time ago, are no longer so. Now, they are people they know, and will never forget.

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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The Salvation Army Helps "Lift the Burden" for Panama City Family

Lynn Haven, FL (October 16, 2018) – The Wallace family had never asked for a meal from The Salvation Army before, not even during previous hurricanes. But today the family of four needed a break from cooking on their propane stove and decided to stop by one of the more than 24 canteens (mobile feeding units) serving the Panama City area. 

“We were driving by and thought it might be nice to not have to cook at least one meal,” says Lindsey Wallace. “We appreciate The Salvation Army more than anything, just to help lift the burden off our shoulders even just a little bit. We’re very thankful.” 

Lindsey says she and her husband Chad decided to ride out Hurricane Michael with their two children in their Lynn Haven home, a home they built together, filled with too many memories to walk away from. “We really didn’t think the storm would be that bad and if we did sustain damage, I wanted to be here in case something bad happened,” she says. 

The Wallace’s fared better than most of their neighbors; many who lost nearly everything. But through it all, she says, the family managed to make it to the other side of the storm unscathed.

“Other than a little crying during the storm and fear about what was happening outside, my kids were remarkably strong,” says Lindsey. Her husband Chad agreed, saying his only regret was not sending his wife and children out of harm’s way. However, he says Hurricane Michael is teaching his children a very valuable lesson, one that they can’t learn from a book even though he and his wife are teachers. “This really isn’t a lesson about survival; rather it’s a lesson about kindness and about how important it is to help each other in times of tragedy, exactly what The Salvation Army is doing.”

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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 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.

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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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