The Salvation Army continues to provide food, hydration and spiritual and emotional care to responders and military officials on scene in Savannah, Georgia where a WC-130 military cargo plane crashed Wednesday afternoon, killing all nine people aboard.
The Salvation Army Savannah Corps canteen (mobile feeding unit) on scene has served approximately 600 meals a day non-stop since Wednesday. To help in the response effort, local businesses were quick to partner with The Salvation Army.
“The outpouring from the community has been tremendous and many local business have graciously donated various food, snacks, drinks and other supplies to responders through The Salvation Army,” said Major Philip Swyers, presiding officer for The Salvation Army in Savannah.
Some of the businesses donating food and supplies include; Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, Zaxbys, Home Depot, Krispy Kreme, Shell House, Krystal, Texas Road House, Olive Garden, Papa Johns, Little Caesars, Marcos Pizza, Publix, Tijuana Flats and Republic Waste.
The WC-130 was flying from Savannah to Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed. According to reports, the plane was at least 50 years old and was flying to Arizona to be decommissioned. It was used last year during Hurricane Irma to rescue US citizens from the British Virgin Islands.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Guard Bureau and the Air Force. It is unknown how long the investigation will take to complete.
“Prayers continue to go out to the families of all on board the plane and those impacted by this tragic event,” said Major Swyers. “The Salvation Army is here on scene, and will continue to provide help and hope for as long as is needed.”
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.