Atlanta, GA: In accordance with the changing landscape dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army is adjusting its protocols in order to provide service around the globe. In the Southeastern United States, that takes on various forms while aiming to meet human need in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army recently provided food, in addition to educational tools, in Savannah, Georgia. As an extension of an after-school program for youth, meals were served at The Salvation Army’s community center in the area, all while following social distancing guidelines. From there, children’s books were part of the service in an effort to help families read together and further the education of young people.
A phone call from a man who was both blind and elderly inspired a new method of service for The Salvation Army in and around Georgetown, South Carolina. The man, who was in dire need of food in the early stages of the pandemic, contacted Captain Tim Scott, corps officer in Georgetown, and led him to a new contact with three senior centers in the region. Since then, The Salvation Army has engaged in near-daily food delivery to the centers, serving as many as 90 individuals, with food boxers that include canned fruit and vegetables, cereal, trail mix, peanut butter and more.
In Wilmington, North Carolina, The Salvation Army is addressing COVID-19 health problems with the asymptomatic homeless and transient individuals in Hanover County. Due to restraints on existing emergency shelters and their ability to quarantine individuals with COVID-19, a 25-bed temporary shelter was constructed. It features the capability to serve hot meals, provide laundry facilities and a hand-sanitizing station. In addition, The Salvation Army is also assisting individuals with hotel placement for proper quarantine purposes, as the shelter becomes full.
Continuing a regular Blog Post written by Brad Rowland, Staff Writer, Southern Spirit Newspaper
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The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.