It may not be pizza but it usually gets there in thirty minutes or less. It’s a Salvation Army officer delivering a meal to a Hurricane Irma survivor who can’t get out to the mobile feeding unit location.
Sunday afternoon Captains Nakisha Carr and Natalie Jackson went door to door to reach residents of a Fernandina Beach, FL apartment complex who faced difficulty in reaching the site of The Salvation Army canteen set up in the parking lot a nearby church.
“Hi! Would you like lunch and something to drink?” Capt. Carr asked an elderly woman after she answered Capt. Carr’s knock on the door. She did indeed want lunch and asked if her grandchildren in the house could also get some. Capt. Carr readily obliged and the family had a nourishing meal. This process was repeated by Capt. Carr and Capt. Jackson at half a dozen more apartments as they drove around the neighborhood.
Then the afternoon took on a more lighthearted tone. The two officers came across a pair of teenage boys riding their bikes down the street. They answered the by now familiar questions with a hearty “Sure!” as the Captains pulled up alongside. When Carr and Jackson got out of their vehicle and handed the meals to the boys, Capt. Jackson noted that one was wearing a Star Wars hat. A lively conversation ensued among the boys and The Salvation Army officers over which movies they thought best and which characters were they favorite. As the officers got ready to leave, they all laughed after someone mentioned that there was a Star Wars “Nerd Fest” happening in the middle of a city street.
The Salvation Army, delivering meals, comfort, and sometimes, more than a little fun.
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.