The Salvation Army Elberton Crew Brings Relief to Savannah

Savannah, GA – As military investigators continue to seek the cause of the crash of an aging C-130 cargo plane in Savannah, Georgia, The Salvation Army of Georgia has been on site since day-one providing food, drinks, snacks and emotional and spiritual care to responders and military officials.

Saturday, The Salvation Army sent their Elberton, Georgia canteen, complete with a crew of six Emergency Disaster Services trained volunteers, to help in response relief at the crash site. The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Elberton team relieves the Savannah Corps canteen team, which has served meals non-stop since the plane crash occurred last Wednesday. An SUV will provide additional mobile support for the Elberton canteen delivering food, snacks and drinks wherever needed.

“It’s pretty somber being this close to the actual crash site, because you really start thinking about what happened. But serving people in their time of need is what we do at The Salvation Army, whether it’s giving a bottle of water, feeding people or offering encouraging prayer and spiritual or emotional support,” said Linda James, Business Director of The Salvation Army of Savannah

The Elberton canteen team started on site relief work today providing meals and drinks to responders and military officials. They will serve in two shifts of three people working 12-hour shifts.

“We see how the community is affected by this tragedy – the sorrow and pain, and we grieve with them,” said Major Swyers, presiding officer at the Salvation Army in Savannah. “We are here to help the responders and the community in whatever capacity is needed, for as long as 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 ( 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 or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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