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.