CHATTAHOOCHEE, FL (October 22, 2018) – Florida resident Dana Hastings has been overwhelmed since Hurricane Michael devastated her neighborhood in Gadsden County. “They’re saying I might not get power back until December. I don’t know what to do,” said Dana.
The Category 4 storm destroyed numerous houses throughout Dana’s community, including her neighbor’s home. As a result, Dana and her husband have been sheltering three other families, causing her initial household of 7 to more than double to 19 people. Now, basic needs are hard to come by for the 14 adults and 5 children living under one roof.
One afternoon, Dana stopped by The Salvation Army’s local feeding site and timidly asked for food to help feed everyone in the house. Dana was pleasantly surprised when, without question, the canteen crew provided her with a total of 19 meals.
“You can tell she wasn’t expecting us to say yes,” said canteen crew member, Roger Williams. “When she came back to the feeding site the next day, it was a little easier for her to ask for help.”
After a family has lost everything in a disaster, The Salvation Army not only steps in to help meet the survivors’ most urgent needs but is also there to serve as they work to put their lives back together.
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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.