The Salvation Army responded to a call from Chatham County Emergency Management Agency to provide food and hydration to approximately 175 first responders, including local public safety, FBI, GBI and military officials on scene of a crashed Air National Guard WC-130 near Savannah, Georgia. According to the U.S. Airforce, the C-130 was from the 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico and was on a training mission when it crashed.
The crash occurred a few miles away from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, off state Highway 21, and five miles away from The Salvation Army Savannah Garden City Family Store.
“During this difficult time, The Salvation Army is offering prayers and support to those on site, the communities affected, and to the families of those suffering loss,” said The Salvation Army of Georgia Emergency Disaster Services Director, Lanita Lloyd.
Highway 21 was severely damaged and officials say it will be shut down for an undetermined amount of time. “The Salvation Army will continue to provide feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual care for as long as needed,” said Linda James, Business Administrator for The Salvation Army of Savannah, Georgia.
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.