Sebring, FL – Word has spread in Sebring, Florida and across Highlands County, when you see The Salvation Army canteen in front of the Family Store, food is ready. The Salvation Army is providing more than 3,000 meals a day, and it’s welcome relief for many residents and families in these towns of 10,000 people.
Thousands in Highlands County are still affected every day by Hurricane Irma and its affects. 65% of residents are still without power, crops are being affected, and flooding is putting more and more people at risk of loss.
To address the constant flow of county residents coming for food and water, The Salvation Army team developed a drive-thru system, bringing meals to families in cars with police officers directing traffic. Major Ernest Hull, The Salvation Army’s Incident Commander in Sebring, said it’s like serving one big meal.
“These people are desperate,” said Major Hull. “Power outages, damaged crops, loss of income. These people are going to feel this storm for a long time, and we’ll be here to help ease that burden for the long haul.”
The Salvation Army is also providing emotional and spiritual care to people who request it, providing an extra layer of love and hope to those impacted by Irma.
“We are meeting the needs of this community by going into the community,” said Major Hull. “We want to be that helping hand and smiling face that helps them through this tough time.”
The Salvation Army’s Sebring Incident Command and feeding station is positioned outside the Sebring Corps at 3135 Kenilworth Blvd. in Sebring, Florida. Meal and water service is provided from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
To make a donation to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Irma relief efforts, go online to www.helpsalvationarmy.org, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
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.