The Salvation Army Serves Populations in Rural Georgia

LEARY, GA (October 24, 2018) — While hot meal service has been demobilized, The Salvation Army in southern Georgia continues to provide for those affected by Hurricane Michael. In Baker County, there are still an estimated 1,000+ people without power. Residents have struggled to clear the roads and gain access to services they need.

Benson and Dale Craft own the B + D Deer Processing Facility on their land in Leary, GA. Benson described waiting out the storm and watching giant pine trees bend until the tops were almost touching the ground. “I said, ‘If there’s ever been a time to pray, it’s now’.” They got up the next morning to assess the damage and realized they had lost 80% of their timber, but their house remained unscathed. It took two hours to clear the fallen trees to extricate their dogs from their pen, where they were miraculously unharmed, and another six hours to clear a path to the highway on which their property lies.

The Crafts have opened their processing facility and its coolers as a distribution point for Salvation Army goods such as lunch boxes, crates of water and Gatorade, and other snacks. They spent the morning on the phone and social media, spreading the word to anyone in need to come by and pick up supplies. Dale was close to tears describing some of her neighbors and the great need surrounding them. “This is a blessing. What else can you say? It’s going to be a blessing.”  

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-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
    • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
  •  Donate online:

 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 ( 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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