Hamilton, MS (April 18, 2019)—After a tornado struck the area surrounding Hamilton, MS, it was The Salvation Army that came to help serve affected residents and to aid the first responders in the days that followed. A meal or a bottle of water can often provide a considerable amount of emotional and mental comfort to those who have encountered stressful situations such as natural disasters. And, offering emotional support or spiritual care can help people in hard-hit communities find stability in the wake of a storm.
Severe weather continues to threaten the area and The Salvation Army will be prepared to serve as needed after the storms pass. According to Lieutenant Christian Smith, Columbus Salvation Army Corps Officer, they were able to continue operations until noon on April 18th but had to secure their temporary distribution area as the new round of storms entered the area. “We then plan to resume operations tomorrow and through the weekend,” he says.
That service will continue to include meals, water, snacks, clean-up kits, and emotional and spiritual care. To date The Salvation Army has provided 240 meals, 320 snacks, 314 drinks, 86 clean-up kits, 86 hygiene kits, 25 tarps, 40 cases of water, 5 sets of infant supplies and 13 boxes of food. This is in addition to the 44 individuals who have received emotional and spiritual care. To donate to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, go to helpsalvationarmy.org.
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.