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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES ITS STORM RELIEF ACROSS THE SOUTH-EAST

Atlanta, GA– The Salvation Army has been providing meals, drinks, snacks and emotional & spiritual comfort in the three states devastated by last week’s tornado outbreak. The following is today’s report of activity:

Chattanooga Area Response Continues to Expand Its Feeding Operations

Chattanooga, TN – As demand continues to remain high in the aftermath of last week’s historic tornado outbreak, the Chattanooga Area Disaster response has made a call for more feeding units to meet the demand. To date, we have served over 16,000 hot meals, over 20,000 snacks, over 25,000 beverages, and spiritual care to well over 1,000 people since disaster operations began last Thursday. As we continue to search for new under-serviced areas, we continue to be amazed at the extent of this disaster.

Monday, the Salvation Army has brought in two additional mobile feeding units from Salvation Army units in Murfreesboro, TN and Danville, KY to help meet the widespread need for assistance. Currently, the Salvation Army has 5 other mobile feeding units roaming and stationed in the following areas:

Hamilton County:

Apison, TN Community- Apison Pike, Clouts Rd,

Shepherd Road and in East Ridge around the Missionary Ridge community

Dade County:

Ingles in Trenton.

Catoosa County:

City Hall in Ringgold and roaming in the Cherokee Valley Rd area neighborhoods

Bradley County:

The Salvation Army Service Center on Inman Street and along Dalton Pike also traveling into various neighborhoods.

If you or a loved one or friend are in need of assistance please call: 423-756-1023.

As you can see, the demand for assistance remains high in the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia. We need your help! First and foremost, we solicit your prayers for the tornado victims and relief workers. We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which they can donate monetarily to the relief effort. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (800- 725-2769) or visit our website: http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888 a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill.

The relief effort also continues in Birmingham, Alabama. Here is a story from the field.

“Devastation”

That is what residents in Pratt City are echoing day after day. Our canteen in that location today is from Tallahassee, Florida. Johnny Hughes is manning it and tells us, “Families are just not sure what to do.” He said with many generations living within close proximity of each other, complete families have been wiped out. “They say they are just devastated with nowhere to go.” Johnny says that he has served enormous amounts of food and snacks at his location, and that everyone is very appreciative. “They have said that they just knew The Salvation Army would be there to help, they just knew it.” So far The Salvation Army has served over 41,000 meals, 41,000 snacks, 58,000 bottles of water, had over 900 volunteers working more than 6,000 hours, and we have counseled and prayed with almost 2,000 victims. We still have 37 canteens spread out from Pleasant Grove and Pratt City, to Holly Pond and Cordova.

 

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.” Checks may be made out to:

The Salvation Army Disaster Relief

P.O. Box 100339

Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

Currently, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

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