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THE SALVATION ARMY PROVIDING SUPPORT IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

 Tornado Victims and First Responsers being Assisted

 

SPRINGFIELD and CANTON, MA – The Salvation Army is assisting tornado victims and first responders from western and centralMassachusetts including inWestfield,Springfield, Monson, Brimfield and Sturbridge.  Beginning yesterday afternoon, The Salvation Army deployed four mobile feeding units to provide a continuous supply of food and water to residents and first responders who are affected by the storms. These units will remain in operation for the near future.

Major Thomas Perks, Commanding Officer of The Greater Springfield Salvation Army says they are currently assessing the damage and evaluating what is needed to help local residents. “Right now, the main goal is to provide food and water to those who are unable to get out of their homes or neighborhoods. We are in this for the long haul, we will help folks until it’s over,” says Major Perks. 

Last night, according to Chris Farrand, Director of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services inMassachusetts, the Army provided over 1,800 hot meals and 200 cots to victims and first responders throughout the hardest hit areas.

The Salvation Army Officers and Emergency Disaster Services professionals and volunteers continue to serve first responders with hot meals and water at the State’s command centers located in the highly impacted areas ofSpringfield,Westfieldand Monson/Brimfield. Also inSpringfield, a team is mobilizing to provide food, water and emotional and spiritual support to those in need. Throughout the region, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services’ teams are poised to continue providing services including food, shelter, clothing, a listening ear and essential supplies.

“We remain in constant contact with federal, state and local officials to ensure we are continuing to provide the critical disaster support services and responses that are needed throughout the state – just as our fellow Salvation Army divisions are doing in other tornado ravaged areas across the country” continued Chris Farrand.

In the coming days, there will be a request for non-perishable food and water donations. The Salvation Army will make an announcement as soon as a drop off location is determined.

The Salvation Army is asking for monetary donations toward tornado relief in Massachusetts, which can be made on-line at www.salvationarmy-ma.org or through the Salvation Army’s Text to Give number. A $10 minimum donation can be made by texting the word TSAMA10 to 85944. 

 

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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