Jackson, MS — Normality is defined as “being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning.” Providing a “range of normal functioning” is just one way The Salvation Army is helping tornado survivors in the small town of Hackleburg, Alabama.
The entire town was destroyed during the tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011. Residents felt getting students back in school as soon as possible was important. Surrounded by tons of debris and damaged homes; two Salvation Army feeding units have sat on the edge of town for several weeks now. They are producing up to 1,000 meals per day for students who are finishing up school in a nearby church. That school year will come to an end Friday May 27th.
Along with pastoral care and emotional support The Salvation Army is also providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more to survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 20 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites.
*Please note changes in location address and days/hours open
Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211) Monday-Friday
Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue) Monday-Friday
Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office) Monday-Friday
Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street) Monday-Saturday
Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center) Monday-Saturday
Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center) Monday-Saturday
Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave – Thrift Store) Monday-Saturday
Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan) Daily
Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. – Russellville Rec Center) Daily
Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building – 114 14th Street, Decatur) Monday-Saturday
Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store – 207 20th St, Jasper, AL) Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM
Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery – Social Services office) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center) Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM
Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services Office) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center) Monday- Friday 11AM-5PM
Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop – Thrift Store)
Starkville/Webster County (407A Industrial Park Rd – Service Center)
Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St – Tupelo Corps)
Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P
The Salvation Army is also reminding residents to please bring the appropriate paperwork as it will help expedite service. The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).
The Salvation Army is using 5 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:
*Please note some locations will be closed Sunday
4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL
1st Baptist Church on University
*Closed on Sunday
Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding
*Closed on Sunday
1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St
Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served nearly 233,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:
-The Salvation Army has served 232,934 meals, 566,982 sandwiches,
snacks & drinks.
-The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field
Kitchen capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2
Satellite Communications trailers.
-The Salvation Army has distributed 43,000+ hygiene kits.
-The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+ cleanup kits.
-The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,100+
-The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several
-Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 57,000+hours.
Donations are the best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers. 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 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.
Public Relations Director/PIO
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709
Cell: (239) 223-1252