The New Year Finds The Salvation Army Serving Tornado Victims In Pearl

Jackson, Mississippi – The Salvation Army is bringing in the new year the same way it served throughout  2010: serving tornado victims. For the third time in nine months The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson is responding to the aftermath of tornados and severe weather in central Mississippi.

One mobile feeding unit and two support vehicles will be roaming Pearl, Miss. neighborhoods today to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to residents facing the New Year with a substantial clean up.  Cleanup kits will also be available to those needing supplies. Clean up kits include: mop, squeegee, towels, bucket and cleaning fluids.

A second stationary unit will be providing hot meals, water and snacks to residents at the Rankin Square Shopping Center in Pearl. The unit will serve beef beginning at 11:00 A.M.

Mobile feeding units and a pastoral care team will work throughout the day on Saturday to ensure that residents of Pearl can focus on recovery, while The Salvation Army meets their physical and emotional needs.

Beginning around 5:00  P.M. on December 31, 2010 a strong super cell thunderstorm began dropping severe weather on a line stretching across the state striking the metro Jackson, Mississippi area. The Salvation Army responded immediately to multiple sites damaged by reported tornadoes.

One mobile feeding unit from The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson was deployed to provide mass feeding, hydration, and pastoral care to Byram, Miss south of Jackson.

A second mobile feeding unit was deployed to the harder hit suburb of Pearl, Miss. just east of Jackson. Early reports indicate severe damage and power outages, as well as the roof of a movie theater being ripped off.

“The Salvation Army will be providing care and compassion to Mississippi residents just as we did in 2010. We eagerly desire to reach out to the hurting residents of Pearl and Central Mississippi,” stated Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army in Jackson. “A new year does not mean that pain and suffering will subside, but we pray our presence will bring the hope of a brighter tomorrow.”