Minneapolis, MN – The Salvation Army’s call for volunteers to serve tornado survivors was met within the day. In a flurry of activity, Salvation Army staff and volunteers provided goods and services to hundreds of North Minneapolis families on Wednesday. In the days since Sunday’s storm, more than $70,000 of department store gift cards, clothing and gas vouchers were provided to 725 households along with mountains of food and hygiene supplies. In addition, 3,300 people have been served meals and refreshments from The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchens, more than 800 meals were served to residents on Wednesday alone.
Meal service at Freemont and Dowling will continue through the weekend.
Until further notice Salvation Army volunteer opportunities have been filled yet financial donations are desperately needed to continue service to tornado survivors.
The Salvation Army will continue to provide crisis assistance with tangible goods as resources allow.
“As we shift our response to long-term recovery, The Salvation Army will focus on those families who have lost housing and need to relocate,” said Major Darryl Leedom, Salvation Army Twin Cities Commander. “That process can begin as we receive official household assessments from the City of Minneapolis.”
As of Wednesday there was no word on when the city would complete its official assessment, yet The Salvation Army remains committed to assist families with remaining resources and provide emotion and spiritual care and case management guidance for city-wide resources.
The Salvation Army estimates it will need to raise $1 million to provide housing assistance for relocation of families left homeless by Sunday’s storm. According to unofficial reports nearly three hundred addresses received major damage or were completely destroyed.
Financial contributions can be made online at www.thesalarmy.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or by sending a check to 2445 Prior Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113 designated “metro storm.”
A $10 contribution can be made by texting “BLESSING” to 85944, the charge will be added to your cell phone bill.
Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
Annette Bauer, PR Director
The Salvation Army Northern DHQ, 2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651.746.3500 office, 651.238.8210 cell