Veterants Reach Out To Tornado Victims By Donating To The Salvation Army

Jackson, MS — On Monday May 16, 2011 the State Veterans Home in Jackson presented a contribution to The Salvation Army. Seventy-six year old veteran Robert Thomas says when he first heard about the horrific tornado devastation across portions of Mississippi and Alabama he knew he had to do something. He and other veterans at the home along with staff members decided to start a collection to assist with relief efforts.

“We are so thankful for the gift we have received from these generous and giving individuals” said Major Tom Louden of The Salvation Army’s Incident Command. “The Salvation Army has always been blessed by the support of this country’s veterans. Their donation is just one more example of their compassion for those in need.”

Along with desperately needed 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 21 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites.


Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive – G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
*Please note closing on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
Fort Payne/DeKalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave – Thrift Store)
Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. – Russellville Rec Center)
Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building – 114 14th Street, Decatur)
Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store – 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery – Social
Services office)
Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)


Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop – Thrift Store)
Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss 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

In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, 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 now using 7 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:

4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)
*note location change

Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding

Forest Lake Baptist Church -107 18th St, Tuscaloosa
Holt Church-3101 Alabama Ave., NE Tuscaloosa
1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

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 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.

Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served over 227,000 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 227,405 hot meals, 537,825 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+

Media Contact:

Mark Jones

Public Relations Director/PIO

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709


Secondary Contact:
Merrilu Bennett
Cell: (239) 223-1252