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Salvation Army Continues To Provide Assistance to Fire Victims in Lewiston, Maine

LEWISTON, Maine—The Salvation Army facility at 67 Park Street is open to assist families and individuals who were affected by the fires that destroyed 79 apartments leaving almost 180 people homeless. The assistance office is open Monday – Friday 9am to 2pm, and is staffed with volunteers ready to provide non-perishable food and household items to those in need.

Three major apartment building fires all within a week struck downtown Lewiston and the Salvation Army Emergency Canteen was at the scene providing meals and beverages to firefighters and the displaced residents. To date, Over 400 meals and 1000 snacks have been provided, plus 2000 beverages such as coffee, water and Gatorade.

Lieutenant Jason Brake, commanding officer in Lewiston, “We will now provide help at our facility on Park Street. The community has responded very generously to our request for nonperishable items such as diapers, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, can goods and more,” stated Lt. Brake.

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The Salvation Army continues to collect nonperishable items for fire victims at their facility at 67 Park Street. Also, monetary donations are being accepted, The Salvation Army’s “Lewiston Fires” P.O. Box 178, Lewiston, ME 04243.

Relief Effort Continues After Lewiston, Maine, Fire

Lewiston, Maine (May 7, 2013)—Fire investigators and residents were busy sorting through rubble Thursday after a fire heavily damaged three apartment buildings and left ten people homeless in Lewiston Wednesday night.

The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have been assisting residents helping them find temporary shelter and food. Tenants could be seen boarding up windows and removing damaged items from their apartments Thursday afternoon as the cleanup effort continued.

Salvation Army Lt. Jason Brake says while many residents have already found short term help, the focus now becomes getting tenants permanently back on their feet.

“When these things happen, people have a lot of things to put back together,” Brake said. “We always say if someone has extra things that you don’t need, we will take those. We sort through them, and we make sure those who need them get those items. We take monetary donations, clothing donations and furniture donations, and we make sure they get to those who are in need.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

For more information about the Red Cross & Salvation Army relief effort contact them at:
American Red Cross, 1180 Lisbon St. Lewiston, 207-795-4004
Salvation Army, 67 Park St. Lewiston, 207-783-0801

Salvation Army Remains on Scene Providing Assistance to Fire Victims & Responders in Lewiston, Maine

Lewiston, Maine (May 6, 2013)—The Salvation Army disaster canteen has been providing meals for emergency workers and victims of the fires since last week. Over 300 meals have been served and 1000 beverages such as coffee, water and Gatorade.

Lieutenant Jason Brake, commanding officer in Lewiston has been at the scene of the fires, helping the families, firefighters and other agencies with relief efforts. His team of volunteers has transported many homeless families to an emergency shelter at the Lewiston High School. Also, The Salvation Army has helped serve meals at the shelter.

Firefighters are battling the third major apartment fire in Lewiston in a week. More than 180 people have been left homeless by two previous fires in the past week, one last Monday and one on Saturday. All three were in the same general area.

Salvation Army canteens are fully equipped mobile kitchens that are able to provide meals but also carry additional resources, including water, snacks, and hygiene products.

The Salvation Army is collecting nonperishable items for fire victims at their facility at 67 Park Street. Also, monetary donations are being accepted, The Salvation Army’s “Lewiston Fires” P.O. Box 178, Lewiston, ME 04243.

 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.