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Salvation Army continues to help those affected by Tropical Storm Debby

Tampa, FL (July 6)—The Salvation Army continues to respond almost two weeks after Tropical Storm Debby dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some parts of Florida. The Salvation Army of Florida has its canteens (mobile kitchens) serving residents in Wakulla, Suwannee, Franklin, Columbia and Pasco counties.

Since being dispatched on June 26, The Salvation Army has served more than 27,000 meals and snacks, 1,900 food boxes, 2,000 clean-up kits and more than 1,600 family hygiene kits in Florida.

Capt. Julio Da Silva, Salvation Army corps officer in Tallahassee, continues to serve residents in Panacea and Sopchoppy in rural Wakulla county.

“The needs are changing from life-sustaining to clean up and recovery,” Da Silva said. “While we are able to give them food and water to help them physically what these people need is someone to stand beside them and reassure them.”

Lt. Preston Lewis, from Gainesville has been serving in Live Oak at the Suwannee Coliseum Complex, which is been set up as a disaster recovery center. He has seen a significant increase in the number of people coming to the recovery center.

“Flood survivors are now getting back in their homes and seeking resources to help them recover,” Lewis said. “We just want to be here for them in any way that we can, even if it is a shoulder to cry on. You might be surprised how far that will carry someone.”

In the aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff have been focusing on meeting the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders but have now begun to provide materials to help them in the clean up and recovery process.

For more information about how The Salvation Army is responding to Tropical Storm Debby and other disasters, please log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also follow @salarmyeds, @salarmyfla, @salarmyflaeds or search “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook to access the latest information.

As The Salvation Army continues to help those in need, The Salvation Army continues to need financial support in the ongoing recovery efforts. Corporations like FedEx an BP have already assisted with the relief efforts and more help is needed. Individuals and businesses that would like to help those affected by this disaster can visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’most immediate needs. A $100 donation can feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army of St. Marys, GA Assisting After Tropical Storm Debby

St. Marys, GA (July 1, 2012)—With temperatures of 113 and high water levels in surrounding communities, Camden County Emergency Management requested the assistance from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

Under the leadership of Charlene Sears, The Salvation Army St. Marys Service Center Director, pulled her team of volunteers to provide public safety officials with lunch and dinner as flooding from the remnents of Tropical Storm Debby encroached on the Browntown Community of Camden County.

St. Marys Director Charlene Sears stated, “We prepared meals from a small kitchen in the Browntown Fire Station which is central to the affected areas. This is a remote location with boat and vehicle food delivery obstacles but we managed to get everyone fed and hydrated and in a orderly and timely fashion.”

The call for assistance came at 8:30 and initial conversations indicated that lunch would be needed and possibly supper. With a well trained group of volunteers, including Master Chef and Advisory Board Member Patsey Schreiber, over 31 individuals were provided lunch that included sandwiches and drinks. Supper was served to over 50 Public Saftey personnel that included spaghetti, green beans and rolls as well as water. “We will assess the needs for breakfast on July 2nd and are not sure how long the Camden Emergency Management will need our assistance in the coming days” said Sears.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. However, used clothing and furniture are gifts that are vital in supporting the day-to-day work of The Salvation Army. Please consider contributing these items to continue to meet the needs of those who need us 365 days each year at The Salvation Army Family Store at 1909 Osborne Road, St. Marys, Georgia or call (912) 882-2200.

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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 more than 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. For more information, go to www.salvationarmygeorgia.org.

The Salvation Army responds to Tropical Storm Debby

Lutz, FL (June 26, 2012)—Today The Salvation Army deployed seven canteens (mobile kitchens) to communities flooded by Tropical Storm Debby.

Disaster teams from Clay, Marion, Alachua, Citrus counties as well as Jacksonville, Tallahassee and North Central Florida Outpost (Madison county) are being assembled and will begin helping residents as soon as they arrive to the destination.

Those communities include Suwannee, Franklin, Wakaulla and Nassau counties. The Salvation Army is on standby in Hillsborough county to help support a community along the Manatee river.

“From Naples to Panama City, Debby is definitely making its mark on Florida,” said Kevin Smith, Emergency Disaster Services director for The Salvation Army of Florida. “It’s amazing what this storm has done.”

The Salvation Army plans to distribute hot meals, clean up kits and water.

Smith said The Salvation Army is committed to helping communities affected by the storm even after the flood waters recede.

“We are thankful that the storm hasn’t intensified, but we are concerned for the impact of the rising water and increase tides and how that will affect those along the rivers across Florida,” Smith said.

In the short-term, The Salvation Army will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals and families.

For more information about how The Salvation Army is responding to Tropical Storm Debby and other disasters, please log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also follow @salarmyeds, @salarmyfla, @salarmyflaeds or search “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook to access the latest information.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation can feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.