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The Salvation Army of Wake County Send Group, Canteen to Florida


Raleigh, NC — The Salvation Army emergency disaster relief team and mobile feeding kitchen (canteen) from Wake County is heading to Florida to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers impacted by Hurricane Irma.  A total of ten Salvation Army canteens from the Carolinas are mobilizing to provide assistance. 

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The canteen (mobile kitchen) makes stop at rest area in South Carolina in route to Florida.

Through its existing network of local Salvation Army commands throughout South Carolina and North Carolina, The Salvation Army has personnel and equipment resources across the two-state area, ready to respond as required or requested by state and county emergency management officials.

“The Salvation Army is here to help any way we can, anywhere we can,” said Stephen Long, corps officer from The Salvation Army of Wake County. “We are not just a bottle of cold water or a warm meal. We provide spiritual support and prayer for people who are seeking a deeper relationship with Christ.”


The canteen will be in Jacksonville, Florida on Wednesday (Sept. 13). The team will be in Jacksonville for two weeks and will then be relieved by another group of four who will be there for two weeks also.

The Salvation Army is in communities around the world and is uniquely positioned to mobilize effectively and efficiently to support survivors of a disaster. After immediate needs are met, The Salvation Army will remain and continue to partner with impacted communities to rebuild, which may take years.

People who would like to help those affected by Hurricane Irma are asked to donate in the following ways:
Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959  Atlanta, GA 30301   Please designate Hurricane Irma on all checks.

To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

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Salvation Army of Wake County members pray before leaving for Florida (submitted)
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Salvation Army of Wake County members pray before leaving for Florida (submitted)

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts.

For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.


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The Salvation Army of Wake County workers, Jean, Williams, Sarah and Michelle, are headed to Florida to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma. (submitted)
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Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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