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.
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
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 (HumanNeedsIndex.org). 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 SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.