Military Veterans Reach Out To Tornado Survivors Through Giving

May 18, 2011 - 3:52 PM EDT
Mark Jones
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Jackson, MS - May 18, 2011- When staff and residents of the State Veterans Home in Jackson first heard about the horrific tornado devastation across portions of Mississippi and Alabama they knew they had to do something.  So the group decided to take up a collection and have contributed over $500 to The Salvation Army to assist with relief efforts. 

Staff representatives and two residents traveled to the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Disaster Services Center in Jackson on Monday May 16th to deliver their donation. 76-year old Robert Thomas, a veteran of what he says is “too many wars to remember” says he knew the Salvation Army was the right place to donate because of his trust for the organization.  89-year old veteran Fraude Sellers also made the trip.

“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 others in need.”

The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of survivors. Those who want to help can 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.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year. The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.