Preparing For Mississippi River Flooding

May 09, 2011 - 7:57 PM EDT
Kimberly George
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Preparing For Mississippi River Flooding

Memphis, TN - May 9, 2011 - The Salvation Army has been busy serving throughout the Southeast, including Tennessee in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. This morning, The Salvation Army  sent in additional personnel to assist ongoing efforts in the Memphis area as the floodwaters continue to rise.  To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 3,600 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks.  At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis, Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY serve in those areas affected by the flooding.  Major Mark Woodcock, Memphis Area Commander states, "As we continue to assess the needs in the Memphis area, we pray for the best but prepare for the worst." 

These additional disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demand on services.  Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the affected areas.  We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which you can donate monetarily to the relief effort.  Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit the Salvation Army Memphis website: .  Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888; a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill.  Other monetary donations should be sent to The Salvation Army, 696 Jackson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105; please mark them "May Floods."  For additional information please contact Major Mark Woodcock at (901) 299-8235.

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

Photo courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.