The Salvation Army Marches through the Rubble

May 05, 2011 - 12:27 AM EDT
Mark Jones
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Tuscaloosa, Ala. (May 4, 2011) One week after an F-4 tornado leveled The Salvation Army’s facilities in Tuscaloosa, the Army is marching ahead. For over 101 years, The Salvation Army has met the needs of Tuscaloosa area residents through its case management and community enrichment programs.

“We have been through multiple hurricanes, floods, and this tornado will not stop The Salvation Army from fulfilling the mission of meeting human needs in Jesus name without discrimination,” stated Major Cherry Craddock of The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa.

Immediately following the storm, Salvation Army units were called in to Tuscaloosa from seven other cities around the Southeast serving over 100,000 hot meals and 260,000 drinks and snacks in Alabama. Since all local facilities and disaster response capabilities were destroyed, regional disaster response teams set up an initial disaster response location near the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport.  Locally, there was still a need for space to be used to continue social service and administrative operations.

Thanks to a generous donation of office space from a long time friend of The Salvation Army, day-to-day operations will “march on” until a new building is constructed. In their temporary space, Officers and staff will continue to take care of the needs of individuals and families in need, along with disaster victims… until the new building is constructed for The Salvation Army to continue serving our neighbors for another 101 years!

“Our (The Salvation Army’s) promise to Do the Most Good for those in need is not reliant upon the physical comforts afforded to us, but upon our passion to feed the hungry, heal the broken, and bring hope to the discouraged,” stated Major Cherry Craddock. “We are continually aware of the needs in our community and this donated facility will provide a secure and stable location to continue meeting needs in the days ahead.”

The most important need to continue our community programs are monetary support to respond to disaster victim’s needs and case management/social services programs for individuals and families in need. Additionally, The Salvation Army is in immediate need of a large warehouse space to store material necessary for disaster response. 

Additionally, The Salvation Army is preparing contingency plans to respond to potential severe flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

If you would like to help victims of the tornadoes and storms please give online to: www.salvationarmyusa.organd mark them for April 2011 Tornado Outbreak or text “GIVE” to 80888 or you can give by calling 1-800-Sal-Army.

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Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.orgor call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.  Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888.  Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. 


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