The Salvation Army of St. Petersburg Responds Following Tornadoes in Pinellas County
St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 31, 2011) - The Salvation of St. Petersburg is providing assistance to residents affected by the March 31 storms.
The Salvation Army is providing meals to residents who are without power following the devastating tornadoes that touched-down in Pinellas County around 11:30 Thursday morning.
Late Thursday morning, a storm blew through Pinellas County bringing wind and rain and knocked down power lines, uprooted trees and overturned some small aircraft at the St. Petersburg – Clearwater International Airport.
Included in the destruction of the storm was Four Seasons Estates, 13225 101st Street SE, Largo, Fla. This community lost power and reported nearly a dozen homes that suffered damage to roofs and windows.
The Salvation Army St. Petersburg canteen (mobile kitchen) was deployed to the Four Seasons Estates where a Salvation Army staff member and volunteer provided meals to residents. The Salvation Army planned to provide meals Friday morning, if necessary.
Salvation Army offices in Winter Haven and Tampa are on stand-by ready to assist if needed.
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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.