Salvation Army Canteens Remain An Ever Present Help For Residents

May 03, 2011 - 12:12 AM EDT
Mark Jones
mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org
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Jackson, MS - Five days after the storms roared through Mississippi and Alabama, The Salvation Army’s Disaster response continues as  clean up and recovery swing into high gear.

Sifting through the rubble, many residents are finding hope in the warm meals, drinks, and encouragement provided by The Salvation Army.  Across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army is an important connection to cold water, a hot meal, and emotional support for many survivors.

Pratt City resident Connie Pulam, remains vigilant in her desire to rebuild, but also understands the patience and positive attitude required in the recovery process.

"I may be houseless, but I am not homeless as long as I have my head to lay somewhere, I am alive,” she said Monday while sifting through the splinters and rubble that was once her house.

She and her husband were able to get out of the house just before the tornado hit.

"Something told me, I imagine the Holy Spirit, to get out of there, so we got in the car and took off."

They were able to get a safe distance before everything was gone.

Upon returning, they found the broken pieces of their physical belongings, but a hope only found in faith. Undergirding that faith is The Salvation Army’s presence in Pratt City and the across Alabama.

 "Now we are just happy to see the help coming, The Salvation Army has been great in this area," she said.

 The Salvation Army has had two canteens in the area since the tornado hit. Residents in Pratt City and all other areas affected have had access to water, food and counseling.

"It is a blessing to have The Salvation Army here, it is just a comfort to know they care."

Currently, thirty-eight feeding units and one shower trailer are actively serving in Mississippi and Alabama. Since relief work began over 65,000 hot meals and 130,000 drinks have been served and countless more prayerfully encouraged in their journey towards recovery.

Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Thousands were served on Friday. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being made available as needed in a number of areas. The Salvation Army has also deployed a four stall mobile shower trailer to Smithville, MS.

Below are the canteen operations for Alabama and Mississippi for 5/3/2011. 

 

INCIDENT COMMAND

CANTEEN

LOCATION

Jackson County, AL

Vidalia, GA

3030 County Rd 58, Pisgah

 

Atlanta, GA AC

Higdon Baptist Church

 

Savannah, GA

Flat Rock Community Center

684 County Road 326, Flat Rock, AL

 

Augusta, GA DRU 1

Delivery

Madison County, AL

Huntsville, AL

Publix Shopping Center

Jeff Rd/Hwy 53

Calhoun County, AL

Anniston, AL

Webster’s Chapel Baptist Church

3091 New Liberty Road

Wellington, Alabama

 

Hattiesburg, MS

Ohache, AL

Lawrence County, AL

Decatur, AL

Roving

 

New Orleans, LA DRV-20

Chaleybeate Springs Baptist Ch.

2751 Cnty Rd 214, Hillsboro, AL

Franklin County, AL

CANTEEN OPS CEASED

 

Dekalb County, AL

Fort Payne, AL

City of Shiloh (north of Ider)

Marshall County, AL

Alexandria, AL DRV-18

Ruth Volunteer FD

3075 Matt Morrow Road, Arab, AL

 

Gadsden, AL DRU 1

Gunters Landing Subdivision

1000 Gunters Landing Road

Guntersville, AL

 

Shreveport, LA DRV-18

Guntersville Rec. Center

1500 Guntersville Drive, G’ville, AL

Cullman County

Vero Beach, FL

Hanceville, AL

Being deployed from B’ham

 

St. Augustine, FL

Holly Pond, AL

Being deployed from B’ham

Monroe County, MS

Tupelo, MS DRV-18

Smithville Pharmacy

63432 Hwy 25 North, Smithville

 

Jackson, MS MFU

Roving

Tuscaloosa, AL

Columbus, MS DRV-18

Holt HS

3801 Alabama Avenue NE

Tuscaloosa, AL

 

Panama City, FL DRV-20

Leeland Plaza in Alberta

(off of 15th Street)

 

Pensacola, FL

Hopewell Baptist Church

3800 University Blvd.

Alberta, AL

 

Jacksonville DRV-20

Forest Lake Baptist Church

107 18th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL DRV-20

Ridgecrest Neighboorhood

Holt, AL

 

Mobile DRV-18

Tuscaloosa Corps Facility

 

Selma MFU

Roving

Jefferson County, AL

Baton Rouge, LA DRV-18

350 Industrial Drive, B’ham, AL

(this is the Army’s warehouse)

 

Birmingham DRV-18

Pleasant Grove, AL

(North residential area – no address available)

 

Vero Beach, FL

See Cullman County

 

Tallahassee, FL DRV-20

Pratt City East – Hwy 17 and Cherry

 

Tampa, FL DRV-20

Fultondale

 

St. Augustine, FL

See Cullman County

 

Titusville, FL

Pleasant Grove, AL

(South – in the park)

 

West Pasco, FL

Temporarily Out-of-Service

 

Lake Charles, LA DRV-18

McDonald Chapel, Pratt City West

(no physical address available)

Walker County, AL

Dothan, AL DRV-18

Cordova, AL – 208 Alabama Avenue

Being deployed from B’ham

 

Birmingham, AL MFU

Cordova – Roving

Being deployed from B’ham

 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.org and mark them for April 2011 Tornado Outbreak or text “GIVE” to 80888 or you can give by calling 1-800-Sal-Army.

For up to date information, please follow us on Twitter at www.twwtter.com/salarmyalm.

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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