Salvation Army Finds Additional Need For Emotional & Spiritual Care

May 19, 2011 - 11:57 PM EDT
Mark Jones
(601) 278-2100
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Jackson, MS - May 19, 2011 – As Salvation Army teams continue to travel to hard hit rural areas of Alabama and Mississippi they are seeing an increased need for pastoral care to provide families with spiritual counseling.

Many rural residents displaced by tornadoes are staying with family and friends in nearby communities and have been difficult to locate.  The Salvation Army is making an effort to reach out to those individuals in an effort to provide them with critical emotional support if needed.

The Salvation Army is also providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more to survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 20 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites.


Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)

Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)

Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)

Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)

Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)

Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)

Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)

Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)

Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)

Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)

Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)

Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)

Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office)

Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)


Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)

Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)

Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)

Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center

Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)

Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P 

In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

In its continuing response to meet the needs of tornado survivors The Salvation Army is using 5 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:


4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL


1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)


Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding site)


1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa

Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

Donations are the best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to 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.

Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served over 230,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:

  • The Salvation Army has served 230,465 hot meals, 555,353 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
  • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units(Canteens), 1 Field    
  • Kitchen capable of producing 20,000hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2  Satellite Communications trailers.
  • The Salvation Army has distributed 43,000+hygiene kits.
  • The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+cleanup kits.
  • The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,100+ individuals.
  • The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.                                               
  • Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 57,000+ hours


The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London 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 support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to