NEW ORLEANS, La (September 10, 2012) - In addition to The Salvation Army’s first aim of meeting basic needs of those affected by Hurricane Isaac, the organization will distribute cleanup kits, comfort kits and food boxes to residents of St. John Parish on Monday, September 10. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the assistance will be given at the Home Depot parking lot in LaPlace. As more resources are secured, more assistance will be made available.
“We’re helping those living in one of the most affected areas,” said Major W.D Owens, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in New Orleans. “This is the central theme for why we do disasters: extending our hands to help those in need in the name of Jesus.”
An original FEMA letter and a government-issued ID are required to receive the cleanup and comfort kit assistance. No ID or documentation is needed for meal/water service at Salvation Army mobile feeding units.
Hot meals and cold drinks are served from mobile feeding units to disaster survivors and first responders. The Salvation Army will often provide additional sleeping space in their shelters. The non-profit’s officers, along with trained staff and volunteers, provide pastoral and emotional comfort by listening and maintaining a ministry of presence.
Thus far in the greater New Orleans area, The Salvation Army has served 75,635 meals, 84,417 drinks, and 51,468 snacks, provided emotional and spiritual care to 3,395 individuals and distributed 2,100 cleanup kits and 1,650 comfort kits.
About The Salvation Army:
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 129 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.