The Salvation Army in Atlanta, Georgia Partnering with National Guard to Serve Stranded Motorists Around the Downtown Connector

January 29, 2014
Christopher Priest | | (678) 485-4735

Atlanta, GA (January 29, 2014) - With thousands of motorists still stranded in metro Atlanta, The Salvation Army is partnering with the National Guard to distribute warm meals and hot coffee to those still stranded along the interstates.

In response to these dangerous conditions, Salvation Army canteens have dispatched along the downtown connector to offer relief in the form of food, coffe and prayer to those still stuck. Specifically, the canteens will be located at the BP gas station which is across the street from the famous Varsity restaurant close to Georgia Tech.  The Red Shield shelter located at 400 Lucky Street in downtown Atlanta is preparing hot meals for motorists who have been stranded in their cars for up to 18 hours.

“Many motorists have been stranded along the interstate for over 16 hours,” say Metro Atlanta Area Commander Major Todd Hawks. “We just want to bring comfort to those who have had to endure the low temperatures and snow in their cars.”

Currently, warming centers are open and community centers have all shelters open and are taking necessary steps to allow for additional accommodations of men, women, and children that have been affected by this storm.

Anyone who would like to help provide for shelter needs can make donations of food items, toiletries and bed linens.  For more information, call 404-486-2700.


Written and submitted by Tamara Stinson, Director of Communications, Metro Atlanta Area Command.

Cell: 404 550 4537



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