Pensacola, Fla. (May 12, 2014) – Charquilla Lane was so excited to receive a trunk load of canned goods, fresh dairy and vegetables she gave stranger a warm hug and a smile.
“Baby, you have no idea what all this means to me,” she said as volunteers packed her trunk ceiling high with cleaning supplies, fresh fruit, vegetables and yogurt for her small children.
“Our entire yard and home was flooded,” she said, “even now, we really don’t have a lot of food. This is a blessing.”
On Monday, May 12, 2014, Salvation Army and volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention partnered with the Bay Area Food Bank to help distribute more than 2,700 pounds of food to residents in need.
Bananas, fresh corn and strawberries were stacked at least five feet high in The Salvation Army parking lot (1501 North Q Street).
“We are grateful for our partners at the Bay Area Food Bank for helping residents get the sustenance they need after the floods,” said Salvation Army Capt. Robert Cornett
Along with distributing the fresh fruit and food, The Salvation Army is also passing out clean-up kits, bleach and rain boots to residents who have been impacted by the April storms.
Mattie Broxton, Salvation Army of Pensacola social services coordinator, said she estimates she processed paperwork from more than 1,000 residents in the wake of the storms. She said she expected to process another 1,000 cases this week.
“The Salvation Army is here to help,” she said. “And we will do all we can to make sure everyone who needs help receives it.”
On Sunday (May 11) The Salvation Army dispatched its mobile laundry unit to First Baptist Church in Gulf Breeze (555 Fair Point Drive). The laundry unit has three washers and three dryers capable of washing and drying more than 25 loads of laundry a day. It is expected to be at the location until Wednesday, May 14.
Since flooding began, The Salvation Army of Pensacola has served nearly 7,000 meals, distributed more than 1,600 clean up kits and food boxes.
If you would like to donate or learn how to volunteer with The Salvation Army in Pensacola please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Drinking water
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Emotional/spiritual care
The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.
For more information on how The Salvation Army of Florida is responding to the storm, follow @salarmyfla and on Twitter, search for “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook or go to our website, www.salvationarmyflorida.org. You can also go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org other ways The Salvation Army is helping residents recover from a disaster.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by *text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief and can be sent to your local Salvation Army in Florida. Please designate "2014 Disaster Relief" on all checks.
At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.
In the short-term aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals and families.
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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.