The Salvation Army Responds to Eastern Shore Tornado

July 25, 2014
Matt Pochily |

The Salvation Army Responds to Eastern Shore Tornado

Hampton Roads, VA (July 25, 2014) - The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command's Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team responded to the needs faced after a tornado struck the Cherrystone Campground on the Eastern Shore the morning of Thursday, July 24.

The mobile unit from Norfolk fed 375 individuals at Northampton High School, which served as an immediate staging area for those affected by the severe weather. The team was on hand to provide consultations, referrals and spiritual support before families were taken to local hotels and shelters.

Due to the outpouring of donations of food and water, the EDS team was able to prepare food boxes for first responders, workers and crews on site Friday. A total of 500 sandwiches, 1920 bottles of water, as well as soup, crackers, fruit and cookies were prepared.

A generous donation of $1000 in supplies was provided by The Home Depot to assist in clean-up efforts and was delivered to The Salvation Army Area Command at 8:30AM Friday morning. Additional food donations came from Pizza Hut, McDonald's and Hardee's.

"The immediate display of support from this community speaks volumes," says Major Stephen Long, Area Commander. "The Salvation Army is about neighbors helping neighbors and we saw that happen again today in the midst of such tragedy. We will continue to support those who need assistance after this storm and pray for all involved."

For updates from The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads, follow them on Twitter at @SalArmyHR

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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