Monroe, LA (10/14/2014) – The Salvation Army is responding to the massive storm that rocked much of the South East over the past few days. The storm dealt an extra heavy blow to North East Louisiana Monday. Governor Bobby Jindal issued a proclamation today declaring a state of emergency as a result of severe weather.
The Salvation Army is already hard at work responding to the needs of the area. The office in the area is headed up by Captain Jerry Williams, a former firefighter and emergency management professional. According to Capt. Jerry Williams, “Tens of thousands are without electric service in the area, and many are likely to be without through Friday. Without power, all the food that was in their refrigerators and freezers will be ruined.” Capt. Williams went on to explain how many people in the area live pay check to paycheck and losing a weeks’ worth of groceries would cause problems for many in the area.
The Salvation Army will begin distributing food boxes Tuesday. In addition to the food boxes, the local Salvation Army will be distributing clean-up kits, to assist those affected by the damages caused by the storms. Capt. Williams added, “People know that when they need help, The Salvation Army is always there.”
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 more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.About The Salvation Army