We Are Naples: Salvation Army Continues Irma Relief Efforts in Collier County

September 17, 2017
Tawny Cowen-Zanders | tawny.cowen-zanders@use.salvationarmy.org | (215) 880-9036

We Are Naples: Salvation Army Continues Irma Relief Efforts in Collier County

(Naples, Fla.) – The pulsating buzz of activity rising from the parking lot of the Naples Coordinate is electric. This area, which serves as the staging area for The Salvation Army’s Collier County Hurricane Irma response team, is strategically covered with ten mobile feeding units, a field kitchen, three Polaris UTVs, pallets of supplies, and heavy-duty equipment. Feverishly moving amongst the supplies and equipment, dedicated volunteers work to bring hope and help to the community. 

While there are a number of Collier County residents pitching in to assist with this relief effort, including members of the community, church members, and staff, there are a significant number of volunteers from outside of the service area.  In fact, there are mobile feeding units from Naples, Lakeland, Pensacola, Melbourne, Panama City, and St. Petersburg, Florida, as well as Pascagoula, McComb, Tupelo, and Meridan, Mississippi. Each volunteer has their own individual story as to why they have chosen to serve in this effort but all of them agree on one thing - “We are Naples.”

Larondric Perry of Jackson, Mississippi shares, “I know what it is like to survive a hurricane. I lived through Katrina.  We didn’t have power for two weeks.  I wanted to give back. Today, I am Naples.”

Perry is especially moved by the lines of children that quickly from outside the Tupelo mobile feeding unit.  “They are so thankful for what they receive from us.  I know I am doing a good thing.”

Kelsey Johnson of Tupelo added, “When my time is done here, I will remember the pure joy and relief on the faces of those we are serving. It feels good to be a part of something greater than myself.”

In a world that is oftentimes known more for animosity than goodwill, it is moments like this that remind us, regardless of religion, ethnicity, geographic boundaries, or economic background, we all need each other – we are Naples. 

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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 (HumanNeedsIndex.org). 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 www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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