Clark & Washington Counties, IN (March 4, 2012) - The Salvation Army has finished its first full day of operations in response to yesterday’s deadly tornadoes. In Henryville, the Army is serving 800 meals a day to survivors and emergency personnel. It was an emotional day for residents as they got their first clear view of the destruction in their town. “It’s gone. Everything is gone,” one woman said through tears as she walked by The Salvation Army canteen. She and others were comforted by Major Steve Kiger and other trained disaster service personnel from The Salvation Army. Feeding operations in Henryville will continue tomorrow.
The small town of Marysville, IN was nearly completely destroyed by the massive tornadoes. The Army will begin full meal service there tomorrow and will be prepared to serve 600 meals. The Army will also continue to serve meals at the New Pekin, IN Command Center. Today, nearly 600 meals were served to survivors and workers there.
Many area businesses and organizations have made generous contributions to the Army’s food service. Among them: Wick’s Pizza, Texas Road House, Jaycee Foods, Midwest Food Bank, McDonald’s and Silver Creek High School. The Salvation Army would like thank these businesses for serving their neighbors in need.
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Monetary donations are critically needed as feeding and emergency operations continue:
Help the survivors immediately by making a monetary donation to support the efforts of The Salvation Army. You can make a donation online at http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/storms, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or make a $10.00 donation by texting* “storm” to 80888, to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”
Your donations of funds make the biggest impact: Due to emergency conditions, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing donated now will be sent to disaster areas. In times of disaster, we fulfill household needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. Please, continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army—you help your community today and may help with disaster relief needs tomorrow. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.
* A oneâtime donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.