Hattiesburg, Miss. (April 20, 2011) Transformers exploding. Flying debris. Glass panes flying through the air. Pounding rain. Falling trees. Lives Seemed Shattered. Since Saturday, The Salvation Army has been providing hope in the midst of the mangled pieces, serving over 4,500 hot meals and praying with many more storm weary residents across Mississippi and Alabama.
Beginning, Thursday, April 21, 2011, The Salvation Army in Hattiesburg will be roving the streets of Leakesville, Miss. in Greene County to provide disaster recovery assistance and the light of hope to this rural Mississippi community.
The Salvation Army has prepared 100 boxes with non-perishable food and toiletry items. Staff will spend the day on Thursday Roaming Greene County, visiting homes that have been affected. A Salvatuion Army will handle any requests for clothing or necessary items.
Cold beverages will be available to work crews who are scattered around the county.
“This area is very isolated and spread out and creates an interesting challenge for disaster service,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army.
Recovery Assistance is limited to residents of the declared areas affected by the April 15 storms. Applicants may be asked to provide proof of residence and social security numbers for all residing in their household.
Donations are always needed to support Disaster Recovery Operations. Please call 1800-SAL-ARMY or visit www.salvationarmyalm.orgto learn more or to donate.
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 129 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.About The Salvation Army