Portland, ME (September 12, 2011) - Since August 29, The Salvation Army has been providing services to families affected by Tropical Storm Irene in Rutland, Plymouth, Tyson, Ludlow, and Waterbury, Vermont. Phase one of the organizations emergency disaster response is winding down as the needs of communities are changing in certain affected areas.
Salvation Army Rutland Commander Major Charles Balcom who has been overseeing all emergency disaster operations states, "We have decided to set up a relief center to better serve those people in Vermont who are still in need of flood relief assistance."
The Flood Recovery Center is located at 263 South Main Street, Rutland in former Smith Buick GMC. The space was generously donated by John and Shirley Barnhart. Donations are presently being received at this location. The greatest needs are non-perishable food items such as canned meats that can be dropped off during the days and times listed.
The warehouse is open for donations only starting on Monday, September 12.
Hours of Operation at the Warehouse:
In addition, The Salvation Army was supported in its efforts by the following companies:
Ben & Jerry's - Stowe, Vermont - refrigeration & ice cream for Waterbury
Best Western of Waterbury - donated furniture
Comcast Business Services - 2 months of internet service
VFW, Rutland - provided Kitchen space
To date, The Salvation Army has provided over 9000 meals, 5600 snacks and 400 clean-up kits to flood victims in Vermont.
Monetary donations to help The Salvation Army's hurricane relief efforts may be sent to:
The Salvation Army
Disaster Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301
*Designation ‘2011 Hurricane Season'
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 130 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.About The Salvation Army