May 22, 2011 – Three Salvation Army mobile kitchens and crews are on scene in St. Louis Park, Fridley and North Minneapolis to assist families and emergency workers after the storms earlier this afternoon. Much of the damage caused by uprooted trees is making travel difficult in some areas. One of The Salvation Army's transitional housing units in Fridley sustained minor damage and none of the four men living at the house were injured.
"I've got 24 to 36 hours of back-up volunteers ready to go," said Drew Hasty, Salvation Army metro disaster manager. "We are prepared to assist city officials with any emerging needs as an emergency shelter is likely to be needed this evening."
While volunteer crews are on scene, other Salvation Army staff and volunteers are preparing the operation center at The Salvation Army headquarters in Roseville.
Financial donations for the metro storm relief may be made online below, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or sending a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave, Roseville MN 55113. Make sure to designate your gift "metro storm."
The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves more than 214,000 people a year through its 25 local centers of operation. Daily it serves 2,100 hot meals and shelters 900 people. More than 33,000 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. To volunteer, call 651-746-3400. Checks made out to The Salvation Army may be sent to 2445 Prior Ave. N, Roseville, MN 55113. Click below to make an online donation.
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 83 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. To donate, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org
About The Salvation Army
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.