• Christopher Priest

The Salvation Army Continues to Meet Substantial Need Caused by COVID-19

Atlanta, GA: The Salvation Army continues to respond around the globe to meet the substantial need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Southeastern United States, communities are coming together for the greater good.

In Collier County, Florida, The Salvation Army recently provided assistance at a COVID-19 testing site. Three days of COVID-19 testing were administered by the National Guard and, in coordination with Collier County Emergency Services and the Health Department, The Salvation Army set up within the Collier County Public Library to provide assistance through meal service. In tandem with Three60, a local market, The Salvation Army served 420 meals, in addition to Gatorade and other snacks, while more than 1,000 COVID-19 tests were administered to local residents.

Earlier in May, a combination of Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers in Atlanta, Georgia partnered with a local retail center, as well as Telemundo and the local food bank in putting together a substantial food giveaway. Pre-packaged food was distributed, and the Salvation Army made contact with more than 500 households, distributing copies of Cultura de alabanza, a Spanish-language album produced through The Salvation Army’s Soundcast network of audio programs. In addition, brochures including details on worship services at the Atlanta International corps, as well as information on emergency financial assistance and food pantry offerings were disseminated.

The Salvation Army is stepping in to provide aid for local youth in opening a daycare center at the Mabee Red Shield Boys & Girls Club in Metropolitan Tulsa, Oklahoma. The location is two-star certified with Oklahoma’s Department of Human Services, allowing operation in this capacity, and the building is cleaned every hour. In addition, masks are provided to follow CDC guidelines and wellness checks occur as children arrive. Youth enjoy a variety of educational and recreational programming, including the use of a computer lab, gymnasium and art room.

Part of a series of Blog Posts written by Brad Rowland, Staff Writer, Southern Spirit Newspaper