Katrina Survivors Give Back with The Salvation Army

October 21, 2018
Michelle Hartfield | michelle.hartfield@uss.salvationarmy.org | (601) 906-7889

Katrina Survivors Give Back with The Salvation Army

ALBANY, GA (October 21, 2018) — Thirteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Audrey McLean remembers that day well. Her parents lived in Gulfport, MS, not far from the beach, and were left without a house once the waters receded. “We were lucky,” said McLean, “The house wasn’t completely destroyed, but we were in a FEMA trailer for a long time.” She remembers driving up through the state of Mississippi and being amazed at how far inland the damage continued.

When Hurricane Michael hit, Audrey wanted to give back. Her sister, Leslie Abrams, lives in Albany, GA, an area heavily affected by the storm. Audrey, and her six-year-old son, Cam, drove down from Atlanta to help their family and volunteer with The Salvation Army. They spent a day helping to distribute cleaning kits and boxes of food to Albany residents in need.

Audrey remembers well how it feels to start the recovery process and the difference a small act of kindness can make. “It’s always good to come out and help. Plus, I want my son to know we need to help other people because they would help us if the situations were reversed.”

How to Help:
The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by mail: The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA
    • Please designate ‘2018 Hurricanes – Michael’ on all checks
  •  Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org

 Donate by text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.


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The Salvation Army annually helps more than 30 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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