Angels in Red: The Salvation Army in Florida

October 01, 2022
Michelle Hartfield |

Angels in Red: The Salvation Army in Florida

As flood waters from Hurricane Ian’s torrential rain and flood surge begin to recede, the stench of swamp mud and rotting vegetation met many families returning to their homes to begin the process of sorting belongings and saving what they can.

In other areas, entire neighborhoods are still essentially cut off by flooded roads. Families spoke of watching fish swim through their living rooms, of children enjoying swimming in their driveways, of concerns for family members without access to medical care, and most of all, of the complete gratefulness they feel seeing so much goodwill directed their way.

“You guys are angels,” said Ray Steele after grabbing lunch boxes and water from a Salvation Army canteen.

Jamie Williams added, “We ate here last night. It was so wonderful. We were SO hungry. I just saw the truck drive by again and thought, ‘Yes! I can eat.’”

Another woman broke down in tears upon receiving a cold drink. “Oh my gosh! It’s……cold.”

“Thank you!” “Thank you for everything!” The cries echoed even from passing cars. “Thank you, Salvation Army, for remembering us.”


To support The Salvation Army's Hurricane Ian relief efforts, donate at or 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

About The Salvation Army
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 Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

Our Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Copyright 2023, The Salvation Army. 
Privacy Policy | Contact Us