LUTZ, FL (September 3, 2019) – Volunteers gathered at The Salvation Army's Emergency Disaster Services warehouse in Tampa to pack clean-up kits for people impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
The 5-gallon-buckets include trash bags, sponges, gloves, bleach, hand sanitizer, and more. Mops and brooms are also available for distribution with the kits.
As Tampa schools were closed in anticipation of the storm coming through the area, several Tampa-area teens decided to give back on their day off school.
"I volunteered because I feel like it's important to give back, and I want to help people in the path of the hurricane," says 15-year-old Emily Raines. "I feel like I'm privileged to have a good life and it's easy to take what we have for granted."
With the help of volunteers, The Salvation Army estimates more than 3,000 clean-up kits will be packed within just a few days. The destination of the kits remains unknown as needs arise in the Bahamas and are expected in several states across the U.S. east coast.
The Salvation Army has 30 mobile feeding units positioned across Florida with each mobile kitchen ready to serve 500-1,500 meals per day. Along with meals and clean-up kits, emotional and spiritual care would be provided to survivors and first responders.
The Salvation Army continues to work with state and local emergency management officials throughout Florida to determine needs and coordinate resources.
For updates on The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
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