Here at The Salvation Army, a wristwatch or the clock on our phone is just a means of knowing where we need to be next. It’s never glanced at every few minutes or on the hour to see how much time we have left before we’re done for the day. Actually, we never want to stop! We see the need, we hear the need and we feel the need every second, every minute and every hour of the day and we want to meet that need now! Officers, staff and volunteers hit the ground running at the break of dawn and usually have to be encouraged to take a break or stop for the day. We live to do what we do and love every second of it.
It’s been over a week since the tornadoes ripped through many towns across several states. The Salvation Army was on the scene almost immediately after it happened and we are still there tending to the needs of the folks as they transition now to long-term recovery. We are also present in the Memphis area as the mighty Mississippi is expected to reach flood levels and threatens many homes and businesses along her shores. The Salvation Army continues to watch the threat of rising waters in the area and is active in the local EOC. We have 3 feeding locations: one at the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), one at the staging area the Riley Springs Mall, and the third where volunteers are sandbagging along the Mississippi River.
So far, as of May 6th, 2011, The Salvation Army has:
served 165,500 + hot meals, 398,000 + sandwiches
provided over 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens) to affected areas and is about to deploy a Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day and has deployed 1 Shower Unit and 2 Satalite Communications trailers
has ministered to 6,500 individuals through it’s Pastoral Care
has begun helping with Social Services cases in several locations
has provided 40,371+ hours of service since the storms hit
If you wish to donate to the relief efforts of The Salvation Army, there’s a way for that:
Text “GIVE” to 80888 for a $10
Thank you as always for your incredible prayers, this is truly what’s needed most as individuals and families slowly pick up the pieces of their life. Thank you as well to those who have been able to give monetarily and with in-kind gifts.
Here at The Salvation Army we pray God’s blessing for you and your family and pray His protection around you.