As Hermine made its way up the East Coast, bringing heavy winds and dropping torrential rain, The Salvation Army was ready to respond and help those who need it most. The Salvation Army provides food, shelter, clothing, and spiritual comfort to first responders and survivors of disasters. Thus far, The Salvation Army has provided over 6,600 meals, 6,300 drinks, 4,300 snacks, 550 Bibles, 270 clean-up kits, and Spiritual Care to over 370 residents since relief efforts began on Sept. 2
Here in Charlotte, our Mobile Canteen is stocked with all the items necessary to meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. As longtime volunteer, Rick Vosteen said while deployed to Columbia, S.C., last year, “When you've lost everything, a hot meal and a kind word, a touch on the shoulder often means everything as far as bringing hope to people.”
Even though we have great volunteers like Rick to help when disaster hits, we need to grow our team. We need people like you, who are committed volunteers that will help The Salvation Army when a disaster hits.
While we get many much-needed donations when a disaster hits, we also need people who are willing to provide comfort to first responders and survivors during a time in need.
If you are interested in learning more, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/. We offer training throughout the year to ensure you are ready to go when the time comes. If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Gamble at Sarah.Gamble@uss.salvationarmy.org.
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