Exactly one year ago, The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte was a part of the coordinated response to Hurricane Joaquin, as record rainfall flooded South Carolina. Today, we send our mobile feeding kitchen (canteen) to Georgetown, S.C., to be positioned for response in communities impacted by hurricane.
“Our Salvation Army emergency disaster team is prepared to serve the community,” said Major Larry Broome, Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte. “Our canteen will be positioned in Georgetown, S.C., and ready to serve meals and provide spiritual support in some of the hardest hit areas.”
The canteen is able to serve 500-750 meals a day. Our team works with Baptist Men and Women Disaster Relief Ministry, who have tractor trailer size units to help cook meals. The Salvation Army has been tracking the storm for about a week now and continues to coordinate relief efforts to serve those who need it most.
“The closer the storm gets, the harder it will be able to get to the people who are in need. So we are going down a few days early to support The Salvation Army’s that are down there already,” Major Broome said.
Volunteer Rick Vosteen, a volunteer who was part of the team a year ago, has his bags packed for this deployment too.
“Serving a warm meal, or just snacks and water, or just a touch on the arm. It all provides hope to the folks and you can see it in their face as they stand in the line, waiting for a meal,” he said.
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