The Birmingham Salvation Army is deploying our mobile canteen to assist with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts. Local personnel will be traveling to Tallahassee, Florida with the canteen and supplies to provide relief support in communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. The mobile canteen is a feeding unit that is capable of serving up to 1,500 hot meals per day.
Hurricane Matthew has already caused devastation in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba where The Salvation Army has a presence, and is responding as best they can at this time. Across the Southeast, the Army has been preparing to respond as Hurricane Matthew heads toward the coast of Florida. Affected communities will receive assistance from mobile canteens, personnel and volunteer crews that are being deployed from 15 states across the Southern Territory of The Salvation Army.
“The Birmingham Salvation Army is always prepared to respond when disaster strikes. Our mobile canteen will be loaded with food and water today as our team prepares to deploy to Florida. We are praying for our neighbors in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas,” said Major Bob Parker, Area Commander of The Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham.
WAYS TO HELP:
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Cash is flexible, can be used immediately in response to a crisis, and allows disaster relief organizations to purchase exactly what is needed, when it’s needed. Cash gives relief organizations the means to procure supplies near the affected area, which cuts down on transportation time and cost. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.
To make a financial gift to The Salvation Army:
- Donate Online:http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew
- Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301, Please designate ‘Hurricane Matthew’ on all checks.
- Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
- Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving
BACKGROUND: The Salvation Army has been serving the Birmingham community since 1899, making it one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the city. The Salvation Army is also one of the largest direct provider of social services locally. The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, and has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination across the United States and the world. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, clothing, shelter to the homeless and educational opportunities for underprivileged children. For more information, go to BirminghamSalvationArmy.org.