March 11, 2016 – 10:13 AM EST
JACKSON, MS (March 11, 2016) – With rain continuing Friday across most of Louisiana and Mississippi, The Salvation Army’s Emergency/Disaster Services is sending extra supplies into one area already hit the hardest by the torrential rain and rising flood waters.
Staff and supplies from The Jackson, Mississippi Corps have been deployed to Monroe, Louisiana to assist with shelter and mobile feeding operations. The arriving supplies includes 3000 meals, two pallets of clean up kits, not to mention water and other essential items. Support also includes six staff members and volunteers, one mobile canteen, and one supply truck.
Monroe Corps officer, Captain August Pillsbury says this is what The Salvation Army does, one neighbor helping another.
“This is how we are able to do the most good in such unfortunate circumstances,” said Captain Pillsbury. “Our local folks need help through this flooding, we want to provide that as best we can. In this situation, we needed more supplies and the Jackson Corps was more than willing to lend a hand.”
Emergency/Disaster Services Director, Terry Lightheart, says The Salvation Army is continuing to monitor how much rain is expected across the area and will distribute supplies where they are needed most. She says most local Salvation Army Corps in the Division are on standby to respond to their own community’s needs or to help elsewhere if needed.
“First, we know food and hydration will be most important, not only for residents but for first responders helping folks escape the flood waters,” said Lightheart. “Then we want to help people recover and get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible, so we will make clean up kits available. But what is so unique about our response in these situations is our officers are also ordained ministers and can give spiritual and emotional care as well.”
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by these storms to please give monetarily through this link: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/march2016floods
Salvation Army disaster services are free. All people are served equally, without discrimination.