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CenterPoint Energy Donates Fresh Fruit to The Salvation Army Hurricane Laura Relief in Lake Charles, LA

Lake Chrles, LA (September 3, 2020) –As recovery efforts continue after Hurricane Laura, The Salvation Army has been blessed to receive donations from community partners in the area.

CenterPoint Energy out of Houston, TX had stockpiled supplies through their Emergency Operation Procedures in anticipation of Hurricane Laura potentially making landfall in Texas. When they wound up with a surplus, they searched for a way to distribute their food.

Theresa Sauls, Corporate Community Relations for CenterPoint, said, “We had this food and didn’t want it to be wasted, so we reached out to The Salvation Army. We are so grateful for what y’all are doing.”

CenterPoint was able to donate 20 cases each of apples, bananas, and oranges. This fresh fruit will be distributed on The Salvation Army canteens. Captain Trey Jones, Incident Commander of The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Laura Response in Lake Charles responded, “With produce being hard to come by and many people having no method of refrigeration, this fruit will be such a blessing. We are thankful for Centerpoint Energy and glad they trusted us to get the food out to the public.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

The Salvation Army Providing Hurricane Laura Disaster Relief Throughout Louisiana

Lake Charles, LA (September 2, 2020)—The Salvation Army is serving throughout the state of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura. Disaster relief services are ongoing in Alexandria, Monroe, and Lake Charles, as official Salvation Army crews are manning mobile feeding units providing meals, drinks, snacks, personal hygiene kits, and cleaning supplies to anyone in need.

The largest effort is in the Lake Charles area, where The Salvation Army has set up a full IMAT team and currently has a total of 21 mobile feeding units [canteens] serving the area. The feeding operations in Lake Charles are supported by Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, who have volunteered 20 personnel from Mississippi for 14 days to serve by preparing hot meals on The Salvation Army’s Field Kitchen which are then distributed by the canteens. Canteen service locations are posted every day on the Salvation Army Lake Charles Facebook page as well as on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. In addition to the canteens at set locations, the feeding units are also roving the neighborhoods, finding people in need where they are, and offering much-needed help and hope.

Emotional and spiritual care is also a large aspect of The Salvation Army’s disaster relief services. Canteen workers in Lake Charles are actively taking prayer requests from the people they serve and handing them over to the Emotional and Spiritual Care [ESC] Officer, Major Robert Lyle, who ensures that every request is prayed for. The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline (844-458-HOPE) is also available every day between 8 AM to 11 PM CDT to anyone needing a caring listener.

To date, The Salvation Army has provided the following disaster relief in response to Hurricane Laura throughout the state of Louisiana:

• 35,556 Meals

• 33,030 Drinks

• 21,438 Snacks

• 99 Cleanup kits (per kit)

• 45 Cleaning Supplies / Tools (per order)

• 471 Personal Hygiene Kits

• 109 Food Boxes

• Emotional and Spiritual Care to 521 Individuals

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salarmyalm/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week.

The Salvation Army Widens Service Area as Roads Clear in Lake Charles, LA

Lake Charles, LA (September 2, 2020) – As more roads become navigable in Lake Charles, The Salvation Army has broadened the reach of its mobile feeding units. Many residents are receiving the first hot meal they’ve had since Hurricane Laura made landfall one week ago.

Melony Simon Bourque was beyond moved at these efforts to provide relief. “Y’all are a Godsend,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do.” Melony and her family rode out the storm in the bathroom. After damage done by wind and trees, the bathroom is currently the only room of the house not leaking.

Melony was by herself and with few recourses as her husband is a trucker and gone for long stretches at a time. However, she has not been alone. The business across the street loaned her a generator to keep her house cool, and other neighbors have checked in on her.

The Salvation Army was able to provide her with meals and water as well as cleaning supplies and food for her cats. “I’ll tell you the truth,” Melody confided, “before the storm, I was a loner. I didn’t think there were good people left in this world. Hurricane Laura has shown me how many people are willing to help. My opinion has changed. I can’t thank you enough.”

To date, The Salvation Army has provided the following in Lake Charles:

32,699 Prepared Meals

30,071 Drinks

20,928 Snacks

The best way to support the disaster work of The Salvation Army by making a financial donation at www.helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and watch for regular updates on our social media pages at www.facebook.com/salarmyalm/ and www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

‘Sometimes Hope Looks like a Can of Formula’ – The Salvation Army Continues Hurricane Laura Relief Efforts in Lake Charles

Lake Charles, LA (August 31, 2020) – Liz Chattin has truly embraced the motto of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services. “Hope is on the Way”. While serving on a canteen truck, distributing food in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Liz met the Aleman family. Mike Aleman and Isabel Ledesma are both deaf, and their baby, Lia, is severely allergic to dairy. Without transportation and with no stores yet open within walking distance, they were desperate to find formula for Lia.

Liz was able to find diapers and wipes and a baby hygiene kit in The Salvation Army warehouse, and she made it her personal mission to find formula for Lia. With none available locally, she was able to coordinate with a Salvation Army officer to have soy formula brought from Texas.

“This is my first disaster deployment,” said Liz. “I thought I was prepared, but I wasn’t. It just hit me so hard to find this community that felt abandoned. We tried to find everything they needed. I work with children and babies every day at home. I just had to find this family some soy formula.”

Mike and Isabel were ecstatic to receive the baby supplies.  “Thank you,” they said over and over again, “Just….thank you.” For this family, hope looked like food for their baby, and The Salvation Army will continue to provide hope to everyone affected by Hurricane Laura.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

The Salvation Army Sets up Command Center for Hurricane Laura relief in Lake Charles, LA

With only a day passed since Hurricane Laura made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane and devastated parts of Louisiana and Texas, the Salvation Army is on the ground in Lake Charles. Officers and volunteers were hard at work today setting up the warehouse and mobile kitchen with the intention of starting food service in the community tomorrow, Saturday August 29.

The entire city is still without water and power, and The Salvation Army anticipates the need for food will be dire. Incident Commander, Trey Jones, said “The Salvation Army plans to be here as long as needed to meet the needs in this city.” Trucks will be out in the city with snacks and hydration as well as lunch and dinner.

As natural disasters can increase mental stress, The Salvation Army’s Emotional & Spiritual Care HOPEline remains available. Anyone needing a caring listener – whether because of natural disaster, COVID-19, or the stress of life in general – can call 844-458-HOPE (4673) for support. HOPEline hours are 8 AM to 11 PM CDT, 7 days a week. For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. To donate to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.