Community Coffee Company Presents The Salvation Army with a $250,000 Check for Emergency Disaster Relief

New Orleans, Louisiana (February 14, 2022)- Community Coffee Company presented The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) with a check for $250,000 today to expand their emergency response fleet for future disaster relief efforts. EDS has allocated the funds to purchase three van emergency response vehicles (VRUs) for New Orleans, Houma, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“With The Salvation Army’s history of providing hope for over 100 years and ours of serving communities for over 100 years, we see them as an ideal partner in our efforts to make communities stronger during times of disaster,” said Matt Saurage, chairman at Community Coffee.  “We know how important that first cup of coffee can be from our mobile cafes that show up after a storm and we are combining efforts to reach more communities with the purchase of three new vans for The Salvation Army’s on the ground efforts.”

Community Coffee Company Chairman Matt Saurage and family owners, Donna, and Hank Saurage presented the ample check to Major Kent Davis, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division, and William Trueblood, EDS Divisional Director, following the press event introducing the new VRU adorned with the iconic 103-year-old Community Coffee brand.

“It is because of our partners like Community Coffee Company that we can sustain and reinforce our emergency response fleet to mobilize and respond swiftly and effectively when disaster strikes,” said EDS Divisional Director William Trueblood. “I’m grateful for their partnership and their enduring commitment to their community.”

Trueblood said these new vehicles would enable a speedier mobilization in response to a disaster throughout the Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi division. Already, The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of emergency response vehicles, including mobile canteens and kitchen units around the country-– with 270 of these assets in the southern United States alone.

“It is with a grateful heart that I thank our friends at Community Coffee Company for strengthening and expanding our fleet’s capacity to serve our communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Alabama when tragedy strikes,” said Major Davis.

In the aftermath of category 4 Hurricane Ida’s destruction in August 2021, Community Coffee Company launched the Community Strong campaign committing 10% of retail sales proceeds, up to $250,000, from the sale of Community® coffee products to support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Ida relief efforts. Following Ida, The Salvation Army provided over 450,000 meals, 9,000 food boxes, over 350,000 drinks and snacks, as well as emotional and spiritual care for thousands in need. In addition, Community Coffee Company served more than 90,000 cups of fresh coffee to first responders, frontline utility workers, and displaced residents.

The Salvation Army is nationally recognized as a sanctioned disaster relief and assistance organization. With a presence in almost every ZIP code in the country, it is uniquely positioned to respond with a clear understanding of each impacted area’s needs.

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 Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

“I just wanted to let God’s love show through.” Donating to make a difference

dsc03939Kelli Stewart of Covington, Louisiana is a 36 year old mother of three year old triplets and now a three month old. Add to that, she’s the owner of Lullaby Set Children’s clothing, and you get the idea that her life is pretty hectic.

Like many across Louisiana, Stewart was devastated by the images that came across her television screen and phone following 30 inches of rainfall two weeks ago. Her first thought was about all the families out there who were impacted…families like hers. What must they be thinking? How can I help them?

“I was looking to help, to be a blessing, and I love the mission of The Salvation Army,” said Stewart.

So, Stewart will donate hundreds of pieces of brand new children’s clothing from her store for ages newborn to six years old. The clothes still have the tags on them.

“I just wanted to let God’s love show through. Maybe they will realize, ‘wow, some stranger did this for me’, and pass it on to someone else,” said Stewart.

Plus, the fact she’s the mother to four young daughters, Stewart wants them to grow up knowing they need to give back and be a blessing. She also realizes her role in influencing her generation and younger generations currently building careers and families.

“Our parents raised us right, it’s time we show it,” said Stewart. “It’s our job to make a difference and give back. God’s put us on earth to help other people, more can be done.”