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.