The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta Sends Mobile Kitchen Unit to the Carolinas

A mobile kitchen unit (“canteen”) from The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta is headed to the Carolinas in advance of Hurricane Florence. The canteen, which was dispatched from The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Services location in downtown Atlanta, will join three other mobile kitchen units from Newnan, Dublin, and Valdosta at pre-planned staging centers in North and South Carolina. Salvation Army staff and volunteers will provide feeding, hydration, and spiritual care to those affected by Hurricane Florence.

“We continue to assess and evaluate the situation,” says Lanita Lloyd, Emergency Disaster Director for The Salvation Army of Georgia, “Once we see exactly how the storm impacts the eastern coast, we will be able to deploy and redeploy our resources as needed to help those in the most severely affected areas.”

The Salvation Army of Georgia has a standing fleet of 21 canteens designed for rapid and free-standing response in times of emergency. The remaining Georgia canteens not deployed to the Carolinas are on stand-by ready to serve at potential evacuation centers in Georgia and impacted areas along the eastern U.S. coast. Disaster-trained staff and volunteers also stand ready to serve as needed on canteens or at designated Georgia evacuee shelters for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

In times of disaster, the best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

To support The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Florence relief efforts, visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org. For updates on The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster response efforts, visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

Fifth Grader Raises Money for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

ATLANTA, GA (October 20, 2017)–Each of us, doing our part, can make a big difference.

Take Kaymon Sledge, a fifth grader at Honey Creek Elementary School in Conyers, Georgia. He was so moved by the TV images of the devastation in Puerto Rico that he started a school fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Maria. Kaymon and his classmates raised $500—every cent of which will go toward The Salvation Army’s hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

Thank you, Kaymon and Honey Creek Elementary, for doing the most good to help our brothers and sisters in need.

The Coca-Cola Foundation Awards The Salvation Army $1 Million to Aid Hurricane Relief Efforts in the Caribbean

Money will be used to provide immediate resources for food and shelter across the region, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

The Salvation Army is getting a boost in its global hurricane relief efforts, thanks to a $1 million-dollar grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. Helen Price, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation, says, “As the entire Coca-Cola system comes together to support communities impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded this grant to The Salvation Army to provide emergency assistance in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and across the Caribbean.”

In September, Hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the region, causing widespread damage and destroying critical infrastructure. Many island nations have no electricity or clean water.

In the weeks since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, The Salvation Army has been on the ground, working to meet essential needs of survivors and help them start on the path to recovery. Salvation Army personnel and volunteers are providing meals, supplies, and rapid response in a number of Caribbean nations, including Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.

“The mission of The Salvation Army is to serve those most in need, but we can’t do that without partners like Coca-Cola,” says Major Bob Parker, Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Commander. “We are grateful to Coca-Cola for their generosity. This much-needed gift will allow The Salvation Army to immediately provide food and supplies to thousands of people in the Caribbean who are suffering because of the recent hurricanes.”

With a permanent footprint in the affected communities, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance until the need is met and beyond.