Volunteers Help Salvation Army Show Continuous Care for Haiti

(Photo and Caption: John A. Lacko, Kalamazoo Gazette) Jack Violante, of Portage, MI, loads meal packages in a box as Maxwell Lloyd, 4, of Kalamazoo, hands them to him during the Salvation Army's "Wanna Make a Million?" meal packing event.

News of Haiti’s ongoing recovery has slipped from the headlines, but the country’s need has not disappeared. Despite this drop in media attention, The Salvation Army and volunteers continue to devote countless man hours to serving earthquake survivors.

Just this past weekend hundreds of individuals from Kalamazoo, MI and the surrounding area gathered at an old Sam’s Club warehouse where they packaged 620,784 meals for Haiti over a period of two days. The event was hosted by hunger relief organization Numana, Inc. and The Salvation Army. A photo run by the Kalamazoo Gazette showed a grown man and a four year-old boy working together in the assembly-line style packing process. Though the picture may at first appear unremarkable, the sharp contrast of this seemingly mismatched pair captures the unique sense of unity and passion to help that bonds an otherwise diverse group of volunteers. Kalamazoo proved to have a great turn out of helping hands!

You would expect with it being more than five months following the earthquake, public interest would fade. But Numana hosts widely-attended meal packing events like the one in Kalamazoo every week across the country in order that The Salvation Army will have a continuous supply of food to distribute to Haitian survivors. Actually, three separate events will be taking place this weekend in Kansas, Wisconsin, and Arkansas, with Arkansas attempting to set a record of packing 2 million meals during a first-ever 24 consecutive hour event! It actually seems like the public’s desire to help is gaining steam.

Numana founder Rick McNary told the Kalamazoo Gazette that in the five months since the earthquake more than 18 million meals have been packaged for Haiti through Numana’s partnership with The Salvation Army and volunteers across the country!

The Salvation Army is incredibly thankful for the help of Numana and all the compassionate volunteers who continue to diligently give their time, efforts, and resources for those in need in Haiti, even after the overwhelming need no longer makes news headlines!

For more information about The Salvation Army in Kalamazoo, visit their website at www.tsakalamazoo.org or find them on Facebook.

You can also learn more about Numana, Inc. through their website www.numanainc.com.

2 Comments on “Volunteers Help Salvation Army Show Continuous Care for Haiti

  1. Thanks for the great story! We at Numana have had a blast traveling the country and getting to partner with so many Salvation Army people. Each city we have been to has its own highlights and Kalamazoo was no exception. The people were warm and giving and we were pleased to partner with them to save the starving.

  2. Great! Thanks for the information Caleb. Numana has been doing incredible work to serve the hungry and empower others to help, and we’re glad The Salvation Army is able to be a part of this. Keep us updated on your ongoing efforts.

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