American Idol “Doing the Most Good” for Tornado Survivors

Friday, July 8, 2011

Wait a minute – was that American Idol Ruben Studdard at The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa, Alabama?
You bet it was!
The singer helped distributed food and supplies to about 200 local families of a community that continues to rebuild following April’s destructive tornadoes. The event was part of the Gospel Music Channel’s (GMC) Uplift Someone America Tour.
The Tuscaloosa News has all the information here.

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May 4: Service Stats

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornadoes that struck Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee last week. To date, here is what we’ve done to help meet the needs of survivors:

* Served 86,000 hot meals, 260,000 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.

* Provided over 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), is about to deploy 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day; has deployed 1 Shower Unit and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.

* Distributing groceries, baby diapers & formula, and general hygiene products like soap, shampoo, etc.

* Ministered through Pastoral Care to 3,233 individuals.

* Assisting with Social Services Cases.

* Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 10,000+ hours.

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Salvation Army Canteens Remain an Ever Present Help for Residents

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Photo from The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division’s Facebook album.

Story originally posted at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

Days after the storms roared through Mississippi and Alabama, The Salvation Army’s Disaster response continues as clean up and recovery swing into high gear.

Sifting through the rubble, many residents are finding hope in the warm meals, drinks, and

encouragement of The Salvation Army. Across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army is an important connection to cold water, a hot meal, and emotional support for many survivors.

Pratt City resident Connie Pulam, remains vigilant in her desire to rebuild, but also understands the patience and positive attitude required in the recovery process.

“I may be houseless, but I am not homeless as long as I have my head to lay somewhere, I am alive,” she said Monday while sifting through the splinters and rubble that was once her house.

She and her husband were able to get out of the house just before the tornado hit.

“Something told me, I imagine the Holy Spirit, to get out of there, so we got in the car and took off.”

They were able to get a safe distance before everything was gone.

Upon returning, they found the broken pieces of their physical belongings, but a hope only found in faith. Undergirding that faith is The Salvation Army’s presence in Pratt City and the across Alabama. “Now we are just happy to see the help coming, The Salvation Army has been great in this area,” she said.

The Salvation Army has had two canteens in the area since the tornado hit. Residents in Pratt City and all other areas affected have had access to water, food and counseling.

“It is a blessing to have The Salvation Army here. It is just a comfort to know they care.”

Currently, thirty-eight feeding units and one shower trailer are actively serving in Mississippi and Alabama. Since relief work began over 65,000 hot meals and 130,000 drinks have been served and countless more prayerfully encouraged in their journey towards recovery.

Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Thousands were served on Friday. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being made available as needed in a number of areas. The Salvation Army has also deployed a four stall mobile shower trailer to Smithville, MS.

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