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Dulcinea N. Cuellar
Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
THE SALVATION ARMY READY TO SERVE STORM EVACUEES IN SOUTH FLORIDA
The Salvation Army in the Florida Keys is ramping up to help residents in need
TAMPA (July 23, 2010) -The Salvation Army of Monroe County is preparing to help residents in the wake of Tropical Storm Bonnie.
The Salvation Army of Monroe County (the Florida Keys) is prepared to help support two local shelters with food, water and other basic needs.
"We will be offering food, comfort and guidance as the storm is expected to hit Monroe County around 8 tomorrow (Friday) morning and will likely continue for 12-16 hours," said Kevin Smith, The Salvation Army of Florida's director of disaster services.
The Key West Salvation Army church will use its kitchen to prepare and transport meals to shelters in Key West at the Key West High School and Stanley Switlick Elementary School in Marathon.
Salvation Army canteens (or mobile kitchens) in Miami, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers are on heightened standby.
Salvation Army canteens serve in disaster areas and are always ready to help communities devastated by tragedy.
To help with The Salvation Army's emergency disaster response to Tropical Storm Bonnie, you can call 1-800-Sal-Army or log on to www.salvationarmyusa.org and make a monetary donation.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, the largest charity in the world is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865 and has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans relieve assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUsa.org.