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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVICE ADJUSTS TO MEET CHANGING DEMAND

From Hot Meals To Hot Meal Supplies

September 18, 2008

Owensboro, KY: Having already served more than 4100 hot meals to residents in and around Owensboro, The Salvation Army sees the needs change, and respond in kind.

“As power comes back on in people’s homes, they want to get back to a normal life. That includes cooking at home. Unfortunately, for many their electricity was off too long, and they lost all their food.” – Captain Paul Gilliam, Commanding Officer for the Owensboro Salvation Army.

Thanks to the support of area businesses, The Salvation Army is able to prepare and distribute quality food boxes, including perishables like fresh meat. The boxes are already being distributed at The Salvation Army center at 215 Ewing Road in Owensboro. Distribution will take place Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“…I work hard, but an event like this really knocks you off your feet…” said Frank, a lifelong Owensboro resident. “Thank God for The Salvation Army. I don’t know what I would do without them right now.”

Captain Gilliam states there are more supplies, perishable and non-perishable, arriving every day, so we can meet those needs. What we really need is the financial gifts to help offset the difference and make the distribution possible.

Owensboro is a great community, and I know that somehow, some one will see what we need and come to our aid; just like they did with the food, said Captain Gilliam.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Ike to contribute on-line HERE or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims, please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you.

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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVICE CONTINUES

Already served thousands of meals from mobile kitchens

September 16, 2008

Owensboro, KY: The Salvation Army has already served thousands of meals from three mobile kitchens. Starting service from their main facility at 215 Ewing Road in Owensboro, The Salvation Army quickly responded to the need and added reinforcements from nearby Hendersonv and Madisonville.

The Henderson, Kentucky unit is parked in front of the Owensboro Salvation Army, feeding all those who come with a hot meal and cold drink. At the same time, the mobile kitchen (canteen) normally stationed in Madisonville, Kentucky, along with Owensboro’s own canteen are roving through some of the hardest hit neighborhoods. “We’re trying to focus on areas with the greatest need,” says Captain Gilliam.

Captain Paul Gilliam, just recently appointed to The Salvation Army in Owensboro is no stranger to disaster services. In fact, he was released early from disaster response duty in Baton Rouge, Louisiana due to the impact of Hurricane Ike on Owensboro and the surrounding communities.

Captain Gilliam quickly coordinated with other vital disaster response partners to make the best possible use of the limited resources available.

Captain Gilliam commented: this is not the kind of work we do every day, but our commitment is to meet human need where we find it. Today, that need is a hot meal from one of our Emergency Disaster Services canteens. Tomorrow, it may be a box of food, or a home clean-up kit.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Hurricane Ike to contribute on-line HERE or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims, please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you.

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The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in a hurricane's path to prepare an Emergency supply kit, an evacuation plan and stay informed to all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

We have partnered with The National Hurricane Survival Initiative to provide detailed resources for ways you can prepare for Ike. Are you ready? Read the checklists and find out.

Hurricane Relief Donations

  • Online
  • By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • Corporate: Judith Rowland; judith_rowland@uss.salvationarmy.org

 


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