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THE SALVATION ARMY CONTINUES IN DISASTER RELIEF SERVICES INCLUDING MEMPHIS WHERE HISTORICALLY HIGH MISSISSIPPI RIVER IS EXPECTED TO CREST TODAY

May 10, 2011

Memphis, TN: The Salvation Army has been extremely busy serving throughout the Southeast for over two weeks with back to back disaster relief efforts, including wildfires, tornadoes, and now flooding. “This is the first time since Katrina that The Salvation Army has had all of its divisions of the fifteen Southern United States Territory activated in relief efforts or on stand-by to serve,” states Southern Territory Disaster Director Jeff Jellets. To date the Territory has served 186,301 meals, 436,360 sandwiches, snacks, and drinks and have given pastoral care to 7,997 individuals. Donations raised to date are $1,789,182.00 with 48,698 hours of volunteer and staff time.

Since April 25th, The Salvation Army of Memphis has been meeting with Emergency Management of Shelby County, TN and partnering agencies to meet immediate needs and to determine a long term recovery plan. “The Salvation Army is prepared to serve until we are no longer needed. It is a privilege and our mission to serve and be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need,” states Memphis Area Commander, Major Mark Woodcock. To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 4,000 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks. At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis and Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY are serving in those areas affected by the flooding.

These multiple disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demands on services. Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the disaster affected areas.

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PREPARING FOR MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING

May 9, 2011

Memphis, TN: The Salvation Army has been busy serving throughout the Southeast, including Tennessee in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. This morning, The Salvation Army sent in additional personnel to assist ongoing efforts in the Memphis area as the floodwaters continue to rise. To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 3,600 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks. At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis, Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY serve in those areas affected by the flooding. Major Mark Woodcock, Memphis Area Commander states, "As we continue to assess the needs in the Memphis area, we pray for the best but prepare for the worst."

These additional disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demand on services. Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the affected areas. We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which you can donate monetarily to the relief effort. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit the Salvation Army Memphis website: www.salvationarmymemphis.org. Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888; a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill. Other monetary donations should be sent to The Salvation Army, 696 Jackson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105; please mark them "May Floods." For additional information please contact Major Mark Woodcock at (901) 299-8235.

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FIRST TENNESSEE OFFERS FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR COMMUNITIES IMPACTED BY STORMS AND FLOODING

May 9, 2011

Memphis, TN: In response to storm and flood damage, First Tennessee Bank is providing relief to people in the bank’s markets through payment and credit assistance options and waived fees. In addition, the First Tennessee Foundation will match donations from the public and employees up to a total of $250,000. First Tennessee is part of the First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN) family of companies, and the First Tennessee Foundation is sponsored by First Tennessee.

First Tennessee will provide payment assistance and make additional funds available to existing consumer and business credit customers. For new borrowers, the company is offering assistance through new credit availability for auto, real estate and equipment loans. All options are subject to credit approval, and borrowers must be located in areas designated by FEMA as disaster areas. County declarations are updated daily by FEMA, and availability of assistance will be expanded as additional counties are declared disaster areas.

In addition to the extension of credit options, First Tennessee will waive fees from May 8 to May 22 for non-customers on selected First Tennessee ATMs in the impacted areas.

The First Tennessee Foundation will provide up to $250,000 for storm relief by matching public donations made at First Tennessee financial centers and contributions of First Tennessee and FTN Financial employees. Anyone wishing to contribute to the relief efforts can visit any First Tennessee financial center and make a donation to the Red Cross or The Salvation Army. Contributions will be accepted through June 10.

The bank will also donate $1 for every new “like” the First Tennessee Facebook Page receives.

In Shelby County, First Tennessee financial centers will collect items needed at relief shelters. For a list of the requested items, visit StaySafeShelby.com.

For more information, call 1-866-285-2171 or visit your local First Tennessee financial center.

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MEMPHIS SALVATION ARMY PRAYS FOR THE BEST BUT PREPARES FOR THE WORST WITH THE THREAT OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODING

May 9, 2011

Memphis, TN: The Salvation Army has been busy serving throughout the Southeast, including Tennessee in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. This morning, The Salvation Army  sent in additional personnel to assist ongoing efforts in the Memphis area as the floodwaters continue to rise.  To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 3,600 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks.  At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis, Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY serve in those areas affected by the flooding.  Major Mark Woodcock, Memphis Area Commander states, "As we continue to assess the needs in the Memphis area, we pray for the best but prepare for the worst." 

These additional disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demand on services.  Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the affected areas.  We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which you can donate monetarily to the relief effort.  Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit the Salvation Army Memphis website: www.salvationarmymemphis.org. Text to give is also available by texting the word "give" to 80888; a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill.  Other monetary donations should be sent to The Salvation Army, 696 Jackson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105; please mark them "May Floods."  For additional information please contact Major Mark Woodcock at (901) 299-8235.

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