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February 5, 2009

Atlanta: The Salvation Army has been providing help and hope for the past few days in Western Kentucky, serving a large number of families and individuals who are fighting to recover from the Ice Storm of January 2009.

Owensboro, KY has been a hub for Salvation Army operations as they have served victims affected in Owensboro and the surrounding counties of, Ohio, Hancock, & McClean.

In the Owensboro area alone, as of February 3, over 7,000 individuals have been served a hot meal, a sandwich or some other type of food assistance. Over 200 volunteers have cheerfully given over 2,000 hours of service by assisting The Salvation Army in its relief work.

Most of the households in Owensboro have had power restored. Salvation Army crews have served tirelessly since the storm hit, even though many of them were personally affected. This has meant serving long hours and sleeping in the Salvation Army Corps building at night.

The greatest need continues to be in the outlying areas, Ohio County being the focal point for the crews in Owensboro as of today. The crew from Macon, Georgia, have been delivering and serving meals to Beaver Dam and Hartford, KY which are along Hwy 431 in Ohio County. They are feeding over 400 meals daily, both lunch and dinner.

The Salvation Army’s mobile feeding unit (canteen) from the Nashville Area Command was released and returned to base on Wednesday. A crew from Kingsport continues to serve, with one of the members, Snoopy, being our chief cook and bottle washer. The other members, augmented by Justin Vincent from Nashville run food supplies to area shelters, including some in Ohio County.

Food boxes are being prepared for families who have lost their food in their refrigerators or freezers.

It continues to be bitterly cold, but the spirits are ablaze with a desire to provide warmth and hope in Christ's name here in Western Kentucky.

Financial donations are desperately needed to sustain this crucial relief effort. Donate by calling 1800 SAL ARMY or click HERE to donate online.



February 1, 2009

Atlanta: “Every day we are learning of more and more pockets of need,” says Ray Dalrymple, the Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for the Kentucky and Tennessee Division.

Yesterday’s bright sunshine and warmer weather allowed utility recovery crews to make a significant dent in their task. Time and weather also helped provide access to previously impassable roads. Authorities suspect these two things have allowed residents of small communities to get in touch with The Salvation Army to request much needed assistance.

Because the Salvation Army is a national leader in Emergency Disaster Services, a network is already in place to provide additional support when a local area needs it. Putting action to words, communities in Kentucky will see mobile feeding units (canteens) and their crew from Georgia, Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, as well as Tennessee.

While millions finalize their preparations for Super Bowl parties, staff and volunteers of The Salvation Army are actively providing disaster services in 29 Kentucky Counties. With thousands of meals serviced and hundreds of nights of emergency lodging provided, Salvation Army resources are being stretched.

Financial donations are desperately needed to sustain this crucial relief effort. Donate by calling 1800 SAL ARMY or click HERE to donate online.



January 30, 2009

Atlanta: The Salvation Army has deployed mobile feeding units (canteens) and personnel to the most severe parts of Kentucky that have been hit hard by snow and ice.

The Salvation Army is assisting with shelters and feeding centers and assisting in partnerships with churches, other organizations, community efforts and government facilities due to lack of electricity and water.

The Salvation Army is feeding or assisting other organizations feeding in the following counties and communities:

Campbellsville, Clinton, Cynthiana, Glasgow, Grayson, Hart County, Henderson, Hickman, Hopkinsville, Horse Cave, Leitchfield, Louisville, Madisonville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah, Paintsville, Princeton, Richmond, Springfield, Vanceburg, and Versailles.

There are other Salvation Army volunteer service units serving who have not reported in yet due to the lack of power.

It is alleged that certain media reports are stating that relief agencies have not yet reached all areas affected. The Salvation Army is doing all that is possible at this time to reach every area possible. Mayor George Steele of Grayson County has officially stated the following: "I don't know what would have happened without The Salvation Army. They saved us!”

Additional canteens are on their way from beyond the Kentucky border. Confirmation of this and further updates on relief activity will be announced in due course.

Financial donations are desperately needed to sustain this crucial relief effort. Donate by calling 1800 SAL ARMY or click HERE to donate online.



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