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The Salvation Army Richmond Area Command Disaster Services Team Assisting Those Affected by Hurricane Ike (September 2008)
Volunteers from The Salvation Army Richmond Area Command Emergency Disaster Services Team are still Texas assisting those individuals affected by Hurricane Ike. These volunteers and their mobile feeding unit, canteen, have been serving nearly 5,000 meals a day to weary residents and are also able to provide spiritual guidance and counseling to those who may request it.
The team from Richmond Area Command is part of The Salvation Army's national response, which currently includes more than 100 Salvation Army mobile feeding units plus a 48-foot kitchen and a satellite communications trailer.
Since the storm began, The Salvation Army has served nearly more than 1.6 million meals to evacuees, emergency workers and those affected by the storm, including more than 9,000 meals served directly by volunteers from Richmond Area Command.
Over the next few weeks, other units and teams from throughout the Southern Territory will continue to be mobilized as needed, including units and volunteers from Williamsburg, Charlottesville and Hampton Roads that left for Tyler, TX this morning.
So far this hurricane season, The Salvation Army has served more than 2.5 million meals to those in need.
For updates on The Salvation Army's national response to Hurricane Gustav or to donate to the relief effort, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days and will provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit; containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies. The Salvation Army currently is not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims.
The Salvation Army Richmond Area Command's Emergency Disaster Services Team was created in 1992 in response to Hurricane Andrew and is a volunteer-driven effort. Since its inception, this team has assisted those in need during numerous disasters, such as; Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isabel, Hurricane Fran, Tropical Storm Gaston, and at the Pentagon and New York City after 9-11.