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Released 13 May 2010

Salvation Army provides food and hope, Volunteers help muck-out


Nashville/Ashland City, TN: – The Salvation Army’s second day of service in Ashland City, Tennessee, came at a much needed time.  Along a river in a rural area of Ashland City hundreds of homes that were flooded during the disaster last week were being gutted with all of the contents including appliances and personal possessions having to be left in front yards on the streets to be hauled away.  People living in these homes lost everything and now must start their lives again from scratch.  With The Salvation Army canteen delivering sack lunches and drinks to the people affected in the area signs of gratitude and relief were seen in the residents and the people helping to clear out homes. 


Fortunately there is still a good sense of hope and positive spirit among the people.  Many in the area have families that have opened loving arms to offer support and a place for them to stay during the crisis. 


Residents, Bill Duke, his wife and son left their home in Ashland City by canoe, a kayak and rescue boat on Saturday night of the flood.  “I heard my neighbor’s house moving off its foundation and I knew we could not wait any longer.”  Duke owns two houses on opposite sides of the street; he was living in one and renting out the other.  Duke looked down the street and explained that he built his house in 1957 with his bare hands and helped to build his neighbor’s house.  Even though he lost everything he pointed out that it was all only material possessions and with faith everything will work out.  Duke explained that last Sunday morning he went to church to keep his normal routine.  “God is going to take care of us….we will be alright.”


As the canteen crawled along the river road, in the water surrounded community, some people came out to thank the team for serving and others displayed an unspoken appreciation in their eyes.  Most houses in this community will most likely be condemned. 


Volunteers from all parts of the country were there and working in the muck right alongside the homeowners.  Duke said, “I had a church youth group help me clean out my home.  They are hard workers and didn’t seem to care – they got right down in the grime.” 



Duane Deal and Cathy Brown left their home by a rescue boat Sunday evening the weekend of the flood.  They waited until the water got above their deck before they decided it was time to evacuate and it was too late to leave in a vehicle.  “We were told to bring only one bag of our belongings,” Deal explained.  We came back to the house by pontoon boat the next day Monday to try and salvage some of our personal things, but it was all destroyed.”  Deal and his family returned on Mother’s Day to begin their clean-out.  “It sure is a mess to clean out, but we survived and we have each other to start our lives over.”


Some however, after hard work and being displaced from their homes for over a week now are becoming tired and weary and stressed over what will happen in the days to come. 


The damage was extensive.  Vehicles including boats and motor homes were carried away and left in various places in the area.  Some mobile homes were displaced and slid into adjacent homes.  Another home slid off of its foundation and into a trailer next to it.  Crops were destroyed and tons of debris was all along the sides of roads.


It has been because of the acts of service, such as the delivering of lunches and drinks by The Salvation Army canteens, and most importantly the prayers that mean a lot and has really made an impact on the families and individuals affected by this disaster.  The people have found great appreciation for the sense of care and the assurance that someone is looking out for them.


The Salvation Army delivered 100 clean-up kits to the Ashland City Community Center yesterday, served 407 meals from the mobile feeding canteen in various neighborhoods in Ashland City in addition to snacks and beverages and provided emotional and spiritual care to numerous individuals. 

Major Rob Vincent, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Nashville, said, “We will continue to serve the Ashland City community as long as there is a need.  We want the residents to know that we care about them and will be there to support them during recovery.  If we can offer prayer, food, supplies and hope, then our mission has been fulfilled.”


For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 615 242-0411. Follow our updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army – Nashville), on our blog at or visit our website at  Text the word “FLOOD” to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation.



About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services in 5,000 communities 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. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Visit us on-line to learn more or to make a donation.



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Jennifer Eldridge, Director of Marketing

Office: (615) 242-0411 ext. 243 or Cell (615) 416-4218

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