Feeding Canteens, Distribution Centers Open After Heavy Rains and Flooding Devastate Much of Missouri and Southern Illinois
St. Louis, MO., July 10, 2015 – In the wake of heavy rains and flooding throughout the Bi-state region, Midland Division Salvation Army officers, personnel and volunteers fanned out across Missouri and Southern Illinois to aid in the disaster response and recovery efforts.
Recently, The Salvation Army participated in a multi-agency community service event for area residents in Marion County, MO at the Apostolic Christian Center. On Sunday, July 12, The Salvation Army will join forces with other social service agencies at the Telegraph Intermediate School lending assistance to residents in Festus, MO.
Additionally, The Salvation Army has provided disaster relief in the following Missouri and Illinois counties: Marion (MO), Jefferson (MO), St. Clair (IL) and Lincoln (MO) dispatching 3 mobile canteens each capable of serving 1,500 meals per day, setting up a distribution center to provide blankets, clean up kits and items for children as well as joining forces with other agencies to provide assistance to affected individuals.
“We are here for the community and will continue to provide relief efforts and spiritual support for as long as we are needed,” says Martin Rueter, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army Midland Division.
Since early June, The Salvation Army has served first responders along with hundreds of individuals affected by flooding in Festus, Winfield and Foley, Missouri and Centreville, Illinois. This assistance included serving 311 hot meals, 471 drinks and 75 healthful snacks as well as emergency financial aid for housing, clothing and groceries. Related to these efforts, The Salvation Army has provided more than 100 clean up kits and cases of water.
The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the flooding and heavy rains to visit www.stlsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Donors may contribute via their cell by texting FLOODHELP to 41444, and follow instructions to make a gift. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:
· A $20 donation provides one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
· A $30 donation provides one food box, containing food staples for a family of four
· A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
· A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
· A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen fully operational for one day
If disaster donations exceed identified needs, excess funds will be restricted to support future disaster services.
About The Salvation Army Midland Division:
The Salvation Army is an international organization that has been faithfully serving Missouri and Southern Illinois since 1880. For more than 130 years, Bi-state residents with no place to go have turned to The Salvation Army for compassion, strength, and encouragement. The Salvation Army serves community members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year through dozens of different programs and services that are designed to help people attain, or regain, self-sufficiency. For more information, go to www.stlsalvationarmy.org.