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THE SALVATION ARMY BRINGS IN ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP SURVIVORS AFFECTED BY FLOODING ON FLORIDA’S EAST COAST

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Released 26 August 2008

Melbourne, Fla.- The Salvation Army has brought in additional resources to help survivors affected by flooding.
Two additional canteens from St. Petersburg have arrived and will be stationed north of Saturn Elementary School, off Range Road in Cocoa.
Also, Capt. Pierre Smith, corps officer in Winter Haven, has traveled to Brevard county to offer spiritual and emotional care for residents who have been affected by the devastation. He will travel to the various canteen locations to pray and offer The Salvation Army's help.

The Salvation Army has also started case management. Residents affected by the floods can apply for assistance at The Salvation Army, 1080 S. Hickory Street, Melbourne. They can also call: (321) 724-0494.

On Monday (August 25), The Salvation Army served more than 2,350 meals, 2,900 drinks in South Brevard County. More than 900 clean-ups kits were distributed.
Salvation Army canteens were sent to Barefoot Bay, Lamplighter, Palm Bay and Melbourne communities, the most affected areas of Brevard County.

Capt. Tom Louden, incident commander for the east-central Florida operation, estimates The Salvation Army will serve more than 2,000 meals in the following locations:
Grant Street Community Center, 2547 Grant Street, Melbourne
*(also distributing clean-up kits)*
Barefoot Bay Shopping Center, 925 Barefoot Bay Blvd, Sabastian
*(also distributing clean-up kits)*
North of Saturn Elementary School on the west side Range Road, Cocoa Beach
*(also distributing clean-up kits)*
Lamplighter Village, 500 Lantern Blvd., Melbourne
*(also distributing clean-up kits)*
Roving canteen, near Central Middle School and Eau Gallie Estates
Colony Mobile Home Park, 6786 Mangrove Dr., Merritt Island
The Salvation Army - Melbourne, 1080 Hickory St., Melbourne
(clean-up kits only)

Salvation Army canteens from Naples, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Fort Lauderdale, Melbourne, Tampa, Venice and Bradenton have come to help serve evacuees, residents and first-responders on the Atlantic coast.

The Salvation Army disaster team is dispatching canteen crews from Panama City and Pensacola to Tallahassee to help with the flooding in the Leon county area.
Salvation Army canteens in other parts of Florida continue to be on standby.
In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and shelter for impacted individuals and families.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Fay to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

 

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 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.


Media Contact:

Dulcinea Cuellar
Public Relations Director
The Salvation Army of Florida
(813) 376-0836
Dulcinea_Cuellar@uss.salvationarmy.com

Capt. Tom Louden
Incident Commander
The Salvation Army
(954) 214-3007
Thomas_Louden@uss.salvationarmy.org

 


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