Indianapolis- The Salvation Army has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment today. The grant is part of $50 million in grants from the Endowment to be used by local agencies for disaster relief and recovery. The generous gift will help with efforts to meet the immediate needs of citizens and communities that have suffered from disasters in 2008 and to help replenish The Salvation Army’s disaster relief funds. Nearly $1 million has already been disbursed to meet the immediate and long term needs of storm victims.

Lilly Endowment president, N. Clay Robbins, spoke about the Endowment’s long history of supporting The Salvation Army’s response to disasters throughout our state and country. “We are confident that they will use these resources to maximum effect in helping Indiana residents and communities rebuild and recover from these devastating storms. We can only imagine what it must be like for those affected by these terrible disasters,” he said.

Major Dick Amick of The Salvation Army’s Indiana Division stated, “We are deeply grateful for Lilly Endowment’s generous gift to help us serve Hoosiers in need. As humble stewards of this gift, The Salvation Army will continue aiding those affected by the storms and floods in Indiana. This grant will enable us to serve more people more comprehensively.”

The Salvation Army has assisted storm victims in Marion, Shelby, Morgan, Rush, Bartholomew, Johnson, Owen, Green, Clay, Vigo, Jackson, and Brown Counties. To date, more than 13,000 meals have been served and over 23,000 bottles of water and Gatorade have been distributed. More than 2,300 clean up kits have also been distributed. More than 2,473 individuals and 809 families have received Extended Assistance through The Salvation Army.