MSHattiesburg, MS – Transformers exploding. Flying debris. Glass panes flying through the air. Pounding rain. Falling trees. Lives Seemed Shattered.

The Salvation Army has been providing hope in the midst of the mangled pieces, serving over 4,500 hot meals and praying with many more storm weary residents across Mississippi and Alabama.

On Thursday, April 21, 2011, The Salvation Army in Hattiesburg began roving the streets of Leakesville, Miss. in Greene County to provide disaster recovery assistance to this rural Mississippi community.

The Salvation Army prepared 100 boxes with non-perishable food and toiletry items. Staff spent the day on Thursday Roaming Greene County, visiting homes that have been affected.  Beverages were made available to work crews who are scattered around the county.

“This area is very isolated and spread out and creates an interesting challenge for disaster service,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army.

Donations are always needed to support Disaster Recovery Operations. Please call 1800-SAL-ARMY or visit to learn more or to donate.