Missouri – The Salvation Army is supporting relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, which was hit by a deadly tornado Sunday. A Salvation Army emergency disaster services team based out Pittsburg, Kansas has been deployed to Joplin to help carry out mass feeding for residents and first responders through a mobile feeding kitchen capable of serving thousands of meals a day. Teams from Kirksville and Springfield, Missouri are also enroute.
Kansas – Meanwhile, in hard-hit Reading, Kansas, which was nearly demolished by a tornado late Saturday night, two Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens, one stationary and one roaming, served meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 250 people today. The canteens will be back in operation tomorrow and will likely continue service through the rest of the week in Reading. Tomorrow, more than a dozen members of a Kansas motorcycle club are volunteering for The Salvation Army to help with clean-up efforts in Reading. The motorcycle club will be working from about 4:30 PM until 8 PM.
The Salvation Army continues to provide support today to the town of Reading, Kansas, after a tornado damaged much of the community last night. A team of Salvation Army emergency disaster service workers based out of Emporia arrived in Reading at 1 am this morning to assist survivors and first responders. The team will continue to provide support today by offering meals, snacks and drinks from a mobile feeding kitchen and also through emotional and spiritual support. “We are here to serve in whatever way we can,” said Dee Smith, director of emergency disaster services for The Salvation Army. “And we will not leave until all the needs in Reading are met.”
Minnesota – Three Salvation Army mobile kitchens and crews are on scene in St. Louis Park, Fridley and North Minneapolis to assist families and emergency workers after the storms earlier this afternoon. Much of the damage caused by uprooted trees is making travel difficult in some areas. One of The Salvation Army’s transitional housing units in Fridley sustained minor damage and none of the four men living at the house were injured. “I’ve got 24 to 36 hours of back-up volunteers ready to go,” said Drew Hasty, Salvation Army metro disaster manager. “We are prepared to assist city officials with any emerging needs as an emergency shelter is likely to be needed this evening.” While volunteer crews are on scene, other Salvation Army staff and volunteers are preparing the operation center at The Salvation Army headquarters in Roseville.
Your donations will go a long way in supporting storm survivors and damaged communities. Please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org. All donations for disaster services can be used for a designated purpose by specifying over the phone or in the “Specific Use” field of our online form.