The Salvation Army Responding to Those in Need in Louisiana

August 15, 2016
Jon Kalahar |

The Salvation Army Responding to Those in Need in Louisiana

Baton Rouge, LA – The Salvation Army is doing the most good in two different communities affected by the historic amounts of rainfall that led to severe flooding in 25 parishes in Louisiana and four counties in Mississippi.

In Tangipahoa Parish just into Louisiana across the Mississippi stateline, response teams served 400 meals near the town of Amite. Incident Commander and New Orleans Command Officer, Major David Worthy called it a “sweltering Louisiana day”, but one where needs were met.

“The people were so very grateful for work and service of The Salvation Army's disaster response teams in Tangipahoa Parish,” said Major Worthy. “We know the need is great. We are all happy to help them.”

In Baton Rouge, Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding trucks) make their way out into the community and start food and hydration service on Tuesday as flood waters are slowing beginning to drop. Canteens from Biloxi and Meridian, Mississippi and Shreveport, New Orleans, and Alexandria, Louisiana will be in place by Tuesday.

The Greater Baton Rouge Corps also suffered damage from the flood, but Salvation Army personnel continues to work towards meeting the needs in and around Baton Rouge.

“We want to do all we can to help our friends and neighbors,” said Captain Brett Meredith, Greater Baton Rouge Corps, Command Officer. “It’s devastating to see our building flooded, but even more so, to see so many in need. They need us now, and we will be there.”

Salvation Army officers and staff will be available at each location to provide spiritual and emotional care as well as a meal and drink. Hygiene kits and clean up kits will also be available

To help those in these flooded areas across Southeast Louisiana, you can donate by going to You will also find information on this webpage on how to donate by phone and through mail. You can also donate by texting STORM to 51555 on your mobile device.

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The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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