Charlotte, N.C. (October 24, 2016)—Salvation Army Emergency Disaster teams continue to serve the Carolinas after Hurricane Matthew significantly impacted both states in early October, 2016. Some homes are still without power because of widespread flooding in eastern North Carolina and northeast South Carolina; in some communities power infrastructure must be rebuilt before power can be restored. Two weeks after the storm, more than 500 people are still living in shelters. In some locations, local emergency disaster officials are requesting service from The Salvation Army for the next two to six weeks.
Today 16 mobile feeding units are providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to communities throughout the Carolinas. In South Carolina, The Salvation Army is serving five neighbors in the Waccamaw area and the Florence Salvation Army is providing food at the National Guard Armory shelter in Mullins and in the Nichols area. Other mobile feeding units are in North Carolina serving flooded areas in Columbus County, Robeson County (Lumberton, Pembroke, Fairmont, and Allenton communities), Wayne County (Goldsboro), Edgecombe County (Princeville), and Dare County in the Outer Banks. All other storm-impacted Salvation Army locations who have resumed to normal operations are still in contact and coordination with local emergency management, ready to respond to requests as community needs are assessed.
At the peak of disaster relief service, 26 mobile feeding teams of officers, employees and volunteers from all over The Salvation Army's Southern Territory were serving the Carolinas. To date, The Salvation Army in the Carolinas has provided 126,095 meals, 216,662 snacks and drinks, 4,735 cases of spiritual and emotional care, and Salvation Army officers, employees and staff have given 24,711 hours of service.
"We are not just a bottle of cold water or a warm meal. We provide spiritual support and prayer for people whose lives are changed by disaster," said Major Richard Watts of The Salvation Army of WIlmington."We are here to serve in the name of Jesus Christ and will be here as long as we are needed."
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Natural disasters require additional resources to meet the demand on services; monetary gifts allow us to respond to the needs of individuals and families whose lives were changed by Hurricane Matthew. 100% of your donation goes right to work to help people affected - funds are not used for administrative costs.
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