Charlotte, N.C. (October 28, 2016)— In North and South Carolina, the flood waters have receded and mass feeding has largely concluded, but The Salvation Army is still at work, helping as it was before Hurricane Matthew and subsequent flooding impacted both states in early October. Emotional and Spiritual care teams are at work across many impacted areas, assessing the needs of the communities as they provide hope and prayer. In some instances the hope they give is through a laugh or a bottle of water; other times the care is a prayer, a Bible, and a shoulder to lean on as folks come back to their flooded homes.
There is a new normal in many of the areas devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Families are coming home to places they can no longer live. The financial struggles of households are compounded by the floods and hurricane. The need for safe, sanitary, affordable housing is greater than ever as many families lost their homes or have to rebuild. Salvation Army officers and staff are at work with community partners to help ease the burdens of the people who need us the most.
The Salvation Army was here before Hurricane Matthew and we will remain as long as we are needed.
Disaster strikes rural towns and big cities, the young, the old, the rich, the poor, and in-between. The Salvation Army is on the ground, serving in the name of Jesus Christ without discrimination.
At the peak of service, 26 mobile feeding units from all over the Southern Territory manned by teams of Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers were serving the areas devastated by the natural disaster. To date, The Salvation Army of the Carolinas has served 138,530 meals, 243,980 snacks and drinks, provided 5,841 cases of emotional and spiritual care, and Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have provided 30,304 hours of disaster service.
In the weeks, months, and years ahead we will still be there serving those who need us the most. We can do this because you support us.
How People Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.
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