Always There - Offering Hope and Help

September 22, 2017
Tawny Cowen-Zanders | | (215) 880-9036

Always There - Offering Hope and Help

Naples, Fla. (Sept. 22, 2017) – Long before Hurricane Irma ripped through her small, migrant community, a figurative hurricane ripped through Delia’s young life.  Six months ago, at the age of 14, her precious mother passed away and she is now being raised by her grandmother.

“Of course, this is not what I want for Delia,” explained her grandmother, Valeria, “but such is life.  We make the best of it.  She is a good girl.”

Just as the family was adjusting to their new ‘normal,’ ominous warnings of Hurricane Irma blasted from the television.  Delia retreated into herself all over again, wishing her mom was there to protect her.

“Delia was convinced we would not survive the storm,” shared Valeria.  “Then, once we knew we would survive, she fixated on the fact things would never be the same again.  She was convinced God did not care.”

As Delia and Valeria begin to adjust to another new ‘normal,’ The Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchen in the village of Immokalee has become a place of solace and certainty for them. “The Salvation Army has been here every day to provide our family with food and a smile.  We are so grateful.  For Delia, the daily meals are a reminder that God really does take care of her.

The Salvation Army is committed to offering hope and help to individuals in the village of Immokalee and throughout Collier County.  The Salvation Army will be there until the last person needs them. 

To help support this effort to meet the needs of Dalia and others in Immokalee and throughout Florida, please donate at, or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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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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