DAYTON, OH (June 3, 2019) – A week after a series of powerful tornadoes struck Dayton, Ohio late Monday evening, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services continues to assist affected communities. The Salvation Army has been on the ground supporting and supplying aid since early Tuesday morning. Canteens (mobile relief units) from Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Lexington have been providing residents with meals, emotional and spiritual care, hydration, and snacks.
"One week later, it is still devastating to see the destruction in these communities and hearing the stories from those affected," explained Major Robert Klenk of The Salvation Army. "Our officers and volunteers are supporting in any way that we can, from offering food and drink, to providing spiritual support during this difficult time."
To date, The Salvation Army has served nearly 8,573 meals, 15,729 drinks, and 9,033 snacks to those impacted by the storms. These numbers continue to grow exponentially as the team will be on the ground serving the ravaged community for the next several days and weeks to come. The Salvation Army’s team of volunteers and officers to date have executed approximately 350 volunteer hours in the area, operating 4 canteens and 2 ATVs to bring resources to affected areas. The Dayton Kroc Center is currently being utilized as the central feeding hub for response efforts. The Salvation Army is helping these neighborhoods. At this time, monetary donations are being accepted by visiting helpsalvationarmy.org, or by texting STORM19 to 41444.