Bringing Strength to the Stricken
The Army continues relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia and hurricanes on the East Coast of the United States.
In the face of natural disasters that have wrought havoc in our nation and across the globe, The Salvation Army remains committed to providing aid to those who so desperately need it. Before Hurricane Florence brought torrential rains to the Carolinas, The Army was already on the scene. They dispatched 50 mobile canteens and served over 300,000 meals. The canteens also provided fresh water and spiritual comfort to the many victims of the storm.
Earthquake and Tsunami—Palu, Indonesia
Half a world away and a couple of weeks later, after a devastating earthquake and tsunami crippled the city of Palu, Indonesia, The Army tended to hundreds of wounded citizens at its Woodward Hospital, in spite of the risk of aftershocks and the damage that the facility had sustained. The Army has also begun a trauma-care program in some of the makeshift tent communities that have been set up in the disaster area.
Since Hurricane Michael’s strong winds and storm surge recently brought widespread devastation to the Florida Panhandle, Georgia and Alabama, The Salvation Army has worked non-stop to assist those affected by the storm. Sixty canteens are currently serving meals and drinks in communities including Panama City, Tallahassee and Mexico Beach. In southwest Georgia, The Army has partnered with Send Relief, a Southern Baptist charitable organization, in order to set up a field kitchen that doles out up to 15,000 meals per day. The Salvation Army will continue providing medical treatment, nourishment and spiritual comfort to victims of these three disasters for the foreseeable future.
SOURCES: War Cry, Nov. 2018 issue and IHQ Communications