One year since an EF3 tornado touched down in Marshalltown, Iowa, ripping off the top of the historic court house and damaging hundreds of business and homes, including both Salvation Army facilities, The Salvation Army continues to help its community to move forward. Led by the newly appointed corps officer, Captain Pamela Kasten, the immediate disaster response in July 2018 involved canteens from across the Western and neighboring Heartland divisions. Personnel and volunteers served thousands of meals and drinks, supplied clean-up kits and provided emotional and spiritual care.
This summer Captain Pam wanted to celebrate the rebuilding and recovery that’s taken place in Marshalltown. Utilizing a trust grant and contacts throughout the community, she and her team put together a carnival-type event and invited the public to attend free of charge. More than 400 individuals came through the corps’ doors in one evening to celebrate together, learn more about The Salvation Army and have fun. The event featured a red kettle bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, dunk tank, horses, face painter, balloon artist, giant and carnival games and lots of food.
“I was so overwhelmed by the turnout and how God brought the people to us to share the love of Christ,” said Captain Pam.
July 19 now has another memory tied to it as The Salvation Army in Marshalltown continues to help families recover from the devastating tornado.