UPDATE 3/9: Salvation Army Services Reinforced From Cities Across Kentucky And Tennessee

Day 6 of Disaster Relief Efforts 

NASHVILLE, TN – March 8, 2020  – Yesterday, as roads reopened and volunteers poured into the hardest-hit areas of our communities across Putnam, Wilson, and Davidson Counties, we remain amazed at the love and hope extended into those recovering from the storms. It doesn’t matter how long you have lived in Middle Tennessee, the people in our community have a true and deep understanding of what loving our neighbors is all about. The Salvation Army continues to serve hot meals and provide emotional and spiritual care to tornado survivors and those assisting with community recovery efforts.

While we know our meals and water are always welcome, it’s the spiritual and emotional care that we find people leaning on the most as they go into this sixth day. “We know that people’s emotional immune systems are depleted because they have experienced so much, but we are there to fill them up, as we recover together,” states Kimberly George, Salvation Army Assistant Public Information Officer.

Most of the survivors we encounter speak of how God was with them throughout the morning on Tuesday, March 3rd. Major Stephen Story, Salvation Army Incident Commander, says, “A lady in Putnam County relayed how afraid she was for her daughter and son that lived in the path of the storm. Her children didn’t use regular broadcast local stations but relied on streaming TV services. She worried they wouldn’t be getting the weather information they needed. After calling multiple times with no answer, she finally said, “God you are going to have to wake them up.” Within minutes, her daughter called back and asked her what was wrong. The mother was then able to keep her family informed on where the storm was and stay connected to them throughout the event.”

The Salvation Army is constantly assessing how to best serve each of the unique communities in the Middle Tennessee area. “Currently, we are taking a look at the level of support needed in our 3 main geographic areas – Putnam County, Wilson County, and Davidson County – and working on getting some additional manpower in place. We are discussing how best to shift resources to better serve the needs in each community,” states Bo Sells, Salvation Army Operations Chief.

To date, The Salvation Army has served 4,086 meals along with 3,400 snacks and 4,730 beverages.  Over 884 individuals have received personal prayer support.

Frontline Services on March 8: The Salvation Army will have 9 Mobile Units, each capable of serving up to 1500 meals a day, throughout the 3 county area. Along with caring for the physical needs of our neighbors, The Salvation Army will have 16 officers, who are pastors, that can provide Emotional and Spiritual Care.

For those in need:  

The Salvation Army will be serving meals, beverages and emotional and spiritual care with serving times beginning at 12:00pm and 4:00pm in the following areas:

East Nashville – The East Recreation Center located at 700 Woodland Street

North Nashville and Germantown Areas- Hadley Park Community Center

Hermitage/ Donelson Areas – 3720 James Kay Lane at the Hermitage Community Center and a roaming team in this community.

Mt. Juliet – Roaming teams will be serving throughout the neighborhoods.

Lebanon – Roaming teams will be serving throughout the neighborhoods.

Putnam County- Roaming teams will be serving throughout the neighborhoods.

How neighbors can help:

Financial Contributions are needed and most efficient. A cash donation allows charitable relief agencies to use monetary contributions to purchase exactly what disaster survivors need. Monetary contributions are also easy to get to the disaster area. One hundred percent of a disaster donation to The Salvation Army is used for disaster relief efforts for that event. Supplies can almost always be purchased locally at the disaster site and provide savings in multiple ways. Money used to purchase needed items locally can support local and state economies, helping local businesses and workers, which have suffered losses in the wake of the disaster event.

If you would like to support efforts, please visit this link to donate.  For the latest updates on our disaster relief efforts, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

                                                                                                 

NASHVILLE, TN – The Middle Tennessee region prepares for the influx of thousands of volunteers to extend hope which is the hallmark of The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army will serve meals and emotional and spiritual care alongside those who love their neighbors.

“We are tripling our meal count for Saturday and Sunday in anticipation of residents and volunteers being on the frontlines of the destruction, cleaning up debris,” states Bo Sells, Salvation Army Operations Chief.

To date, The Salvation Army has served 2,481 meals along with 4,097 snacks and 3,166   beverages.  Over 542 individuals have received personal prayer support.

Frontline Services on March 7: The Salvation Army will have 5 Mobile Kitchen Units capable of cooking and serving up to 1500 meals a day, 2 Catering Trucks capable of serving 1500 meals a day and 2 Disaster Response Units, capable of cooking 500 meals and serving up to 1500 meals a day. Along with caring for the physical needs of our neighbors, The Salvation Army will have 16 officers, who are pastors, that can provide Emotional and Spiritual Care.

For those in need:  

The Salvation Army will be serving meals, beverages and emotional and spiritual care with serving times beginning at 12:00 and 4:00 in the following areas:

  • East Nashville – The East Recreation Center located at 700 Woodland Street and roaming the throughout the neighborhood.
  • North Nashville and Germantown Areas- Hadley Park Community Center and 17th Ave and Buchanan area.
  • Hermitage/ Donaldson Areas – 3720 James Kay Lane at the Hermitage Community Center and a roaming team in this community
  • Mt. Juliet – Roaming teams will be serving throughout the neighborhoods.
  • Lebanon – Roaming teams will be serving throughout the neighborhoods.
  • Putnam County- Roaming teams will be serving throughout the neighborhoods.

How neighbors can help:

Financial Contributions are needed and most efficient. A cash donation allows charitable relief agencies to use monetary contributions to purchase exactly what disaster survivors need. Monetary contributions are also easy to get to the disaster area. One hundred percent of a disaster donation to The Salvation Army is used for disaster relief efforts for that event. Supplies can almost always be purchased locally at the disaster site and provide savings in multiple ways. Money used to purchase needed items locally can support local and state economies, helping local businesses and workers, which have suffered losses in the wake of the disaster event.

Nashville Salvation Army Area Commander, Major Ethan Frizzell states, “As the story of response continues to unfold, we are certain of the ending; The Salvation Army will continue to serve the people of Tennessee and we have become stronger together.”

If you would like to support efforts, please visit this link to donate.  For the latest updates on our disaster relief efforts, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

                                                                                          

The Salvation Army Doubles its Support Resources As It Continues Serving Davidson, Wilson and Putnam Counties in Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – March 6, 2020 – Frontline Services: The Salvation Army has 3 Mobile Kitchen Units capable of serving up to 1500 meals a day, 2 Catering Trucks capable of serving up to 500 meals a day, 11 Emotional and Spiritual Care team members, and dozens of volunteers providing not just a meal or beverage but love and emotional support so desperately needed in communities throughout Middle Tennessee.  To date, 1833 meals have been served along with 1678 snacks and 2363 beverages.  Over 239 service hours from staff and volunteers and 432 individuals have received personal prayer support.

In Wilson County, The Salvation Army has been actively serving since Wednesday. “I’ve seen the best come out of the worst of a situation in the past three days,” states Sergeant Tom Freeman, Corps Administrator of The Salvation Army in Lebanon, TN.  “Volunteers from neighboring cities coming along side of us to serve, it’s no wonder we are known as the Volunteer State.”

Along Stonehenge Drive, in a Lebanon neighborhood, The Salvation Army served the Vanderbilt Women’s Lacrosse team as they were cleaning up debris left behind from the devasting storms. Salvation Army volunteers and church members also prayed with several families who survived the storm bringing them love and comforting support.  Volunteer Stephanie Waltz shares what she was told by a resident she visited, “I heard the Lord telling me a tornado was heading straight for us. I told my husband to head to the kitchen closet and my family thought I was crazy. We all went into the closet and started praying.  We heard the tornado and stayed until it was over. The only thing left of our home is the closet! The Lord saved our lives!”

The Salvation Army will continue serving today, March 6.  For those in need, The Salvation Army will be serving meals and beverages begin at 12:00 and 4:00 in the following areas:

East Nashville – 700 Woodland Street at the East Recreation Center.

North Nashville- 2301 Metro Center Blvd. Looby Community Center also near 17th Ave and Buchanan.

Hermitage – 3720 James Kay Lane at the Hermitage Community Center and a roaming team in this community.

Mt. Juliet – Roaming teams will be serving throughout Mt. Juliet neighborhoods.

Lebanon – Roaming teams will be serving throughout Lebanon, TN.

Putnam County- At the National Armory.

Emotional and Spiritual support will also be offered in the above areas.

Your support will help The Salvation Army stay on the front lines of this crisis and enable us to provide food, water and other disaster relief services to tornado survivors and rescue workers.

First and foremost, we ask you to pray for those in Middle Tennessee. If you would like to support efforts, please visit this link to donate.  For the latest updates on our disaster relief efforts, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

                                                                                       

Nashville, TN – In the aftermath of a deadly tornado outbreak in the city of Nashville and across middle Tennessee, The Salvation Army is mobilizing disaster relief teams from across its Kentucky and Tennessee Division to help those in need. As day three of serving begins, The Salvation Army is calling in additional support.  Mobile Kitchen units and personnel from Memphis and Chattanooga, TN and from Paducah and Louisville, KY will arrive today.

To date, The Salvation Army has served over 1000 meals and has provided over 400 individuals with emotional and spiritual care in Davidson, Wilson, and Putnam Counties in Tennessee.  “The Salvation Army’s privilege of serving neighbors and helping neighbors is humbling,” states Salvation Army Nashville Area Commander, Major Ethan Frizzell. “As the strength of the community rises, The Salvation Army is privileged to be a small part of continuing our long-term support including emotional and spiritual care on the front lines and feeding those affected throughout Middle Tennessee.”

Today, March 5th, The Salvation Army will have mobile kitchen units and Emotional and Spiritual Care teams in Putnam, Davidson and Wilson Counties, particularly North Nashville around fire hall station #11 along 17th Street and Buchannan Street, Hermitage Area, Lebanon, and Cookeville areas.

Your support will help The Salvation Army stay on the front lines of this crisis and enable us to provide food, water and other disaster relief services to tornado survivors and rescue workers.

First and foremost, we ask you to pray for those in Middle Tennessee. If you would like to support efforts, please visit this link to donate.  For the latest updates on our disaster relief efforts, visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

                                                                            

Nashville, Tennessee — “Others” has been the rallying cry and focal point for The Salvation Army since its inception more than 150 years ago.   And never is it better displayed than in times of disaster.

A team of trained staff and volunteers are responding to the devastation left after the severe storms and an F3 Tornado ripped through Middle Tennessee.  Led by Major Stephen Story, The Salvation Army is utilizing personnel and equipment from not only Nashville but other nearby communities as well.

With three canteens (mobile kitchens) already at work and another arriving today, trained disaster responders with The Salvation Army are providing much-needed food and drinks along with Emotional and Spiritual Care to survivors and first responders.   In addition to this specialized equipment, support vehicles are working to transport supplies to affected areas as well as providing service in still hard-to-reach parts of the community.

The Salvation Army’s long-time presence in multiple locations across Middle Tennessee allows for quick, local response in times of disaster.   With active response in Davidson, Wilson, and Putnam counties, The Salvation Army’s focus on “Others” means a focus on our neighbors.

Big or small, the needs are the same:  food, water, material support, and The Salvation Army’s specialty – a shoulder to cry on, a hug, a knowing nod, a smile, a prayer – Emotional & Spiritual Care.

Of course, Salvation Army personnel are working closely with local, state, and federal officials to ensure resources and services are focused where needed most.

Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.HelpSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.   For the latest Salvation Army disaster response news from across the country visit www.SalArmyEDS.org

 

 

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