Louisville, KY – The Salvation Army is already on the ground serving survivors and first responders of the deadly tornado outbreak that wrecked through western Kentucky, providing not only food and drinks, but vital Emotional and Spiritual Care to those who are hurting. The Salvation Army is uniquely equipped to offer holistic assistance in times of the greatest need.
The Salvation Army of Madisonville served nearly 1,000 meals Saturday to first responders and those displaced by the tornado. They will continue service today and continue to assess the needs over the next several days. The Salvation Army of Owensboro is providing meals in Ohio County to emergency responders. The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command deployed two mobile canteens and teams to assist The Salvation Army of Bowling Green with feeding residents displaced from over 70 homes damaged or destroyed by the tornado as well as severing meals to residents of two nursing homes. They will continue to serve meals to those in shelters and first responders over the next few days. A canteen from The Salvation Army of Jackson, TN will be sent to McCracken County today to provide support to survivors, workers, and emergency responders in Mayfield, KY. A team led by Bo Sells, the Emergency Disaster Services Director, is being deployed to Mayfield, KY to provide food and other assistance to The Salvation Army of Paducah as they serve sheltered residents, provide clothing vouchers to families, and stage water and other supplies for use in Mayfield.
“On this Sunday, as we serve meals to more than 400 seniors who have been without power since the storms yesterday morning, we are reminded how often church is found outside the building. When our officers, staff, and volunteers show up on short notice to provide meals, comfort and support to neighbors who have literally been living in darkness for the last 36 hours, love wins and hope marches on,” says Major Ethan Frizzell, Area Commander for The Salvation Amy Nashville. “This is not only true for us here in Nashville. We are thankful to know our teams are serving in Bowling Green, Mayfield, and every other community across Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and all other affected states. We are here to serve our neighbors in the ways they need until the need is met. This is love. This is Christmas.”
A Fundraiser for The Salvation Army Western KY Disaster Relief has been set up for anyone wanting to donate. Facebook is paying all processing fees so that 100% of each donation can help disaster victims. You can donate to the Fundraiser online at https://www.facebook.com/donate/645874989922844/. For those not on social media, you can donate online at www.HelpSalvationArmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designating “KY Tornado Relief” with your gift. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted. The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations to support disaster relief.