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Indiana Tornado Relief – Two Weeks Later

Two weeks after a deadly storm system ripped through Southern Indiana, The Salvation Army continues its relief efforts to serve survivors in Henryville, Marysville, New Pekin, and Ripley County. In Marysville, the Army’s feeding services were still going strong as they prepared meals for volunteer groups who were helping survivors clean up their property so they can begin the rebuilding process. Volunteers from Samaritan’s Purse, the Rotary Club, and other groups took a break from their hard work at The Salvation Army’s Relief Center to eat and get hydrated.

The Rotary group, made up of members from across Central Indiana, worked with The Salvation Army to help one resident remove the broken down trees and other debris from around his property. The group was able to fund a new disaster relief trailor this year and they put into service for the first time in Henryville. Mike Miller, Rotary’s Disaster Service Coordinator, reached out to The Salvation Army several weeks ago to form a partnership and support the Army in any future disasters. Mike and several others were trained to be Salvation Army EDS volunteers. Little did they know their services would be put to use so soon.

Emergency Financial Assistance was continued in Henryville, Borden, and Ripley County. Over $100,000 in assistance has been given to families who have lost everything.

Although the meal service is still going strong in Marysville, it is starting to slow down at the other sites. All together, more than 11,500 meal have been served to survivors and responders in Southern Indiana.

Businesses and foundations also continued their support of The Salvation Army’s efforts. Pfizer Foundation gave the Army a $10,000 grant to support relief in Southern Indiana. The Walmart store in Shelbyville Indiana collected donations from its customers and its employees and presented a check for $4,650. To date, more than $600,000 has been raised to support The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief efforts.

The Salvation Army was serving Southern Indiana before the tornadoes hit, and it will continue to serve these communities for as long as it takes to help them get back on their feet.

Courtesy of SalvationArmyIndiana.org

Hoosiers Help Hoosiers with Tornado Relief Efforts

With relief efforts in Southern Indiana entering their fifth day, The Salvation Army and its media partners have come together to support the survivors of last Fridays deadly tornadoes.

Today, WIBC and RTV6 are running a drive-thru donation site on Monument Circle.  As of 1PM, more than $27,000 has been raised in front of the Emmis Building.

Yesterday, Fox59 hosted “Day of Dedication” and raised over $236,000. On Sunday, WISH-TV8 collected over $100,000 for The Salvation Army’s work in Southern Indiana. 100% of money raised during a disaster goes to the relief work with the survivors.

Relief Efforts:  Salvation Army Relief efforts continued today in New Pekin, Henryville, and Marysville.  Three mobile kitchens continue to serve over 900 meals a day.  Feeding operations will continue for at least the next several weeks.  The next phase of The Salvation Army’s response, which includes, clean-up and emergency financial assistance for families, could begin within the week.  The Salvation is also providing social service assistance to storm survivors in Ripley County.

The quickest and easiest way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army as they serve survivors is to make a monetary donation. You can make a donation online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/indiana/stormrelief, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or make a $10.00 donation by texting* “HOOSIER” to 80888. (To confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes”).

Donors can also mail a check to:  The Salvation Army Indiana Division, 3100 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis IN, 46208.

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

Courtesy of SalvationArmyIndiana.org