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.