UPDATE 9/1/16

Mace, IN – Financial assistance has begun for residents of Mace, with sixteen families receiving Walmart cards to be used to replace lost food and household items after last week’s tornado. By the end of Tuesday, $11,565 in gift cards had been provided to families seeking assistance from The Salvation Army.

Mace, IN resident applies for financial assistance

Mace, IN resident applies for financial assistance

Billie Kay, Service Extension Director for The Salvation Army Indiana Division, was on hand to assist in the case work and distribution of relief. “People were so very grateful,” she says. “We heard over and over, ‘Thank you. I can’t believe this. This comes at such a needed time.’ These phrases were used over and over by those we served. God is good!”

Case work continues today and tomorrow as The Salvation Army continues to meet with families whose homes were damaged.

UPDATE 8/31/16

Mace, IN – One week after 8 tornadoes swept through Indiana, The Salvation Army is transitioning to financial assistance mode. The same storm system that produced Kokomo’s EF2 tornado also severely damaged homes in the small community of Mace, Indiana just southeast of Crawfordsville in Montgomery County. A power outage added to the difficulties of 43 families whose homes were damaged.

The Salvation Army deployed a pair of experienced disaster services volunteers to provide spiritual and emotional care in the immediate aftermath of the storms. The Mace United Methodist Church provided food for affected families and welcomed The Salvation Army to use its facility a base from with we could begin working with families looking for financial assistance. Many homeowners will receive gift cards to replace lost food and household items, but exact numbers are not known at this time.

UPDATE 8/29/16

Kokomo, IN – The Salvation Army continues to serve storm victims in the Kokomo, IN area after last Wednesday night’s multiple tornado touchdowns. At least 8 tornadoes were confirmed in Howard and neighboring counties. The storms left hundreds in need of shelter, food and hydration.

Maj. David Luft plans mobile kitchen routes with Maj. Keith Petrie

Maj. David Luft plans mobile kitchen routes with Maj. Keith Petrie

The Salvation Army was meeting those needs on Wednesday night at a shelter set up by the City of Kokomo and the Red Cross where more than 220 residents found refuge. For the four days following the storms, The Salvation Army delivered assistance to families and workers in the neighborhoods devastated by the tornadoes, via their mobile kitchens (canteens). In addition to the canteen posted in Kokomo, a second canteen and disaster response team was deployed from The Salvation Army’sEmergency Disaster Services headquarters in Indianapolis.

Here are the services to date that The Salvation Army has provided to the Kokomo community:

2,561 Full Meals
3,208 Drinks
5,749 Snacks
135 People Served by our Emotional and Spiritual Care Teams
40 Officers, Employees and Volunteers
411 Service Hours

With the initial response drawing to a close, The Salvation Army will now focus on long term recovery for those families who lost everything.

The Martinez family stands in front of what remains of their Kokomo home

The Martinez family stands in front of what remains of their Kokomo home

“This isn’t a one week or two week response. It’s going to take many months for this community to fully recover from these storms,” says Major David Luft, Commanding Officer forThe Salvation Army in Kokomo. “Some of these families have literally lost everything and are starting over. They have no home, no car, no clothes, no food. It’s going to take them a long time to get back on their feet, and we’ll be with them every step of the way.”

ORIGINAL STORY 8/25/16

Kokomo, IN – The Salvation Army is serving victims and first responders in the Kokomo, IN area after last night’s storms and multiple tornado touchdowns. At least 8 tornadoes were confirmed in Howard and neighboring counties. The storms left hundreds in need of shelter, food and hydration. The Salvation Army was meeting those needs last night at a shelter set up by the city of Kokomo where more than 220 residents have found refuge. Today, Salvation Army mobile kitchens are moving through the storm damaged neighborhoods to provide food and hydration to those returning to what’s left of their homes.

Mobile kitchens bring food and drinks to residents and clean up crews throughout Kokomo

Mobile kitchens (canteens) bring food and drinks to residents and clean up crews throughout Kokomo

Although not damaged in the storms, The Salvation Army Kokomo Corps has been without power since the storms hit. Because of this, The Salvation Army is partnering with Kokomo First Baptist Church. Church members will be storing and preparing the food that the mobile kitchens are distributing to local residents.

UPDATED INFORMATION: To get the latest information and see video and photos of The Salvation Army’s response, please visit our Facebook page at The Salvation Army Indiana Division, or on Twitter at SAIndiana. Photos can be found on The Salvation Army Indiana Division’s Flickr page.

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