BISMARCK and MINOT, N.D.With floodwaters threatening thousands of North Dakota homes, The Salvation Army is ramping up its relief work in Bismarck, Minot and surrounding communities. Two Minneapolis disaster volunteers joined the crew yesterday with others to follow as flood fight heats up.

In Bismarck, more than 400 Salvation Army volunteers have spent 1,530 hours since May 25 providing food, water and snacks for more than 25,000 people battling the rising waters of the Missouri River. The volunteers are making 3,000 to 4,000 sandwiches a day and distributing them from four mobile kitchens and a food trailer.

Those sandwich numbers will increase today, when the Bismarck Salvation Army celebrates the grand opening of its new commercial-grade kitchen.

“Talk about good timing,” said Major Lee Morrison, administrator of the Bismarck Salvation Army. “Our new kitchen is allowing us to prepare more food, faster, at the exact time we need to boost production for the community.”

In Minot, where about 10,000 people have evacuated their homes due to the swelling Mouse River, The Salvation Army is preparing to offer flood assistance locally and in several nearby cities should disaster strike. Case workers have provided assistance to 20 individuals and households forced to evacuate. Currently, staff and volunteers are serving food and drinks to sandbaggers.

“If it rains heavy today or tomorrow, we could have a serious problem,” said Major Donald Kincaid, administrator of the Minot Salvation Army.

Thursday, Kincaid received a $5,000 donation from a local woman thankful for all the support The Salvation Army has been providing for flood relief.

Monetary donations:

To donate to The Salvation Army’s flood response in Bismarck or Minot, visit www.thesalarmy.org, call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or mail a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113.  Be sure to designate your donation “Bismarck Flood” or “Minot Flood.”

Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:

Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time 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.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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