As survivors return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives, The Salvation Army is preparing to shift its service from response to recovery.  Salvation Army relief efforts continue today in New Pekin, Henryville, and Marysville.  Three mobile kitchens continue to serve over 900 meals a day and feeding operations will continue for at least the next few weeks.

In the meantime, The Salvation Army is preparing for the next phase of relief efforts (including clean-up and emergency financial assistance for families) which could begin within the week.  The Salvation Army will participate in local “One Stop Shops” which could be set up by this weekend. The “One Stop Shops” will allow survivors of the storms to find all of the Federal, State, and local agency assistance at one location. Salvation Army caseworkers will be at each location to assess the needs of each family or individual and provide them emergency financial assistance.  The Salvation is also providing emergency financial assistance to storm survivors in Ripley County.

To date, The Salvation Army has provided more than 6,000 meals to the Borden, Henryville, and Marysville communities along with snacks, hydration, and household necessities.  Salvation Army mobile kitchens have been roving the devastated communities serving three meals a day to survivors.  The Salvation Army is also providing spiritual and emotional care with trained counselors.

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.