Salvation Army Disaster Workers Partner With American Red Cross to Serve Corn Mill Explosion Emergency Workers

Jun 2, 2017 | by Amy Burke

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Salvation Army Disaster Workers Partner With American Red Cross to Serve Corn Mill Explosion Emergency Workers
Crews serving meals and hydration to emergency workers on scene

Cambria, WI (June 2, 2017) The Salvation Army is partnering with the American Red Cross to serve first responders after an explosion at a corn mill late Wednesday night. Salvation Army volunteers deployed a canteen (mobile feeding unit) immediately following the explosion and began serving those on site. Since arriving on scene The Salvation Army has served 275 meals, 600 drinks and 400 snacks. At least two workers were killed and 13 others injured in the blast, which took place at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria, 45 miles northeast of Madison. A cause for the explosion has not been identified.

How to Help:
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the area.

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Call 1-800-264-6412

By Mail:
To donate via mail, please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “Cambria Explosion”.

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P.O. Box 26019
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  • A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
  • A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
  • A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
  • A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
  • A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

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Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to


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