08 September 2017

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Two Salvation Army Milwaukee County Chaplains To Provide Emotional, Spiritual Care in Texas
Four volunteers from The Salvation Army in Waukesha left for Texas last week


(September 8, 2017) With a presence in every zip code in the United States, The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Our national network of trained disaster staff and volunteers have been deployed to several locations to provide food, hydration, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors. Multiple staging and logistical centers have been established throughout southeastern and Gulf Coast states.

The following Salvation Army Chaplains will depart for Texas on Sunday, Sept. 10 and return Saturday, Sept. 23. Flight departure time is still TBD.

  • Pastor Alexis Twito, Head of The Salvation Army Milwaukee County Chaplaincy Program
  • Marcine Spoke, Chaplain in the The Salvation Army Milwaukee County Chaplaincy Program

As of now, there have not been any local requests for assistance with Hurricane Irma.

“Response efforts to these catastrophic weather events will be costly and last for years,” said Major Steve Merritt, the Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army in Wisconsin & Upper Michigan. “With generous public support, The Salvation Army will be here to help the millions affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma for as long as they’re in need.”

100 percent of designated gifts will be used in support of those affected by both weather events.  

Disaster Relief Overview (9/7) – 9:40 p.m. CST/10:40 p.m. EST

  • Deployed 95 mobile feeding units (Each mobile feeding unit can serve up to 1,500 meals per day)
  • Set up four field kitchens (Each field kitchen can serve up to 15,000 meals per day)
  • Served 311,955 meals
  • Distributed 5,226 food boxes
  • Served 321,093 drinks
  • Distributed 6,657 comfort kits
  • Distributed 1,725 clean-up kits
  • Provided 42,938 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • Served 255,3522 snacks
  • Provided emotional and spiritual care to 21,441 first responders and survivors

To contribute to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma disaster relief efforts, visit HelpSalvationArmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or text “STORM” to 51555.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.