18 May 2017

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Wisconsin Salvation Army Continues to Serve Survivors and First Responders in Aftermath of Chetek Tornado
550 meals, 1,350 drinks and 482 snacks served since Wednesday morning 

Chetek, WI (May 18, 2017) One day after a deadly tornado touched down in Chetek, Wisconsin, The Salvation Army continues to serve survivors and first responders. On Wednesday, May 17, Salvation Army volunteers served 225 meals, 550 drinks and several hundred snacks. An additional 325 meals, 800 drinks and 282 snacks were served Thursday. Emotional and spiritual care was also provided for those in need.

On Thursday The Salvation Army prepared and served lunch meals as provided by a caterer out of Eau Claire. A Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) also deployed over the noon hour and served meals on site through 7:00 pm. In addition to the onsite meals, volunteers worked at Mosaic Telecom to serve supper as provided by Amery Baptist Church.

The Salvation Army is also preparing to assist with the long term recovery, including rent, personal and family needs. The Salvation Army is ready to provide these services for as long as we are needed.

How to Help:
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the area. 100% of donations identified for Chetek will help those affected.

Online: Text CHETEK to 41444 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving.

By Phone: Call 1-800-264-6412

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

The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 8
Rice Lake, WI 54868

Your donations make a real difference.

  • 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.

Donations of Household Good and Clothing:

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, rather than taking household goods or clothing to Chetek. You will help your community and 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 33 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. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (Human NeedsIndex.org). Nationally, approximately 84 cents of every dollar raised is used to support programs and services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide.