Charlotte, N.C. (October 9, 2016)—Service provided by The Salvation Army of the Carolinas is in full swing in two simultaneous state operations in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. In many communities, grocery store shelves are bare; fuel for cars is scarce. Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens from the Carolinas, Kentucky/Tennessee, and Maryland/West Virginia are providing food, drinks and hope to survivors and first responders wherever we are called to serve.

A State of Emergency is in effect for both states as first responders begin to assess damage and protect life. Between both states, almost 1 million customers are without power. During disaster, pre-existing partnerships and relationships are essential to meeting the needs of people who are in the most need. Salvation Army officers and staff work long before disaster strikes to begin and maintain these relationships.

The importance of relationships was demonstrated many times in the past 24 hours; in some instances perilous situations. We are thankful for the many partners that help us as we support the community in times of need.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

How People Can Help
The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

Donate Online: http://give.salvationarmyusa.org/hurricane_matthew        
Donate By Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959  Atlanta, GA 30301  Please designate 'Hurricane Matthew' on all checks.
Donate By Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Donate By Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving


About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.