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Serving Gratiot, Montcalm and Ionia Counties
GRATIOT OFFICERS RECEIVE NEW APPOINTMENT
The Salvation Army has re-assigned the current officers serving Gratiot County. Majors Allen and Karen Hanton and family will report to the new assignment on June 29, 2011 to Goshen, Indiana.
The Hantons have been serving Gratiot, Montcalm and Ionia counties since July, 2006. During this time, the Hantons have been active in the community. They have been a part of the Gratiot County community through their participation in different social and civic organizations and groups.
" We have enjoyed our five years in the Gratiot County community," said Major Allen Hanton, "we have learned some life lessons, met some good people and have enjoyed watching our daughters grow up before our eyes."
When the Hantons leave their current appointment, they will be second longest serving officers that have been in Gratiot County. Major R. E. Tibbetts served seven years.
The Salvation Army has appointed Majors Robert and Kathleen Edmonds to take the Hanton's place in Gratiot County. They will be coming to Alma from Racine, Wisconsin, after serving that community for the past five years.
The Salvation Army Provides Meals for Thousands in Joplin
Snapshot of Service: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Joplin, Missouri -On Sunday, March 22nd the deadliest single tornado in the US since the 1950's struck the town of Joplin, Missouri. The Salvation Army responded immediately providing canteens, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.
The following information represents The Salvation Army's efforts in Joplin, as of 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 26.
The Salvation Army has served 16,692 hot meals and 2,566 snacks and 6,170 drinks.
The Salvation Army has provided 6 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma,
A Satellite Communications truck from The Salvation Army's USA Southern territory is in place and handling phone, computer and internet communications.
The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 200 individuals and prayers have been offered with 36
The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
Eight Salvation Army officers (pastors), 13 employees and 103 volunteers have served of 2,002.5 hours.
The Salvation Army Exhausts Financial Resources In Three Days Of Continual Service To North Minneapolis
Community Fills Need For Salvation Army Disaster Volunteers, Financial Donations Still Needed For Service To North Minneapolis Tornado Relief
The Salvation Army's call for volunteers to serve tornado survivors was met within the day. In a flurry of activity, Salvation Army staff and volunteers provided goods and services to hundreds of North Minneapolis families on Wednesday. In the days since Sunday's storm, more than $70,000 of department store gift cards, clothing and gas vouchers were provided to 725 households along with mountains of food and hygiene supplies. In addition, 3,300 people have been served meals and refreshments from The Salvation Army's mobile kitchens, more than 800 meals were served to residents on Wednesday alone.
Meal service at Freemont and Dowling will continue through the weekend.
Until further notice Salvation Army volunteer opportunities have been filled yet financial donations are desperately needed to continue service to tornado survivors.
The Salvation Army will continue to provide crisis assistance with tangible goods as resources allow.
"As we shift our response to long-term recovery, The Salvation Army will focus on those families who have lost housing and need to relocate," said Major Darryl Leedom, Salvation Army Twin Cities Commander. "That process can begin as we receive official household assessments from the City of Minneapolis."
As of Wednesday there was no word on when the city would complete its official assessment, yet The Salvation Army remains committed to assist families with remaining resources and provide emotion and spiritual care and case management guidance for city-wide resources.
The Salvation Army estimates it will need to raise $1 million to provide housing assistance for relocation of families left homeless by Sunday's storm. According to unofficial reports nearly three hundred addresses received major damage or were completely destroyed.
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