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Salvation Army Efforts Continue to Help Herkimer, Mohawk and Oneida Residents

Released 8 July 2013

The Salvation Army: Always there when and where you need us.

(Herkimer, N.Y., July 8, 2013) -- Days after devastating waters flooded areas of Herkimer, Mohawk and the City of Oneida, The Salvation Army continues to provide food, water, clean up kits and spiritual support to flood survivors.
            “With four mobile feeding units in Herkimer and Mohawk and one in Oneida, The Salvation Army has provided over 8,600 meals, over 1,000 snacks, over 14,000 drinks since the start of our flood recovery efforts,” said Major Pauline Dressler, incident commander.  “We have also handed out over 1,800 clean up kits.  We prayed and offered emotional and spiritual support to almost 500 persons helping them to deal with their loss. As our mobile vans are out in the community, we are checking in on area residents,” said Major Dressler.
            Early estimates from Herkimer County indicate over 2,500 structures sustained damage and 215 structures in the City of Oneida.

Notes from The Salvation Army:
(As our mobile feeding units are out in the field, we share with you stories from our officers and volunteers)

  • A 77 year old resident told a mobile feeding unit team that she had no food in her house and no way to get out, so the daily meals from The Salvation Army “saved her life.”
  • One family invited a mobile feeding unit team into their home last night. Every room on the first floor had been completely gutted. They were showing us bare walls where the kitchen, bathroom and living room used to be. The wife spoke energetically about her love for her red-walled kitchen because red is her favorite color. They were hopeful for recovery but exhausted and overwhelmed by the process.
  • While out on a mobile feeding unit last night in Oneida, the team came upon a small gathering of people under a tent and around a table together. They meet every Sunday evening for dinner and games as an extended family. This Sunday they were gathered together gutting their home. They had lost everything in the basement and first floor. As they sat around the table together, they laughed at an old "love note" they came across in the demolition.
  • An elderly woman was grieving not only the loss of her house, but the death of her 20 year-old granddaughter from cancer. A trained emotional and spiritual care volunteer spent time “listening” to her and offering prayers to help her through the grieving process.
  • Our mobile feeding unit has been stopping by one house where a young husband has been undergoing cancer treatment and has provided daily meals for his family.
  • Yesterday was one couple’s 56th wedding anniversary and she commented to the team, “This is not how it should be, what a terrible way to celebrate an anniversary.”
  • Another resident asked volunteers, “why do I keep crying,” as she described how her husband had finished their basement and had hand crafted the furniture, and it was all ruined.

To support The Salvation Army do the most good for Mohawk Valley residents, donors can:
To make a secure gift online go to

Write a check payable to “The Salvation Army” and
Reference “NYS Flood Relief” in the memo.
Mail to: The Salvation Army Empire State Division
P.O. Box 148, Syracuse, NY 13206

Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Reference “NYS Flood Relief” when donating

Find updates on our efforts in Central New York Flood Relief

About the Empire Division
The Empire State Division of The Salvation Army covers 48 counties in upstate New York and one city in Pennsylvania (Sayre, Pa.).  Our annual Red Kettle Campaign in November and December helps our 42 community and worship centers, service areas in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and 167 volunteer driven service units raise funds that remain in each community to help those in need.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to


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