(Herkimer, N.Y., July 4, 2013) – As Mohawk Valley residents and Oneida City residents continue to clean up after the devastating floods last Friday, Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers continue to provide hot meals, water, clean up kits and prayerful support to survivors.
The Army’s mobile feeding units continued to roam streets in Herkimer, Mohawk and the City of Oneida providing breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The kitchen site at the Herkimer Center on N. Prospect will transition after Thursday’s dinner to being prepared at The Salvation Army’s field kitchen unit at the Herkimer High School. The Herkimer Center will still continue to serve as a fixed site for lunch and dinner along with a fixed site across the river in Mohawk.
Yesterday, The Salvation Army served a total of 1,433 meals; 3,000 drinks and distributed 475 clean-up kits. Fifty volunteers provided over 500 hours of service.
Today, The Army served 1,178 meals, 400 snacks, 2,715 drinks. Twenty five volunteers provided 250 hours of service.
“We have crews here and helping from across New York State and as far away as Massachusetts,” said Major James Purvis, incident commander.
Since Sunday, The Salvation Army has provided over 5,400 meals to residents in the Mohawk Valley.
Stories from The Salvation Army:
- Today was Mary Jane Heafey of Mohawk’s 83rd birthday. Her daughters shared that with The Salvation Army’s mobile canteen crew from Oneonta while they were driving with breakfast provisions, who promptly arranged to obtain cupcakes. As the crew made its lunch swing around Mohawk, they presented a very surprised Mary Jane and family with birthday cupcakes. Family members continue to help their mother and father, George Heafey, clean their basement and yard.
- Radio personality Polly Wogg from Big Frog 104 (Marcy) spent the day volunteering with the Army. She spent the morning working in the kitchen and riding one of the mobile feeding units for lunch meals; then spent time volunteering and meeting flood survivors at the fixed site in Mohawk.
- A volunteer from Buffalo whose son is a student at Herkimer Community College brought cases of sports drinks and both father and son volunteered in the kitchen for the morning.
- This morning a woman and her young daughter came into the Herkimer Center asking for water, as they were down to their last gallon of water and had run out money. After being directed to retired Salvation Army officer Major Jody Best, she left with water, milk, breakfast bars for her children and lunch.
The Salvation Army continues to accept donations of luncheon meat, granola bars, Pop-tarts, fruit bars, fresh fruit, juice boxes and sports drinks.
To support The Salvation Army do the most good for Mohawk Valley residents, donors can:
To make a secure gift online go to
GIVE BY CHECK:
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
GIVE BY PHONE:
Reference “NYS Flood Relief” when donating
Find updates on our efforts in Central New York Flood Relief
About the Empire
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 www.salvationarmyusa.org.
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