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Salvation Army Begins Transition to Long Term Recovery for Flood Victims

Released 9 July 2013

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(Herkimer, N.Y., July 9, 2013) – As the Salvation Army continues its mass feeding operations in both City of Oneida and Herkimer and Mohawk in Herkimer County, officers are planning to transition into a long term recovery support for flood survivors.
            Beginning on Wednesday, July 10 and lasting until Friday, July 12, The Salvation Army will be reducing its roaming mobile feeding vans to once a day, between 3-6 p.m. in Herkimer and Mohawk.  The canteen in the city of Oneida will continue to visit affected neighborhoods.
            “We are entering a new phase of service,” explained Major Pauline Dressler, incident commander for The Salvation Army’s efforts.  “We will be starting to focus on individual needs.
The communities of Mohawk Valley and city of Oneida, individuals and businesses, have been incredibly generous in donating food, water, personal hygiene products and other items.  We will be having those items available at two points of distribution – Oneida will continue to have its distribution site on Wilson Street as long as it is open.  In Herkimer, the point of distribution will continue to be at The Salvation Army Worship and Community Center at 431 N. Prospect Street. All those items have been incredibly necessary and helpful but as we move into a long term recovery, we will rely on the financial support from the public to help us move into providing assistance to those who will have replace items lost in the flood,” she added.
            Through the generosity of a United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica donor, The Salvation Army will be offering a $20 FastTrac™ gift card to Herkimer County residents on Wednesday, July 10 through Friday, July 12.  Gift cards, one per person, are limited.  Proof of county residency is required.
            Throughout the relief efforts, The Salvation Army has provided over 9,000 meals, 1,400 snacks, over 14,500 drinks, over 1,900 clean up kits to both Herkimer county residents and city of Oneida residents.
            The Army has also had the opportunity to offer assistance to victims in Oneida County.

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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