Released 12 November 2012
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WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE US TO PARK?
The Salvation Army Arrives at Misquamicut Beach Ready To
Frequently, the only question whichever The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster
Services’ canteen truck driver has to ask when he/she arrives at the site
of a need is… "Where would you like us to park?" It was no different at
Misquamicut Beach on Saturday and Sunday, November 10th and 11th.
The week before, Janice Pothier Pac, Associate Director of Serve Rhode
Island, called and asked if The Salvation Army could serve food for volunteers
on Saturday and Sunday, the weekend after the storm, Lieutenant John Luby,
Rhode Island State Coordinator, had to say "No… sorry we can’t.
Our truck is in the shop, with an electrical problem. " However, as Lieutenant
Luby and The Salvation Army in general never likes to say no to people in need,
the next weekend when a new crew of workers was scheduled to work, Lieutenant
Luby told Janice, "We’ll be there this weekend!"
Saturday morning, the sun was coming up over the ocean on Misquamicut Beach,
shining in part on The Salvation Army, which was already there! Lieutenant Luby
began serving at 7:00 AM sharp. Workers consisted of U.S. soldiers from Fort
Bragg, young people from NCCC (National Civilian Conservation Corps), and
others from around the area who had been spared by the wrath of the storm.
Volunteers coming together to help a community in need is really what it is all
about. Naturally, people need to be fed. Breakfast on both days consisted of
scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausages, and coffee, hot chocolate, or tea. Lunch
was hot dogs, potato salad, chips, and cupcakes, and on Sunday the meal
consisted of pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, chips, and cupcakes. Almost 200
meals each day were provided!
Lieutenant Luby reflected, "We were just so happy to be a part of this
effort. People of all ages from Rhode Island and surrounding states came to
assist people they did not even know, but with whom they felt connected. It was
'Love Thy Neighbor' in action. Senior citizens, soldiers, teens, all hopping
off the bus with a rake or a shovel in hand. The weather was a blessing, the
fellowship was too, and we were blessed to provide them with a meal, warm
beverage, and encouragement. This is what we live for and love to do! This is
our donors' work too, as without their support we could not do what we do!"
Thank you for all of your continued support so we can meet needs such as this
after disasters and year-round.