The Salvation Army Responds To Tornado in Midland - UPDATE 1

MIDLAND, ON, June 24 /CNW/ - Following the touch-down of a tornado in Midland, Ontario, The Salvation Army arrived on scene within an hour at Smith Park Trailer Park, where approximately 100 trailers have been damaged or destroyed.

Major Neil Evenden, of The Salvation Army in Midland, arrived on scene, and immediately called in a Salvation Army canteen from Parry Sound and support equipment from Midland to assist. Further Salvation Army Emergency and Disaster Services personnel and support personnel from the Toronto region have been dispatched and are on scene to assist where needed. A reception centre has been set-up to receive those who have been displaced.

"The Salvation Army is grateful to the generous support from our partners, Tim Horton's, Wal-Mart and McDonald's - Elmvale and Loblaws Superstore," said Jeff Robertson, Spokesperson for The Salvation Army.

"We continue to do all we can to assist those who have been displaced. The Salvation Army has been on site around the clock and has served hundreds of meals and continues to provide care and compassion to the victims and first responders," says Major Neil Evenden.

The Salvation Army will continue to monitor the situation and work in cooperation with local emergency personnel to determine the best action for response as time moves forward.

To donate to the Midland Tornado Relief effort you can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or make a donation on-line at SalvationArmy.ca.

About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and 121 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

News releases, articles and updated information can be found at SalvationArmy.ca.

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SOURCE The Salvation Army - Ontario Central Division

For further information: For further information: Jeff Robertson, Area Director, Public Relations, The Salvation Army, 416-460-4441, jeff_robertson@can.salvationarmy.org; Captain John P. Murray, APR, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development, The Salvation Army, 416-998-0117, john_murray@can.salvationarmy.org; Neil W. Leduke, Director of Communications, The Salvation Army, 416-578-7998, neil_leduke@can.salvationarmy.org; Major Neil Evenden, The Salvation Army, Midland, 705-529-9347, neil_evenden@can.salvationarmy.org


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