The Salvation Army Responds to Hurricane Gustav

    Local Ottawa Support Needed for Disaster Relief

    OTTAWA, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army throughout the United States
Gulf Coast has begun its response in the wake of Hurricane Gustav, and The
Salvation Army in Canada is prepared to assist as required. The Salvation Army
has already served more than 110,000 meals throughout the Gulf Coast area as a
result of Hurricane Gustav and has a feeding capacity from Texas to Florida of
more than 560,000 meals per day. This includes food service for evacuees,
volunteers and other emergency response workers who are helping in the
evacuation. The Salvation Army has more than 100 mobile feeding units, four
54' mobile kitchens and multiple fixed feeding sites at its churches and other
outposts throughout the region. The Salvation Army also has 70 canteens on
reserve should the need arise. It is operating approximately 15 shelters
throughout the southeastern United States and is providing emotional and
spiritual care to those in need.
    The Salvation Army in Canada is ready to support the response in the
southern United States as necessary. Trained Salvation Army workers and
volunteers stand ready to assist as has been the case during past disasters
such as Hurricane Katrina and 9/11.

    In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

    -   Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
    -   Hygiene kits
    -   Drinking water
    -   Shower units
    -   First-aid supplies
    -   Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency
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    -   Emotional/spiritual care

    The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by
Hurricane Gustav to visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY
(725-2769) as financial donations are needed to meet survivors' most immediate
needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two
cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms,
mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.
    Photos of the relief effort are available at:

    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 providing
direct, compassionate, hands-on service to more than 1.5 million people each
year. In Ottawa, The Salvation Army delivers 22 programs that offer practical
assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities
of life, provide shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who
have lost control of their lives due to an addiction. On average, 89 cents of
every dollar donated to the Army is used directly in charitable activities -
exceeding the Canada Revenue Agency's guideline of 80 percent donation
    News releases, articles and updated information can be found at:

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview: Michael Maidment,
Area Director for Public Relations and Development, Telephone (613) 233-8428
or 1-800-780-7691, Mobile (613) 795-8898, Email

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