The Salvation Army Seeks Assistance in Helping Flood Victims Recover

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Winnipeg, MB – With flood levels in South Western Manitoba at a critical stage The Salvation Army is mobilized, responding and working diligently to address the physical and spiritual needs of those impacted by this disaster.  In fact, to date, over 10,000 meals have been served to volunteers throughout SW Manitoba.  For many, this flood will mark the beginning of a long, heart-wrenching process of rebuilding.  Many will have lost treasured possessions, furniture, homes and even livelihoods.  Unfortunately, after the disaster, many will find that available insurances and Government assistance may be inadequate to meet their varied needs.

Lieutenant Jeff Arkell, Salvation Army Corps Officer in Portage la Prairie puts it simply, “When you sit across from someone and they tell you, ‘I might not be going back to my home, I’ve only had a few hours to rescue what little I could.’  When you see the pain on their faces, it really hits home.”

After the sandbaggers have gone and when the country’s focus is turned elsewhere, The Salvation Army will still be here, standing shoulder to shoulder with those impacted by the floodwaters, those who have lost much and stand to lose more.  As the largest, direct non-government provider of social services in Canada, The Salvation Army provides much needed services and supports to those faced with the awesome task of rebuilding their lives and their future.  Whether it be bedding, food, shelter or tools to support a livelihood, The Salvation Army stands ready to help meet unmet needs when recovery begins.

The task is great and we cannot complete the work that needs to be done without the generous support of caring people, organizations, corporations and groups in our community.  We appeal to you to help us Give Hope Today by financially supporting the efforts of The Salvation Army.  Those wishing to help The Salvation Army rebuild the communities, homes and futures of family and friends during the recovery phase may do so online at www.salvationarmy.ca/floods2011 or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s response to flooding in Southern Manitoba, please call the Prairie East office at (204) 975-1033.