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BRANSON CORPS CONTINUES ITS CLEANUP & RECOVERY EFFORTS
Providing help to the community continues, but help from the community is now needed
Branson, Missouri (March 29, 2012) One month ago, a powerful EF2 tornado tore through the Branson area damaging numerous homes and businesses.
Today, the cleanup and recovery efforts continue throughout the region, including at The Salvation Army's Branson Corps - where those who aim to meet the community's needs are now in need of the community's help.
"The Salvation Army remains focused on serving those who need us, including the storm survivors" Branson Corps Officer, Major Robert Meyer, said. "However, in order to continue to provide for these individuals we could now really use the community's help."
Help in the form of donated nonperishable food, personal care items and volunteer service.
"These donations would be greatly appreciated and would go toward making an immediate impact on helping us help others," Meyer said.
Since the tornado hit on February 29th, The Salvation Army has continued to give direct assistance to Branson-area residents by providing them with meals, monetary vouchers as well as spiritual and emotional care.
The tornado ripped off large sections of the Branson Corps' roof, shattered several large windows, and destroyed its passenger van. Initial estimates totaled the damage at approximately $70,000. However, additional and secondary damage due to the recent rain storms have since been discovered.
"We certainly didn't escape the storm, but we are blessed to not have had more damage than did some properties," Meyer said.
Additionally, much of the food in the Branson Corps' food pantry was also damaged during the storm and had to be thrown away.
"These are unforeseen costs," Ozark Area Coordinator, Major Norman Grainger said. "Although The Salvation Army is fully insured and insurance will cover some of the repair costs it will not cover everything."
Such as clearing debris near the Corps and the deductible for a replacement passenger van, Grainger said. These additional unforeseen expenses could, but hopefully won't, impact The Salvation Army's ability to help those who need it most.
In mid-February the Branson Corps' completed a mandatory budget revision due to the shortfall in donations received during the 2011 Tree of Lights Christmas Campaign.
"Prior to the tornado, the Branson Corps was already facing a tough financial year ahead and now it is even more so," Grainger said.
However, despite this The Salvation Army will continue to do its very best to provide and care for those who are most in need in the Branson community.
Donations Most Needed
Nonperishable or canned food items: vegetables, meats, fruit, soups, pasta sauce, peanut butter, boxed dinners, breakfast cereals, rice, beans, etc.
Personal care & hygiene items: shampoo, soap, tooth paste, tissue, etc.
Infant & baby care items: diapers, wipes, formula, etc.
Volunteer Service: Volunteers are needed to help pick up and clear debris near the Branson Corps. To sign-up or for more information please call the Branson Corps at (417) 339-4434.
You can also provide immediate assistance by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting www.STLSalvationArmy.org to make a secured credit card donation. Please mail checks to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 21787 St. Louis MO 63109 - designate your gift by writing "Storm Relief" on the check. Mobile and Smartphone users can text the word ARCH to 80888 to make an instant $10 donation
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.