Rockford, IL – Three Salvation Army canteens remained on site in Kirkland, Illinois, until 1:30 a.m. this morning, serving hot and cold sandwiches, snacks, water and Gatorade to more than 100 first responders conducting search and evacuation efforts in the areas that sustained damage from the tornado. As of this morning at 5:30 a.m., two Salvation Army canteens remain on Main Street, just South of 72. Salvation Army staff and volunteers spent the pre-dawn hours preparing breakfast to be served by the canteens at the site early this morning.
“Our focus throughout the night was to provide support on location for the fire and rescue teams to aid in a smooth evacuation effort,” says Major David Dalberg, Emergency Disaster Services Director of The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division. “This morning we are readying to continue to support any continued search efforts, and to be here to serve local residents and families in the hours and days ahead once the area is safe for them to return to and begin clean-up and rebuilding. Beyond our canteens, our corps community centers in Rockford and Belvidere are permanent service locations that can provide continuing emotional and spiritual support and comfort to them during this difficult time.”
Late Thursday afternoon a severe weather system produced what is now being identified as multiple tornadoes in Northern Illinois touching down in several communities just outside of Rockford, including Rochelle, Kirkland and Fairdale. Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) teams from Rockford and Carpentersville were deployed as soon as it was safe to proceed into the damaged areas.
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The quickest and most effective way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army in times like this is by making an online donation atwww.salarmychicago.org/tornado or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
To make an automatic $10 donation to support local Salvation Army disaster response efforts you can also text SACHICAGO to 80888 *. Donors may also mail a check to The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division, 5040 N. Pulaski, Chicago, Il, 60630.
One hundred percent of your donations will be used to provide food, water, clothing and other support for survivors and first responders of this and future disasters.
Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering donated items (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any donated items can be sent to the disaster area at this time. In times of disaster, our thrift stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.