The Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Floods in Mid-Michigan
MIDLAND, Mich., (JUNE 1, 2020) –The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) continues to aide individuals, families, and first responders in Midland County in response to the catastrophic flooding caused by the Edenville and Sanford dam failures.
Since the crisis began, The Salvation Army has provided meals to displaced families and long-term workers at the Days Inn and Best Western hotels, distributed blankets to individuals seeking relief at temporary shelters, and provided gift cards to those in need throughout the hardest hit areas. 1,200 clean up kits containing masks, gloves, brooms, mops, trash bags and cleaning solution are also now available to those in need at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center on Waldo Road. Salvation Army clean-up kits will also be available at the United Way’s distribution centers throughout the county. Individuals in need of flood relief assistance are encouraged to contact The Salvation Army in Midland at 989-496-2787.
“The flooding was massive, and though the immediate emergency disaster response to this crisis seems to be subsiding, we are preparing for all of the ways we will serve our community in the months ahead, including spiritual and emotional care,” said Captain Brian Goodwill of The Salvation Army Midland Corps Community Center. Anyone in need of spiritual and emotional care or counseling is welcome to call The Salvation Army Emotional and Spiritual Care Hotline. The hotline, available by calling 1-877-220-4195, operates seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Salvation Army is currently accepting monetary donations. Supporters can make a tax-deductible contribution to assist families and individuals affected by the flood by:
Texting RELIEF to 24365
Sending a check made payable to The Salvation Army, designating “Midland Flood” to The Salvation Army Midland Corps Community Center, PO Box 1447, Midland, MI, 48641
The Salvation Army is partnering with the United Way of Midland County to coordinate volunteers for maximum countywide relief effort, as well as to organize mass assistance distribution. For more information, please call 989-631-3670.
About The Salvation Army
Founded by William and Catherine Booth in London, England in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. At work in Michigan since 1887, The Salvation Army operates 180 facilities throughout the state. Annually, these facilities provide more than 3.5 million meals and more than 852,000 nights of shelter for the homeless. The Salvation Army uses $.87 of every dollar raised to provide direct services to people in need each and every day of the year. For more information about The Salvation Army, please call 877-SAL-MICH, or visit us at salmich.org/midlandmi.
The Emergency Disaster Services team responds to calls for help from local authorities in times of great need and provides food and beverages, blankets, clothing, temporary shelter and spiritual guidance and comfort to the victims and families of major disasters as well as police, firefighters and other first response personnel at the emergency scene.