The Salvation Army began offering assistance to disaster survivors after a major hurricane hit Galveston, TX in September 1900, destroying the coastal city and killing thousands of people. At the request of The Salvation Army’s National Commander, Frederick Booth-Tucker, officers (the clergy of The Salvation Army) from across the country moved into the Galveston area to help feed and shelter the thousands of survivors, while also providing much needed emotional and spiritual support
Since then, The Salvation Army has responded to numerous natural disasters, transportation accidents, civil unrest situations and terrorist attacks. By providing beverages, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves in the midst of extremely difficult situations.
Locally, The Salvation Army has a trained team that has been deployed to assist in disasters not only in the Greater Lynchburg area but also throughout the United States. Response teams from The Salvation Army of Lynchburg have served those affected by flooding in North Carolina and West Virginia, hurricane survivors in Texas, first responders at the Pentagon during 9/11 and most recently tornado survivors in Lynchburg and Amherst Virginia.
Due to the amazing support and generosity of our community, WSET13 and The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg were able to raise funds through the Newscast for Neighbors phonathon for local disaster relief.
Please contact The Salvation Army at 434-845-5939 to schedule an appointment if you have been affected by the tornadoes that impacted our region on Sunday, April 15. We want to assist with immediate needs such as food, clothing and shelter if needed, as well as long term needs as families begin the recovery process.