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This is what going hungry looks like–and we need your help

This is big, and this is serious.

What if your home pantry looked like this... and there was nowhere else to go?

What if your home pantry looked like this… and there was nowhere else to go?

Our O’Fallon Corps Community Center in Missouri sent us this picture. They feed 935 families per month–that’s over 400% increase over the last two years. But in June, all was well: they got 20,000 Ibs of food donated. And for those families who had nowhere else to turn, that was a good thing.

This month, they got 3,900 Ibs of food and that’s it. Now O’Fallon, and many other Salvation Army corps community centers in the St. Louis region, are at risk of turning those families away.

Whether it is a donation of food or of dollars, this is a critical need that we need your help to fill. We need your help right now to feed your neighbors throughout the region. We’re sending out an SOS: please Stock Our Shelves!

MOST NEEDED ITEMS: dry goods (pasta, rice, cereal, etc), canned meat and protein items.

If you would like to help or have questions, please email dana_biermann@usc.salvationarmy.org.


“I can’t replace my kids: I can deal with damage to my house”

A home in Ferguson after Friday's tornado

A home in Ferguson after Friday’s tornado

By Dana Biermann

I was out both Saturday and Sunday working with The Salvation Army’s mobile canteens that were deployed to St. Charles County and St. Louis’ North County that were hit by tornadoes Friday night. I had the privilege to speak with  several residents who were affected by the severe weather. You would think if your roof was gone or if the back of your house had been ripped off, you would be pretty mad. But the primary sentiment I heard while touring these places was gratitude.

“I know my house looks like this, but not a single person was injured by this storm. What a blessing.”

“My roof fell in on my daughter’s room, but she was still in the basement, thank God. I can’t replace my kids, [but] I can deal with damage to my house.”

“See those people cutting apart the downed trees on my lawn? I’ve never met them before, they just showed up to help.”

“The only family that was home were my dogs, and they’re doing just fine.”

An EDS volunteer serves water to residents in St. Charles County

An EDS volunteer serves water to residents in St. Charles County

Even when there’s a tree laying on their roof, the citizens of St. Louis and St. Charles have been nothing but grateful for the droves of neighbors, friends, and organizations who have donated their time to help. So it’s up to us to make sure that they can recover from the damage that Mother Nature has given them.

If you are an EDS trained volunteer, we are still working in the neighborhoods affected, so please contact gary_busiek@usc.salvationarmy.org to sign up to volunteer in our canteens. If you have not been through our EDS training, we ask that you refrain from contacting to volunteer at this time, unless it is to sign up for a future training. If you are interested in receiving training, please call 314-646-3000 and ask for our EDS department.

If you are looking for ways to help, the best thing you can do is donate money. As more specific needs arise, we want to ensure that the families affected do not need to go through red tape to get what they need, and your dollars give us the flexibility to support these residents immediately. Please give now to be a part of the recovery.

To keep up to date with our efforts, follow us on Twitter or Facebook or sign up to be on our email list.

To view photographs from our canteen tours, visit our Flickr Page.

When it’s time to ask for help…

A message from Divisional Commander Lonneal Richardson

This year, nearly every location of The Salvation Army is reporting former donors who are now coming to The Salvation Army for aid. Young professionals and those who were nearing retirement who gave faithfully for years are finding themselves without a job, or with a depleted retirement fund and are having to come back to the organization they’ve long supported, this time seeking aid.

Over and over this year, our case workers have shared with us that clients who may be seeking food pantry assistance are reluctant to accept Christmas help, because they are holding out hope that things will get better for their families prior to the holiday.

We pray for each of our clients and their families that the economy will return once again strong and that there will be jobs enough for all who want them, but we want to encourage all clients and prospective clients who are presently in a tough spot to reach out and get the aid they need for the holidays. We are offering just three more days to apply for holiday assistance – whether it be toys for your children or a holiday meal, we have programs that can help.

Please take the aid we have to offer and give back one day when you’re in a better place. It is an honor for us to give a hand up to individuals this holiday season, and to ensure that no child goes without on Christmas morning.

On November 28 to 30, we will accept our final applications for holiday aid. If you or someone you know is in need this holiday season, we ask you to come out and let us share our gifts and prayers with you this season. Call 314-646-3000 for more information, or reach out to your nearest community center to schedule your appointment.

May God bless and keep you and yours this holiday season.

Major Lonneal Richardson
Divisional Commander, Midland Division

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