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Posted: Thursday, August 31, 2017 02:45 AM

Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2017 02:45 AM

Salvation Army's Knoxville Command Deploying To Help Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – August 30, 2017 – The Salvation Army’s Knoxville Area Command has been called upon to help serve in the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey.

The Knoxville Area Command is part of the Kentucky-Tennessee Division, which is sending seven mobile kitchen units capable of feeding up to 1,500 people per day from each unit. Division-wide, The Salvation Army will also be sending 23 Salvation Army officers. Knoxville Area Commander Major David Worthy and Sevier County Corps Officer Captain Sarah Birks as well as two employees will depart for Beaumont, TX on Thursday morning in two Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services vehicles.

“We need help from our community to support the relief efforts,” Knoxville Area Commander Major David Worthy said. “First and foremost we need the community’s prayers. After that, we ask the community to support the relief efforts financially,” he added.

Donations can be made online to helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone to 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by mail to The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate 'Hurricane Harvey' on all checks. To receive a donation link via text please text STORM to 51555.

Major Worthy, Captain Birks and two Salvation Army employees will depart from The Salvation Army located at 409 N. Broadway at 10 a.m. Thursday (tomorrow) morning. They will be available for interviews just before they depart.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/knoxredshield or call (865) 525-9401.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. 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. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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