Salvation Army Continues Relief Efforts in Wakulla County

By: Nate Harrington Email
By: Nate Harrington Email

The scenes of flooded roads and ruined homes are fresh in the minds of Wakulla County residents.

It's also fresh in the minds of the Salvation Army volunteers, who've been here doing all they can to help since the flood waters started to rise.

George Schwender from the Salvation Army says, "It's a blessing. We've been honored to be here. It's been grueling 12-hour days, but when you go home and you realize all the people you've helped, it means the world."

Since June 25th, more than 1000 home cleaning kits, 200 comfort hygeine packs, groceries, food boxes, pet food, blankets, and spiritual materials have been given out.

Plus hot meals are served twice a day by volunteers from Panama City.

And not just sandwiches and chips, but homemade food, prepared with love.

Salvation Army volunteer Tom Williams says, "It makes a big difference because, they can't do anything, they can't cook at home. So a good hot, home meal is great."

Captain Luis Da Silva says they won't leave until the last person is helped, and every need is met.

For the people living in the wake of Debby, they don't want to think of what they would do without the help of the Army.

Panacea Residents Frances Trumball and Diane Burke say, "They've been courteous. And that's something you don't find very often. But they have really bent over backwards to help everybody out."

The Salvation Army mobile canteen can be found at the Big Top Supermarket in Panacea on Highway 98.

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