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Flood Damage Can't Cripple Salvation Army


by Eric White

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Salvation Army was battered when the May floodwaters rushed into Middle Tennessee. The organization's family store, residential treatment center, fleet of delivery trucks, and chapel were submerged in more than 6 feet of water. In one weekend the Salvation Army lost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"As the water has receded, the economic trauma has risen. And it is profound," said Mike Servais, the organization's Director of Marketing and Resource Development.

Servais said the group regrouped quickly to assist flood victims. Eventually all of the assets that were destroyed will be replaced.

In the meantime, volunteers and workers have continued the day to day operations. On Friday night that included delivering hot meals to the homeless underneath the Jefferson Street Bridge near Downtown Nashville.

David "Cowboy" Luttrell was one of dozens of Nashville's homeless who came for the food and conversation.

"(The Salvation Army) could write a book on the first response teams," said Luttrell.

The flood has drained the Salvation Army's resources. Salvation Army officials are confident Middle Tennessee will respond to the demand.

Those wishing to help can donate to the Salvation Army by calling (615) 242-0411. You may also make a text donation by texting the word "FLOOD" to 90999 and a $10 donation will be made to the Salvation Army.

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