Salvation Army Transitions To Long-Term Flood Support
As the Salvation Army continues to feed and support the victims of flooding in the city of Oneida and Herkimer County, they have begun a transition from emergency services to long term recovery and support.
So far the Salvation Army has provided over 9,000 meals, 1,400 snacks, more than 14,500 drinks, and over 1,900 clean up kits to Herkimer County residents as well as residents of the city of Oneida.
Beginning today and continuing through Friday July 12, the Salvation Army's mobile feeding trucks, known as "canteens" will be reduced to only once a day in Herkimer, Ilion, and Mohawk between 3 and 6 p.m. The city of Oneida canteen will continue to visit affected areas.
The Salvation Army's incident commander, Major Pauline Dressler, says the communities and businesses of Herkimer, Ilion, Mohawk and Oneida have been incredibly generous in donating food, water, personal hygiene products and other items.
Those items are still available at two main distribution points. In the city of Oneida on Wilson Street and in Herkimer at the Salvation Army worship and community center on North Prospect Street.
The United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area has donated a large number of $20 Fastrac gift cards for the Salvation Army to distribute to Herkimer County residents. The gift cards are available, one per person, until Friday July 12 and proof of county residence is required.
For anyone interested in donating to the Salvation Army's recovery efforts, there are several ways to help.
Secure donations online at: http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/empire/disaster
By check: Write a check payable to “The Salvation Army” and Reference “NYS Flood Relief” in the memo. Mail to: The Salvation Army Empire State Division P.O. Box 148, Syracuse, NY 13206
By phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and reference "NYS Flood Relief" when donating.