Salvation Army to Distribute Flood Clean-Up Kits in Westchester and Ford Heights

Salvation Army Flood Kits

CHICAGO, May 1, 2013– The Salvation Army continues its distributions of clean-up kits with additional pick-ups scheduled for the following locations and until supplies last.

Wednesday, May 1 

  • Salvation Army will be distributing clean-up kits with the City of Westchester, at 10300 Roosevelt Road, Westchester, on Wednesday, May 1 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day this week until supplies last.

Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3

  • Salvation Army will be distributing clean-up kits with the Ford Heights Community Service Organization on Thursday, May 2, and Friday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 943 E. Lincoln Highway in Ford Heights.

The kits include a bucket, gloves, mask, mop, brooms, sponges, garbage bags, bleach and other cleaning agents.  The Salvation Army distributed more than 3,000 clean-up kits earlier this week in Albany Park (Chicago), Des Plaines, Norridge, Aurora, Chicago Heights, Hillside, Maywood and Winnebago County.  Volunteers have been working diligently for the past week assembling the kits at Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Center in Elk Grove Village.

The Salvation Army will also offer long-term flood relief efforts, including emergency financial assistance for furniture, clothing, food, rent and utilities for those who qualify.  Eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  For information regarding emergency assistance, call The Salvation Army Help Desk at (773) 205-3520. 

Since Thursday, April 18, The Salvation Army has dispatched six mobile canteens and crews to numerous locations, including the Albany Park community of Chicago, Elmhurst, and the villages of Franklin Park and Stone Park and in McHenry County. The Salvation Army has also assisted with sandbags in Aurora and Algonquin.   The Salvation Army has supplied 1,435 meals, 1,952 snacks and 2,483 beverages to flood victims and first responders.

“We are so very thankful for our emergency disaster staff and volunteers who have donated countless hours of their time during the past two weeks serving meals out of our canteens and assembling and distributing clean-up kits,” said Lt. Colonel Ralph Bukiewicz, Metropolitan Divisional Commander. “We are also thankful to companies like Jelmar and Warehouse Direct, which have generously donated products for the clean-up kits.  The Salvation Army will continue to be here, providing long-term recovery assistance to help the local communities affected by these historic floods.”

Giving:

To support The Salvation Army’s Disaster Services in the Chicagoland area, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salarmychicago.org/flood. Please be sure to designate your gift “Disaster Services.”  Donors may also give by mobile phone.  Text CHICAGOFLOOD to 41444.

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About The Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide.

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