Salvation Army serving tornado torn areas in Tennessee Valley

Salvation Army serving tornado torn areas in Tennessee Valley

December 1st, 2016 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

A tornado swept through Athens early Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 leaving debris along South White Street.

Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press.

The Salvation Army of the Greater Chattanooga Area continues to serve emergency personnel and residents of McMinn County after an E-F2 tornado swept through their neighborhoods overnight on Nov. 30.

The organization mobilized its teams as soon as disaster struck. Many who normally volunteer in The Salvation Army Coffeehouse or volunteer by ringing bells are busy today serving meals and beverages and comforting their neighbors.   

"My heart continues to be encouraged by the love and compassion I have found in the Cleveland Corps and the Chattanooga Area Command," states Major Robert Lyle, new appointed Area Commander of the Greater Chattanooga Area Salvation Army. "Everyone has jumped right in and are eagerly serving, doing the most good! This is a special community!"   

The Salvation Army served just over 800 meals Wednesday to Athens, Ocoee and Englewood communities and today are continuing to feed people at the command post and in neighborhoods affected by the tornado in McMinn County.     

The organization asks the community to pray for residents in Jackson, Polk and McMinn counties and needs your support for relief efforts with monetary donations to, 1-800-Sal-Army, or you may text TNSTORMS to 41444. Please earmark donations for TN Storms. 

For additional information, call The Salvation Army at 423-756-1023.