Salvation Army on way to help Hurricane Matthew victims

(WFLA) – Parts of the east coast are still getting hammered by Matthew. Yesterday, the Jacksonville area was hit pretty hard and some people are still without power.

The Salvation Army is able to help a lot of people impacted by Hurricane Matthew. Six semi-trucks are full of supplies and spread out all over the east coast.

“We currently have a lot of resources that are going into Jacksonville,” said Kevin Smith, the director of emergency disaster services.

Heavy rains and high wind gusts left people in the Jacksonville area with flooded homes and no electricity.

“They went to bed last night knowing they had no power and quite frankly it can be a hopeless feeling without power, without the comforts of home,” Smith said.

Some of the flooding is so bad, no one knows how long the recovery could take.


“The resources we are getting in there are a sign of hope to people on a morning where they are trying to figure out how they’re going to recover from this disaster.”

Salvation Army employees and volunteers loaded up water, food trays, hygiene items and some items you might not ever think about. The organization is also sending a refrigerated sem-truck and a field kitchen since so many are living without daily necessities.

“They’ve been several days, some of them without food, without water, now they have water in their houses, we’re arriving with our units that are going to be a hot meal and just a sense of comfort in their chaos,” Smith said.

Those giving their time know they can’t fix everything; they just want to know they’re doing the most good.

“All of the services the salvation army provides are really about bringing hope to people and what greater time to be there to help people in their greatest time of need after times of disaster,” said Smith.

We asked employees how long they’d be over on the east coast, and they said, however long it takes until those who are impacted by Matthew feel some sense of normalcy.

If you’d like to help, The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those directly affected by the storm to go here, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555. To become a volunteer, visit provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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