Salvation Army serving in Cape Fear area

WILMINGTON — Nearly 50 mobile feeding units under the coordination of The Salvation Army with crews of food service workers and emotional and spiritual care specialists are working to feed, hydrate and give hope to people across North Carolina and South Carolina.

In some areas, food is being prepared by partners such as Operation BBQ Relief, South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief and North Carolina Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief. The Salvation Army has also supplied a shower trailer from Florida to support a shelter in New Bern, North Carolina.

Personal comfort kits and clean-up kits are being distributed to households who are returning to flooded homes. Clean-up kits have a variety of much-needed supplies such as gloves, bleach, hard-bristled brushes and other cleaning tools all packaged in a 5-gallon bucket.

Though power is returning and recovery is moving quickly in the city of Wilmington, Hurricane Florence continues to cause flooding issues throughout the Cape Fear area. The Salvation Army’s disaster services command based in Wilmington is currently serving New Hanover, Pender, Columbus, Brunswick and Bladen counties.

As waters recede, The Salvation Army is evaluating need, planning mobile feeding unit deployment and resource distributions for those who are seeking assistance.

As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army has provided the following to those impacted by Hurricane Florence in the Wilmington/Cape Fear region:

— Meals: 98,849

— Drinks: 58,258

— Snacks: 40,118

— Emotional and Spiritual Care: 7,457

— Hygiene/Comfort Kits: 521

How to help

— Online:

— Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

— Mail checks to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, Ga. 30301. Please designate “2018 Hurricane Season – Florence” on all checks.

— To receive a donation link via text: Text STORM to 51555

— Use ALEXA to donate to The Salvation Army Hurricane Florence Relief. Just say, “Hey Alexa, make a donation to The Salvation Army!”