Freeport, Illinois — With heavy rains the past few weeks, The Salvation Army is busy with Emergency Disaster response efforts in the heavily affected areas. The Freeport Salvation Army has begun distributing cleanup supplies to the east side of Freeport as waters slowly recede.
“The Salvation Army has turned over a new leaf here in Freeport, a community that has been called to serve for more than 130 years” said Captain Jim Brickson. “We are at a point in recovering from this disaster that we need to ask for financial support.”
The local units have teamed up with Christian Aid Ministries and their Disaster Response Services. The worldwide organization was founded in 1981 and is an Amish and Mennonite organization. Their Mission Statement says that they strive to be a trustworthy channel enabling the church to minister to spiritual and physical needs around the world. The all-volunteer team responded to the Freeport and Pearl City flood in 2017 providing assistance in the cleanup efforts.
“We do what we do because HE (God) has asked us to be examples and light in the darkest of times”, says team lead, Richard Miller.
Salvation Army Volunteers will assist Christian Aid Ministries in pumping out the flooded area with their newly deployed Polaris HIPPOrs. The machine operators have been able to use this machine to pump flood waters at a great volume.
The Salvation Army will continue the distribution of recovery supplies to the survivors of the affected areas from their Disaster Recover Unit (DRU) located at Ross Auto Glass 7373 E Stephenson St. Freeport from 12:00PM to 5:00PM weekends.
In order to obtain cleanup supplies from the distribution site residents will need to supply a current form of identification with a current address within the east side. These cleanup supplies are intended for the use of only the affected area. Bag lunches have been prepared and delivered to the DRU for the residents and workers helping in the cleanup efforts.
To support the relief efforts, please send a check marked “Freeport Flood” to 106 W. Exchange St. Freeport, Illinois 61032
If you would like more information please contact Captain Jim Brickson at 815-235-7639 or Richard Miller CAM at 815-590-3799.