Salvation Army, Maxwell Air Force distributed food
Released at 7:53 am on Thursday, February 2, 2023
To Travis Gupton
Selma Times Journal
The Salvation Army and Maxwell Air Force Base teamed up to distribute food boxes at Wallace Community College on January 28th.
They provided shelf-stable food that could last for days. Cars are lined up as crates full of food and supplies loaded onto the car.
William Trueblood, Director of Emergency and Disaster Services for the Salvation Army’s Mississippi, Alabama-Louisiana Division, said: “It feels great. As we say in our department, we don’t like the fact that we have to do this, but we love the fact that we can do this. From our perspective, At events like this, I’ve noticed that many people who were directly affected by the event offer their support.
“But at the same time, we also see people indirectly affected. Power outages, and people who have lost food. Their homes may not have been destroyed or damaged, so they are the same. It doesn’t get much recognition, so it was important to get this food to people who might have lost it when the power went out or their refrigerator went out. increase.”
The Senior Enlisted Officers Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base volunteered to distribute food. Volunteering for the NCO Academy Flight Her coordinator, Erin Lefever, said there were multiple reasons behind her volunteering for the flight.
“I feel like there are several reasons,” Lefever said. “One of the things the academy encourages us to do is go out and volunteer while we are in the community. I look for opportunities to do something or donate in my community. You can go back. Due to this situation with a tornado in Selma, it was a no-brainer to come here and do what we can. ”
According to Trueblood, anyone who wants to support the effort can donate to the Salvation Army.
“If someone wants to help a cause or get involved in helping us, go to helpalvationarmy.org and Select the Selma Tornado tab,” said Trueblood.