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Des Moines Salvation Army team deployed to Illinois

Posted November 20, 2013 in Web Exclusives

A Salvation Army team of two from Des Moines has been called to assist in relief efforts in tornado ravaged communities of Illinois.

Emergency Disaster Services Director Jim Civitate (SIV-uh-tot) and a volunteer have been sent to The Salvation Army’s Camp Wonderland in southeastern Wisconsin along with other teams from throughout the Midwest. From there they will be deployed to one of the Illinois communities devastated by tornadoes on Sunday.

The deployments are for 14-days including travel time.

After the tornadoes destroyed communities in Illinois Sunday, The Salvation Army immediately deployed mobile kitchens (canteens) and spiritual care officers to assist in the recovery. Since early Sunday afternoon four canteens from Central Illinois have delivered essential nourishment and hydration to the cities of Washington, Pekin, Roanoke and Gifford, Illinois.

In addition, some dry clothing items have been delivered to the search and rescue teams by Salvation Army crews. Salvation Army officers have also been deployed to shelters to comfort survivors.

Today these canteens are providing hot drinks and baked goods for rescue and relief workers in the affected areas. The work of assessing and forecasting the immediate needs of this disaster event continues.

The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affect by this storm is to make a monetary contribution:

Give online at

By Phone:
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]

By Mail:
To donate via mail, please send your check, designated “November Tornadoes” to:

DES PLAINES, IL 60016-6000

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