Salvation Army disaster relief will complement and not duplicate the
assistance provided by American Red Cross and EMA/ESDA for emergency
shelter and food. The Lincoln Salvation Army office is coming
alongside each family to fill in the blanks and to facilitate next
steps: new permanent housing, health and safety supplies such as
prescription medications, food vouchers and pantry support, utility
assistance, and household contents replacement on a case-by-case
Salvation Army caseworker Rebecca Van Nydeggen has been in the
field for the past three days doing disaster assessments and
contacting victim families as they are available. She is the
organizationís disaster relief caseworker for Logan County victims
of the tornado.
Clients (victims) may contact the office at 217-732-7890 if they
haven't been reached yet in the field.
Ministerial or agency personnel can contact her on her cell phone
217-750-2400 to coordinate referrals, specific needs and to relay
names of clients with whom Salvation Army client status hasnít been
established. Van Nydeggen is asking all social service workers and
ministerial leaders to refer clients to the office but welcomes
relief workers and community leaders -- cleanup teams, corporate
donors, anyone involved in community assistance. She is in the field
about 50 percent of the time, but folks can leave a confidential
message if needed.
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Donations to the Logan County Salvation Army Tornado Disaster Fund
are welcome and can be designated to Logan County victims. Also
welcome are Salvation Army food pantry donations Ė financial or
in-kind donations of nonperishable, unexpired foods -- to replace
what will be given out over the next several months. New clothing in
any size -- toddler to adult, men's, women's, teens, children and
toddlers in both male and female -- will also be accepted at the
program office, but not used clothing, which can be donated to the
Heritage Plaza Salvation Army store just off Woodlawn Road.
Specific needs for Salvation Army referral also include RVs,
motor homes or mobile homes that can be loaned or donated to farmers
with condemned homes who are trying to continue to work their farms
and care for their livestock. No FEMA trailers are available. Many
families are suffering loss of more than one vehicle, and the
insurance settlements will not cover the full cost of replacement.
Shelter is also needed urgently for several Logan County family
pets made homeless by the complete destruction of their home.
Veterinary providers or animal lovers may call the Salvation Army at
(217) 732-7890 for detailed information on pets displaced by the
storm in Logan County
[Text from file received from
Rebecca Van Nydeggen, Salvation Army caseworker, Logan and Mason
counties, 217-732-7890; LDN staff]