Lake Charles Salvation Army sends help to southeast La. - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles Salvation Army sends help to southeast La.


Organizations in Southwest Louisiana are lending a helping hand to those who were affected by Hurricane Isaac. The Lake Charles Salvation Army branch is one of the groups helping out the storm victims.

"Right now, our local mobile feeding unit, we call it a canteen, was deployed out on Tuesday," said Major Karen Craddock of the Salvation Army.

Craddock said the mobile kitchen, or the canteen, was sent to Baton Rouge with a team from Lake Charles. 

"They sent it to Baton Rouge to be ready to be sent to New Orleans after the storm hit, but unfortunately Baton Rouge got hit a little more than they expected, so our canteen is actually working in the Gonzales area," Craddock said.

The canteen can feed about 15,000 people a day and the mobile unit can go "right down into the middle" of the disaster area to help out, according to Craddock.

She said more help may be needed in the coming weeks and the Salvation Army is going to try to send more people over to the southeastern part of the state.

"It depends how things are going by the time that comes, but they try to limit them to two weeks so no one is overburdened and stressed to beyond," Craddock said.

But she said it's a rewarding experience to help out hurricane victims, especially when the help was sent to southwest La. after Hurricane Rita devastated the area.

"It's very fulfilling and it does feel good to do that," Craddock said. "When people come in, it makes us feel like we are doing the most good with what we have in trying to do anything we can to help them out."

If you would like to help out the Salvation Army, you can go to their website for more information.

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The following is from the Salvation Army:


Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

Donors are encouraged to give online at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You can also text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word "Yes."*

Checks should be designated to Disaster Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate "2012 Hurricane Season."

Those interested in volunteering should register at Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).


Your donations make a real difference.

A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.

A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

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