HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of storm evacuees at the Forrest County Community Shelter are getting three hot meals a day for the duration of their stay, thanks to the folks at the Salvation Army. Volunteers and staff with that organization prepared and served breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday and will do so everyday the shelter remains open.
About 70 evacuees were served a morning meal. At lunch, 100 were fed and Tuesday evening, 120 dinners were served.
"We're so thankful that they know about the Salvation Army and we're able to work side by side with the Red Cross, to be able to give these meals to these needy individuals," said Howard Tate, executive director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.
"It's a very good thing (they're doing)," said evacuee George Smith of Hattiesburg, who lives in a flood-prone area. Before Hurricane Katrina hit, Smith left his Franklinton, La. home and fled to the Hub City, where he was helped by the Salvation Army. After the storm, he decided to stay in Forrest County. "They helped me seven years ago and I'm back here again in the same situation," Smith said.
The Salvation Army is also providing snacks and juice for the evacuees.