PEORIA - Right after the tornadoes hit, the Salvation Army responded immediately with disaster relief but their work is just beginning. Today the organization announced that the Heart of Illinois United Way is stepping forward with a $15,000 grant from its tornado relief fund. So far the Salvation Army has served more than 25,000 meals, almost 20,000 snacks and more than 40,000 drinks. They’ve assisted individuals with gift cards as well as provided emotional and spiritual care. The Salvation Army says it’s the pain we can’t see that the grant money will help provide resources for healing.
Captain Katherine Clausell says, “People are experiencing, one would call it PTSD symptoms. So, developing that team that's working on emotional and spiritual care is critical for the long term.”
The $15,000 grant will serve about 100 families.