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Posted on November 02, 2006

Miscellaneous We sent a donation to The Salvation Army in Missippi. They had helped so many veterans including our friend Col. Tom McKenney, who is featured in the book Spite House which is written by Monica Jensen-Stevenson. Col. McKenney lost his house and everything inside during hurricane Katrina.

This is the letter we received back from The Salvation Army on October 16, 2006.

Task Force Omega of Ky. Inc.
1206 Planck Rd.
Flemingsburg, KY 41041

Dear Friends:

It is hard to believe that it has been one year since the greatest disaster to ever hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast--Hurricane Katrina. Quoting from the enclosed brochure "What Katrina did was an act of nature, what we are doing is an act of God."

While reflecting upon this life-changing event, we have been counting our blessings that have have helped make the recovery efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina possible. You are definetly one of those blessings.

Because of your generous gift this past year The Salvation Army was able to help masses of people who were desperate, homeless,and emotionally and physically drained to have hope for a new beginning.

I would like to share some statistics with you to show what your generous gift has helped accomplish by supporting The Salvation Army in the biggest humanitarian effort in the Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast region.

--- Social Service Direct Assistance -- 2,849,810 people were assisted; this includes food, water, housing assistance and energy assistance.

--- Housing Repair and Resconstruction -- 8,815.057 people were helped with repairs, reconstruction, supplies and furnishings. Volunteers staying at The Salvation Army's Volunteer Village donated all labor.

--- Individuals Assisted -- 802,413 people have been assisted, 53,929 cases opened.

--- In-Kind Donations Given -- 74,884 food boxes; clean up kits, 453,055 gallons of water.

--- Christmas 2005 -- 18,700 families were served. 57,731 individuals were served. Please refer to page 19 in our brochure "When the Winds Die Down."

Thanks to the united effort of our friends like you, the southern Mississippi Gulf Coast has had a steady recovery. However, we must never forget that for The Salvation Army we battle personal disasters everyday. The daily need is not weather related or seasonal assistance; it is every man, woman, and child that is suffering from the losses and hardshipsthat everyday life creates.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated. Whether it is for hurricane recovery or general support for rebuilding and changing lives of those who are in need, your gift is greatly appreciated. The Salvation Army promises to "Do The Most Good" with your gift and to serve as many as possible.

Thank you for all you do for The Salvation Army. God bless you.

Major Rob Vinceny
Southern Mississippi Area Commander

Salvation Army
Southern Area Command

575 Division St.
P.O. Box 9
Biloxi, MS 39533
Phone: 228-435-4894 Fax: 228-435-1613

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