Salvation Army volunteers bring donations to Marshalltown, Iowa, tornado victims

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 18:53:18-04

Volunteers with The Salvation Army loaded a truck with cleaning supplies to take to Marshalltown where a tornado destroyed homes and businesses Thursday afternoon.

The Salvation Army kits include cleaning basics like mops, disinfectant, and work gloves. They are still in need of more donations of work gloves to pass out to volunteers picking up debris. 

Director of EDS Joel Arthur drove from Omaha to central Iowa Thursday to begin coordinating the division’s relief and recovery efforts. The Marshalltown Salvation Army Corps Community Center was among the many buildings in town that were damaged by the storms. 

The Salvation Army mobile feeding units from Fort Dodge and Boone also responded to the scene Thursday, bringing food, water, and pastoral support to residents and first responders.     

Now, Salvation Army personnel in Iowa will collaborate with personnel from other relief agencies to provide support to Marshalltown and the surrounding communities—including helping to form a plan for long-term recovery. 

Major Jim Beardsley of the Des Moines Corps is working alongside Arthur in the relief and recovery effort. 

The Marshalltown Corps Community Center is one of dozens of Salvation Army locations within the Western Division—which encompasses Nebraska, South Dakota, and the western two-thirds of Iowa. 

Donations of work gloves can be brought to the new Salvation Army building, Heritage Place, at 3612 Cuming Street.  They are also in need of monetary donations to help those affected by the tornadoes.

Contributions to The Salvation Army’s relief work in Iowa can be made by donating online at