Samaritan's Purse, Salvation Army head to Florida for Irma relief

Samaritan's Purse, Salvation Army head to Florida for Irma relief

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Boone-based Samaritan's Purse is sending two crews to Florida to help with recovery efforts near Naples and Fort Myers, where Hurricane Irma made landfall.

Samaritan's Purse already has staff in the hard-hit islands of the Caribbean.

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Meanwhile, members of the Salvation Army of Charlotte will leave Tuesday and their mobile feeding kitchen will arrive in Tampa on Wednesday.

The Canteen is one of 10 from the Carolinas that will be in Florida to help.

"This crew is set up to stay for at least 14 days and we will hopefully be able to supply another volunteer crew to relieve them if the need extends beyond those 14 days," said Maj. Larry Broome, the area commander for the Salvation Army.

The mobile feeding kitchens are equipped to serve up to 1,500 meals each.

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