Service at Mississippi plane crash site continues

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The Salvation Army has served over 1,000 meals so far.

By Jon Kalahar –

Mississippi Valley State University is providing an air-conditioned unit for The Salvation Army to prepare and serve food and drinks.

The Salvation Army Greenwood (Mississippi) Corps is partnering with the Southern Baptist Association to make sure all responders serving at the site of the KC-130 military plane crash are fed, hydrated and cared for while they work in the brutally hot temperatures of the Mississippi Delta.

The plane carrying 16 Marines and crew crashed on July 10 in Leflore County, Mississippi, killing all on board. The United States Marines, along with emergency personnel from the federal, state and local level, are investigating and providing security to the crash site.

“The Southern Baptist Association is very generous to help in this way,” said Greenwood Corps Officer Lt. Jamaal Ellis. “They are cooking the meals, we load them on our truck, and deliver them.”

Mississippi Valley State University is providing an air-conditioned unit where the food can be served and those working at the crash site can cool off. Local churches are also providing assistance.

“We will be serving lunch and dinner starting Monday and continuing that as long as we are needed here, but we will continue our lunch service through the weekend,” Ellis said.

The Salvation Army has served over 1,000 meals and 2,000 drinks since Tuesday and has provided emotional and spiritual care to several individuals throughout the week.

“All these groups and organizations coming together to help our military and first responders really shows God’s grace in a time of terrible grief and loss for these families,” Ellis said. “Our prayers continue to be lifted up for their loss.”

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