BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It almost felt like somebody turned back the hands of time to 2005. A Salvation Army truck sat in a Biloxi parking lot, just like it did in the days after Hurricane Katrina. And just like in the aftermath of that storm, Salvation Army volunteers served lunch to anybody who walked up. But this time, the meal wasn't for survival. It was a way to welcome guests to the Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art, and the Katrina Cafe program featuring Salvation Army representatives.
Did you know the Salvation Army has provided $71 million worth of assistance on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina? Major Gary Sturdivant shared that fact and other interesting stories about that group's ongoing relief work following Katrina. He was guest speaker at today's Katrina +10 luncheon at the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.
Major Sturdivant described how Salvation Army teams across the region quickly mobilized to provide hot meals and then housing assistance to thousands of storm missions. He told the group the primary purpose of the Salvation Army is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and they do that by providing help and hope to those who are hurting.