The Salvation Army of the United States of America said Wednesday it has begun a pilot program with the American Red Cross to distribute free life-saving supplies to churches and religious organizations in North Dakota, where heavy rain and flooding has forced thousands to evacuate their homes.
The group said it plans to start distributing life-sustaining kits including water, food and personal hygiene items to churches, community centers and other organizations as soon as it’s up and running.
The Salvation Army, founded in Canada in 1799, is the largest charity in North America and has a staff of more than 6,500.
Its mission is to provide food, clothing, shelter and medical care to people in need.
The organization’s annual mission statement calls for “the free and safe distribution of life-giving goods” in the U.s. and abroad.
The U. S. Red Cross said it was working with the Salvation Army on the program.