Friday, September 28, 2001

Area Salvation Army workers head to New York

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Phil Tamayo has wanted to help devastated New Yorkers ever since two jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, killing thousands.

        The Salvation Army officer gets his chance today. On Thursday, the Marion, Ohio, man and several Greater Cincinnati members left for New York from the Salvation Army's 200-acre camp in Oregonia, Ohio. They picked up Greater Columbus members along the way.

        The entire 12-member team will stay until Oct. 6, providing grief counseling at a makeshift morgue. They also will staff two mobile canteens, which also left Thursday, and provide water, sports drinks and meals to rescue workers.

        “From what I've seen on the news, there will be quite a lot of work for quite some time,” Mr. Tamayo said. “I've wanted to go. I've felt passed by.”

        Local Salvation Army vol unteers had to sit tight when the World Trade Center was destroyed. They gathered monetary donations, surgical masks and clothing for the emergency workers.

        This week, the local chapter received a call to get together a relief team.

        Vanessa Nicely, Salvation Army's divisional development director, said the agen cy's warehouses are “popping at the seams.” The agency, though, already has donated $400,000 to relief efforts and continues to accept monetary donations.

        To contribute, send checks to Salvation Army, 114 E. Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45210.


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