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Salvation Army volunteers prepare to leave for Jacksonville, FL to help Irma victims (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –As Floridians start to pick up the pieces after Hurricane Irma, volunteers from the Salvation Army in Wilmington are on their way to help.

“It breaks my heart, been through it, firsthand, seeing it. It really hits me in the feels because I know what they’re going through,” said Salvation Army volunteer Anthony Fox.

Irma barreled through Florida over the weekend, leaving devastation in its wake. The flooding in Jacksonville is some of the worst in more than 150 years.

“As you see those storms coming on and you see the storm surges and you see the pictures and you watch the radar maps and you hear the voice of the weathermen and you just know what’s coming. You begin to start praying for the people who you know are in the impact of that storm,” said the Salvation Army of Wilmington’s Maj. Mark Craddock.

As the victims of Irma try to pick up the pieces, they’ll have some help.

Volunteers from the Salvation Army in Wilmington are on the way. They’ll operate a canteen and provide a hot meal, water, and other supplies to those affected by the storm.

Fox has lived through hurricanes in Florida and says he’s excited to get the opportunity to help people in need.

“Just getting a hot meal in their belly, something fresh in their belly is a good, uplifting thing. I hope we are able to minister a little bit and talk to folks and uplift their spirits and let them know we’re here and doing the best we can do,” said Fox.

For fourteen days they will be helping, while showing the Port City that their contributions matter.

“We’re very thrilled that we have the opportunity to support, one, our fellow Americans who have been impacted by Hurricane Irma, and then also just to help people in Wilmington to see that their investments in the Salvation Army really do pay off,” said Craddock.

If you would like to contribute to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts for those affected by Irma and Harvey, financial donations are encouraged.

You can go to helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, mail checks to The Salvation Army, PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA, 30301, or text STORM to 51555 to give.

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