DDS teams with Salvation Army to help storm victims

Photo by Geoff Crunick

Photo by Geoff Crunick

COVINGTON -- When you get your license renewed or take your teenager for a road test at your local Department of Driver Services Customer Service Center, you can also take time to help those in need.

Georgia DDS is partnering with the Salvation Army to raise money to help storm victims throughout the country. To contribute, customers can donate $1 and sign a "We Care" card to be displayed in DDS centers and administrative offices throughout the state. The fundraising campaign will run through Aug. 31.

DDS has set a goal of $50,000, and so far has raised $6,046.76 from collections at the Conyers headquarters and 64 customer service centers statewide, said Public Information Officer Susan Sports.

The administrative office in Conyers has raised $397, while the Conyers Customer Service Center has collected $74 and the Covington Center has collected $44.

"We're going to be doing this through the summer. We're still enthusiastic we will meet this goal," Sports said.

All funds raised will go to the Salvation Army to provide meals and other services to survivors and first responders of storms, floods and fires across the country.

Sports said the DDS started charitable fundraising programs several years ago, and they have proven popular. Last year, DDS collected almost $9,000 for relief for earthquake victims in Haiti.

For those who can't make it to a DDS center, donations can be made at any local Salvation Army. Specify that the money is to be used for storm disaster relief, and 100 percent of it will go to that cause, said Maj. Jim Smith, director for disaster services in Georgia. Donations can also be made online at www.disastersalvationarmy.org and on the Salvation Army's Facebook and Twitter pages.

"There's still a lot of need. It's big stuff. We're committing $41 million over the next 12 months, helping people with things FEMA hasn't covered," Smith said.

In Georgia, the Atlanta Salvation Army's primary focus will be Spalding, Lamar and Bartow counties, while the Chattanooga Salvation Army will focus on Walker, Dade and Catoosa counties in Northwest Georgia.