- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2001

A tent city created by the military at the Pentagon now provides the hot meals, showers and telephones for weary relief workers.
Among the dozens of tents strewn over the Pentagon lawn, called "Camp Unity," each has its own specific duty and staff. Every organization involved has been placed under the direction of the Salvation Army and the Red Cross.
"The relief effort has been going well, and everyone has remained focused. We have been placed in charge of the food efforts for the rescue workers, firefighters and police," said Lt. Col. Danny Morrow of the Salvation Army.
Eight mobile kitchens have been on the move for several days transporting food to each section. McDonald's and Burger King donated mobile restaurants housed in trailers. Tyson Foods donated thousands of pounds of chicken and numerous cooks to prepare meals.
Other organizations, such as the North Carolina Baptist's Men's Association and Christ in Action, are also lending a hand distributing the meals.
Donations of food, clothing, blankets, soap and other supplies have come in from all over the country. Lorton resident Greg Shuckman used his influence as the federal relations director for the University of Central Florida to get students mobilized to make donations.
"There are now about 10 boxes of supplies on an Amtrak train on their way to D.C. that should arrive at 9 a.m. [today] ," said Mr. Shuckman, who is president of the Lorton Civic Association.
"We are overwhelmed with the amount of support we've gotten but not surprised. Someone came in and donated 10-minute phone cards so people here from far off states can call home and let relatives know they're OK," Col. Morrow said.
The response has been so large that the Salvation Army will begin turning away offers of help after tomorrow.
"Our 100,000-square-foot warehouse in Springfield, Va., is stocked full, and we think we have more than enough to get us through this, so we are now asking people to stop sending supplies," Col. Morrow said.
Monetary donations are still being accepted.
The men and women who have devoted a week of their lives to this effort showed no signs of fatigue or a desire to leave yesterday.
Salvation Army Maj. Ron Dake, who arrived at the Pentagon last Wednesday, will be relieved today, but he said, "I wish they would let me stay a little longer."
"We are basically doing seven-day shifts; the eighth day we have the relief person shadow the worker they are replacing to get trained," Col. Morrow said.
Army Col. Rich Breen said that things would not be going as smoothly without the work of the relief teams.
"Our rescue workers have told me, and I personally feel that without their spirit, their smiles, dedication and positive attitude, our people would certainly be in a more depressed state," Col. Breen said.
"People are helping wherever they can, and there is even a massage tent from a local chiropractor giving 10-minute massages. I have never seen this level of teamwork."
To date the National Relief Effort has collected more than $17 million from 145,283 contributors. Donations can still be made by calling any local office of the Salvation Army at 800/SAL-ARMY or the Red Cross at 800/HELP-NOW.

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