MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama served evacuees and crews in response to the barge explosions on Mobile River.
Volunteers from the Salvation Army provided food for hundreds at the Mobile Civic Center. Mobile's Civic Center arena opened its doors Wednesday night to workers from Carnival's Triumph.
It's not clear how the arrangement came about, but what is clear is that it filled an urgent need.
To fill the bellies of all those hungry people, the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency called in the Salvation Army at 1 a.m. Thursday.
"You know, when duty calls, we jump in to action and we want to be there wherever there's a need. We want to fill that, so, if it's two in the morning and they need us for the Carnival Triumph passengers, that's where we'll be," said Public Relations Director for the Coastal Alabama Area Salvation Army Katie Emer.
Emer said volunteers served the Carnival crew food from about 2 to 5 Thursday morning.
She took photos of them as they waited for the all clear, inside the arena.
"Given what these people have gone through these past couple months, they really had high spirits," said Emer.
Her photos show throngs of people lining up outside the arena waiting to enter and lined up in front of the food truck waiting for a hot meal, some workers even posed for the camera.
"There were hundreds of them just trying to find their own little corner, their own space. Some were trying to sleep - whether it's on the floor or in the arena seats, and some even playing guitar just trying to make the best of the situation," said Emer.
It took the Salvation Army crew only about 45 minutes to prepare enough food and beverage for the nearly 1,000 workers that sheltered in the Civic Center Thursday morning.
We tried contacting Civic Center staff Thursday morning, but were told they worked through the night and went home at sunrise.
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