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On This Day In History: May 7

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In 1880, The Salvation Army work commenced in Ireland. For 133 years, The Salvation Army has been a helping hand in Ireland, with programs like Lifehouse. Lifehouse is more than a hostel or shelter for the night, it helps people get their life back. Lifehouse offers accommodation for people in need of housing, and training to help improve the self-esteem, mental health and employment opportunities. Doing The Most Good, in Ireland! Find out more here.

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The Salvation Army Expands Support of Search and Rescue in North Mississippi

Oxford, MS (May 2, 2013)—For the second day in a row, The Salvation Army in Oxford, MS, is supporting first responders in the search for a missing teenage boy. Missing since Monday, efforts have intensified as law enforcement deployed dive teams in support of the search.

Salvation Army volunteers and staff from Oxford and Tupelo have responded today with a Mobile Feeding Unit stocked to serve hot meals, snacks, and drinks to first responders, volunteers and family holding out hope for a happy conclusion.

Salvation Army personnel will remain vigilant in service until there is a conclusion to the search and rescue.

“We can only imagine the grief that this family is experiencing holding out hope that their loved one will be found safe,” stated Lisa Coleman of The Salvation Army in Oxford. “Our prayers for the family and rescue workers undergird our physical support of the rescue.”

All Salvation Army disaster assistance is free and made possible by generous donations of time and money. You can support the response by making a donation to the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Program. To make contributions, donate online at www.salvationarmyalm.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation*. Contributions may also be sent to any Salvation Army Office.

 
 
 
 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

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The Salvation Army Serving at Scene of Search and Rescue in North Mississippi

Oxford, Miss (May 1, 2013)—The Salvation Army of Oxford, MS, has responded to a request from the Lafayette County Sheriffs Office to provide snacks, hydration, and hot meals at the scene of a search for a missing teen-aged boy.

The teenager has been missing since Monday.

A Salvation Army feeding team will be available to first responders, media, and family members providing hydration, snacks, and meals throughout the day and evening.

“Our goal is to be a calming presence in the midst of uncertainty. Our prayers are offered in support of the family affected,” stated Lisa Coleman of The Salvation Army in Oxford. “The Salvation Army been requested to support the operation until the search and rescue has concluded.”

 

 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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The Salvation Army Response Moves to Long Term Recovery in West, TX

Dallas, TX (April 30, 2013)—he Salvation Army response to the explosion in West, Texas, has now transitioned from the immediate provision of food and emergency support to first responders and residents, to long term assistance as the community works to rebuild.

Since the response began The Salvation Army has provided 9,244 meals, 10,303 drinks and more than 5,500 snacks. Additionally, The Salvation Army has given out 123 food boxes to assist families who have been able to return to their homes and others who remain in short term alternate accommodation.

Two Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens), from Waco and Austin, will complete meal service after dinner this evening before returning home. The Austin unit has been staffed by volunteers through The Salvation Army Service Extension program. More than 4,000 hours of service has been given thus far by Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers in West. As in many other disaster situations in Texas, The Salvation Army has partnered with the Southern Baptist Men to provide meals during the last week.

The Joint Assistance Center, where residents of West were able to meet with relief agencies, including The Salvation Army, closed on Sunday evening. After meeting with case managers more than 200 families received gift cards and other assistance from The Salvation Army. Residents of ‘Zone 3’ have been allowed back to their homes briefly to collect salvageable items prior to the demolition of a significant number of properties.

The Salvation Army is part of the Long Term Recovery Committee in West that has begun assessing the long term needs of the community and families in terms of reconstruction and sustainable planning for the residents. The Social Services staff from the Waco Corps, who supplied the expertise and staffing for case management at the Joint Assistance Center, will provide a continuum of service to those served, through case review and follow up.

Warehouse Operations continue at 104 Apron Road in Waco. The 100,000 square foot warehouse is being provided through Texas State Technical College and DHL Delivery Services and operations will continue for an undetermined length of time. It is expected that The Salvation Army will continue receiving, sorting, and distribution of in-kind donations in addition to housing approximately 20 truckloads of over flow donated goods from the City of West. It is anticipated that The Salvation Army will play a major part in the disbursement of these items to other agencies and families in recovery. Volunteers continue to assist in warehouse operations and a number of groups, including the Texas Longhorns Football team, have given of their time to help support relief efforts.

The best way to support the ongoing relief work in West is by making a financial donation. This can be made in the following ways:

• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 

 

 

 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.