Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Selena Gomez Celebrates Kick Off of 123rd Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign During Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Selena Gomez Celebrates Kick Off of 123rd Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign During Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

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LIVE halftime performance marks 17-year
partnership with the Dallas Cowboys and more than $1.75 billion raised.

Arlington, TX (November 28, 2013) – Multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez will take the stage today for a LIVE performance to kickoff The Salvation Army’s 123rd National Red Kettle Campaign at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders nationally televised game on CBS. For the past 17 years, the Dallas Cowboys have helped The Salvation Army launch the campaign during its nationally televised halftime performances. The Red Kettle Campaign raised more than $148.7 million last year to serve America’s most vulnerable by providing food, shelter and more than 1 million toys for children during the holidays.

“It is such an honor to perform in my hometown today and build awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Gomez. “By dropping change in the kettles, you are changing a child’s life. The Salvation Army uses those nickels, dimes and quarters to provide after school programs, summer camps and toys for children during the holidays, and all in the community where they were donated.”

The LIVE performance will mobilize a new generation of Salvation Army supporters and build awareness of the organization and Red Kettle Campaign with a younger and influential audience. Selena will be performing three songs from her new album “Stars Dance.”

Since the partnership began in 1997, the Dallas Cowboys organization has helped raise more that $1.75 billion for The Salvation Army. Past performers include Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.  

“Selena is a triple threat and we cannot wait to share her incredible performance with the nation. To have her help us bring greater visibility to the Red Kettle Kickoff and The Salvation Army is a great gift this holiday,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Dallas Cowboys.  Anderson also serves as Chairman of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board alongside fellow board members, Gene and Jerry Jones. “The Salvation Army is an organization close to my heart, and this time of year allows us to really put a spotlight on all of the ways it serves more than 30 million of America’s most vulnerable throughout the year.” 

The Red Kettle Kickoff is just the beginning of an exciting Christmas season for The Salvation Army. In addition to the more than 25,000 Red Kettles being stationed in storefronts and street corners nationwide, there will be other ways for the public to get involved.

  • Giving Tuesday: Tuesday, December 3, The Salvation Army will start the clock on the Third Annual World Record Bell Ringer Contest with contestants aiming to beat the record of 80 hours of constant bell ringing. Various television news and entertainment programs will feature bell ringers, Salvation Army and celebrity spokespeople.
  • Rock the Red Kettle Concert: Saturday, December 7, Austin Mahone and other artists will take the stage at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles for the fourth annual free Rock the Red Kettle Concert.  A live stream of the concert will also be available on The Salvaton Army’s Tumblr page – SalvationArmyUSA.tumblr
  • Walmart Fill the Truck Toy: On three consecutive weekends, from November 29 through December 15, more than 3,000 participating stores across the country will be collecting toys and coats for children this holiday.
  • Online Red Kettle: Throughout the season, Americans can become virtual bell ringers by starting their own Online Red Kettle at onlineredkettle.org
  • Text-to-Give: And for the mobile donor, it’s easy to give $10 by texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888 and replying “YES”*
  • Volunteer: For additional ways to volunteer and giveback, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to find a local corps.

From its humble beginnings as a program started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles. 


 
 
 

About Selena Gomez 
Selena Gomez has become one of the most accomplished actors and recording artists today and all by the age of twenty-one. 2013 has been a big year for Selena. In July, she released her fourth album “Stars Dance” which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.  The lead single “Come and Get It” became her first number one single and won an MTV Video Music Award for “Best Pop Video.” On the heels of the release of her album, Gomez launched her very successful “Stars Dance World Tour” which is currently scheduled to conclude later this month. She has sold over 10 million singles in the US and has become a fixture on the dance scene garnering six singles that have landed at number one position on the Billboard Dance Club/Play charts.  

 
 

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 a range of social services: 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

 
 

About Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities 
In the area of community service, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities' mission is built on a philosophy of helping those who don't have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves. As a sports entity that has enjoyed unprecedented success and recognition for more than four decades, the Dallas Cowboys feel a strong obligation to transfer that championship tradition and the magic that it creates to the bigger purpose of making a difference in the community. More information about the Dallas Cowboys is available at www.dallascowboys.com.

 
 

For additional information about The Salvation Army and Red Kettle Kick-Off, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA or https://twitter.com/salvationarmyus.   

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and 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 T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army 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.**

Salvation Army’s Illinois Tornado Relief Operation Grows

Salvation Army’s Illinois Tornado Relief Operation Grows

Salvation Army’s Illinois Tornado Relief Operation Grows


Washington, Illinois (November 22, 2013)—The Salvation Army has been hard at work aiding victims in the aftermath of tornadoes of November 17. While work has been taking place throughout the state in areas such as Pekin, East Peoria, Washington, Dana and Gifford, Illinois, the biggest area of concentration has been in Pekin and Washington, two of the hardest hit areas. “Pekin will be concluding its mobile canteen service and segueing into case management and other social services from the Corps Community Center beginning today,” said Major Evie Diaz, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army. “Our work at Crossroads United Methodist Church will continue,” said Diaz.

Through mid-day Friday, service to first responders and residents in the affected areas across the Heartland Division (Central Illinois and Eastern Iowa) included:

  • 8,797 Meals
  • 14,191 Drinks
  • 5,637 Snacks
  • 138 people have received emotional and spiritual care

 

Expanding Service
Beginning today, The Salvation Army is expanding its feeding operations with 6 mobile canteens in the Washington area. The Salvation Army has also begun emergency case management at Crossroads Church where:

  • More than $6300 in gift cards and financial aid has been given to 262 individuals.
  • Three thousand plus items of clothing have been given out,
  • 3,400 food orders—this number does not include prepared meals—have been distributed

 

Doing the work
To date, 225 staff, volunteers and officers have provided 1,397 hours of service with more volunteer opportunities expected as the clean-up grows. To find out more about volunteering, visit www.saheartland.org and click on the volunteer logo.

 

How to Help
The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.

Online:
Give online at http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/usc/2013-storms

By Phone:
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY [1-800-725-2769]

By Mail:
To donate via mail, please send your check, designated “November Tornadoes” to:
ATTN: NOVEMBER TORNADOES
THE SALVATION ARMY
10 W ALGONQUIN ROAD
DES PLAINES, IL 60016-6000

Text to give:
Text STORM to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your donation*.

Donations of Household Good and Clothing:
Due to the emergency situation, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual donations of household goods or clothing (gifts-in-kind) will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. PLEASE continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store. You will help your community and help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

 

NEW CONTACT INFORMATION: Companies who wish to donate emergency supplies in bulk:
Please contact Cheri Muller at The Salvation Army’s Heartland Divisional HQ in Peoria at (309) 655-7220 or cheri_muller@usc.salvationarmy.org. Cheri will work with you to determine suitability of donation, our capacity to use it, and where it should be delivered.


 

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.

**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.

Salvation Army Responds to Tornados

Salvation Army Teams Provide Fast Response to November Tornadoes in the Midwest

Des Plaines, Illinois (November 17, 2013)—Severe weather throughout the Midwestern US began early Sunday afternoon, with tornadoes tearing through several cities.

Salvation Army Responds to Strong Storms and TornadoesAccording to CNN.com, at least one person* died in Nashville, Illinois, as a result of the severe storms, said Patti Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. Nearly 50 tornadoes had been reported throughout the region as of 4 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

As of 3:10 p.m. (CST) Captain Jeff Carr of The Salvation Army in Peoria, Illinois reported that canteens (mobile kitchens) had been deployed to three nearby areas, including Washington, IL, which was heavily damaged. Carr also reported that The Salvation Army had opened a shelter in Pekin, IL.

Additionally, Major David Dalberg, Emergency and Disaster Service Director for The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Chicago Division reported that canteens were responding to damaged areas in Will County, IL, near Chicago.

At the time of the writing of this bulletin, there are tornadoes reported in Kentucky and Indiana. The weather pattern is expected to continue moving into Michigan and Ohio. The Salvation Army is already on the ground and prepared to help disaster survivors.

*This number has since been updated to 6.

 
 

How to Help

The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution.

Online

Give securely online.

Text to Give

Text STORM to 80888 and reply YES to confirm your donation**.

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About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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**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.

Salvation Army Responds to Tornados

Salvation Army Responds to Tornados

Salvation Army Responds to TornadosPaducah, Kentucky—Several tornadoes have been sighted as severe storms moved across the Midwest today, causing displaced families and loss of live. The Salvation Army in at least three states has activated Emergency Disaster Services response teams and equipment, adding to the year-round services offered in every zip code in the Country.

Lt. Joseph Crawford, The Salvation Army’s representative responsible for Paducah and the surrounding areas is working with local Emergency Management officials in McCracken County. Lt. Crawford is also coordinating with fire departments and emergency personnel from hard-hit Bridgeport, IL just across the river from Paducah.

The Salvation Army structure allows for prepositioning of a variety of emergency response equipment in strategic locations around the country, including a canteen (mobile feeding unit) stationed in Paducah, Kentucky. Should they be needed, additional equipment and personnel in nearby communities are on stand-by.

For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this disaster, please visit: www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow”* 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation will appear on your next phone bill. Reply “Yes” to complete your gift. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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About the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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*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.

Prayer and Support Needed For Haiyan Survivors

Prayer and Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors

Prayer and Support Needed For Haiyan Survivors

 

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, a man walks through rubble in the city of Tacloban in Leyte province, one of the worst affected areas. The following was contributed by The Salvation Army Philippine Territory. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing essentials to those affected by the typhoon since the storm hit Friday, including food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care.

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Prayer and Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors
Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. Click here to give, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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The devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) left more than 10,000 dead and thousands of homes flat. The nightmare seemed to have escalated in the Visayas Island with people still trying to recover from a recent magnitude 7.2 earthquake with Bohol as the epicentre. As of this writing, another tropical storm is approaching the country heading towards the same direction that Typhoon Yolanda took.

It would take more than a week to actually determine the extent of damages that Typhoon Yolanda havocked on people, infrastructure, livestock and crops. What the government and non government agencies are now struggling with are the accessibility of roads so that relief goods can reach the survivors and the medical attention to the wounded and sick. There is also a possibility of an outbreak of diseases.

Prayer and Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors

In Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan according to reports, survivors are resorting to violence and looting because of hunger. There are people who are losing their minds because of trauma, grief over the death of loved ones and severe hunger.

The worst affected area is Tacloban, the capital of Leyte Province which is approximately 360 miles southeast of Manila. Aside from Leyte province, other areas were affected in Iloilo, Palawan and Mindoro.

A number of officers were in the nearby island Cebu when the devastation happened. They were there for the annual Red Shield Appeal. After the storm, two men officers were able to hire a motorcycle and braved the road to go back to their families in Leyte and to coordinate the relief work with the local officials and department of social worker.

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Officers from Iloilo surveyed other affected areas such as Lemery, Roxas Capiz and Banete Iloilo. A team from the Territorial Headquarters will transport relief goods and medicines to Tacloban through the help of Philippine Airforce very shortly.

 

Prayer and Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors

We encourage prayer support for all those who have been devastated by this calamity. Click here if you would also like to give monetary support, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

No One Should Have To Sleep Outside in the Cold

The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

The Salvation Army is prepared to house additional homeless people on cold nights.

Cold weather is coming to Austin, and The Salvation Army is prepared to support our homeless neighbors.

The plan (see below) has been activated for tonight, November 12, and The Salvation Army will take additional women in shelter. Additional men will be transported to local churches.

Winter weather can pose problems for the homeless. When the temperature drops to 35/32 (wet/dry) degrees and the homeless are outside in the elements, they need a safe warm place to sleep. On any given night, there are 289 beds occupied at The Salvation Army Shelter in downtown Austin and another 60 or more at the Austin Shelter for Women and Children.

On cold weather nights we work together with The City of Austin, Front Steps, several other local organizations, Capital Metro and local churches to provide up to 400 additional primary spaces in area churches and secondary shelter spaces in recreation centers.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations to support our ongoing support for the homeless in Austin as we work to help them get off the streets and into their own housing. Click here to make an online donation: http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/donate-now/

If you want to donate warm weather clothing, please take mittens, gloves, jackets, caps or other items to the downtown shelter at 501 East Eighth Street.

So how does this process work?

  • When the temperature drops to 35/32 (wet/dry) degrees, and the homeless are outside in the elements, they need a safe warm place to sleep.
  • There are approximately 400 additional primary shelter spaces that can accept the homeless on cold nights
  • Two organizations contact the City Duty Officer by 1:00PM if church shelter is needed and/or park shelter may be needed. The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) and Front Steps are responsible for this action
  • Capital Metro is the transportation agent who picks up and delivers the homeless at 7th Street and Neches
  • All additional homeless persons, who are not already accommodated by the ARCH or The Salvation Army, will assemble inside The Salvation Army shelter
  • The Salvation Army will determine which clients will stay at the downtown shelter and which ones will go to other shelters
  • The Salvation Army provides breakfast the next morning for those returning on Capital Metro buses

Who makes the decision to transport the homeless on cold winter nights?  Two organizations contact the City Duty Officer by 1:00 p.m. if church shelter is needed and/or park shelter may be needed. The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) and Front Steps are responsible for this action. The City Duty Officer contacts Capital Metro which is responsible for transportation.

How long can the homeless remain at the church/park shelters?  The homeless are picked up at 7th Street and Neches. The pick-up time could be as early as 6:00 p.m. and as late as 9:30 p.m. depending on the circumstances. They are picked up at 6:00 a.m. the next morning.

International Support Boosts Philippines Typhoon Response

International Support Boosts Philippines Typhoon Response

International Support Boosts Philippines Typhoon Response
International Support Boosts Philippines Typhoon Response: In the photo: Destruction
in Leyte province caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

London, England (November 12, 2103)—As The Salvation Army in The Philippines attempts to get relief aid and personnel – including a doctor – to the areas worst-hit by Typhoon Haiyan, they will soon be joined by Damaris Frick from International Emergency Services in London. Damaris is a hugely experienced relief worker, having helped to organise Salvation Army emergency responses in Africa, South America and across Asia.

Before leaving for the airport Damaris admitted that she was expecting to face some terrible conditions. ‘Having worked in The Philippines before,’ she said, ‘we at International Emergency Services know how efficiently and well our colleagues there will have been dealing with this terrible disaster. This one, however, appears to have been even worse than those they have suffered in recent years. There are major logistical issues in getting relief items where they are most needed.’

Damaris is heading to The Philippines at the request of the local Salvation Army. Territorial Commander Colonel Wayne Maxwell explains: ‘Our challenge here is to develop and maximise local Government contacts, to facilitate the effective distribution of supplies and donated items and to effectively receive the donations that people want to make. Despite all our planning, one of our major needs is for professional emergency response expertise to help with the local structure, response and distribution.’

The Salvation Army is doing all it can to make the most of two great strengths – having people already ‘on the ground’ because they actually live and work in the affected areas, but also having an international network that can come together to bring in urgently needed funding. The Salvation Army’s Canada and Bermuda Territory, for instance, has already made available $100,000 for the relief effort. Other Salvation Army territories have launched public appeals for funds.

‘We have had good conversations with donors already,’ says Damaris, ‘and we are touched by the responses of individuals and Salvation Army territories. We are spending half our time responding to people, from major donors to individuals, who are offering help – which is wonderful!’

The most urgent need is for food, water and other essentials, but Damaris is already thinking about what comes next. ‘We will have to look at preparing for the longer term,’ she says, ‘and at opportunities to help people to return to some semblance of normality.’

Donations to support The Salvation Army’s response in The Philippines can be made online or through local Salvation Army offices.

Salvation Army ministry in The Philippines began in the 1930s. There are more than 11,000 Salvationists in the country, 177 active officers (ministers) and over 50 employees.

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day!

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Today we pause to honor America’s veterans, for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Thank you, Veterans!

In November of 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11th as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

You can read about the History of Veterans Day at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Salvation Army in the Philippines Prepares for 'Significant' Response to Typhoon

Salvation Army in the Philippines Prepares for ‘Significant’ Response to Typhoon

London, England (November 11, 2013) – Salvation Army teams in The Philippines are preparing to provide assistance to the thousands of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda). More than 10,000 people are thought to have lost their lives in the disaster, with hundreds of thousands left without homes, power or clean water. The worst-hit areas are impossible to reach by road, and many communities have no means of making contact with the rest of the country, meaning that it is difficult to build a clear picture of exactly where the need is greatest.

Salvation Army in the Philippines Prepares for 'Significant' Response to Typhoon

Lieut-Colonel Bob Lee (Chief Secretary, The Philippines Territory) says it will take more than a week to determine the full extent of the damage that has been wreaked on people, infrastructure, livestock and crops. ‘What the government and non-governmental agencies are now struggling with,’ he says, ‘is the accessibility of roads so that relief goods can reach the survivors and the medical attention to the wounded and sick. There is also a possibility of an outbreak of disease.’

The worst-affected area seems to be around Tacloban, the capital of the island province of Leyte, which is approximately 360 miles south-east of the Filipino capital Manila. The islands of Iloilo, Palawan and Mindoro were also affected. A team from territorial headquarters is making arrangements with the Philippine Airforce to transport food parcels, water and medical supplies to Tacloban, and a Salvationist doctor will be part of the initial response team.

Territorial Commander Colonel Wayne Maxwell reports: ‘We have placed an order for US$100,000 of food supplies to assist the people of Tacloban … The reality for us here is that the need is great and we want to provide a significant response. The Island of Leyte has four corps (Salvation Army churches) and there are other islands that have experienced major levels of devastation. The task for us is immense and our cash extremely limited!’

Damaris Frick, from The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services, is heading out to The Philippines to help with the initial response.

Lieut-Colonel Lee adds: ‘A number of officers from Leyte were on the nearby island of Cebu when the typhoon hit. After the storm, two officers were able to hire a motorcycle and braved the road to go back to their families in Leyte, where they began to coordinate the relief work with local officials.’

He concludes: ‘We encourage prayer support for all those who have been devastated by this calamity.’

The best way to help The Salvation Army serve those affected by this storm is make a monetary contribution. Give online here.