Salvation Army Responds Swiftly to Tragic Shooting

The Salvation Army responds swiftly to tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on September 16.

Salvation Army Responds Swiftly to Tragic ShootingThe Salvation Army responded swiftly on September 16 to news of the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. National Capital Area Commander Major Lewis Reckline oversaw deployment of Emergency Disaster Services equipment and personnel to Southeast DC. The team of Corps officers brought food, hydration and prayers of support for the first responders involved in Monday’s crisis.



Lieutenants Michael and Malaika Goode performed the initial relief work arriving at approximately 12:00pm with The Salvation Army FedEx Canteen. The mobile feeding unit was positioned just outside the Navy Yard complex, very near to where the tragedy occurred. Then, for the next nine hours, teams provided emergency relief to the brave members of local, federal and military law enforcement. All of the men and women faced the overwhelming job of investigating the mass shooting that took place shortly after 8:00 a.m. that morning.

Within the first few hours of service, hundreds of bagged lunches consisting of ham or turkey sandwiches, chips and a snack were served. As evening approached, The Salvation Army’s EDS team transitioned to dinner service. Lieutenants Good were joined by Captains Vicki Lesesne and Herb Frazier, along with his daughter Kennedi. Throughout the duration of the night, hot soup, water, beverages, and snacks were served to weary investigators.

The DC Office of Emergency Management incident team requested food service inside the base. Capt. Frazier and his daughter brought much needed nutrition and hydration to many hungry responders. The two served 132 hot meals, 300 drinks and 300 snacks to those on base as dinner service from the canteen continued outside the gate.

In total, The Salvation Army served the following:

  • 200 bagged lunches
  • 250 bowls of soup
  • 600 bottles of water/beverages
  • 600 snacks

All of the first responders displayed an overwhelming sense of relief for The Salvation Army being on the scene. Though most of them appeared mentally exhausted from going non-stop since early in the morning, every person we served took a moment to say thank you.

Late in the evening, The Salvation Army concluded its emergency service connected with the incident at the Washington Navy Yard.


The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command
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Happy Veterans Day!

God’s Promises To Us Are Still In Effect On Friday The 13th!

Just a small reminder to us all that there is no need to be superstitious. God’s promises are still very much in effect all year round, even on Friday the 13th. There’s nothing to fear, and every reason to rejoice!

God's Friday the 13th Promises

God will never leave us, nor forsake us. There’s nothing to worry about, even on a day like Friday the 13th because we know that God is with us through everything and will see us through whatever comes our way.

Have a GREAT Friday evening, and a GREAT weekend! God bless you!

Salvation Army Today, September 12, 2013

Salvation Army of Redding is Preparing to Deliver 100 Meals

Redding, CA (September 11, 2013)—The Salvation Army of Redding is preparing to deliver 100 meals this evening for any evacuated families at the Ono-Igo Community Church (6287 Placer Street in Igo) and emergency personnel responding to the Clover Fire.

Since the start of the wildfire, The Salvation Army has provided 545 meals, 1,010 snacks and 1,970 hydration items (water and electrolyte beverages). Salvation Army staff has also provided case management for three families in need of short-term assistance.

The Salvation Army is currently accepting monetary donations for short-term and long-term assistance. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to support the local disaster relief operations. To give, please visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donations by mail may be designated “Clover Fire” and sent to: The Salvation Army 2691 Larkspur Lane Redding, CA 96002.

Salvation Army of Redding is Preparing to Deliver 100 Meals


Salvation Army Concord Deployed Mobile Feeding Unit to Support Morgan Fire Relief Efforts

Contra Costa, California (September 9, 2013)—The Salvation Army Concord deployed its canteen (mobile feeding unit) to the Morgan Fire burning near Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County. Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services personnel are there to serve meals, snacks and water to first responders and those impacted by the fire.

Last night, The Salvation Army served 375 dinners to the first responders on the fire lines and an additional 35 meals to local evacuees. Earlier this morning, the canteen moved to Camp Parks in Dublin to assist with the feeding of the incoming strike teams. At the request from fire incident command, The Salvation Army prepared and served 400 breakfast meals.

Salvation Army Concord Deployed


On This Day In History—1934, Evangeline Booth

In 1934, Evangeline Booth became the first woman and fourth General of The Salvation Army, at age 69.

She was the seventh of eight children born to Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth. The Salvation Army’s work greatly prospered during Evangeline Booth’s leadership from 1934-1939, with Salvation Army activities being commenced in Singapore, Algeria, Egypt, French Equatorial Africa, the Philippines, Mexico, and Penang (Malaya).

Evangeline Booth

Doing The Most Good!

Salvation Army Today, September 12, 2013

Grafton Salvation Army Delivers Drinking Water to Philippi Residents

Grafton Salvation Army Delivers Drinking Water to Philippi

Philippi, WV (September 3, 2013)—Yesterday, the small town of Philippi, located in Barbour County (located in the north central portion of West Virginia on U.S. Routes 119 and 250) was without water after damaging storms hit the area. The Salvation Army in Grafton came to the aid with 66 cases of bottled water.

“With the help of Wal-Mart and other generous donors, The Salvation Army in Grafton gave out over 2,500 bottles of water to those in need,” said Lt. Benny Carringer, Pastor/Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army in Grafton. “We just received word last night that the water leak was repaired and we are on stand down with our mobile feeding canteen until further notice.”

“It was a blessing to have volunteers come out during a time of need,” said Lt. Benny Carringer. “People were just thankful for a bottle of water.” Because of the overwhelming call of volunteers, we ask that people to call first before coming out. For more information, please contact The Salvation Army Grafton at (304) 265-3565.