The Salvation Army Provides Disaster Relief Throughout The Night For Lakeshore Victims

Chattanooga, TN – Local Salvation Army officers and volunteers worked through the night providing emotional and spiritual care as well as beverages and food for Chattanooga residents affected by a tornado touch-down in their Lakeshore area neighborhood on the Tennessee River.

Chattanooga Salvation Army officers, Major Kelly English and Captain Jon-Phil Winter, offered counseling and prayer to twenty-two persons including relief workers.  The Salvation Army’s mobile kitchen unit, manned by Sergeant Ruthie Forgey and volunteers from Cleveland, TN, roamed the area through the night providing much needed water, coffee, and snacks to victims and clean-up crews.

“There was a lot of ‘drive-by pouring’,” said Sergeant Forgey, Corps Officer of the new Salvation Army church in Cleveland, TN.  “We are tired after a long night but are thrilled to have given sixty bottles of water or cups of coffee to residents and relief workers even if we had to pull over and hand a cup out through the window.  Our team also gave out 118 snacks to those battered by the storm.”

The Salvation Army Social Services Office is also offering Clean-up Kits to tornado victims.  For information, call 423.305-6200.

To support Salvation Army relief efforts, please donate online at www.csarmy.org, call 1-800-Sal-Army, or mail a donation to The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN, 37403.

Rays of Hope Amongst Dark Clouds

Louisville, Kentucky – As storms roll through Kentucky and Tennessee, they leave behind pockets of destruction.   The Salvation Army is experienced at picking up the pieces of broken lives and shattered hope and are at work in those communities in times of disaster—like today—and throughout the year.

As further storms threaten a large swath of the central and eastern United States, The Salvation Army stands ready and alert to meet impending needs.

Help comes in many forms: a cup of water, a nourishing meal, a clean-up kit*; but all of The Salvation Army’s help comes with Hope.   Hope for today, Hope for tomorrow, Hope for the future.

Right now, canteens (mobile feeding units) are on alert throughout the Kentucky and Tennessee Division.   Salvation Army personnel are in communication with state and local authorities and are prepared to respond as needed when and where appropriate.

Financial donations are always needed to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.

Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief effort.

$10 will be added to your mobile phone bill/ deducted from your prepaid account.  Message and Data Rates May Apply.  Reply STOP to 50555 to stop.  Full Terms: mGive.org/T.

Salvation Army Clinic In Haiti Prepares For Influx of Cholera Patients

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The Salvation Army clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, led by Dr. Danielle Prosper, is preparing to treat a possible influx of cholera patients.

In recent weeks, Haiti has experienced a rise in the number of people contracting cholera.   The disease is primarily spread through contact with dirty water.

The clinic is surrounded by an Internally Displaced Persons camp managed by The Salvation Army in partnership with Concern Worldwide and Viva Rio.  The camp shelters 13,000 residents.  While conditions are harsh, the camp does have a sufficient supply of safe drinking water, toilets, and a good drainage system.

For some months, classes have been conducted in the camp teaching women and children the importance of thorough hand washing and cooking of food.

The Salvation Army is communicating with Haitian health officials regarding the government’s recommended course of treatment for victims and also to acquire an adequate supply of vaccine for medical staff and response workers.

The Salvation Army Is On Scene In The Lakeshore Area Providing Disaster Relief To Tornado Victims

Chattanooga, TN – Salvation Army Officers are in the Lakeshore area providing emotional and spiritual care for folks who are still shocked that a tornado has touched down in their area.  The Salvation Army mobile kitchen unit is roaming with Salvation Army volunteers providing much needed water, coffee, and snacks to victims and clean-up crews.  The Army plans on working well into the night until they are no longer needed.

The Salvation Army is asking the public for their prayers for those affected by the storm.

“We are out doing what The Salvation Army does best, providing hope, healing, and help in time of need,” states Area Commander, Jim Lawrence.  “We will continue doing the most good, meeting the needs of victims, emergency workers and clean-up crews until we are no longer needed.”

If you would like to support these efforts please donate online at www.CSArmy.org, by calling, 1-800-Sal-Army or by mailing a donation to The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN, 37403.

Neighbors in need of assistance should call 423-756-1023.

For more information please contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing, at 423-503-1801.

Keith Urban to Kick-Off Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

Arlington, TX – Three-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban will be the featured performer at The Salvation Army’s Kettle Kickoff at halftime of the nationally televised Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game on November 25, 2010.

Keith Urban’s halftime show will mark the 14th year that the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army have partnered together to raise money for people in need in communities across the country. Since 1997, The Red Kettle campaign has raised more than $1.3 billion and has helped serve 30 million people each year nationwide. Previous celebrity halftime performers include The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Destiny’s Child, and Reba McEntire.

“I’m really honored to be a part of this great tradition and great partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and the Salvation Army,” said Urban. “It’s gonna be amazing playing in Cowboys Stadium in that environment at half time of the Thanksgiving game!”

As part of this year’s Kettle Kickoff, two fans will have the chance to win a trip to Dallas to see the game by signing up to host an Online Red Kettle at www.OnlineRedKettle.org. Fans who collect the most donations have a chance to win. Sign-ups begin on October 25, 2010 and winners will be alerted on November 21, 2010. Complete rules and contest details are available online at www.OnlineRedKettle.org.

“The partnership between The Salvation Army and the Dallas Cowboys is one that comes from the heart of the Jones family as part of their commitment to help those in need during Christmas and year-round,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Every year the opportunity for Salvation Army beneficiaries grows thanks to this great relationship, as well as the support of great musical talent like Keith Urban, allowing the Army to provide food, utility assistance, adult rehabilitation from alcohol and drug addiction, disaster relief, and other services to nearly 30 million individuals in more than 5,000 communities nationwide every year.”

For more information regarding this exciting partnership, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Represented At Lausanne Congress

Salvation Army delegates to the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization

Cape Town, South Africa – Eighteen delegates from nine Salvation Army territories and International Headquarters are representing The Army at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa.  The delegation continues the strong bonds between the Lausanne Movement and The Salvation Army.

Originating in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1974, through the vision of Billy Graham and scholarship of John Stott, the Lausanne Covenant stands as an evangelism standard-bearer for evangelical Christianity.  The Second Congress held in 1989 in Manila, The Philippines, expanded the original call for evangelistic clarity with corresponding social action.  Thus, the congress is a natural setting for Salvation Army participation.

Doug Birdsall, executive chairman of the congress, described the gathering as “the most diverse gathering ever in the history of the Church and the most united expression of the Church the world has ever seen.”  4,200 delegates drawn from 197 countries are in attendance.

The third congress is reaching out to young, ethnically diverse, and influential evangelical leaders.  Issues of pluralism, world faiths, and globalization are all being addressed.  Additionally, it is hoped that the gathering will mark a shift in the empowerment of a lay evangelism movement.  “Evangelism has become too event-centered and too professional,” commented workshop presenter Becky Pippert.

Marked by a clear emphasis on biblical exposition and active delegate participation, each day commences with an in-depth textual study of Ephesians.  Furthermore, each delegate sits at a table group to allow constant dialogue and interaction.

At the invitation of the Western Cape Divisional Commander, Major Patrick Booth, on the opening Sunday morning of the congress, the visiting Salvationists participated with testimony and preaching at the eight corps in the Cape Town area.

Commissioner Christine MacMillan, director of the International Social Justice Commission, conducted a congress workshop on sex trafficking and was a featured speaker during the Tuesday morning plenary session.

Many of the main congress events are available through the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelisation website www.lausanne.org.

Copper Wire Valued at $15,000 Stolen from Salvation Army Catherine Booth Gardens Construction Site

The Salvation Army of Tyler reported a theft of approximately 2400 linear feet of copper wire valued at $15,000 including the cost of corrections required to repair the damage incurred. The theft occurred sometime during the weekend of October 15th through 17th and was discovered Monday, October 18th when the workers returned to begin a new work week at the Catherine Booth Gardens construction site—scheduled to open in April of 2011. Catherine Booth Gardens at the corner of Old Henderson Highway and Golden Road (across from the existing William Booth Gardens Apartments) is a vision the staff and Advisory Board of The Salvation Army have had for nearly a decade. Similar to the William Booth Gardens Apartments, the Catherine Booth Gardens, a 72-unit building, will serve the low-income elderly of our community who are otherwise often out of housing options. In fact, the current waiting list for William Booth Gardens already exceeds the maximum capacity for the new planned complex. This fact highlights the drastic need for housing such as this in East Texas. Applications for Catherine Booth Gardens will be accepted beginning in January 2011. The Salvation Army in Tyler is determined to meet head-on the problem of the lack of safe, affordable housing in Tyler and the resulting financial and safety risks it poses to our elderly neighbors. Because of this determination, this theft is in the very least disheartening to those wanting so desperately to see this project completed.

Immediately upon discovering the theft, a Police report was filed and the damage was assessed. The wire stolen was the service entrance cable that runs from the entry panels to the individual unit panels on the first floor. The theft caused an immediate setback in the scheduled drywall installation as it will be delayed a week or so due to necessary repairs and inspections. Thankfully, there should be no setback in the overall completion of the project. This is fortunate since hundreds of low-income seniors are counting down the days until its completion. While this was not a direct financial loss to The Salvation Army in Tyler, it is difficult to endure these disheartening losses when the overall goal is to provide something necessary and good for those so often overlooked in the East Texas community. While it may be easy to assess the financial loss in this situation, the emotional loss and disappointment with the community member/s responsible for this crime is greater and more difficult to determine or to understand. As we are all members of this community we should all be working toward the same goal of providing for the less fortunate in an honest and honorable way. If you would like to show your support please visit www.salvationarmytyler.org to donate or call 903-592-4361 for more information on how you can help. Thank you for the wonderful support and generosity the Tyler community is always willing to provide and share. Without you The Salvation Army could not continue to provide hope to the hopeless in East Texas 365 days a year.

Salvation Army Responding To Train Derailment And Spill

Columbus, Mississippi – At approximately 9:35 AM a train struck a fallen tree near Hamilton in Monroe County, Mississippi resulting in the derailment of ten train cars. Three of those cars are carrying hydrogen peroxide and one is currently leaking and releasing a visible vapor cloud. Approximately 50 to 60 first responders (law enforcement, fire, hazmat, EMA, EMS, etc.) are on now on scene working to contain the release and clear the tracks.

The Monroe County Emergency Operations Center requested that The Salvation Army of Columbus provide feeding and hydration assistance to first responders. Crews will provide water and meals beginning this afternoon and through the night if needed.

“We will maintain a Salvation Army presence as long as we are needed,” said Captain Bert Lind of The Salvation Army in Columbus.

Volunteers Make a Difference in Killeen

By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald

More than 17,000 volunteers helped make a difference in Killeen during the 17th annual Make a Difference Day Saturday.

There were about 127 projects submitted for Make a Difference Day and 97 of those projects were adopted by the mass of volunteers, Killeen’s Director of Volunteer Services Wilfred Brewster said.

“This is a lot higher than in the past,” Brewster said. “We have about 4,000 more people this year than last. This is indicative of the volunteerism we are seeing around the nation.”

Projects ranged from feeding the elderly, hosting food drives for the hungry and homeless, cleaning graffiti, doing some maintenance for some local nonprofits, digging drainage ditches and much more, Brewster said.

Activities also were held in other Central Texas cities, including Copperas Cove.

About 18 volunteers from Fox Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, provided manual labor for the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 801 E. Rancier Ave.

“It is good to give back,” said Staff Sgt. Arthur Harrison. “Sometimes you don’t see what people give to you but you feel good for giving back.”

Several members showed up at the doors of the Salvation Army early and were eager to volunteer their services Saturday, Store Manager Norris Dorsey said.

They helped clean the floors, wash the windows, organize the warehouse, unload a large truck and do some yard work, Dorsey said.

“It made a really big difference in the things that we can get done,” Salvation Army Lt. Jason Moore said. “Just having a helping hand … makes a huge difference.”

Because of the work Fox Troop is doing, the Salvation Army staff can spend less time working on those duties and more time attempting to sell the items at the thrift store, which means more money going right back into the community to help programs feed and clothe the homeless and more, Moore said.

Some members of Fox Troop made the day more meaningful by bringing their children along, including Pfc. Matthew Fejeran and his daughters, Triana Flores, 8; and Brianna Fejeran, 5.

“This brings back good memories,” Fejeran said while cleaning shelves with his daughters.

The three of them are used to doing volunteer work and have done activities in the past, including filling about 4,000 bags of food for people in Haiti, he said.

“We love giving back to our community,” Fejeran said. “It is almost like second nature.”

“It is nice to be doing something,” Triana said.

The day started with an opening ceremony at the Killeen Volunteer Center, 215 W. Ave. D, where Assistant City Manager Glenn Morrison spoke to many volunteers before they started to change someone’s world for the better.

The city will honor those who volunteered their services on Nov. 15 with a banquet at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7554. Follow him on Twitter at KDHheights.

The Salvation Army breaks ground on new 12,500 square-foot Boys & Girls Club facility in the heart of Acres Home

Boys and Girls Club Groundbreaking

Houston, TX – Today, The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command broke ground on the new construction of a 12,500 square-foot community center  in the heart of Houston’s underserved community known as Acres Home.  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee and State Representative Sylvester Turner were among the crowd of well-wishers who joined Area Commander, Major Chris Flanagan and The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board members at the official Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Garden City Boys & Girls Club.

“This is such a joyous occasion for so many reasons.  Even though we’ve never left Acres Home, despite our old building being completely destroyed, the message we are sending today to the residents of Acres Homes, and so many other communities as well, is that The Salvation Army never gives up.  Not on buildings, not on communities, not on people,” said Major Flanagan.  “We’re coming back stronger than ever, and when we do, we will continue being a beacon of hope for all those who need us.”

In September of 2008, the Garden City Apartment complex was damaged so extensively by Hurricane Ike – including the building where The Salvation Army was operating its Garden City Boys & Girls Club from – that it forced the Army to permanently cease their Club operations at that location.

Instead the 121-year-old nonprofit organization, in collaboration with the Aldine Independent School District, has been utilizing Caraway Intermediate School to provide after-school programs for local youth.  These include tutoring, drug and alcohol prevention, computer training and other recreational activities, on a smaller scale, due to the lack of a permanent building.  The new 12,500 square-foot facility, however, will significantly increase the volume of services The Salvation Army can provide in Acres Home.  Daily capacity for Boys & Girls Club members alone will increase from 80 young people a day to 300.

Scheduled for a summer of 2011 completion, this new facility will continue the Army’s tradition of over 40 years of service in the Acres Home community.

“Whenever we can fight for our children and overcome the poverty of material things, and work with them on character, strength, determination and the will to overcome, we have made great strides,” said Congresswoman Jackson-Lee.  “The Salvation Army has spent long years being able to serve in this community and so what we have behind us is evidence of the importance of the relationship of the Boys & Girls Club (to this community).”

The Salvation Army’s Garden City Boys & Girls Club is one of six local Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club programs operated by the nonprofit in the Greater Houston region.  Each facility focuses on providing outreach efforts for local youth including educational opportunities and annual scholarship awards for college-bound Boys & Girls Club members.

The $3.7 million Garden City investment is one of six major capital improvement projects scheduled to take place in the local region over the course of the next several years as part of The Salvation Army’s overall $21.6 million Giving for Living Capital Campaign initiative.  The Capital Campaign concentrates on building initiatives in areas with the most need and also includes the construction of a new International Corps Community Center in southwest Houston; the new construction of a larger Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Conroe; the renovation and expansion of Sally’s House; the concentration of social services, disaster relief operations, and Christmas assistance in one central location; and improvements to Houston’s Adult Rehabilitation Center.