As Isaac moves out, The Salvation Army rolls in!

The Salvation Army is moving emergency response teams into place in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi and is providing shelter, food and hydration, and emotional and spiritual care in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

As the storm moves to the North, The Salvation Army has mobilized 24 feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel to the hardest hit areas. These units have a combined daily feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals. Major David Craddock, Incident Commander for Hurrican Isaac, commented, “This has been in many cases a hurry-up-and-wait situation. Even with access to affected areas limited, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents fleeing the effects of Isaac.” In response to the storm The Salvation Army has provided approximately, 8,067 meals, 7,569 drinks and 6,264 snacks. Additionally, hygiene kits and clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies are being made available to storm survivors and first responders, as well as emotional and spiritual support.

Many Salvation Army facilities in the track of the storm have been greatly impacted and a number of facilities were evacuated including the Area Command building and Center of Hope in New Orleans. Homeless shelters in Pascagoula, New Orleans, MS, and Mobile, AL, continued to be filled to capacity. Palm Beach County, FL, experienced massive flooding and widespread power outages and two mobile feeding units have been providing food, water, and support to the communities of Acreage and Loxahatchee.

The Salvation Army in Texas has five mobile feeding units and a field kitchen on alert should additional support be requested. These units will remain on call during the holiday weekend. Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary, said, “Although Isaac is moving inland, many areas will not feel the storm’s full impact of rain and flooding for some time. We expect to provide assistance to all survivors in Gulf Coast communities and elsewhere for as long as there is a need.”

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “2012 Hurricane Season.”
• Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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.

Salvation Army Disaster Workers Receive Emotional Welcome

Gulfport, MS (August 31, 2012)—Seven years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the town of Pearlington, Mississippi, Hurricane Isaac visited, leaving flooded homes and shattered nerves.

Throughout the day on Thursday, police and firefighters from Pearlington sent out pleas for help to anyone who would listen. Inundated with the rising waters of the Pearl River, for many it was déjà vu.

Could this really be happening? Was Pearlington once again the forgotten remnant of a Hurricane?

After running search and rescue operations throughout the day, residents and first responders were running low on fuel, food and patience. In some cases it came to downright begging on the streets. At the end of their rope, firefighters made one last ditch plea to their comrades in the Gulfport Fire Department. “Get The Salvation Army, they may be our only hope.”

Within minutes of receiving the plea form Pearlington, The Salvation Army dispatched a Mobile Feeding unit staffed with volunteers from Hattiesburg, Mississippi to support relief operations in Pearlington. Stocked with hot meals, coffee, water and an eagerness to serve, the unit made the forty mile journey.

Upon arriving in Pearlington, Salvation Army crews reported that “some fire fighters became a bit emotional as we pulled in.”

In a reversal of roles, the rescuers became the rescued.

“The Salvation Army came to our rescue,” exclaimed one weary firefighter.

From Pascagoula to New Orleans, the story was much of the same: communities cut off from everyday comforts, received more than just food and water from The Salvation Army. They received the assurance that they were not forgotten.

Having served over 8,876 hot meals, 9,651 drinks, and 8,241 snacks in Mississippi and Louisiana since Monday, The Salvation Army has begun ramping up feeding services in hardest hit parts of the Gulf South. Along with the feeding, has come emotional and spiritual support. Salvation Army crews have ministered to almost 600 people with emotional and spiritual care.

Salvation Army crews will return to Pearlington and many other communities in Mississippi and Louisiana on Friday, with hot meals, hydration, flood kits and the love of God on Friday.

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised 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.

Tom Rowan: Isaac evacuee comes full circle to The Salvation Army

Mobile, AL (August 31, 2012)—Tom Rowan sits outside The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama with no place of his own to sleep tonight. But he knows he is at home at The Salvation Army.

“I wasn’t sure where you guys were here in Mobile, but I knew that if I found it, The Salvation Army would help me,” explained Rowan.

Rowan moved to Mobile about a year ago as retirement, and lives on his 75-foot boat that he docks on Dog River. With the threat of flooding from Hurricane Isaac, Rowland was forced to pull his home from the water and abandon it on jacks.

Monday night Rowan slept in his car. As weather conditions strengthened, he found his way to the shelter at Theodore High School on Tuesday. But when that shelter was closed on Wednesday, he again found himself with nowhere to go and slept in his car.

Finally on Thursday, Rowan made his way to The Salvation Army. He sits outside, hoping for help from an agency that he, himself, used to help.

“Back when I was working, I gave $100 a month to the Denver Rescue Mission and $100 a month to The Salvation Army,” said Rowan. “I just felt like The Salvation Army would put the money to good use. I knew it wouldn’t wind up in some exec’s pocket.”

The Marine Corps veteran has traveled the world since then, but now needs a safe place to sleep. He is glad The Salvation Army is open to anyone in need – and will, therefore, return the favor.

“I never thought of it as an investment,” joked Rowan. He never thought that one day he would be the one needing services from The Salvation Army.

Rowan now looks forward to a hot meal and a roof over his head at The Salvation Army.

His story shows that you never know who will come through our doors. And you never know when you may be the one in need. But one thing is for sure, The Salvation Army will be there.

The Salvation Army Thankful For The Support Of BP

Jackson, MS (August 30, 2012) — The Salvation Army is most appreciative of oil giant BP’s donation to support relief efforts related to Isaac, which lashed Louisiana and Mississippi with flooding rains and wind.

The Salvation Army’s Major Ronnie Raymer stated, “We are truly grateful for BP’s support of Hurricane Isaac relief efforts. This gift will help The Salvation Army continue to meet the needs of both survivors and first responders in the affected communities.”

BP’s $1M donation will be made to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army and divided equally between the two hard-hit states. In addition the donation, BP says it’s also providing assistance to employees and their families in the region.

Since August 24, 2012, The Salvation Army has provided over 6,000 meals from its canteens in 10 locations in the Gulf Coast region. As flood waters recede across the region, The Salvation Army anticipates that demand for services will only increase as more pockets become accessible. In addition to feeding and hydration, The Salvation Army is also providing comfort kits, clean up kits, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders along the Gulf Coast.

“The Salvation Army remains committed to the ongoing response and meeting the needs of the residents affected by Hurricane Isaac,” Raymer added.

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).”

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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised 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.

Flood Waters Cannot Prevent The Salvation Army From Service

Hattiesburg, MS (August 28, 2012)—Flooded roads, downed trees, and strong winds continue to provide obstacles to The Salvation Army’s continued service in areas affected by Hurricane Isaac. Beginning today, Salvation Army feeding units will begin the trek south into impacted areas of South Mississippi and South Louisiana, providing reinforcements to relief crews actively serving in impacted areas.

With many communities under several feet of water, Salvation Army feeding crews continue their resolve to serve residents in need.

Throughout the night, over 175 men and women, bunked at The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Mobile seeking refuge from the rising waters left by Hurricane Isaac.

In Hatteisburg, feeding crews continued their support of evacuees at the state run Emergency Shelter where over 150 men, women and children have sought refuge from the storm.

Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, six Mobile feeding units have been feeding evacuees at shelters in Harrison and Hancock counties. Over 1,200 meals have been served by Salvation Army crews to supplement efforts to shelter those seeking to escape rising waters.

In the Greater New Orleans area, Salvation Army teams will begin serving residents of Belle Chase at the Belle Chase Auditorium and the Belle Chase YMCA.

“Hurricane Isaac has been in many cases a hurry up and wait situation. Even with access to affected areas limited, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents fleeing the effects of Isaac. Our resources are in place for a rapid deployment into affected areas once roads become passable,” stated Major David Craddock, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army.

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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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Final days of Salvation Army Operation Rehabilitation in downtown Tampa

Tampa, FL (August 30, 2012)—Today (Thursday) is the final full day of Operation Rehabilitation, a collaborative effort with The Salvation Army, the City of Tampa and other agencies to hydrate first responders and the public in downtown Tampa.

Eleven Salvation Army units are strategically stationed at downtown fire hydrants for easy access to city water.

To date, more than 25,000 cups of water have been served to first responders and the public – a refuge for people who may not be accustomed to Tampa’s August heat and humidity.

Salvation Army Capt. Josue Prieto, from Brooksville, said serving during Operation Rehabilitation is rewarding.

“People come up to us, say thank you and ask us to pray for them,” he said. “I pray for their safety and our mission.”

For Marvin Lee, a Salvation Army volunteer from Vero Beach, Operation Rehabilitation has meant giving encouragement to those who need it.

Tony, a homeless man came to his hydration station near the Tampa Bay Times Forum Monday asking for water. Lee said he gave Tony his lunch, prayed with him and gave him water.

“That’s what we are here for: Giving people water and encouragement,” Lee said.

Lt. Jamie Ward, a Salvation Army officer from Bradenton, said the best part of her week-long service has been meeting people and making sure they are safe from the heat. On Monday she was able to give first aid to a police officer and on Wednesday (August 29) she was able to meet Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

Ward said Castor praised The Salvation Army’s work in Operation Rehabilitation.

“Working with partners like Chief Castor is such a joy,” said Major Tom Louden, incident commander. “The mission of The Salvation Army is one that most Americans appreciate and embrace and allows us to reach the deepest needs of our communities.”

Louden said The Salvation Army is grateful for the city’s partnership during Operation Rehabilitation.

“We look forward to any opportunity we may have to join together to help others,” he said.

Along with Operation Rehabilitation, The Salvation Army is also serving residents in the Palm Beach area after Isaac caused massive flooding.

Since flooding began in the area, The Salvation Army’s South Florida units have served almost 4,000 meals.

In Palm Beach County, The Salvation Army continues to provide daily meals, drinks, comfort kits and pastoral care in Acreage and Loxahatchee communities.
Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region.
Nationally, The Salvation Army is staging emergency response teams in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other states.

The Salvation Army has 24 mobile feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel stationed along the Gulf Coast in Hattiesburg and Gulfport Miss., and Baton Rouge, La.
In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Drinking water
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an Emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

For more information on how The Salvation Army of Florida is responding to the storm, follow @salarmyfla on Twitter, search for “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook or go to our website, www.salvationarmyflorida.org. You can also go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org other ways The Salvation Army is helping residents recover from a disaster.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by *text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief and can be sent to your local Salvation Army in Florida. Please designate “2012 Disaster Relief” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

In the short-term aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals and families.

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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. 82 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.

The Salvation Army Continues Disaster Response in Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach, FL (August 30, 2012) – Salvation Army personnel continue disaster response in Loxahatchee and the Acreage to further meet survivor needs following Tropical Storm Isaac flooding. The disaster response center is stocked with hot meals, water and dry socks.

As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has distributed 961 hot meals, 1,833 cold drinks and 1,038 snacks.

Salvation Army disaster response units are currently positioned in the following areas:

-The Acreage Community Park, 6701 140th Avenue North serving lunch and dinner

-Intersection of Okeechobee Blvd & Seminole Road at in Loxahatchee serving lunch and dinner

Yesterday in the Acreage Community Park, The Salvation Army met Rose Zuniga. Rose has been sleeping in her car for two days simply because she cannot get down her street to her home. “When I left from work on Monday and headed home, I started down my street, but there was so much water it came over the engine and stalled it out,” said Rose. “I was afraid to get out of my car into the water that night because it was getting dark out,” she continued. Rose spent the night in her car surrounded by water for 12 hours until it finally started back up. Rose had her car serviced after she got out of the water but had no place to go since she has only lived in Palm Beach County for six months.

By coming by the disaster response center The Salvation Army was able to provide spiritual care to Rose and get her in contact with Peter Speckman, an American Red Cross volunteer, who informed her that the shelter is still open at the South Florida Fair Grounds. There, Rose was able to shower and have a safe place to spend the night so she could return to work today.

The best way to help survivors like Rose and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected throughout the country by Isaac to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging* the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.” Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33404. Please designate Disaster Relief on all checks.

· A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
· A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
· A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
· A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
· A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to our local Salvation Army Family Store.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and follow www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo.

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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County
The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 89 years. Over 19,000 Palm Beach County residents 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 spent is used to support those services in our local communities. For more information, go to www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

*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 Continuing to Shelter Tonight In Mobile AL After Isaac

Mobile, AL (August 29, 2012) – In the last 48 hours, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama has served around 800 meals to those seeking refuge from Isaac, and more than 100 people looking for a safe and dry place to sleep have taken refuge in our emergency shelter.

The emergency shelter will stay open again tonight, and we will provide updated meal and shelter totals as we get them. The Salvation Army hopes to return to normal shelter and residential program operations after breakfast is served tomorrow, but we will re-evaluate in the morning based on immediate and urgent needs at that time.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama officially opened its 24-hour emergency shelter on Tuesday for anyone who had nowhere safe to go during Hurricane Isaac. But Monday night, we fed and housed anyone who needed somewhere to sleep, because the threat of flooding had closed alternate shelter locations. During this time of emergency, The Salvation Army is providing three meals a day, as well as physical and emotional support to some of our most vulnerable neighbors affected by the storm.

“With torrential rain still falling (and expected to continue overnight into tomorrow) – and news just received that other emergency shelters are closing down before tonight – The Salvation Army expects an even greater demand for its meals and emergency accommodation tonight,” says Major Mark Brown, Commander for The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama.

He adds, “Already this evening we are seeing more people enjoying a warm and nutritious evening meal, and it is really great and heartwarming to see people who are facing some of life’s toughest challenges laughing and simply making the best of what could be a dangerous, even tragic, situation.”

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season:
Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”

*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.

Emergency Disaster Service Teams Meet Immediate Needs for West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach, FL (29 August 2012)—Salvation Army personnel throughout Palm Beach County are responding to Tropical Storm Isaac which has left significant flooding in its passing. Currently, The Salvation Army has 1 mobile kitchen and a truck unit providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors. Thus far The Salvation Army has provided 411 hot meals and 312 cold drinks to first responders and residents impacted by the storm.

“The Salvation Army is humbled to serve as an instrument of hope to those impacted by this flooding,” said Palm Beach County Area Commander, Major Thomas McWilliams. “In the past five years, I do not recall a flooding situation of this magnitude and longevity.”

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will continue to focus on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units are currently positioned in the following areas:

-The Acreage Community Park, 6701 140th Avenue North serving lunch and dinner

-Intersection of Okeechobee Blvd & Seminole Road at in Loxahatchee serving lunch and dinner

“Today as I drove west I was not prepared to see the amount of water covering the streets, roadways no vehicle should pass through with clients walking in water nearly up to their waist. This is day two with little recidivism and addition rainfall did not help,” stated Tara Holcomb, Public Information Officer for The Salvation Army.

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Isaac to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”* Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

· A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day
· A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies
· A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster
· A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours
· A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to our local Salvation Army Family Store.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and follow us at www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo.

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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County
The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 89 years. Over 19,000 Palm Beach County residents 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 spent is used to support those services in our local communities. For more information, go to www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org & www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

*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.

Texas Division Family Camp 2012—Streaming Live!

Follow the Texas Divisional Family Camp 2012 live from Camp Hoblitzelle. Friday evening 7:30PM CST, tune in to the Welcome and Installation Service of our new Divisional leaders, Lieutenant Colonels Ken and Dawn Luyk. Sunday morning’s Worship Service will also be available at 9:00 AM.

Update, September 3, 2012: Thanks to everyone who tuned in!