The Salvation Army of New Jersey Honors Those Lost on 9/11

Liberty State Park, NJ (September 11, 2012)—On this day of remembrance, in Liberty State Park, The Salvation Army was privileged to serve breakfast to the New Jersey State Police and approximately 150 family members of the victims of 9/11. They then traveled by boat to take part in the remembrance ceremony at Ground Zero.

For Stephanie Baker and her mother Cindy South, serving breakfast to the families of the victims on this day has become a solemn tradition. Stephanie and Cindy have volunteered to serve in this way for the last ten years.

“We are honored to be here with The Salvation Army providing this outreach in memory of those who were lost and to support their loved ones left behind,” said Stephanie.

The Salvation Army’s John Berglund Remembers 9/11 on 11th Anniversary

It has been 11 years since terrorists hijacked four US passenger planes and crashed them into the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D.C – killing 3,000 people.

The day marked one of the biggest news events in modern history and almost everyone will remember where they were when the story broke.What many people may not know is that The Salvation Army was the first relief agency to reach Ground Zero, reporting within a half-hour following the first plane crash at the World Trade Centre site.

Amid all the tragedy and the horror that took place in the days, weeks and months after, The Salvation Army was at the scene providing comfort and support to victims, families of victims and relief workers. John Berglund was responsible for emergency services in The Salvation Army’s Southwest Division when he was deployed to Ground Zero in 2001.

John told us how he and The Salvation Army responded to the disaster.

1) What was your role during the Salvation Army’s response to 9/11?
At the time, I was responsible for emergency services in the US Southwest Division, and during 9/11, I was deployed to the Greater New York Division to coordinate staff and volunteers serving under the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tent, where The Salvation Army operated a central commissary.

2) How many members of The Salvation Army were deployed at Ground Zero? And where were they from?
Throughout The Salvation Army’s nine months on scene, 7,000 officers and 32,000 volunteers/employees were deployed to the GNY Division, mostly from the US and Canadian Territories.

3) What kind of services/help did The Salvation Army offer at the time?
The Salvation Army provided feeding & hydration services 24/7 with the bulk of the fresh meals prepared through a Restaurant Revitalisation Programme which involved 250 or more local businesses. That community partnership kept affected restaurant workers employed while their neighbourhoods were closed during the lengthy recovery phase. In addition to food and hydration services, a myriad of supplies were distributed, emergency social services provided, including financial assistance, and the ‘ministry of presence’ applied at all points of service, including the New York City Medical Examiners office.

4) When was The Salvation Army first deployed? How long did this go on for?
At the time, The Salvation Army responded immediately with its traditional rapid canteen response, although today, non-governmental agencies are forbidden to self deploy due to safety and security concerns. The Army’s immediate response was followed with long-term recovery and rebuilding projects that continued through 2006.

5) Did the event, if at all, change your outlook on life or outlook on working for The Salvation Army?
The September 11th attacks scorched the outlook of all Americans, in my opinion, and perhaps intensified the call from the faith-based sector for more of us to get involved in the public square. Personally, September 11th helped my understanding of emergency services as community ministry, an expression of one’s faith in real time.

6) What are your lasting impressions of 9/11?
My lasting impression of Ground Zero is a surreal midnight image of a massive twisted steel sculpture flooded by intense light with flame and smoke smouldering from its depths. It’s the senses that I remember most — the sights, sounds, and smells.

7) Did you ever feel that you were risking your life?
No, but not out of bravado. If one is called to do this type of work, there is a genuine peace about it. That’s not to say that faith and reason aren’t partners, because in emergency services, they walk in tandem.

Like most, I’m mesmerised by destruction, but it is the human suffering that affects me.

From experience and training, I’ve learned to cope by staying physically fit, mentally balanced, and spiritually centred, and all three areas demand discipline if you are going to stay in the work. In short, human suffering motivates me to continuously improve my skill set, and remain focussed on the mission.

8) In the midst of such evil and suffering, what impact did it have on your faith?
I believe that we create evil out of ignorance, so the work inspires me to educate, to share both my life and faith experiences.

In the midst of suffering, I prefer to demonstrate my faith without words. I strive to be in the moment, and address the tasks at hand.

9) Can you describe the conditions at Ground Zero at the time?
The response work at Ground Zero was an extremely well organised national effort, bringing together the best of all sectors and underscored by unprecedented unity and intense remorse.

10) What kind of legacy do you think there is for The Salvation Army in New York following 9/11?
Incidents of national significance morph quickly into legend. The Salvation Army will always be noted historically for the service it provided in New York, but more importantly, The Salvation Army will be remembered by the individual lives it touched.

11) You have helped support others in other disaster zones, where else have you worked?
I have worked in many incidents over the years, including earthquakes, floods, forest fires, heat waves, hurricanes, mud slides, tornados, tsunamis, war and winter storms. The last catastrophic incident was the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, when International Emergency Services (IES), SAWSO, the Caribbean Territory, and the US Southern Territory came together to launch one of The Salvation Army’s largest emergency responses to date.

During Hurricane Isaac last week, I served as a federal liaison, and represented The Salvation Army in the recently opened US National Response Coordinating Centre in Washington DC.

12) 11 years on are you still working with families/people affected by 9/11?
The Salvation Army’s World Trade Centre Recovery Programme provided long-term intensive case management to people who had lost family members, homes, and jobs. The program was the longest running provider of case management services when it concluded in 2006. The Salvation Army remains involved in annual 9/11 memorial services throughout New York City and the surrounding areas.

Relief to Recovery in St. John Parish

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 10, 2012)—In addition to The Salvation Army’s first aim of meeting basic needs of those affected by Hurricane Isaac, the organization will distribute cleanup kits, comfort kits and food boxes to residents of St. John Parish on Monday, September 10. Starting at 10:30 a.m., the assistance will be given at the Home Depot parking lot in LaPlace. As more resources are secured, more assistance will be made available.v

“We’re helping those living in one of the most affected areas,” said Major W.D Owens, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in New Orleans. “This is the central theme for why we do disasters: extending our hands to help those in need in the name of Jesus.”

An original FEMA letter and a government-issued ID are required to receive the cleanup and comfort kit assistance. No ID or documentation is needed for meal/water service at Salvation Army mobile feeding units.

Hot meals and cold drinks are served from mobile feeding units to disaster survivors and first responders. The Salvation Army will often provide additional sleeping space in their shelters. The non-profit’s officers, along with trained staff and volunteers, provide pastoral and emotional comfort by listening and maintaining a ministry of presence.

Thus far in the greater New Orleans area, The Salvation Army has served 75,635 meals, 84,417 drinks, and 51,468 snacks, provided emotional and spiritual care to 3,395 individuals and distributed 2,100 cleanup kits and 1,650 comfort kits.

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 129 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.

Volunteers Find Worth through Emergency Service

New Orleans, LA (September 8, 2012)—When a disaster strikes, no matter how small or large, one thing is certain: mobile feeding units (canteens) from The Salvation Army are not far away. The non-profit organization has been on the scene to help those affected and the first responders during countless natural disasters in the United States. The canteens come stocked with essentials: food, drinks, clean-up kits and comfort kits. They are driven and staffed by Salvation Army employees and trained volunteers.

Trained volunteers are effective volunteers. During a disaster, The Salvation Army relies upon trained disaster workers to coordinate emergency relief operations and deliver fast, efficient service to disaster survivors. The organization’s national disaster training program includes courses developed by The Salvation Army and training certified by other partner organizations whose technical expertise is nationally recognized in a given field.

When Hurricane Isaac made landfall in the greater New Orleans area, the organization deployed over 50 employees and trained volunteers from seven states. Two of those experienced volunteers are Pamelia Phelps and Mary Jane Denny, better known as PJ and MJ, from Elberton, Georgia. Both women have served on countless mission trips around the world, many with their church and most recently on a trip to Ecuador with The Salvation Army in May.

Chair of her local command’s Advisory Board, PJ has served with the organization in two previous disasters. Of her experience, Hurricane Irene is the largest-scale disaster response she has been a part of.

“I love helping people,” she says while serving chili to those affected in St. John Parish. “People don’t realize that these people are hungry and need something to eat and drink. What we do for them makes their life a little better.”

Her friend MJ agrees. “It’s been a very rewarding experience for me. Everyone is so appreciative. They all say thank you. It’s been phenomenal.”

Both women encourage others to join with them, sign up for the organization’s disaster response training, and help others in need.

“It’s worth it,” PJ says. “Everyone should be involved with The Salvation Army.”

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 129 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.

The Salvation Army Transitions to Isaac Recovery

Jackson, MS (September 7, 2012)—The Salvation Army has been busy serving tens of thousands throughout Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac. At the peak of relief service more than 26 mobile feeding teams from Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas were serving in areas devastated by the natural disaster.

With approximately 4,200 homes remaining without power, plans are being drafted for the transition from the emergency relief phase to intermediate and long term recovery and care of storm victims.

“We continue to assess the needs in the region and anticipate the bulk of our assistance will deploy once families and individuals return home,” stated Major William Owens, Area Commander for The Salvation Army in New Orleans.“Our ability to provide recovery assistance and long term care are dependent upon the community’s response and generosity.”

The Salvation Army is delivering nonperishable food boxes and flood clean up kits to impacted areas as high waters recede. Each kit contains a mop, broom, bucket, cleaning and sanitizing supplies, towels, rags, and gloves. To date over 3,362 clean up and hygiene kits have been distributed across Louisiana and Mississippi, including a delivery of 140 kits to Grand Isle, LA.

With varying approaches, response teams are deploying assistance across areas of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. From central relief locations to front door delivery of care, the organization is focused on meeting immediate need in the most devastated areas.

Major Steve Long, Corps Officer for Baton Rouge shared, “In some instances it’s a laugh or a bottle of water. For others, it may be more substantial with a prayer, a Bible, a hot meal, food box or clean up kit for their flooded home.”

To date, the organization has served over 71,335 hot meals and 129,545 snacks and drinks, Staff members and trained volunteers have worked 14,855 hours of service and provided over 2,600 individuals with emotional and spiritual care.

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Isaac require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demand on services. The most important need to continue the social services programs is monetary support to respond to needs and case management for individuals and families in need.

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.”

For up to date information, follow The Salvation Army: Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi Division on Twitter at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

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 129 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.

FEMA Leader Visits The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Operation

Jackson, MS (September 7, 2012)—FEMA’s Mississippi Federal Coordinating Officer
(FCO) Terry Quarles visited with the representatives from the Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana Division of The Salvation Army at their Relief Operation Headquarters in Jackson, MS.

Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director, Bill Feist provided Mr. Quarles with an overview of The Salvation Army’s response efforts within the Division as a result of Hurricane Isaac.

During the visit, Mr. Feist and Southern Territory Disaster Services Director, Jeff Jellets, demonstrated The Salvation Army’s mobile resource tracking system as well as provided a tour of an emergency communications trailer, feeding kitchen, and shower trailers.

The FCO’s visit to The Salvation Army’s Relief Operation reinforced the important role of the voluntary agencies as a critical partner in emergency management. Mr. Quarles expressed his appreciation for The Salvation Army’s hard work and dedication while extending an open invitation to the Mississippi Joint Field Office.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/6

Canteen Dispositions for 9/6/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 6, 2012)—The Salvation Army will increase the number of feeding sites in Laplace on Wednesday. Four units and a truck with cleaning supplies will respond to the area. Cleaning supplies will be available as supplies last. Additionally, one feeding unit will deploy to the north portion of Plaqemines parish on Wednesday. The unit will rove the Parish as well as serve at the staging area for residents returning to collect their belongings.

Pastoral care teams are also available to pray and counsel with residents overwhelmed by the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (2 Units and cleaning supplies while they last)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

Oakville Mission Baptist Church
11280 HWY 23
Belle Chasse

The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70895

*Head of Island
Highway 42 & Highway 16
Maurepas, LA

*Highway 190 & Highway 43
Albany, LA

*Highway 22
Killian Town Hall

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.

Salvation Army Disaster Volunteer Finds New Purpose from Hospital Bed

New Orleans, LA—When leaving for New Orleans, LA, longtime disaster services volunteer David Carlise never expected to perform his Hurricane Isaac response work from a hospital bed. Five days later, from his Oschner Hospital bed in Gretna, David is having a greater impact on individuals than he ever imagined.

David Carlise and Alton Ming arrived in New Orleans with their fully loaded Salvation Army mobile feeding unit (Canteen), Friday, August 31, after driving more than 300 miles. Prepared to serve for 14 days, David and Alton had plans for long days of cooking, feeding, and sharing a tear or a laugh with the thousands in need from Hurricane Isaac. But a Saturday morning emergency trip to the hospital changed everything and has led to a new path of service and ministry for David.

At home in Columbus, MS, David Carlise spends his Sundays worshiping at The Salvation Army church. David’s strength of faith has led members of his attending hospital staff and others to seek a personal relationship with Christ or to learn more about the Bible’s teachings. He arrived prepared to feed empty stomachs and has found his days filled with feeding hungry minds and hurting hearts, quickly becoming The Salvation Army’s model for emotional and spiritual care in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

“This is not where I expected to spend my time in New Orleans.” said David Carlise. “I am supposed to be out in the community, in the canteen, feeding people. But God certainly had another plan for me and I’m blessed to do His work.”

Demonstrating further that David is part of a larger plan, his arrival at the hospital was by mistake. The responding ambulance crew was unfamiliar with the New Orleans area and transported him to the wrong location. Upon his arrival, David began witnessing to two people in the emergency room. After being placed in a semi-private room, David had the opportunity to share prayer with his roommate and roommate’s brother, who openly stated he wasn’t sure about Jesus. The brothers later began praying on their own.

Yet to be released from the hospital, David has witnessed to nine people, with five accepting Christ.

“We have our own David the evangelist,” said Salvation Army Major Jean Wilson, director of Emotional and Spiritual Care. ”He is living God’s plan and reminding us all what it means to be in service. You never know when or how God will use us, and we have to trust that it is His plan. Whether people wants us to pray with them or just to listen, we are here to serve.”

The organization has served over 61,500 hot meals, 71,512 drinks, and 45,515 snacks in Mississippi and Louisiana since Hurricane Isaac response began, Salvation Army crews have also ministered to nearly 2,200 people with emotional and spiritual care.

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.

On This Day In History—September 5

Today in 1880, Edward Saunders and John Gore started The Salvation Army in Australia from the back of a greengrocer’s cart in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. When Gore said, “If there’s a man here who hasn’t had a square meal today, let him come home to tea with me,” little did he realize that within a century, The Salvation Army would feed hundreds of thousands of Australians each year.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/5

Canteen Dispositions for 9/5/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 5, 2012)—The Salvation Army will increase the number of feeding sites in Laplace on Wednesday. Four units and a truck with cleaning supplies will respond to the area. Cleaning supplies will be available as supplies last. Additionally, one feeding unit will deploy to the north portion of Plaqemines parish on Wednesday. The unit will rove the Parish as well as serve at the staging area for residents returning to collect their belongings.

Pastoral care teams are also available to pray and counsel with residents overwhelmed by the effects of Hurricane Isaac.

The following is a list of the mobile feeding sites and their current locations. This list is subject to change.

Louisiana

LaPlace, LA (3 Units and cleaning supplies while they last)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

St. Bernard Parish
Lafitte – Roving

LaPlace
Ascension of Our Lord Church
799 Fairway Drive

Plaquemines Parish
Roving

The Salvation Army
7361 Airline Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70895

*Gardere Lane
Ball Park
Baton Rouge, LA

*Head of Island
Highway 42 & Highway 16
Maurepas, LA

*Highway 190 & Highway 43
Albany, LA

*Highway 42
Killian Town Hall

Lamar Dixon Expo
Gonzales, LA

Colyell Baptist Church
Highway 42
Livingston, LA

*Highway 42 & Satsuma Road
Livingston, LA

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jourdin Shores Estates
At the Club House
6383 Pontiac Dr
Kiln, MS

Oak Harbor Subdivision
Pearlington, MS

First Pentecostal Church
123 Kendrick Lane
Picayune, MS

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.