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Food Boxes From Mississippi To New Jersey With Love

Gulfport, MS (November 15, 2012)—On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While the damage to the coast was catastrophic and overwhelming, what happened in the weeks and months to follow was even more amazing. Thousands of relief workers from all over the country flooded into Mississippi and Louisiana to provide aid to the storm ravaged communities. Police, National Guard troops, healthcare workers and numerous other specialty support personnel from other states deployed for weeks at a time to help those affected begin the recovery process.Mississippians were the beneficiaries of the largest deployment of disaster resources and responders in our nation’s history. Millions of dollars were donated to relief organizations to support the relief and recovery efforts. To this day, Mississippians and The Salvation Army remain aware of the sacrifice of so many who came to our aid following Katrina.

When Super storm Sandy roared ashore in New Jersey and New York, residents of Mississippi began asking what they could do to repay the generosity bestowed upon them seven years prior.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) began a dialogue with counterparts in New Jersey and New York to offer support. Bryant deployed Emergency Management and Public Safety personnel to New Jersey to support relief efforts. Remembering Katrina and wanting to do more, Governor Bryant contacted The Salvation Army in Metro Jackson to collaborate on a food drive to support intermediate recovery efforts in the northeast as the Holidays approach.

“I turned to The Salvation Army to help provide food boxes during the holidays to the thousands along the East Coast who remain in need. Now is our time as Mississippians to give back and remind the thousands of residents that we are praying for them and supporting them this holiday season,” stated Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi.

Utilizing The Salvation Army Southern Territories’ Disaster Services Food Box Program, the partnership hopes to complete over 1,000 food boxes between November 15 and November 18. The program was designed to provide an outlet for organizations and businesses to have hands on experience in disaster support, while also managing the donations of bulk gift in kind items. This week’s undertaking is the first time the Food Box program has been deployed in response to a Natural Disaster.

Participating groups and businesses are provided Salvation Army branded boxes and a list of items needed to complete a food box that feeds a family of four for four days. Items include canned food items, rice, beans and other non perishable food items. Once packaged in the food box, boxes are then palletized in bulk and shipped to a pre designated site for distribution.

“Mississippians who have been on the receiving end of disaster generosity so many times before, are happy to be sending these food boxes to our neighbors in the Northeast,” stated Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army in Jackson.

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.

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.

Top Music Stars to Rock the Red Kettle at L.A. LIVE

Alexandria, VA (November 13, 2012)—Get ready to rock while giving back this Christmas season! The Salvation Army is proud to present the third annual Rock the Red Kettle Concert, produced by Specktor Media, featuring a mix of today’s top music artists including Owl City, Hot Chelle Rae, Andy Grammer, and Bridgit Mendler. The free concert on December 15, which is open to the general public and supports the Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, will begin at 7:30 p.m. PST, at L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.

The concert will feature a variety of performances from hot young artists, led by pop sensation Owl City, who went on the road for the second annual Rock the Red Kettle Tour to encourage volunteerism and support The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. The tour, which was the first leg of Owl City’s The Midsummer Station World Tour, stopped in 25 major cities across North America, and Owl City also volunteered at multiple Salvation Army locations. Other performers for the Rock the Red Kettle concert include chart-topping Hot Chelle Rae, who just wrapped a year-long extensive worldwide tour and are currently working on a new album targeted for release next year; certified gold pop artist Andy Grammer; and Hollywood Records recording artist and Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler.

“We’ve been waiting all year to rock the red kettles once again!” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army. “We are excited to feature these talented and supportive musicians at the Rock the Red Kettle Concert, and we’re looking forward to reaching out to the next generation of Salvation Army supporters.”

The Rock the Red Kettle Concert will raise awareness for The Salvation Army’s 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Money raised during the campaign helps the Army serve 30 million Americans in need each year in communities nationwide through an array of programs including toys for kids, coats for the homeless and food for the hungry.

As part of The Salvation Army’s continued efforts to reach young and aspiring philanthropists across the country, the concert will also be streamed live via Cambio on The Salvation Army’s Facebook page. Supporters can also make a $10 donation to the campaign by texting the word “GIVE” to 80888 through December 24.*

“The Rock the Red Kettle Concert, with the support of great musical artists, provides an awesome opportunity for young adults across America to learn ways to give back all year long, starting with The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign this holiday season,” said the show’s producer Ned Specktor of Specktor Media, who will also host the live show.

Along with the iconic red kettle, The Salvation Army is embracing online and mobile technologies to help support the Red Kettle Campaign. Pandora will feature a branded Salvation Army Rock the Red Kettle music station featuring songs from Owl City as well as other Rock the Red Kettle performers. Finally, fans who “like” The Salvation Army’s Facebook page and provide their name and e-mail address will receive a virtual, personalized autographed picture of Adam Young from Owl City through Digigraph.

Additionally, as a way to encourage their fans to support The Salvation Army, most of the Rock the Red Kettle performers will host their own Online Red Kettles. For the eighth year in a row, The Salvation Army will allow fans to become online bell-ringers by signing up to host an Online Red Kettle at www.onlineredkettle.org. The program allows individuals and organizations to host their own “virtual” red kettle on their personal, group or company website. Last year, Online Red Kettles raised nearly $2 million as thousands of people asked friends and families to give online.

From its humble beginnings as a program started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells and solicit donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2011, the campaign raised $147.6 million nationwide, a new record supported by the public’s nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars (and the occasional diamond ring or gold tooth) all collected and used to help people in the communities where the money was raised.

For more information on The Salvation Army and the Rock the Red Kettle Concert, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

About Owl City
Owl City first achieved worldwide success with his platinum selling major label debut Ocean Eyes (July 2009, Universal Republic). The album spawned the quadruple-platinum first single “Fireflies” – a No. 1 smash hit in 26 countries including the U.S. where it hit the top spot twice, and sold more than 12 million downloads worldwide. For his third album, The Midsummer Station (Republic, August 2012), Owl City’s Adam Young took a bold step forward and chose to work with co-writers and outside producers for the first time. He’s joined on the incredibly infectious and successful lead single “Good Time” by Canadian pop sensation Carly Rae Jepsen. The song, which has been topping the radio and sales charts worldwide, has been certified double platinum in the US and will be followed in January 2013 by the second single from the new album “Shooting Star.” Owl City kicked off a world headlining tour on September 5th in support of The Midsummer Station and recently announced a 2013 tour with Maroon 5 and Neon Trees.

About Specktor Media
Specktor Media is a management and production company founded on the belief that entertainment and philanthropy combined under one roof can affect positive change. The company strives to create awareness for causes that need support, through their production of live concerts, television shows, and music management. For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/SpecktorMedia.

*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 Helps the Hurting in Greater New York

Staten Island & Island Park, NY (November 10, 2012)—It’s the visible pain of a woman standing at a Salvation Army distribution site in Island Park on Long Island today with her mother and dog, Baxter, in hand shivering. Shannon Foster said she moved into her new house in Island Park just three days before the Hurricane destroyed it. Shannon, tearing up, was there for dog food which she said was rapidly running out.

Then there’s Magalys Cuevas, who showed up for blankets and more of what The Salvation Army and “Extra” had dropped off. Said Magalys, “I have 3 children ages 2, 6 and 9 and it’s just so cold and dark at night in my house. Next week my children are supposed to return to school but I don’t know how that can happen the way we’re living.”

While these ladies were seeing what was available that they could use at home to meet their immediate needs…hosts from “Extra”, the nationally syndicated entertainment show, which airs on major market affiliates, including A.J. Calloway and special correspondent Hilaria Baldwin, were unloading a tractor trailer full of water. But they didn’t just bring water, they partnered their corporate friends and with The Salvation Army to bring and distribute even more five truck loads of batteries, coats children’s books, socks, diapers and snack bars and so much more. They were at a location on Warwick Boulevard and Long Beach Road, across from the Village Hall of Island Park at noon today.

Not even a nor’easter can keep The Salvation Army, from not only providing some of the basic necessities for people, but maybe even more importantly, theses day, providing emotional and spiritual comfort for those who can break down at a moment’s notice.

Said Major Scott Kelly on Staten Island “It’s overwhelming feeling of frustration that’s probably the worst for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I see that on people’s faces everyday. They just don’t know what to expect next.” What they can expect is The Salvation Army being there for them whether it’s serving food as it did again today at a location at 609 Midland Avenue from a canteen (Salvation Army mobile street-feeding unit) or the fact that TSA is just not leaving until the very last person is provided the services they need and that can take years. Approximately 10 to 12 Salvation Army personnel and volunteers were on site serving and providing cleaning supplies, baby care and hygiene products, and non-perishable foods.

Here’s how people can best help their neighbors.

FOR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SALVATION ARMY:

Online: Visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org
By Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
Text-Giving: Text NYSA to 52000 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word, “Yes.”*
Division, 120 West 14th Street, New York, NY, 10011.
By Mail: Checks may be made payable to The Salvation Army Greater New York

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SALVATION ARMY’S RESPONSE
TO HURRICANE SANDY, VISIT:

blog.salvationarmyusa.org
facebook.com/salvationarmyny
twitter.com/salvationarmyny

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.

ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY IN THE USA:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad 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.

ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY GREATER NEW YORK DIVISION: An integral part of the community for 132 years, The Salvation Army in Greater New York operates more than 100 community and social service programs serving more than 750,000 people, regardless of race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. For more information, visit our website at www.SalvationArmyNY.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Responds to Building Collapse in Ghana

UPON hearing news of the collapse of a six-storey department store in the suburb of Achimota in Accra, Ghana, a team of Salvation Army staff was despatched from territorial headquarters with a supply of drinks and snacks for emergency services personnel.

Public Relations Secretary Major Justice Incoom was warmly received at the site by the Deputy Inspector General of Police, who was coordinating the rescue effort. The major was told that many of the police, fire ambulance and military personnel had been working at the scene of the accident for several hours without any provision of food or drink.

News emerged that the building had collapsed without warning as some 50 staff at the Melcom store were conducting morning devotions immediately prior to the opening of the shop, meaning that almost all those buried were in one location. At the time of writing, nine people are reported to have lost their lives, with more than 60 people rescued.

Major Incoom says that, upon sight of his uniform, the vehicle in which his team was travelling was waved through the security cordon, enabling supplies to be taken directly to those working to reach people still trapped beneath the rubble.

Salvation Army Responds to 7.2 Earthquake in Guatemala

The Salvation Army in Guatemala has responded to an earthquake measuring 7.2, and lasting 30 seconds that hit the coastline on Wednesday, November 7.

This affected mostly San Marcos (near the south Mexico border), Solola, Quetzaltenango and Guatemala city.

Media reports more than 2,263 homes and at least one school were badly damaged, 5,251 people are homeless, 52 people died under the rubble and authorities estimate more bodies could be recovered soon. More than 22 people are still missing and 1,2 million people were affected according to government reports. The Guatemala Government has declared a “state of Emergency” for 30 days
to facilitate response and delivery of humanitarian aid.

All Salvation Army Corps and Officers are safe and sound. After reviewing the situation, Divisional Commander Major Carlos Gonzzatti with Officers and Soldiers of the Division traveled the same day to San Marcos and into a community called San Cristobal Cochú which received damage due to the elevation. This is a 6 hour trip and they request prayer support for safety as they depart.

The Salvationists will begin providing water, canned food, snacks and dry food (rice, beans, corn) along with Spiritual and emotional care.

FedEx Pledges $1.2 Million to Support Northeast Disaster Relief

Memphis, TN (October 31, 2012)—FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has committed $1.2 million in cash and in-kind transportation to support hurricane relief efforts across the northeast corridor of the United States. Existing relationships with humanitarian organizations will allow FedEx to lend transportation and logistics expertise to support several agencies in their vital relief work following the devastation.

FedEx will provide monetary or in-kind transportation support to the following relief organizations to assist with their relief efforts: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Heart to Heart International, and Direct Relief International. This support will allow these agencies to provide humanitarian relief to the hurricane victims, including food, shelter, clothing, medical supplies, and hygiene kits.

“FedEx team members around the globe are deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. “We will continue to work closely with several humanitarian and disaster relief organizations to assess the needs across the northeast and provide support to the areas hardest hit by the storm.”

FedEx has a long history of using its global network to deliver important and life-saving aid and support to lessen the pain and loss experienced by victims of natural disasters. Recent relief efforts include
•Donating $1 million in cash and in-kind transportation to assist those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011.
•Donating $1.8 million, including the transportation of more than one million pounds of critical supplies, to assist those affected by the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010.
•Providing in-kind shipping for more than two million pounds of relief aid to those affected throughout the Gulf Coast region during the 2005 hurricane season.

To learn more about FedEx disaster relief efforts, visit news.fedex.com or about.fedex.com.

Charleston Shelter Remains Open as Mobile Feeding Canteen Serves in Marlington, WV

Charleston, WV (November 1, 2012)—The Salvation Army Area Command in Charleston, WV, is keeping their doors open to shelter residents while power is being restored in their neighborhoods. The shelter housed 15 people last night, after the Kanawha shelter closed and moved residents to The Salvation Army. Over 70 hot meals were served and 15 hygiene kits were distributed. Over 97 hours of volunteer services were rendered to those in need.

“The Salvation Army will stay open as long as people are without power,” said Captain Aaron Goldfarb, Area Commander of The Salvation Army in Charleston. “Some power is being restored today and we pray as the weather slowly warms and the snow melts, people will be able to get back into their homes and be blessed with the Christmas Season.”

With over 55,000 people still without power, The Salvation Army dispatched a mobile feeing canteen to Marlington, WV (Pocahontas County) yesterday. Salvation Army volunteers are serving many residents and emergency personnel in the area.

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 Services Center, 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).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to
 www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

The Salvation Army Continues to Support Residents of New Jersey in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Union, NJ (November 1, 2012)—In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, The Salvation Army is providing life sustaining services throughout New Jersey in 10 of 11 counties by supporting 15 shelters.

As of October 30, 2012 The Salvation Army of New Jersey has already provided:

• 2,255 breakfast meals
• 4,512 lunch meals
• 5,770 dinner meals
• 26,967 snacks
• Over 26,420 bottles of water
• Countless cups of coffee for first responders and shelter residents
• 560 changes of clothes
• Hundreds of hours of emotional and spiritual care to comfort shelter residents

It is through the generous donations of the people of New Jersey that services such as these can be provided not only in times of crisis, but year round.

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 Services Center, 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).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to
 www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.