As Tornadoes Interrupt Christmas, Salvation Army Rolls With The Punches

Jackson, MS (December 26, 2012)—After serving Christmas dinner to over one thousand residents of Mobile on Tuesday, no one could blame The Salvation Army for wanting to pack it in for the night. But Mother Nature had other plans for the Christian Mission located along live oak lined streets in the Mobile’s Historic Dauphin neighborhood. Less than a mile away, rain, lightning and a tornado tore through neighborhoods and a medical district leaving in its path toppled trees, snapped power lines and property damage.

In Mississippi, a small tornado interrupted Christmas celebrations in Monticello while in Troy, Alabama residents felt the rumble of tornadic activity just in time for Christmas dinner.

As morning dawned in Mobile, Alabama residents emerged from their refuge to begin evaluating the damage left behind from the Christmas Day tornado. Besides being greeted by blustery cold conditions, they were also met with coffee, biscuits and donuts from The Salvation Army.

The scene was similar across portions of south Mississippi and south Alabama. Volunteers and staff from Troy, Alabama and McComb, Mississippi began responding to tornado impacted areas with compassion, comfort and hot meals/coffee.

Feeding units will continue to work throughout the day in Mobile, Troy and Monticello, Mississippi providing physical and emotional support, as well as spiritual comfort.

“Christmas is a time of celebrating the Prince of Peace and Wonderful Counselor, but these storms interrupted that peace,” stated Bill Feist of The Salvation Army. “Our desire is to provide a ministry of presence to impacted areas and hopefully the peace and counsel that The Salvation Army cares.”

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year. The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

The Salvation Army Responds to Christmas Day Storms

Mobile, AL (December 25, 2012)—For the second time in less than a week, The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is preparing to deploy its mobile feeding unit to neighborhoods affected by tornadic activity. Throughout Christmas Day a line of severe weather moved steadily throughout the Gulf South. Around Five O’Clock this evening, a tornado was reported in central portions of Mobile, Ala. Initial reports indicate that a “wedge” tornado struck neighborhoods near Murphy High School and the Medical District.

One mobile feeding unit from The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama has been prepared to provide mass feeding, hydration, and pastoral care to affected areas once storms pass. With more storms expected in the area until around 3 A.M. on Wednesday, The Salvation Army will continue to monitor the need for additional disaster response units on Wednesday morning.

Additionally, The Salvation Army will staff a desk at the Alabama Emergency Operations Center beginning at 4 A.M. on Wednesday.

Due to reports of widespread damage and power outages coupled with the continuing severe weather throughout the evening, The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division has placed all disaster units on alert for possible response. All units in the three states are prepared to respond as needed throughout the evening and into the morning.

“This Christmas will find The Salvation Army providing care and compassion to Mississippi residents just as we do each day of the year. We will continue to provide an act of God in serving those affected by these storms,” stated Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army. “ Our hope is that through the love of Christ the emotional and physical scars can begin to heal.”

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit www.salvationarmyalm.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For additional updates please follow us at mwww.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year. The Salvation Army provides food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, and outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing, shelter and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 9,000 communities nationwide. For more information go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

Salvation Army in Connecticut Responds to School Shooting Tragedy

The Salvation Army, being part of the community, has provided food and support to the people of Newtown, Connecticut, after 26 people – including 20 children – lost their lives in a gun attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Southern New England divisional leaders, Majors Dave and Eunice Champlin, supported people who had lost loved ones at the evening vigil on Friday 14 December – the night of the shooting – along with divisional headquarters officers Majors Steven and Valerie Lopes, and Captain Todd Hughes (corps officer from neighbouring Danbury). Through the Newtown Service Unit, The Salvation Army offered food and emotional and spiritual care. Local agencies are currently providing counselling.

On Saturday a canteen (mobile feeding unit) from the New London Corps – about 80 miles east of Newtown – arrived to serve meals at the Sandy Hook Fire Department. The canteen was no longer required after Sunday but remains on stand-by, pending further need.

On Sunday evening Majors Champlin, representing The Salvation Army, joined other members of the clergy at a vigil attended by President Barack Obama.

Top Music Stars to Rock the Red Kettle at L.A. LIVE; Owl City Leads Line-Up of Artists Performing at Third Annual Free Concert Benefitting The Salvation Army

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 at www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA. 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 USA’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.

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