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McAlester Oklahoma Canteen Provides Community Care After Tornadoes

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Moore, OK (May 24, 2013)—It was a humid Wednesday evening as the McAlester, Oklahoma canteen roamed the streets of Moore, Oklahoma. Hot barbeque sandwiches and cold beverages were being served from the window of the truck, as volunteers walked the streets, searching for people who looked like they were in need of hydration.

In the neighborhood where the canteen slowly rolled forward, there is a house that is standing on the edge of total destruction. Its roof’s shingles have been destroyed, windows are shattered, small craters in the brick can be seen from the driveway, but the house is still standing. Inside is a woman who has not left since the storms rolled through Moore on Monday. Because she has terminal cancer and her mobility is limited, she has chosen to stay inside of her home.

This woman was brought to the attention of Sargent Rob Daniels, via a concerned neighbor who knew of the situation. Immediately, Sargent Daniels stopped the canteen in front of her house, and approached the woman. Seconds turned into minutes, and minutes turned into hours as the woman recounted story after story of her survival.

So often during disaster, the image of The Salvation Army is a box of warm food in a Styrofoam box being delivered to an affected family, but The Salvation Army finds so much more depth in the delivery of a product. We find hope in hopeless situations. We find strength in the fragile. We find opportunities to spread the power that is the gospel of Jesus Christ to the very people he came to save.

It is easy to give to The Salvation Army:

  • By phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/eds/aok
  • By mail: The Salvation Army – Disaster Relief P.O. BOX 2536 Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Please make checks payable to “The Salvation Army” and clearly marked “May 2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
  • 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.”*

Currently, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations. In-kind donations require sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Used clothing and used furnishings are not needed for disaster relief.

However, The Salvation Army depends upon your donation of used clothing and other items to support local programming. Please consider donating your used clothing to your local Salvation Army Family Store.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

*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 Dedicates Three New Canteens in Missouri

Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson, left, addresses the crowd during the canteen dedication.
Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson, left, addresses the crowd during the canteen dedication.

St. Louis, MO (January 29, 2012)—Thanks to the generous support of partners United Way of Greater St. Louis and Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., The Salvation Army was able to purchase the canteens to better serve communities afflicted with disaster. The canteens will replace older models in St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, and Joplin.

Major Lonneal Richardson, left, stands with Bill Sarvis of Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc., and Lieutenant James Curry, Joplin. Beacon Roofing generously donated $100,000 toward the purchase of the Joplin canteen.

To celebrate the addition of the canteens, The Salvation Army hosted a dedication service today at Midland Division Headquarters. Representatives from Joplin, The Salvation Army, United Way, and Beacon Roofing were on-hand for remarks, as well as St. Louis Fire Department Chief Dennis Jenkerson, Advisory Board Chairman Mark Abels, and Divisional Commander Major Lonneal Richardson.

Gary Dollar, United Way of Greater St. Louis, addressed the crowd during the dedication. United Way generously donated $50,000 toward the purchase of the St. Louis canteen.

The Salvation Army’s canteens help serve more than 200,000 meals, drinks, and snacks each year to those who are hungry. In addition to responding to disasters such as severe storms and tornados, the canteens are regularly used to provide meals, water, and clothing to St. Louis’ homeless community.

The purchase of the canteens was made possible by a $100,000 donation from Beacon Roofing, $50,000 donation from United Way, and the community’s generous support of The Salvation Army.

Man! I Should Have That! (or Five Things That Belong on Every Canteen)

This article originally appeared in The Savation Army’s Southern Spirit newspaper.

Sometimes I find it hard to write anything new about disaster canteens.

It’s not that I don’t love canteens — far from it. In fact, I can’t imagine a Salvation Army disaster program without them. But, when it comes to writing about our trusty mobile kitchens, it’s hard to find a new angle – especially one that doesn’t begin (and end) with the same old axiom, “and if you do nothing else, be sure to maintain your canteen!”

But what if you are already doing that? What if your canteen starts easily, the generator has been recently serviced and purrs contentedly when running, you’ve checked your tires for dry rot, and you’ve already tested all the major appliances, including lighting the stove – well, what else is there to do? Can anything be done to make that canteen even better?

Well … after a unit is mechanically sound, it’s time for outfitting. And, as in maintenance, your canteen may already be stocked with the basics: pots, pans, utensils, cleaners, sanitizers and disposable supplies, like garbage bags, clamshell food containers and cups. But beyond the basics, there are some handy items which may not come immediately to mind … but should be on every canteen.

So without further ado, here’s five things that make me say, “Man! I should have that!”

1. Food Thermometers. The most important responsibility of any canteen crew is to make sure all food is served safe. That means keeping cold food cold and hot food hot. That’s why a food thermometer is the number one item on my list. A food thermometer is the only sure way to monitor the temperature of food, and every canteen worker ought to have their own bimetallic stemmed thermometer and know how to properly calibrate it. And while you’re at it, splurge and buy a thermocouple for your canteen too. Thermocouples are digital thermometers that can get accurate readings in about 2 – 4 seconds, making them easier to use and more accurately read.

2. Disposable Gloves. Most people know to wear disposable gloves when handling food, but what often gets overlooked is how often those gloves need to be changed. Any time you change tasks or begin working with a different type of food, it’s also time to wash your hands and change to a fresh pair of gloves – so every canteen should have boxes of gloves on board. Oh … and be sure to use food grade, latex-free gloves. Handling food with latex gloves can be very dangerous to people allergic to latex and cause a life-threatening reaction.

3. Assorted Serving Spoons. Here’s a rule: one spoon is never enough. You should have at least a half dozen serving spoons on your canteen and ideally, a separate spoon for each type of food. This will help prevent cross contamination, especially if you are serving from a buffet line made up of multiple Cambro® food containers. Utensils with different colored handles are particularly helpful; you can designate specific colors for specific tasks, like green handles for salads and red for meats.

4. MREs / Shelf-Stable Meals. Adding a case of MREs (or shelf-stable meals) may seem like an odd recommendation for a canteen, until you consider that many items on our disaster menu, like beef stew, contain a number of different ingredients. This makes it hard to advise people with food allergies and special dietary restrictions exactly what’s in each dish we serve – and a mistake could make someone uncomfortable or worse dangerously sick. Manage this risk by having shelf stable meals on your canteen. Ingredients are clearly listed on each package so, in a pinch, you can offer these meals to individuals with dietary restrictions. Heatermeals.com is one my favorite choices for this type of product; a case of 12 assorted meals costs only about $60 and can last up to 5 years!

5. Numerex GPS Tracker. Want to always know where your canteen is? If your unit has a properly installed and operating GPS tracker on it, your wish is fulfilled. Simply login to www.felixlive.com, key in a user name and password, and you’ll be able to see on a map (down to street level) the location of your canteen. Now, it’s probably not a good idea publish those passwords here, but trust us. On a major disaster, our GPS system helps disaster personnel keep track of the myriad of mobile disaster units deployed and their movements. If you want to know more or your canteen doesn’t have a working GPS unit installed, contact your divisional EDS director.

That wraps up my fab five canteen items, but I’m sure that there are plenty of other enterprising canteen gurus who have even more. I’d love to hear what you consider essential gear; drop me a note at jeff.jellets@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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.

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.

Hurricane Isaac Canteen Operations for 9/4


Canteen Dispositions for 9/4/2012

New Orleans, LA (September 4, 2012)—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)
Airline Drive
Home Depot

St. Bernard Parish
Violet

Jefferson Parish (2 Units)
Celebration Church
2001 Airline Highway

Slidell, LA
Bayou Liberty and Palm Drive

Killian, LA
Colyell Baptist Church

Head of Island, LA
Intersection of Highway 16 and Route 22

Killian, LA
Killian Town Hall
27378 Highway 43

Gonzales, LA
Lamar Dixon Center

Killian, LA
Bethlehem Church
Highway 43

East Baton Rouge
7361 Airline Hwy
Albany, LA
Intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 190

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Jourdan Shores Estates—Ice and clean up kits as well as food to this location as well

At the Club House
6383 Pontiac Dr
Kiln, MS

Shoreline Park
Roving

Pearlington Fire Department
16006 Washington Street
Pearlington, MS

West Chester Subdivision
North Beech Street
Picayune, MS

The Salvation Army Jackson County Shelter
3217 Nathan Hale Avenue
Pascagoula, MS

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