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The Salvation Army Responds To Texas Panhandle Fires

The Salvation Army Responds to Texas Panhandle Fires


The Salvation Army Responds To Texas Panhandle Fires

Dallas, TX (May 12, 2014) – “Emergency rescue personnel cannot leave the scene, and that’s where The Salvation Army comes in to give them relief with water, food and a place of rest,” said Major Harvey Johnson of the Amarillo Corps.

In response to an overnight grass fire that rapidly spread in the Texas Panhandle, burning over 2,000 acres, The Salvation Army of Pampa and Amarillo have mobilized their Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) and are providing support to emergency responders and those displaced by the blaze. It has been confirmed that more than 100 houses have been destroyed and upwards of 350 people displaced. The Salvation Army Borger Service Center has also been assisting families affected by the fire, now 75% contained, providing short term shelter at a local hotel.

Breakfast was served this morning to 400 people in Fritch and the mobile kitchens are fully stocked with food and water and will continue to provide assistance throughout the day. Disaster response staff in Plainview are on a call should additional support be necessary.

Major Harvey Johnson added, “We are a mobile emergency unit created to respond to disasters in our local area. The families in the Panhandle are very important to us, our prayers go out to them, and we are here to help!”

Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Disaster Services can be made by:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at www.salvationarmytexas.org
For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

Free one-day football clinic for youth affected by the tragedy in West, TX.

Dallas Cowboys Team up with The Salvation Army Waco for West, TX

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Just yesterday, The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboy Terrance Williams, and Rowdy the Dallas mascot teamed up with The Salvation Army of Waco and CenTex Pee Wee Football League at Baylor University to assist with a free one-day football clinic for youth affected by the tragedy in West, TX.

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The Salvation Army Response Moves to Long Term Recovery in West, TX

Dallas, TX (April 30, 2013)—he Salvation Army response to the explosion in West, Texas, has now transitioned from the immediate provision of food and emergency support to first responders and residents, to long term assistance as the community works to rebuild.

Since the response began The Salvation Army has provided 9,244 meals, 10,303 drinks and more than 5,500 snacks. Additionally, The Salvation Army has given out 123 food boxes to assist families who have been able to return to their homes and others who remain in short term alternate accommodation.

Two Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens), from Waco and Austin, will complete meal service after dinner this evening before returning home. The Austin unit has been staffed by volunteers through The Salvation Army Service Extension program. More than 4,000 hours of service has been given thus far by Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers in West. As in many other disaster situations in Texas, The Salvation Army has partnered with the Southern Baptist Men to provide meals during the last week.

The Joint Assistance Center, where residents of West were able to meet with relief agencies, including The Salvation Army, closed on Sunday evening. After meeting with case managers more than 200 families received gift cards and other assistance from The Salvation Army. Residents of ‘Zone 3’ have been allowed back to their homes briefly to collect salvageable items prior to the demolition of a significant number of properties.

The Salvation Army is part of the Long Term Recovery Committee in West that has begun assessing the long term needs of the community and families in terms of reconstruction and sustainable planning for the residents. The Social Services staff from the Waco Corps, who supplied the expertise and staffing for case management at the Joint Assistance Center, will provide a continuum of service to those served, through case review and follow up.

Warehouse Operations continue at 104 Apron Road in Waco. The 100,000 square foot warehouse is being provided through Texas State Technical College and DHL Delivery Services and operations will continue for an undetermined length of time. It is expected that The Salvation Army will continue receiving, sorting, and distribution of in-kind donations in addition to housing approximately 20 truckloads of over flow donated goods from the City of West. It is anticipated that The Salvation Army will play a major part in the disbursement of these items to other agencies and families in recovery. Volunteers continue to assist in warehouse operations and a number of groups, including the Texas Longhorns Football team, have given of their time to help support relief efforts.

The best way to support the ongoing relief work in West is by making a financial donation. This can be made in the following ways:

• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 

 

 

 

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.

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Gene And Jerry Jones Charities Donate $100K to Help West

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The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities will make a $100,000 donation to The Salvation Army to assist with the charity’s disaster relief efforts in West, Texas.

The close-knit Texas community was devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion last week that killed 15 citizens, including 10 first responders, and injured more than 160 people.

“The community of West, Texas, has suffered a tremendous loss through this tragedy,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, president of charities for the Dallas Cowboys, in a news release. “But they have also shown their strength and resilience in beginning the healing process as well. We hope that others will join us in supporting the efforts of The Salvation Army as the focus turns to providing the resources necessary to help the great people of West rebuild.”

Salvation Army personnel collected financial donations from fans wishing to join the outreach effort at the team’s annual NFL Draft Party at Cowboys Stadium on Thursday, April 25. By midnight on the night of the incident, The Salvation Army had mobilized support teams and deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to the West area.

The massive blast from the explosion measured 2.1 on the Richter scale and was felt as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. More than 75 homes and businesses were destroyed, including a 50 unit apartment complex and a nursing home facility.

Monetary donations to the city and citizens of West allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of the disaster survivors.

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The Salvation Army Supporting Memorial Services in West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 25, 2013)—The Salvation Army has been asked to support the Memorial services of those who tragically lost their lives as a result of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. A canteen and staff from The Salvation Army in San Angelo will be onsite at each Memorial service providing refreshment and emotional and spiritual support to the families and friends at this very difficult time.

Six Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) continue to serve in West, including the Dallas Fort Worth Catering Truck which is moving between affected neighborhoods assisting residents. After a full week of service The Salvation Army has served 5,439 meals, 5,854 drinks, and 3,285 snacks. We are so grateful to our committed Officers, staff and volunteers who have so far given a combined total of 3,155 hours of service.

The Salvation Army warehouse in Waco has received a steady flow of donations and is now housing all of the overflow donations from the City of West, which currently stands at 20 truckloads, the majority of which is clothing. These donations will be sorted and distributed to residents in West over the coming days.

More than 120 families have met with The Salvation Army case workers at the Joint Assistance Center and all received gift cards to assist with their immediate needs. The Salvation Army is also providing assistance to those who have lost employment at the fertilizer plant, nursing home, and other businesses directly affected by the disaster.

It is anticipated that The Salvation Army feeding operations will continue at least through the weekend, possibly scaling down to three units at the beginning of next week. Major Shannon Winters (McKinney) and Major LeighAnn Craddock (Dallas Temple) will remain in West providing emotional and spiritual counseling through Friday. The Majors have prayed with more than 260 individuals and families this week.

News was received yesterday that Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, has made a $100,000 gift to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in West, through his family’s charitable organization. The Dallas Cowboys and Jones family are great friends and partners of The Salvation Army, and indeed Charlotte Anderson Jones is the current National Advisory Board Chair. The Jones family said that they hope their gift will inspire others to support The Salvation Army’s relief work in West.

The best way to support the ongoing relief work in West is by making a financial donation. This can be made in the following ways:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 

 

 

 

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.

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The Salvation Army Serves 700 Meals as Case Management Begins in West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 23, 2013) – The newly established Joint Assistance Center (JAC) was a hive of activity on Monday as returning West residents registered for assistance and case work with a number of agencies including The Salvation Army.

The Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) from The Salvation Army in Abilene was stationed at the JAC, located at 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive in West, serving meals and refreshments throughout the day. Other units were again located at the Command Center and Community Center, with one canteen roving through the most affected neighborhoods.

Social Services staff from The Salvation Army in Waco met with a steady stream of people seeking assistance at the JAC, which will be open from 8:30 AM-7:00 PM, Monday-Friday. Lisa Wood, who has lived in West for five years with her husband and elderly mother, Shirley Reed, patiently waited in line to meet with a case manager on Monday morning. “We gathered what we could and evacuated immediately after the explosion on Wednesday night,” she explained. We’ve been staying in a hotel in Waco and my husband finally got to see the house for the first time this morning. The windows are all blown out but it’s still standing,” said Lisa, smiling. “We are so grateful that you are here to help.”

Monday saw a significant increase in the number of residents served as many returned to West for the first time since being evacuated. The Salvation Army served 700 meals on Monday alone and has provided 3,645 meals, 3,205 drinks, and 1,743 snacks, in the 5 days since the explosion.

Volunteers are needed at The Salvation Army warehouse, located at 101 Apron Rd in Waco. The warehouse, open each day from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM, has been designated as the main donation collection and distribution site in the area. There has been an incredible outpouring of support by fellow Texans and beyond for the community of West, and as a result The Salvation Army is not able to accept any additional in-kind donations. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, or for more information, please call (254) 379-2430.

Financial donations can be made in the following ways to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing response in West:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 

 

 

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.

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The Salvation Army Remains in West, TX, as Residents Begin Long Term Recovery

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Dallas, TX (April 22, 2013)—After seeing their home in the devastated community of West for the first time since the explosion, a couple said, “We cried when we first drove up. But walking through the broken glass we realized that everything in the house is repairable and replaceable. We are so lucky to have our lives, we can fix the rest. It’s going to be alright.”

Local authorities have completed the initial damage assessment of the area concluding that 73 homes have been completed destroyed, 59 homes sustained major damage, a further 78 residences have minor damage, and an additional 61 homes have been affected in other ways. Two phases of residents were allowed to return to their homes today before the 7:00 PM curfew was invoked with two more phases expected to return tomorrow.

A Joint Assistance Center (JAC) has been established at 2547 Jerry Mashek Drive in West, as one central location where residents can have access to assistance from a range of relief agencies. Social Services Staff from The Salvation Army in Waco will be responsible to process applications from residents and provide support, Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM-7:00 PM, in the form of Walmart gift cards, counseling and case management. One Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) will remain at the JAC, another will work in the affected neighborhoods, with the remaining two units covering the Community Center and the Command Post. It is anticipated that the canteen services will continue for at least the coming week.

Since the response began within hours of the fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday evening The Salvation Army has provided 2,945 meals, 2,526 drinks, and 1,385 snacks. So far, Salvation Army Officers, staff and volunteers have served for a combined number of 1,985 hours. As people return to their homes it is anticipated that spiritual care will become a key aspect of The Salvation Army response. To date, 137 residents and first responders have received prayer and spiritual care.

Major Dan Ford, Incident Commander, has been coordinating warehouse operations at 101 Apron Rd in Waco. Some donations have been received locally but this location will be focused on assisting the local jurisdiction and McClennan County with overflow from West and other donation collection sites around the region. The warehouse will be open each day from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, or for more information, please call (254) 379-2430. The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations at this location.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing response in West is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

Please continue to pray for the residents of West and for the many first responders and relief agencies who are working so hard to provide life’s basic necessities and assistance as the long road to recovery begins.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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.

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The Salvation Army Establishes Warehouse as Residents Return to West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 21, 2013)—Four Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) continued service, Saturday, in West, Texas. Since response began on Thursday morning The Salvation Army has provided 2,371 meals, 1,987 drinks (coffee, soda, juice and water) and 1,050 snacks.

Residents were briefly allowed back to view their homes today and it is expected that the community will gradually be cleared by authorities to return permanently on Sunday. The Salvation Army, along with many other agencies, are preparing for this transition in focus, from the immediate needs of those affected by the disaster, to the longer term recovery.

Meanwhile, about 20 miles north in Waco, more than 100 volunteers worked on Saturday to help The Salvation Army at their staging warehouse. This warehouse, located at 101 Apron Rd in Waco, will be used to sort, store and then distribute supplies to be used in the response effort. The warehouse will be open each day from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM. If you would like to volunteer at the warehouse, or for more information, please contact Jennifer Moya, Public Relations & Media Director for The Salvation Army in Waco, at (254) 379-2430. The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations at this location.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army’s ongoing response in West is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

As residents return to West, The Salvation Army has plans to establish Comfort Stations in the hardest hit neighborhoods. Each Comfort Station will have the ability to delivers refreshment and will also have at least one staff member trained in Spiritual and Emotional Care to provide counseling to individuals and families.

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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.

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Salvation Army Teams Serving and Anticipating Residents Return in West, Texas

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Dallas, TX (April 19, 2013)—Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams from Waco, Temple, and Dallas continued to serve first responders and residents of West, Texas, on Friday.

Following the fertilizer plant explosion on Wednesday evening several Salvation Army disaster teams, consisting of both staff and volunteers, have arrived to relieve others who have been faithfully serving for long hours at a time. A Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) from Abilene arrived today to support those in place at the Emergency Operations Center, Incident Command, and the relief staging area. So far 28 Salvation Army personnel have served for a total of 210 hours.

The overall response is gradually transitioning towards the return of the citizens of West after the majority of people were evacuated on Wednesday evening. Search and rescue operations were concluded today and authorities anticipate housing assessments will commence early on Saturday followed by the re-entry of the residents.

“The people of West are understandably anxious about returning to their homes,” commented Major Dan Ford, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army. “Many have been gone since Wednesday night and they are concerned about their homes and belongings. The Salvation Army will be prepared to help in any way possible as they return home.”

First responders were again appreciative of the refreshment supplied by The Salvation Army canteens as they continued searching the devastated area close to the blast site. As he left the canteen having received a snack and a cup of coffee, one firefighter commented, “Thank you for all you do. We know we can always rely on The Salvation Army.”

The Salvation Army has provided 2,057 meals, 1,621 drinks (coffee, soda, juice and water) and 797 snacks since Thursday morning.

People from throughout Texas, and beyond, are coming forward to assist as best they can. Indeed, the owner of Tin Roof BBQ & Steaks, a restaurant in Atascocita, Texas, near Houston, offered to donate a large quantity of food after they experienced an electrical fire on Wednesday evening that meant they were unable to open for business. Not only did they donate food but they also transported it all the way from Houston to Waco; a round trip of more than a 400 miles! Thank you to Tin Roof BBQ & Steaks and everyone who continues to support The Salvation Army relief effort in West.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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.

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First Responders and Survivors in West, Texas, Receive Ongoing Support from The Salvation Army

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Dallas, TX (April 18, 2013)—As day break arrived the enormity of the task facing first responders in West, Texas, became apparent following the massive fertilizer plant explosion that devastated the city.

Despite overnight pouring rain and rapidly dropping temperatures, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams have worked tirelessly since the early hours of Thursday morning to provide support to survivors and local law enforcement as search and rescue teams checked houses and apartments throughout the city of only 2,800 residents for survivors.

Five Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from various locations in North Central Texas, each with the capacity to feed up to 2,500 meals each day, were strategically positioned in the area; at the West Community Center, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Command Post and two units at the Emergency Operations Center, closest to the blast site.

Major Dan Ford, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army, said, “The Salvation Army is working hard to support the first responders and citizens of West, with food and spiritual counseling services. We lift up our hearts with the prayers of our fellow Texans for the hurting of this tight knit community.”

Since arriving in West, The Salvation Army has provided 1,623 hot and cold meals, 1,211 drinks (coffee, soda, juice and water) and 442 snacks. This assistance will continue for the foreseeable future as The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the residents of this community as they return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.

Alvin Migues, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army in Texas commented, “The Salvation Army counts it a privilege to be able to serve the people of West and first responders involved in this tragedy and we pray for everyone involved. We look forward to helping wherever possible with continued food service, emotional and spiritual care, and prayer.”

The Salvation Army is unable to accept in kind donations at this time. By far the most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West, Texas, is by making a financial contribution:

• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235

• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY

• ONLINE at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/texas/westexplosion

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

 

 

 

 

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.