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Copper Wire Valued at $15,000 Stolen from Salvation Army Catherine Booth Gardens Construction Site

Salvation Army of Tyler reported a theft of approximately 2400 linear feet of copper wire valued at $15,000 including the cost of corrections required to repair the damage incurred. The theft occurred sometime during the weekend of October 15th through 17th and was discovered Monday, October 18th when the workers returned to begin a new work week at the Catherine Booth Gardens construction site—scheduled to open in April of 2011. Catherine Booth Gardens at the corner of Old Henderson Highway and Golden Road (across from the existing William Booth Gardens Apartments) is a vision the staff and Advisory Board of The Salvation Army have had for nearly a decade. Similar to the William Booth Gardens Apartments, the Catherine Booth Gardens, a 72-unit building, will serve the low-income elderly of our community who are otherwise often out of housing options. In fact, the current waiting list for William Booth Gardens already exceeds the maximum capacity for the new planned complex. This fact highlights the drastic need for housing such as this in East Texas. Applications for Catherine Booth Gardens will be accepted beginning in January 2011. The Salvation Army in Tyler is determined to meet head-on the problem of the lack of safe, affordable housing in Tyler and the resulting financial and safety risks it poses to our elderly neighbors. Because of this determination, this theft is in the very least disheartening to those wanting so desperately to see this project completed.Immediately upon discovering the theft, a Police report was filed and the damage was assessed. The wire stolen was the service entrance cable that runs from the entry panels to the individual unit panels on the first floor. The theft caused an immediate setback in the scheduled drywall installation as it will be delayed a week or so due to necessary repairs and inspections. Thankfully, there should be no setback in the overall completion of the project. This is fortunate since hundreds of low-income seniors are counting down the days until its completion. While this was not a direct financial loss to The Salvation Army in Tyler, it is difficult to endure these disheartening losses when the overall goal is to provide something necessary and good for those so often overlooked in the East Texas community. While it may be easy to assess the financial loss in this situation, the emotional loss and disappointment with the community member/s responsible for this crime is greater and more difficult to determine or to understand. As we are all members of this community we should all be working toward the same goal of providing for the less fortunate in an honest and honorable way. If you would like to show your support please visit www.salvationarmytyler.org to donate or call 903-592-4361 for more information on how you can help. Thank you for the wonderful support and generosity the Tyler community is always willing to provide and share. Without you The Salvation Army could not continue to provide hope to the hopeless in East Texas 365 days a y

Dallas Cowboys Donate Angel Tree Gifts

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Today, the Dallas Cowboys wrapped up practice by getting a little extra workout by loading the team's donated Angel Tree gifts into a Salvation Army truck. Captain Michele Matthews got even more of a workout as she hefted the bags of gifts up to the back of the truck as each player handed them to her.Each year, Dallas Cowboys players, coaches, cheerleaders, and office staff adopt Angels from an Angel Tree located right on site at the team headquarters. Loading the donated gifts for The Salvation Army is an annual tradition.Thank you Dallas Cowboys!Sean Lee takes gifts from his vehicle to load into The Salvation Army truck.Dez Bryant hands gifts to Captain Michele Matthews.Cowboys players stand ready to load gifts.Captain Michele Matthews and Dez BryantFedEx 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.

FedEx, NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin & The Salvation Army Welcome Family Home

Event aims to raise awareness of ongoing needs of disaster victims in Tuscaloosa and other parts of U.S. as they work to rebuild their lives.

TUSCALOOSA, AL (May 3, 2012) - FedEx Corp., The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, and NASCAR Driver Denny Hamlin are working together to bring awareness to the ongoing recovery efforts in the Tuscaloosa, Ala., area in the wake of the devastating tornadoes that hit the area in April 2011. Today, the two organizations and Hamlin are welcoming a local family into its newly built home at a special event in Tuscaloosa.

“FedEx is proud to be in Tuscaloosa and contribute to the ongoing disaster recovery efforts,” said Jannette Maye, senior manager, FedEx Station Operations in Tuscaloosa. “It is important to us to shed light on disaster victims’ continuing needs, which can persist for months and years following a natural disaster.”

Benjamin Torres, a father of three children, lost the home he was renting in the April 27, 2011 tornado. The Afghanistan and Iraq war veteran, who served in both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, was out of the state when the storm hit. He frantically returned to Tuscaloosa to find his home destroyed, but joyfully found his children, who were staying with their mother, unharmed.

The Torres family is now receiving a new home built by The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization. The organization has a goal of building 20 homes in the Tuscaloosa area for victims of last spring’s tornado. The local Salvation Army chapter is providing furniture and appliances for the Torres’ home as well as for many of the other UMCOR-built homes in the area.

As part of the FedEx commitment to supporting disaster preparedness, relief and recovery efforts, the company is donating $10,000 to the local Salvation Army chapter in Tuscaloosa. A portion of this donation will be used to fund the purchase of appliances and furniture for the family.

FedEx has supported The Salvation Army for more than ten years. In 2007, FedEx began an initiative with The Salvation Army to provide funding for the purchase of Disaster Response Units (canteen trucks) in markets across the U.S. and around the world. To date, FedEx has provided funding for 14 Units, at a cost of approximately $100,000 each.

FedEx support enables The Salvation Army and its emergency response personnel to be among the first to reach the site of devastation and immediately begin providing material, physical and emotional comfort for both survivors and first responders. The company’s logistics expertise makes it uniquely qualified to help in quickly responding to a disaster and delivering supplies and aid to those in need.

To aid The Salvation Army in providing continued outreach to victims of disaster, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY; text “storm” to 80888 to make a $10.00 gift on your cell phone bill; or visit donate.salvationarmyusa.org.

About FedEx Corp.

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $42 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

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.

FedEx Corp.
Media Relations:
Parul Bajaj, 901-434-7785
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Final days of Salvation Army Operation Rehabilitation in downtown Tampa

Tampa, FL (August 30, 2012)—Today (Thursday) is the final full day of Operation Rehabilitation, a collaborative effort with The Salvation Army, the City of Tampa and other agencies to hydrate first responders and the public in downtown Tampa.

Eleven Salvation Army units are strategically stationed at downtown fire hydrants for easy access to city water.

To date, more than 25,000 cups of water have been served to first responders and the public – a refuge for people who may not be accustomed to Tampa’s August heat and humidity.

Salvation Army Capt. Josue Prieto, from Brooksville, said serving during Operation Rehabilitation is rewarding.

“People come up to us, say thank you and ask us to pray for them,” he said. “I pray for their safety and our mission.”

For Marvin Lee, a Salvation Army volunteer from Vero Beach, Operation Rehabilitation has meant giving encouragement to those who need it.

Tony, a homeless man came to his hydration station near the Tampa Bay Times Forum Monday asking for water. Lee said he gave Tony his lunch, prayed with him and gave him water.

“That’s what we are here for: Giving people water and encouragement,” Lee said.

Lt. Jamie Ward, a Salvation Army officer from Bradenton, said the best part of her week-long service has been meeting people and making sure they are safe from the heat. On Monday she was able to give first aid to a police officer and on Wednesday (August 29) she was able to meet Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

Ward said Castor praised The Salvation Army’s work in Operation Rehabilitation.

“Working with partners like Chief Castor is such a joy,” said Major Tom Louden, incident commander. “The mission of The Salvation Army is one that most Americans appreciate and embrace and allows us to reach the deepest needs of our communities.”

Louden said The Salvation Army is grateful for the city’s partnership during Operation Rehabilitation.

“We look forward to any opportunity we may have to join together to help others,” he said.

Along with Operation Rehabilitation, The Salvation Army is also serving residents in the Palm Beach area after Isaac caused massive flooding.

Since flooding began in the area, The Salvation Army’s South Florida units have served almost 4,000 meals.

In Palm Beach County, The Salvation Army continues to provide daily meals, drinks, comfort kits and pastoral care in Acreage and Loxahatchee communities. Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. Nationally, The Salvation Army is staging emergency response teams in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and other states.

The Salvation Army has 24 mobile feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel stationed along the Gulf Coast in Hattiesburg and Gulfport Miss., and Baton Rouge, La. In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Drinking water
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an Emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

For more information on how The Salvation Army of Florida is responding to the storm, follow @salarmyfla on Twitter, search for “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook or go to our website, www.salvationarmyflorida.org. You can also go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org other ways The Salvation Army is helping residents recover from a disaster.

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 Relief and can be sent to your local Salvation Army in Florida. Please designate "2012 Disaster Relief" 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).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

In the short-term aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals and families.




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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 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 spent is used to carry out 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.

Flood Response in Eastern Europe Begins with Basics

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Eastern Europe (May 17, 2012) - The Salvation Army in Georgia is providing assistance to families affected by floods. At least 350 families around Lagodekhi – near the country's eastern border – lost crops and livestock after torrential rain caused flooding. Floods in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, also brought devastation, with five people known to have lost their lives.

Conditions mean that transporting heavy goods is very difficult, so the initial plan is to provide small food packages of basic products such as rice, sugar and oil. Captain Oleg Murzanov has been working with the local government in Lagodekhi which has identified the worst-hit families and will direct the response. Salvation Army team members have also visited the site and interviewed local representatives to assess the need.

In Tbilisi, team members are providing ongoing support – including food and bottled water – to 30 families affected by flash floods. Rubber boots and plastic containers for water have been purchased for distribution so that people can begin to clean their flood-hit apartments.

One person commented: 'The Salvation Army really is a Salvation Army!'

An initial sum of US$8,000 has been sent to Georgia from The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services.<

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 .

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.

Indonesia Earthquake Hits Salvation Army Communities

Indonesia (August 23, 2012)—Salvationists were among the victims of an earthquake that brought devastation to Indonesia on Saturday 18 August. Five of the six people killed in Lindu District were members of The Salvation Army. Many others have lost their homes.

The earthquake, measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale, caused devastation across Central Sulawesi Province. Initial reports suggested that Kulawi, Tuwa and Salua Districts had suffered the worst damage but it soon became clear that Lindu had also been badly hit. News was not getting out because all communications were down and the only access road to Lindu was badly damaged.

Major Yusak Tampai, leader of The Salvation Army's Eastern Palu Division, says that Salvationists make up 90 per cent of the population in Lindu and Kulawi. In Salua about half the community members are Salvationists.

The Salvation Army's Compassion in Action Team undertook a rapid response to supply food and medical services in Kulawi, Tuwa and Salua on Monday 20 August.

Territorial Commander Commissioner Basuki Kartodarsono was in the province when the earthquake struck. When the news from Lindu came through he visited the district, accompanied by Major Tampai. The visitors travelled by helicopter, which was provided by Helivida (Helimission).

'It was sad to see the devastation,' writes Major Tampai, adding: 'It was a moving experience to visit and pray with Salvationist families in their tents.'

He explains that Tuwa has been provided with government aid and that 'Salua and Kulawi have been reached by many donations as these are located on the main road. They can be easily reached in the coming days.' Relief supplies cannot get through to Lindu until the road – nothing more than a track for motorbikes – is reopened, although there is some hope that this will happen today (23 August).

Hundreds of homes have been significantly damaged, along with 25 public buildings including a Salvation Army school and five Salvation Army corps (churches).

Meetings are taking place today to work out the details of the immediate response. Colonel Mike Parker (Chief Secretary, Indonesia Territory) says that more news and specific requests for support will emerge 'as soon as the coordinating group has completed its work'.

More Than $120,000 Raised for Tornado Victims

Jackson, MS — The big-hearted people of Mississippi have proven once again that Mississippi is the “most giving” state in America as more than 120-thousand dollars has been raised to help last week’s storm victims in the greater Jackson area.

Viewers began calling in to the phone banks at WJTV at 5:00am yesterday and continued to call through 10:00 last night. “It was an incredible site to see as so many people took the time to give to help their neighbors! We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Mississippi who hear of a need and respond so quickly to meet that need,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

From the little boy who gave his allowance to the local corporations who gave thousands, the call to help was met with a great response.

“I want to personally thank the staff at WJTV who gave so generously of their time and talents to be on-air all day to help us raise this kind of money—they are amazing people with big hearts who love their community and we are so grateful for them,” said Captain Chapman.

The Salvation Army of Jackson is now beginning the process of distributing these funds to storm victims. All those affected by the storm may contact The Salvation Army for information on how to make a disaster claim. Call: 601-982-4881 for more information on disaster claims.

Media Contact:Becky Russell
Director Media/Public Relations
The Salvation Army, Jackson Metro Area
Office: 601-982-4881 ext. 107
Cell: 601-397-2134

Relief to Recovery in St. John Parish

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

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

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

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

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

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Salvation Army Assistance Continues for Those Impacted by Oklahoma Wildfires

Oklahoma City, OK (August 9, 2012)—Reports indicate over 103,000 acres have burned in Oklahoma since last Friday with approximately 375 homes destroyed. The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division continues to have feeding units on stand-by across the State of Oklahoma due to the continued fire danger through Saturday.

The Salvation Army has Disaster Social Services personnel located in four Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCS) around the state providing financial assistance and vouchers for clothing to affected households. MARCs are currently open in Mannford (Creek County), Luther (Oklahoma County), Glencoe (Payne County), and Noble (Cleveland County). To date, we have opened more than 117 cases consisting of more than 261 persons. Many individuals and families are still expected to come through the centers as some are just now able to assess the damage and loss of their homes. The MARCS will remain open at least through Saturday.

Since the wildfire outbreak, The Salvation Army provided over 2,500 meals, 4,534 drinks, and over 2,600 snacks. Over 300 man-hours have been recorded for volunteers, employees, and Officers.

Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The best way to help those impacted by the wildfires is to make a financial contribution.

Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
Online: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
(There is a banner at the top to click on to Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts)

Mail: The Salvation Army
Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
PO Box 12600
Oklahoma City, OK 73157

Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. The Salvation Army is very grateful to the public for its support to help those in need. We will continue to meet the needs of those families and individuals impacted by these disasters as long as we have the resources to do so.<

Salvation Army Assisting After Mass Shooting At Wisconsin Salon

Brookfield, Wisconsin (October 22, 2012) - The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team (EDS) was on site at a location near the mass shooting at the Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield, providing hydration and spiritual support to first responders and family members of victims. Three were killed and four were injured in the shooting which occurred around 11:00 a.m. Sunday, October 21st.

45-year-old Radcliffe Haughton, the gunman in Sunday’s shooting at Azana Salon & Spa was found dead — reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Haughton’s body was found inside the Azana Salon & Spa building.

Witnesses described a terrifying scene on a beautiful crisp, fall day in southeastern Wisconsin.

“We see about 10 people run out of the building with their arms up, screaming. We saw some woman crawl out the front door, roll down the hill and police scooped her up and took off with her. Then we heard a loud scream. Then they picked up another woman,” one witness told FOX6 News.

Officials in SWAT gear swept buildings in and around Brookfield Square Mall, as officials believed for much of Sunday afternoon that the shooter was still on the loose.

“I have two kids — two children. They were concerned. They’ve never seen the SWAT Team in action,” a witness said.

Brookfield Square Mall, Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin were placed on lockdown for a period of time Sunday afternoon as officials searched for the gunman.

“They were instructing people not to leave the mall — kind of locking people in from the entrances,” another witness told FOX6 News.

Gurmukh Singh, a member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was at the scene Sunday assisting the Salvation Army. He became a volunteer because of the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek just 77 days ago that claimed the life of six worshipers before the gunman, Wade Michael Page turned the gun on himself.

“Just even driving up and seeing the magnitude of the law enforcement response and seeing the towers from the news vans just kind of sends chills down my spine,” Singh said.

Singh said he was there to offer comfort to those in need.

“Most of the time it was just putting a hand on the shoulder and just let them know everything’s gonna be okay,” Singh said.

Salvation Army volunteers planned to help out at the scene until the incident was resolved.

Source: Fox 6 Milwaukee<

Salvation Army continues to help those affected by Tropical Storm Debby

Tampa, FL (July 6)—The Salvation Army continues to respond almost two weeks after Tropical Storm Debby dumped more than 20 inches of rain in some parts of Florida. The Salvation Army of Florida has its canteens (mobile kitchens) serving residents in Wakulla, Suwannee, Franklin, Columbia and Pasco counties.

Since being dispatched on June 26, The Salvation Army has served more than 27,000 meals and snacks, 1,900 food boxes, 2,000 clean-up kits and more than 1,600 family hygiene kits in Florida.

Capt. Julio Da Silva, Salvation Army corps officer in Tallahassee, continues to serve residents in Panacea and Sopchoppy in rural Wakulla county.

“The needs are changing from life-sustaining to clean up and recovery,” Da Silva said. "While we are able to give them food and water to help them physically what these people need is someone to stand beside them and reassure them."

Lt. Preston Lewis, from Gainesville has been serving in Live Oak at the Suwannee Coliseum Complex, which is been set up as a disaster recovery center. He has seen a significant increase in the number of people coming to the recovery center.

"Flood survivors are now getting back in their homes and seeking resources to help them recover," Lewis said. "We just want to be here for them in any way that we can, even if it is a shoulder to cry on. You might be surprised how far that will carry someone."

In the aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff have been focusing on meeting the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders but have now begun to provide materials to help them in the clean up and recovery process.

For more information about how The Salvation Army is responding to Tropical Storm Debby and other disasters, please log on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also follow @salarmyeds, @salarmyfla, @salarmyflaeds or search “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook to access the latest information.

As The Salvation Army continues to help those in need, The Salvation Army continues to need financial support in the ongoing recovery efforts. Corporations like FedEx an BP have already assisted with the relief efforts and more help is needed. Individuals and businesses that would like to help those affected by this disaster can visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’most immediate needs. A $100 donation can feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

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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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.<

Salvation Army Crews Provide Fresh Aroma of Service to Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg, MS (February 15, 2013)—For many, the aroma of fresh brewed coffee serves two purposes, waking up the body and providing a reminder of the simpler things in life. From the hot meals to hot coffee, Salvation Army crews are remaining vigilant in their efforts to provide a reminder of the simpler things in the midst of this storm.

As residents of Hattiesburg pressed forward in their efforts to recover from the tornado, area businesses continued to step up to provide for the needs of their neighbors.

Community Coffee has donated over 100 pounds of coffee and supplies to Salvation Army feeding teams serving throughout the Pine Belt. Newk’s Restaurant has donated 5,000 meals of Red Beans and Rice for service in Hattiesburg. Neal House Catering/Keg and Barrell has served up an additional 700 meals.

“The simple cup of coffee can many times speak more to the soul than words,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army. “We are appreciative for the continued generosity of Mississippi businesses in support of Hattiesburg residents.”

To date, The Salvation Army has served over 7,200 meals and over 10,000 drinks in the Pine Belt.

Throughout the weekend, The Salvation Army will distribute meals to residents and clean-up crews working in the Pine Belt.

In addition to the donated meals, Clear Channel Radio and WJTV News Channel 12 of Jackson partnered with Kroger to build over 350 food boxes for distribution in Hattiesburg throughout the weekend. These boxes supplement the tractor trailer load of food boxes received Thursday from the Midwest Food Bank.

Each food box is capable of feeding a family of four with basic food staples.

“Each hot meal and bottle of water reflects the love of Christ and the passion that The Salvation Army has for helping Hattiesburg recover,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army’s response to disasters is dependent upon the generosity of our donors.. Many times that support comes in the form of cash donations made through our website or generously mailed to one of our many locations. Other times, it comes in the form of support from businesses partnering with The Salvation Army to meet human needs in times of disaster.

Six Mobile feeding units will be working throughout the day on Thursday providing for the needs of residents.

Units will be positioned at the following locations:

  • Hattiesburg Unit: Petal, East 5th Avenue and James Street
  • Jackson Unit: CVS Pharmacy, Intersection of US Highway 49 and Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Mississippi Coast Unit: Neighborhoods East of USM
  • McComb Unit: Oak Grove, Roving Lake Serene, Bellewood, and Lakeshore Areas
  • Laurel Unit: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 900 East 8th Street, Hattiesburg
  • Jackson Unit 2:Neighborhoods West and South of USM Roving

Financial donations are still needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Disaster Relief. Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.





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 www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.<

SALVATION ARMY EMERGENCY DISASTER SERVICES TEAM PROVIDING FOOD, DRINKS TO CORPUS CHRISTI RESIDENTS DISPLACED BY FLOODING

pus Christi, Texas –  After more than 7 inches of rain fell over the course of two days, areas of Corpus Christi experienced severe flooding on September 20, 2010. Displaced residents were sheltered in the Ben Garza Gym at 1815 Howard Street overnight.Trained Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel and a stocked mobile feeding unit (canteen) were immediately dispatched to the temporary shelter. The canteen allows Salvation Army staff to provide hot food and drinks to the flood victims as well as shelter and emergency personnel on-site. At any EDS response site, trained Salvation Army personnel are always available to provide emotional and spiritual counseling to crisis victims and emergency workers.“We were told last night to expect 70 to 100 individuals in the temporary shelter,” says Major Daniel New, administrator of The Salvation Army in Corpus Christi. “And we were able to provide a hot dinner including chopped brisket sandwiches, and drinks—coffee, cocoa, and water— to those individuals.”In addition to the meals and drinks served at the shelter yesterday, the canteen patrolled the city streets in low-lying and flood-prone areas, distributing another 100 drinks and 50 hot meals. “We were also able to provide a number of blankets and jackets to people in need,” Major reports. “We’re also seeing increased numbers in our own, permanent shelter.”As rain continues to fall on Tuesday, September 21, the expectation is that more residents may be displaced and require temporary shelter. Salvation Army EDS personnel and the canteen will return to the Ben Garza Gym today to provide a hot lunch (beef stew over rice) and drinks to the evacuees before beginning another 3-hour patrol of the city, serving anyone in need.“With rain continuing today, and perhaps for the rest of the week,” says Major New, “we are preparing for increased numbers today. We are prepared to serve lunch to 150 at the temporary shelter today and perhaps another 100 meals while on patrol.”The Salvation Army can also provide the flood evacuees with clean-up kits to be used once they are allowed to re-enter their residences. Clean-up kits provide brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies to displaced residents.With permanent operations located in Corpus Christi, The Salvation Army will continue to provide follow-up assistance to evacuees as necessary after they are able to return to their homes.“The Salvation Army has been called to serve several times in the last week,” Major New says. “And we remain ready, in the face of any local crisis and its aftermath, to provide not only for our neighbors’ physical needs for food and hydration, but also their spiritual and emotional needs for counseling and comfort.”Salvation Army EDS personnel and the canteen will remain on standby and prepared to serve while the forecast continues to predict rain.For more information about The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services program or to support The Salvation Army’s emergency relief efforts please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days and provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit.For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS<

Salvation Army Marks 100th Anniversary of the Death of Founder William Booth

London, England (August 19, 2012)—On 20 August 1912, General William Booth – Founder of The Salvation Army – was "Promoted to Glory". A century later, his Army is bigger, stronger and more far-reaching than ever. The General's legacy is The Salvation Army of today, his priceless gift to the poor and marginalized – a lasting tribute to the working of God in the life of an ordinary man who was able to do extraordinary things.

Salvation Army historian Gordon Taylor allowed All the World magazine to publish an excerpt from his forthcoming book William Booth – His Life and Legacy which gives a moving insight into the lives and thoughts of the Founder's family and colleagues as the great man prepared to 'lay down his sword'. A pdf file of the pages containing the excerpt can be downloaded here.

After the General was promoted to Glory, tributes poured in from all over the world. King George V of the United Kingdom wrote to the Army's new General (William's son, Bramwell): 'The nation has lost a great organizer and the poor a whole-hearted and sincere friend, who devoted his life to helping them in a practical way.' President Howard Taft of the USA wrote that the Founder's 'long life and great talents were dedicated to the noble work of helping the poor and weak and giving them another chance to attain success and happiness'.

The media reaction was swift and effusive. The Daily Express in the UK reported: 'The loss to the world is very real, and really felt.' The South African News said: 'William Booth is dead. And with him passed away one of the most vivid and striking personalities the world has ever seen.' Describing The Salvation Army as 'a miracle wrought in an age of materialism' it concluded: 'You may disagree with the methods of the Army ... but you must recognize the miracle and acknowledge the gifts of the miracle worker.'

In Canada the Toronto Mail and Globe told its readers: 'William Booth ... accomplished in his lifetime a task of such world magnitude as commanded not recognition alone, but sincere personal admiration from three British sovereigns, and won the reverent affection of an innumerable host out of every nation of mankind.' The New York Times put it more simply: 'No man of his time did more for the benefit of the people than William Booth.'

The scale of the reaction to the promotion to Glory of the Salvation Army Founder is difficult to rationalize from a modern viewpoint. For many people the closest experience is perhaps the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Her funeral procession went through London streets lined with more than a million people. Booth’s funeral procession drew crowds of double that size!

Richard Collier's biography of the Founder, The General Next to God, records that 40,000 people attended the General's funeral. Among this vast crowd were 'thieves, tramps, harlots, the lost and outcast to whom Booth had given his heart'. Also there – sitting unnoticed by many at the rear of the hall – was Queen Mary, wife of King George V. This was as clear a message as any that the man who had begun his work among the outcasts of society had touched the hearts – and maybe stirred the consciences – of even the most privileged people.

Around the Salvation Army world, much has been made of this 100th anniversary, with a number of territories producing special issues of their publications. The July–September issue of All the World recognized the anniversary by linking modern stories of Salvation Army programs with William Booth's famous 'I'll Fight!' speech. A specially adapted version of the cover, which anchors the speech in today's Salvation Army ministry, can be downloaded here.

Crest Books in the USA has also published the book Farewell to the Founder by R. G. Moyles, which shows Booth’s influence on early 20th century society by reporting in detail the General's last days, his funeral and the reaction of the Army and the wider world to his death. Gordon Taylor's William Booth – His Life and Legacy, to be published by International Headquarters' Salvation Books, uses previously unpublished journals and letters to tell the story of William Booth and his influence.

The UK Territory with the Republic of Ireland is marking the 100th anniversary of the promotion to Glory of General Booth with the release of a DVD called William Booth: A Passion for the Poor, put together by the territory's Video Production Unit. The 30-minute programme is narrated by TV presenter Sue Radford and includes comments from Majors Anne Read and Mark Sawyer. The video production unit's director, John Anscombe, adds: 'The stars of the show are restored film footage (including a couple of clips which will be new to most people) and the amazing 3D treatment that has been given to old photographs.' A trailer can be seen here.

Some people may question the point of remembering the death of the Army's Founder, but this article is not a memorial – it's a cue for both remembrance and celebration. Even in 1912, the understandable sadness of loss was accompanied by what The Times of London reported as an 'air of gladness pervading the ranks of the Army'.

When William Booth 'laid down his sword' – as Salvationists were informed in 1912 – his Salvation Army was at work in 58 countries. Today, that number is 124 and growing. This centenary of the General's 'promotion to Glory' should be treated as just that – a 'promotion'; a moving on, a stepping forward. We do not reflect morbidly on what has been lost but instead we celebrate the legacy and influence of a great man who, 100 years ago, went to meet his maker and claim his eternal reward.

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Salvation Army Response to Earthquake in Chile

rong>(International Headquarters, London, England) Following a devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile during the early hours of Saturday morning (27 February), affecting around two million people, Salvation Army emergency services were immediately mobilized to provide support and comfort.International financial assistance is already on the way from The Salvation Army international headquarters in London.The earthquake epicenter was approximately 90 miles (150 kilometers) north west of the city of Concepción in Southern Chile which is approximately 350 miles (approximately 600 kilometers) from the capital of Santiago, 'nevertheless, the quake was of a 7.0 magnitude in the Santiago metropolitan region', says the Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army South America West Territory, Lt. Colonel F. Bradford Bailey.The area most affected by the earthquake was between the cities Os Temuco and Chillan, with Concepcion hardest hit, reports the South America West Territory Secretary for Business Administration Lt. Colonel Maria Alarcon.  She adds, 'I have never seen such destruction here before, though I have worked in many disaster situations - they don't compare with this'. The Lt. Colonel says the immediate need is still food, water and medicine.Lt. Colonel Alarcon also reports that tents to house 60 displaced families have been set up on the patio of the Hualpencillo Corps near Concepcion and that Salvation Army officers are traveling from Puerto Montt and Osorno, in Southern Chile, to Concepcion to join The Salvation Army emergency relief response team.'Our officers are all fine, but a lot of Salvation Army properties are damaged especially the older ones made of adobe bricks. The worst damage in Santiago has occurred at Quinta Normal and Lo Vial Corps, and El Faro Men's Residence,' adds the Lt. Colonel Alarcon.Territorial Commander for the South American West Territory, Commissioner Jorge A. Ferreira (currently in Ecuador) reports that The Salvation Army is also carrying out emergency relief work in the city of Os Valparaiso on the west coast of Chile. The Commissioner adds that it had been planned to dedicate a recently arrived mobile Salvation Army emergency services canteen (a donation from USA Southern Territory) on 4 March, 'however, this is now already being used to serve those in need'.In the early hours following the earthquake Lt. Colonel Bailey said that the immediate Salvation Army response included providing food, water, first aid kits, emergency packets, blankets, candles and other urgently required supplies.He added that people had flocked to the streets 'as numerous aftershocks continue to pummel' the country, severely affecting older buildings in the more historical areas of the larger cities.Water, gas and electricity were immediately cut off in areas affected by the earthquake and will stay disconnected until relevant emergency crews can assess the damage and prioritize immediate needs.Lt. Colonel Bailey said that it has been extremely difficult to communicate with Salvation Army centers throughout the country as all phone lines (mobile and land) have been disrupted. 'Some computer based communication, especially Skype, has been providing an alternative way for those in other countries to communicate with people in Chile.'The emergency services coordinator for The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) in London, Lt. Colonel Mike Caffull, reports that IHQ has already agreed to provide financial assistance for the Chilean Salvationists relief response. He says assistance coordinated by the IHQ emergency team will also be provided regarding ongoing relief in the medium and long term.Please pray for the people of Chile.To donate, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account, or go to www.salvationarmyusa.orgReport submitted by Major Laurie Robertson, International Editor in Chief & Literacy Secretary.<

Shining the Light of Compassion on a Dark and Stormy Night

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When a supercell thunderstorm started toward the Oklahoma City Metro Area on the evening of May 31 more than 70 Salvation Army officers, volunteers and staff deployed in the area immediately took shelter. Many sheltered in Bethany, Okla., while others were at various hotels across the metro. One canteen crew, just in from a long day of serving tornado survivors, took shelter in stairwell at the Baymont Hotel near the I-40 and I-44 junction, an area that the one of the five tornadoes that touched down wreaked havoc with on its way through.

When they went outside following the all-clear, cars were overturned, and the hotel, filled with families displaced by the Moore storm and multiple NCAA softball teams, was without power. A large tractor trailer was turned over blocking one exit from the service road and the other way out was filled with downed trees, requiring careful navigation to pass.

Powerful storms were still tracking south of the Metro and with no direct orders, they decided to do the most good possible. Allen Ricketson, a member of the Tulsa, Okla., canteen team had secured his mobile feeding unit at the hotel. He rushed it to the front of the building, threw open the service window, and began serving those in need. Joined by multiple members of the Emotional and Spiritual Care team—Salvation Army officers (ordained ministers) Major Ron Mott, Captain Kelly Durant, Major Connie Long, Major Susie McClure and Lieutenant Ben Duel—that Salvation Army canteen provided coffee, water, snacks—and perhaps more importantly as sense of comfort and care--to all of those who were stranded.

"Everyone was very thankful,” said Major Mott late that Friday night, “and we were blessed with the joy we could bring to others.”

The Salvation Army Assists People Displaced by Fighting in Democratic Republic of Congo

London (May 31, 2012) - The Salvation Army in central Africa is responding to a growing humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes because of fighting between government troops and rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some of the displaced people are living in temporary camps within the country but many have fled across the eastern border, seeking safety in Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

In Rwanda, Salvation Army project officer Major Robert Tuftström reports: 'We have had a large increase in Congolese refugees coming over the border.' During an assessment visit to the Nkamira Transit Camp in Rubavu District it became apparent that living conditions were very poor. Clean water and food is in short supply, and many people have travelled without even the most basic of possessions – including clothing. The camp was set up to house 2,500 people but it is now home to almost 8,500, with more arriving every day.

An initial payment of US$20,000 has been sent to Rwanda from International Headquarters. Following the assessment, and working alongside other non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the funds will be used to provide clothing and food, with a particular focus on breast-feeding mothers.

A further US$20,000 has been sent to The Salvation Army's Democratic Republic of Congo Territory to fund the emergency supply of food to 10,000 internally displaced persons.

The Salvation Army in Uganda is currently conducting an assessment in order to decide how best to offer support to Congolese refugees.

In all three countries, The Salvation Army will look to provide as much ongoing support as funds allow. All signs point to the likelihood that the situation will worsen over the coming weeks.

The Salvation Army Continues Disaster Response in Palm Beach County

West Palm Beach, FL (August 30, 2012) – Salvation Army personnel continue disaster response in Loxahatchee and the Acreage to further meet survivor needs following Tropical Storm Isaac flooding. The disaster response center is stocked with hot meals, water and dry socks.

As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has distributed 961 hot meals, 1,833 cold drinks and 1,038 snacks.

Salvation Army disaster response units are currently positioned in the following areas:

-The Acreage Community Park, 6701 140th Avenue North serving lunch and dinner
-Intersection of Okeechobee Blvd & Seminole Road at in Loxahatchee serving lunch and dinner

Yesterday in the Acreage Community Park, The Salvation Army met Rose Zuniga. Rose has been sleeping in her car for two days simply because she cannot get down her street to her home. “When I left from work on Monday and headed home, I started down my street, but there was so much water it came over the engine and stalled it out,” said Rose. “I was afraid to get out of my car into the water that night because it was getting dark out,” she continued. Rose spent the night in her car surrounded by water for 12 hours until it finally started back up. Rose had her car serviced after she got out of the water but had no place to go since she has only lived in Palm Beach County for six months.

By coming by the disaster response center The Salvation Army was able to provide spiritual care to Rose and get her in contact with Peter Speckman, an American Red Cross volunteer, who informed her that the shelter is still open at the South Florida Fair Grounds. There, Rose was able to shower and have a safe place to spend the night so she could return to work today.

The best way to help survivors like Rose and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected throughout the country by Isaac to visit www.disaster.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, 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33404. Please designate Disaster Relief on all checks.

· 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

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 our local Salvation Army Family Store.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and follow www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo.


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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County
The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 89 years. Over 19,000 Palm Beach County residents 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 spent is used to support those services in our local communities. For more information, go to www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

*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 Expands Support of Search and Rescue in North Mississippi

Oxford, MS (May 2, 2013)—For the second day in a row, The Salvation Army in Oxford, MS, is supporting first responders in the search for a missing teenage boy. Missing since Monday, efforts have intensified as law enforcement deployed dive teams in support of the search.

Salvation Army volunteers and staff from Oxford and Tupelo have responded today with a Mobile Feeding Unit stocked to serve hot meals, snacks, and drinks to first responders, volunteers and family holding out hope for a happy conclusion.

Salvation Army personnel will remain vigilant in service until there is a conclusion to the search and rescue.

“We can only imagine the grief that this family is experiencing holding out hope that their loved one will be found safe,” stated Lisa Coleman of The Salvation Army in Oxford. “Our prayers for the family and rescue workers undergird our physical support of the rescue.”

All Salvation Army disaster assistance is free and made possible by generous donations of time and money. You can support the response by making a donation to the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Program. To make contributions, donate online at www.salvationarmyalm.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation*. Contributions may also be sent to any Salvation Army Office.

       

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 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. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out 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 of Greater Chattanooga Awards $142,850.00 in Long-Term Recovery Aid

Cleveland, TN (July 30, 2012)—Over one year after the deadly tornados that swept through the Tennessee Valley, The Salvation Army is still on the front-lines serving the unmet needs of storm survivors.

On Wednesday, August 1st, The Salvation Army will present a check of $58,700.00 to the Bradley County Schools for assistance serving the Michigan Avenue Elementary and Blue Springs Elementary Schools. The check presentation will take place during the Bradley County teacher in-service meeting located at The North Cleveland Church of God, 335 Eleventh Street NE at 8:00 AM.

On Thursday, August 2nd, The Salvation Army will present a check of $84,150.00 at the ground breaking ceremony of a home being rebuilt located at 1405 Lee Street SE. The check will be presented at the 11:00 AM ground breaking ceremony to the chair of the Bradley County Long Term Recovery Organization, Jim Pollier.

The Salvation Army began serving survivors immediately after the first tornado swept through the Southeast and continues to serve today! Because The Salvation Army commits to spending 100% of the money raised for a disaster on that disaster, The Salvation Army is able to assist with long term recovery needs. Though only $380,000.00 was raised locally, money poured into The Salvation Army’s territorial offices allowing the local Salvation Army to commit to $1.5 million dollars for the April 2011 Tornado Relief efforts.

To volunteer or to donate with ongoing assistance please visit www.csarmy.org, call 1-800-Sal-Army, or mail in a monetary donation to 822 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403. For more information please contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing, at 423-503-1801.



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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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.<

The Salvation Army of Hampton Roads Begins Sandy Related Response

Hampton Roads, VA (October 29, 2012)—The Hampton Roads Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) in Virginia and Washington, DC has begun its work in response to the early effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads began response relief on Saturday evening providing shelter for 63 individuals. Since opening on Saturday evening, the shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits. On Sunday evening, 71 people, 68 men and 3 women, found shelter at the Men’s Hope Center in Norfolk. The Salvation Army office will continue nonstop shelter services until the threat of harm from storm conditions clears and normal city and government services reopen.

Upon Sandy passing through the Hampton Roads region, The Salvation Army will work with local municipalities and other organizations to dispatch mobile feeding units, volunteers and resources to the accessible areas of greatest need.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit  www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org Salvation Army Hampton Roads or  @salarmyhr.<

The Salvation Army of Maryland and West Virginia Preparing as Sandy Approaches

Baltimore, MD (October 27, 2012)—The Maryland & West Virginia of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) continues to prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches the Delmarva Peninsula and severe winter weather threatens northern West Virginia and western Maryland.

All Salvation Army units across the Division are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding canteens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.

On Maryland’s eastern shore, Salvation Army Corps in Cambridge and Salisbury are prepared for mobile feeding in neighborhoods and at emergency shelters. In Salisbury, a section of the community has been asked to evacuate. Salisbury Bennett High School is serving as a shelter. In response to a request from the Wicomico County Emergency Management, The Salvation Army of Salisbury, Maryland, is preparing to serve lunch for more than 200 persons at the shelter on Sunday, October 28.

In Annapolis, The Salvation Army will be serving meals at Annapolis High School, where an emergency shelter opens Saturday evening, October 27, and will continue to do so until that shelter closes.

The Salvation Army in Baltimore is in close contact with the Baltimore City & County Emergency Operations Centers. The Salvation Army has been asked to feed neighborhoods that lose power should the need arise. The Salvation Army may also be tasked with feeding at a local emergency shelter if it becomes necessary to establish such housing. Salvation Army teams are collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure preparedness.

The Salvation Army is asking all residents of Maryland and West Virginia to be prepared with an emergency disaster plan. Critical decisions need to be made ahead of time, before the storm makes landfall.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit  www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.<

The Salvation Army of St. Marys, GA Assisting After Tropical Storm Debby

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St. Marys, GA (July 1, 2012)—With temperatures of 113 and high water levels in surrounding communities, Camden County Emergency Management requested the assistance from The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

Under the leadership of Charlene Sears, The Salvation Army St. Marys Service Center Director, pulled her team of volunteers to provide public safety officials with lunch and dinner as flooding from the remnents of Tropical Storm Debby encroached on the Browntown Community of Camden County.

St. Marys Director Charlene Sears stated, “We prepared meals from a small kitchen in the Browntown Fire Station which is central to the affected areas. This is a remote location with boat and vehicle food delivery obstacles but we managed to get everyone fed and hydrated and in a orderly and timely fashion.”

The call for assistance came at 8:30 and initial conversations indicated that lunch would be needed and possibly supper. With a well trained group of volunteers, including Master Chef and Advisory Board Member Patsey Schreiber, over 31 individuals were provided lunch that included sandwiches and drinks. Supper was served to over 50 Public Saftey personnel that included spaghetti, green beans and rolls as well as water. “We will assess the needs for breakfast on July 2nd and are not sure how long the Camden Emergency Management will need our assistance in the coming days” said Sears.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. However, used clothing and furniture are gifts that are vital in supporting the day-to-day work of The Salvation Army. Please consider contributing these items to continue to meet the needs of those who need us 365 days each year at The Salvation Army Family Store at 1909 Osborne Road, St. Marys, Georgia or call (912) 882-2200.

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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.salvationarmygeorgia.org.

The Salvation Army of Virginia and DC Preparing as Sandy Approaches

Hampton Roads, VA (October 28, 2012) –The Hampton Roads Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) across Virginia and Washington, D.C. continues to prepare as Hurricane Sandy approaches the Commonwealth and District.

All Salvation Army units across the Commonwealth and District are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding kitchens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.

The Salvation Army has six mobile feeding units standing by across the Commonwealth to serve in all areas of Virginia and Washington, D.C. where the need may arise. Mobile kitchens are capable of serving 1,000 meals per day.

Across Virginia and Washington, D.C., Salvation Army teams are collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure preparedness.

The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center Shelter in Norfolk (203 West 19th Street) sheltered 60 people. In coordination with the Office to End Homelessness, the Men’s Hope Center is prepared to transport to area city shelters if asked to evacuate due to potential flooding.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit  www.SalvationArmyHRVA.org Salvation Army Hampton Roads or  @salarmyhr.<

The Salvation Army Responds to the Ponderosa Fire, Redding, CA

Redding, CA (August 20, 2012)—Salvation Army personnel throughout the Redding/Shasta County region mobilized on Saturday, 08/18/12 to respond to the 17,000 acre Ponderosa.

The Salvation Army Redding Corps mobile kitchen and EDS teams are assigned to the Big League Dreams on Viking Way to allow for full evacuation of Shingletown area and the community of Viola. Where they have has provided more than 400 snacks, 860 meals, and 3,180 bottles of water and juice.

“We are providing meals and hydration to the fire personnel at the out posts, road blocks, and incident commands, and are assisting with evacuee needs, states Marie Moore, The Salvation Army Social Services Director for the Redding Corps.

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of this fire, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food, hydration and clothing/household item vouchers for impacted individuals and families. Mobile kitchens and canteen units are capable of serving over 500 meals per day.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the Ponderosa Fire to visit www.reddingsalarmy.org or call the local Corps office at 530.222.2207. Donors may contribute monetarily by calling the Corps office or mailing contributions to: The Salvation Army PO Box 492528 Redding, CA 96049

Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs:

• 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 fully operational for one day

People can also visit The Salvation Army Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/TSA.Reding.Corps and @TSA_Redding on Twitter for real time updates.

The Salvation Army Serves at Sikh Temple Shooting in Wisconsin

Oak Creek, WS (August 5, 2012)—At 2:12 PM CDT, Mike Johnson of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sentinel-Journal reported that “The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Team was on site of a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, providing refreshments and spiritual support to first responders and family members…near the temple.”

According to Fox News reports at the scene, seven people, including the gunman, were killed, with several others injured. Because authorities found no clear motive for the shooting, the scene was treated as a domestic terrorism incident, with investigators from the FBI, ATF and Wisconsin State and local Police and Firefighters all converging quickly on the site.

Stan Kelley, spokesperson for The Salvation Army said that, “The local police received their first call here about 10:30 AM. The Oak Creek Salvation Army Corps is less than a mile from the Sikh Temple, and they were quick to respond. A canteen from the Waukesha, Wisconsin Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team responded and was at the scene by 11:00 AM. “

At 6:06 PM CDT, Kelley reported that the FBI had—only moments before—declared the site clear of other danger. Kelley said that “The Salvation Army has provided hydration, snacks and spiritual and emotional care to hundreds of first responders and survivors, who were not allowed to leave the site until cleared by the FBI, since we arrived at 11:00 AM.”

Kelley said that, “While the last few hours have been quite chaotic here, we have been able to help many. Now that the authorities have the situation under control, feeding and hydration will continue as long as needed. The Salvation Army’s EDS team will be able to set up a center for spiritual and emotional care for any who need help.”

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 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Supports Isaac’s Forgotten Population

Jackson, MS (August 28, 2012)—Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are actively serving residents of Hurricane Isaac impacted areas.

In New Orleans, Pascagoula, Miss. and Mobile, Ala. Salvation Army Homeless Shelters are filled to maximum capacity.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is already seeing an increase of people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

“Scared,” explains one man waiting outside The Salvation Army. “I’ve been through seven hurricanes, and I’m scared.”

With tropical storm conditions forecasted overnight, The Salvation Army is expecting more people to line up looking for shelter. Those numbers could swell even higher because the Waterfront Rescue Mission has closed through Thursday, due to its location.

“In emergency situations, we will open our doors to as many people as possible who are in need of a safe place to sleep. We will continue to provide shelter to the homeless throughout storm,” said Major Mark Brown, Coastal Alabama Area Commander.

For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings back anxious memories of previous storms. Herman Southland was living in Bayou la Batre when Hurricane Katrina hit. He woke up in the middle of the night to find his home flooded. Southland and his wife cut through their ceiling and spent two days on their roof, waiting for rescue. Now he’s homeless, and worries that he could get stranded again.

Another man explains that without a shelter like The Salvation Army, he is forced to sleep in parking garages during a storm.

The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in New Orleans continues to make accommodations for the influx of homeless seeking shelter from the storm. Already near capacity prior to Hurricane Isaac, the homeless shelter has now begun placing temporary cots around the building to handle the overflow.

In Pascagoula, Miss. fifty-five men, women and children enjoyed a hot lunchtime meal and will ride out the storm.

The Salvation Army Homeless and Emergency shelter operates 365 days a year, providing shelter, feeding and emotional support.

"The Salvation Army shelter in Pascagoula runs like a well oiled machine," stated Major Terry Ray, Area Commander for The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast Area Command. "They are always ready to take in those in need and share the love of Jesus with all.”

Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast continue to mobilize to respond to Hurricane Isaac, as it moves inland tonight. Army units in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and one fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response. Additionally, The Salvation Army is prepared to supplement Gulf Coast states with canteens from inland states, as was necessary in response to Hurricane Katrina.

In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Drinking water
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Missing persons support through The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (www.satern.org) and
• Emotional/spiritual care

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

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.



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

$1,400 Gold Coin Put In Salvation Army Kettle By Coin Dealer Michael Fuljenz, Urges Others To Do The Same

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To raise awareness of the annual Salvation Army Christmas kettle drive in Texas and across the country, coin dealer Michael Fuljenz of Universal Coin & Bullion Co. donated and placed into a collection kettle a gold coin valued at approximately $1,400, and he urged other coin dealers and the public to donate whatever they can this holiday season.

Nationally-known rare coin dealer Michael Fuljenz, President of Universal Coin & Bullion Co. (http://www.universalcoin.com) in Beaumont, Texas, has placed a one-ounce American Eagle gold coin donation valued at $1,400 into a Salvation Army collection kettle.

He urged others across the country this holiday season to do the same or, in the Biblical parable of the poor widow's mites, to donate whatever they can afford as the Salvation Army's annual Christmas kettle drive officially gets underway, November 19, 2010.

"There are about 5,000 coin dealers in the United States, and I encourage them, challenge them this Christmas, as well as the public to donate what they can to help people in need," said Fuljenz.

"If you can't afford a one-ounce or even smaller gold coin, remember the New Testament story of the poor widow, and give what you can. The Biblical parable tells us she donated only what she could afford, two tiny bronze coins, mites, but Jesus said, '...she has put in more than all the wealthy donors."

Major Floiran Estrada, Commanding Officer of the Beaumont, Texas Salvation Army Corps, said requests to the Salvation Army for emergency services are on the rise; however, donations the past year are down about 20 percent nationwide, and 24 percent in the Beaumont area.

"It is only when people like Mike Fuljenz respond to the growing needs of others in such a positive way, and then challenge others to do the same, that the Salvation Army is able to continue assisting the hundreds of families locally and nationally who seek our help, especially during this time of the year," said Major Estrada.

"The tradition of the Salvation Army collection kettles dates back to 1891. The tradition of people generously putting gold coins into kettles began in December 1982 when someone anonymously placed five, one-ounce gold South African Krugerrands into a kettle in a shopping mall near Chicago, explained Fuljenz during a keynote speech at the Salvation Army of Beaumont annual Life Changers banquet on November 9, 2010. At the conclusion of his remarks he donated and placed into a familiar, red collection kettle a 2010-dated United States Mint American Eagle one-ounce gold coin.

Fuljenz emphasized, "As a wise, anonymous person once said: To the world you might be only one person, but to one person you might be the world."

A video of the speech and gold coin presentation is available online at http://www.universalcoin.com.

Fuljenz is an award-wining numismatic author and a frequent interview guest on radio and television news and personal finance programs. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets.

$130 Million Raised During 2008 Fundraising Campaign

xandria, VA (March 17, 2009) - Donations to The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles set a new national record of $130 million in 2008, surpassing the previous record of $118 million set in 2007.  The $130 million raised represents a 10 percent growth in donations year-over-year - the largest one-year jump since 1997.Geographically, the Army saw large increases in donations to its kettles in the Eastern and Southern territories, by 19 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the Western and Central territories experienced giving increases between 5 and 7 percent. The Army's overall national growth in spite of the ongoing economic downturn is attributed to the continuous generosity of the American people, a large breadth of corporate partnerships and the greater application of innovative tech-based approach to fundraising."We know that Americans always give more in time of need, so we were confident that they would again respond to the call with an outstanding show of generosity. We thank all the donors, volunteers and corporate partners for their contributions and stand resolute in our Mission to serve those who need it most," said Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, National Commander of The Salvation Army. "The Red Kettle campaign is stronger than ever as it must be during these challenging times."Notably, donations to red kettles at Walmart and Sam's Club stores accounted for more than $34 million or 26 percent of the total raised.  Following a $1.25 million grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, Walmart stores and Sam's Club locations hosted bell ringers and red kettles on November 8 for a pre-campaign "special day of giving" to give extra support to local communities facing tough economic times."In these tough economic times, we have set out to help address unmet, immediate needs in the communities that we serve. Because of this commitment, our partnership with The Salvation Army has become more important than ever," said Margaret McKenna, president of the Wal-Mart Foundation. "We are committed to making charitable contributions that have an impact, and are proud that our customers are willing to donate to the Red Kettle campaign and help their neighbors make ends meet."To help spur donations in 2008, The Salvation Army offered new tech-savvy ways to give. For donors who don't regularly carry money, the Army tested cashless red kettles in Denver, CO and Dallas, TX, that made it possible to donate via credit or debit card. Also, several locations piloted a text messaging service that allowed cell phone users to contribute via their phone bills. Internet giving, meanwhile, rose an impressive 28 percent this year for a total of $10 million during Christmas."This year we reached a new generation of donors we've never been able to reach before through the use of high-tech tools like cashless kettles, the Online Red Kettle, and the iPhone," said Commissioner Gaither. "We also started using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, which allows friends and family of our supporters to donate more easily than years past via the internet."In addition, The Salvation Army worked with several corporate partners, which hosted kettles at stores, ran Red Kettle events, made direct donations, and/ or engaged in other promotional activities, including:

  • The Kroger Company's well-known grocery banners hosted kettles at store locations across the country, raising $10.6 million, or 8 percent of the campaign total;
  • Melodeo, a provider of digital media, developed The Salvation Army Holiday Music application for the iPhone, which played a variety of classic Christmas songs. The application sold for $2.99, with $1 going to the Army;
  • The National Hockey League (NHL) hosted Online Red Kettles on team websites, which saw hockey fans to donate to the Army's Online Red Kettle Campaign;
  • Shell Oil raised $100,000 for The Salvation Army through the "Change is Good, Giving is Better" promotion;
  • Target made two separate $1 million donations to the Campaign and also sold Salvation Army Christmas items, including ornaments and CDs in stores with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Army.

    Shell Lubricants Presents $100,000 Check to The Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army kicked off the 2008 Red Kettle Campaign with the Dallas Cowboys and the chart-topping Jonas Brothers band. The Jonas brothers (Kevin, Nick, and Joe) performed at the 12th annual Red Kettle Campaign in front of a nationally television audience at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game to support the Army. Jonas Brothers also hosted their own Online Red Kettle and took part in various promotional activities. Nearly $1.2 billion has been raised in the 12 years the Army has worked alongside the Dallas Cowboys.From its humble beginnings as a fundraiser 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 outreach efforts in the United States. As part of the drive, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers fan out across the country to ring bells and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. The nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars (and the occasional diamond ring or gold tooth) are all used to help those in the communities where they were raised. Last year, the funds helped The Salvation Army serve nearly 29 million Americans in need, including nearly 5 million who received holiday assistance such as toys, coats, rent and utility aid, among other services.

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    About The Salvation ArmyThe 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<

    10 For Haiti: First Round of School Repairs Nearly Completed for First Day of Classes

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    Nearly 700 students started the school year in newly repaired Salvation Army school buildings. The HRD school renovation and construction team worked hard during the summer months to start, and finish, repairs on four of six priority schools scheduled for improvements in 2011.

    Not only were project manager David White and assistant project manager Raymond Cédoine working hard to ensure schools were ready for the start of classes, but they were building local capacity by training a maintenance team in repair and upkeep of the buildings. The work included masonry and carpentry work, roofing, latrine and electrical repair and installation of water catchment systems.

    Heavy rains contributing to impassable road conditions have slowed progress on schools in Bellegarde and Campeche, but work is set to be completed by Christmas. “We have met many challenges and overcome them with everyday problem solving and great determination,” said David White.

    By the end of 2014, some 20 schools affected by the earthquake will have been repaired and reconstructed. There are seven schools slated for 2012, including two new constructions. “We are excited about the wonderful repaired and constructed schools The Salvation Army in Haiti [is] receiving,” said David.

    2011 High Council Summoned Women Will Outnumber Men

    rong>FOR the first time in its 82-year history The Salvation Army’s High Council will have more female members than males. The 17th High Council convenes on Friday 21 January 2011 at Sunbury Court, United Kingdom, to elect the 19th General of The Salvation Army in succession to General Shaw Clifton who will retire at midnight on 1 April 2011. This will also be the largest-ever High Council with 109 members – 59 women and 50 men.The Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, issued summonses on 1 December 2010 to those Salvation Army leaders who qualified for membership. All active commissioners, territorial commanders and territorial presidents for women’s ministries were summoned. There will be 83 commissioners and 26 colonels present.Council members will also meet at Sunbury Court from Tuesday 18 January until Thursday 20 January for a plenary session of the General's Consultative Council led by General Clifton.A public welcome to the High Council takes place on Saturday 22 January at 4 pm in the Nine Kings Suite of the Lancaster London Hotel, Hyde Park. This gathering will incorporate a Retirement Salute to General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton.Our own territorial leaders—Commissioners Max & Lennie Feener will be in attendance, along with Southern officers Colonels Ken & Paula Johnson, territorial leaders for Eastern Europe.Be in prayer for the leadership of the International Salvation Army especially during the time of the High Council.The members of The Salvation Army's High Council in 2011The members of The Salvation Army's High Council in 2011 (cont'd)Individual photos of all the members of the 2011 High Council are located on flickr.com.

    2014 Pinkerton Golf Tournament Is Here! Register Today!

    Monday, April 7th golfers will swing their clubs and ladies will set up their Mah Jong and Bridge tables to benefit The Salvation Army in Tyler.  The 9th Annual Don R. Pinkerton Memorial Charity Golf Tournament & Ladies’ Games Day is looking to be a wonderful day full of good times and good hearts as we remember Don Pinkerton’s legacy.  It should be a lovely day as the participants and the public enjoy the beautiful greens at the Cascades Golf Club (4511 Briarwood Rd. Tyler, TX 75709). On Tournament Day:- 11:00 am Team Check-In begins- 12:30 pm Helicopter ball drop- 1:00 pm  Tournament shotgun start- 1:30 pm  Ladies' Games Day BeginsDuring the event there will be a silent auction of items donated by local businesses in the Tyler community. All funds raised go directly to support the many programs and services The Salvation Army provides for the East Texas community. Teams must pre-register. Forms are available below and may be completed and mailed to:Pat PinkertonC/O RPR Construction301 South Southeast Loop 323Tyler, TX 75702-8645Any questions or inquiries may be directed to Cindy Bell at cindy_bell@uss.salvationarmy.org or 903-592-4361.Forms Available for Download:Ball Drop Purchase FormTournament Registration FormSponsorship/Auction/Donation FormLadies’ Games Day RegistrationLadies’ Games Day Invitation &n

    24-7 Prayer: The Global Call

    g src="http://www1.salvationarmy.org/images/ihq.www_ihq_csld/logo-247prayer.jpg" border="0" alt="" align="left" />Salvationists from nations around the globe are being called to united, focused intercession - the need for justice for the oppressed, according to Luke 18 by the International Leader of The Salvation Army, General Shaw Clifton. Here is the full text of the Call, published on 1 November 2010:Dear Comrades and Friends in Christ,A GLOBAL CALL TO 24-7 PRAYER: A day and night cry for justiceFollowing thorough preparation by the Centre for Spiritual Life Development (a department of International Headquarters) and prayerful consideration by the International Management Council, I have agreed to the launching of A Global Call to Prayer: A day and night cry for justice (Luke 18:7) to all Salvationists, to commence on 1 January 2011.Therefore, I am writing to my fellow Salvationists around the world, to call you to united, focused intercession in relation to the need for justice for the oppressed, according to Luke 18.The spreading corrosive influence of human trafficking, corruption, and impurities beyond imagining call for nothing less than Salvationists to be on our knees before the One who alone can bring about a restoration of justice in the earth, even a holiness revival. Indeed, the great need of the times in which we live and serve urges us onward in day and night prayer.Many Salvation Army territories around the world are already engaged in 24-7 prayer, with more prayer rooms and prayer networks being developed continually.In recent years The Salvation Army's Centre for Spiritual Life Development in London and the International Social Justice Commission in New York City have been established and are born of the Spirit. This call to prayer will produce a spiritual synergy the world over.In Luke 18:8 Jesus concludes his teaching with the question, "However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?"Perhaps Jesus is looking for evidence of faith on the earth upon his return, in his chosen ones crying out to him day and night. May The Salvation Army be a part of the faith that he finds.Yours in Christ,Shaw Clifton GENERALFind out more about 24-7 Pra

    250,000 Christmas Gifts to be Distributed in Five Days

    unteers and Salvation Army workers will personally present more than 300,000 Christmas gifts to an estimated 17,000 families in five days. This is a good opportunity for photo ops and interviews directly with family representatives who will pick up gifts.WHEN: Dallas Friday, December 17 to Wednesday, December 22 (Excluding Sunday) 10am to 4pmFort Worth Monday, December 20 to Wednesday, December 22 10am to 4pmWhere: Dallas The Salvation Army Christmas Center 9216 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TXFort Worth The Salvation Army Christmas Center 229 E. Felix Street Fort Worth, TXCONTACT: Patrick Patey 214-637-8222 – W 817-919-4962 – W 214-512-4623 – P

    30 Years of Hope and Support for Haiti’s Children — The vision of one Salvation Army officer brings a brighter future to thousands of children

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    Port-au-Prince, HAITI — April 29 marked the 30-year anniversary of Kindernothilfe (KNH) in Haiti and 30 years of partnership with The Salvation Army.

    This milestone was marked with a celebration at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Port-au-Prince. KNH partners were present to share their thanks and well-wishes, along with special performances from the children involved in KNH-sponsored programs.

    Major Sylvaine Maegli

    The Salvation Army was among the honored guests of KNH, acknowledging the integral role the Army played in bringing KNH to Haiti in 1981, in support of its children. Major Sylvaine Maegli, College Verena administrator, gave the opening special remarks and thanked KNH for their “solid partnership that has allowed The Salvation Army to bring education to children and a hope for a new life.”

    For 30 years, KNH has sponsored Salvation Army programs in and outside of the Port-au-Prince area. College Verena was the first and longest-standing sponsorship program that has paid school fees for children, teachers’ salaries, books and uniforms at various points throughout the partnership. Recently, KNH agreed to finance the College Verena campus construction in Delmas 2 after the buildings were damaged beyond repair in the earthquake. KNH has also sponsored both of the Army’s children’s homes, an AIDS orphan program and a nutrition center in Fond des Nègres at various times.

    KNH sponsorships and support have undoubtedly affected the lives of thousands of children in Salvation Army schools and programs alone.

    “KNH has meant a lot to the Army through the years,” said Major Anne Kristine Herje, former administrator of La Maison du Bonheur children’s home and current Norway sponsorship coordinator for Haiti. “No organization gave so much money and demanded so little in return, and it has been a great pleasure for me to work with them for 16 years.”

    KNH Haiti has made, “Rebâtissons Haïti avec les enfants” (Rebuilding Haiti with the children), its focus after the 2010 earthquake. Moving forward, KNH is expanding its scope to have greater impact on the development and wellbeing of Haiti’s children, making it an ideal partner for the Army.

    Congratulations to KNH. Here’s to the next 30 years of partnership in support of Haiti’s children and its future.

    Media Contact:
    Kara Langford
    Communication Officer/Officier de communication
    The Salvation Army/Armée du salut
    Haiti Recovery & Development Office/Haiti, bureau de restauration et de développement
    Tel: (509) 34.62.26.03
    Email: Kara_Langford@car.salvationarmy.org
    www.salvationarmyhaiti.org
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    30-year Partnership Marked by Construction of New School in Port-au-Prince

    t-au-Prince, HAITI – Kindernothilfe (KNH) has signed on as the sponsor for the reconstruction of College Verena on The Salvation Army’s Delmas 2 compound.In April 2011, the Army will celebrate 30 years of partnership with KNH, a German organization dedicated to supporting the development of children and young people. “I am really very happy that we have advanced to this step in our collaboration,” said Dr. Jürgen Thiesbonenkamp, chair of the KNH board of directors, during a recent visit to Port-au-Prince.Thiesbonenkamp, along with his colleagues and the director of KNH Haiti, had the opportunity to tour the Delmas 2 compound and see the progress that has been made in preparation for demolition set to begin March 1. College Verena now occupies two temporary classrooms. When construction is finished there will be separate buildings for kindergarten, primary and secondary school children with age-appropriate classrooms. College Verena administrator, Major Sylvaine Maegli, and HRD Construction Manager, Major Jean Volet, have been working closely with architects to ensure the new school will be a safe, child-friendly space that promotes learning.Measures, including the construction of a separate entrance specifically for school children and fencing around the demolition and construction areas, have been taken to ensure the safety of all College Verena students and teachers during the construction process. “It is very important for children to live and study in security,” said Dr. Thiesbonenkamp.Prior to the earthquake, KNH partnered with The Salvation Army to support programs of La Maison du Bonheur children’s home as well as College Verena and The Salvation Army’s school at Fort National. KNH maintains its commitment to both the education of young people and its partnership with The Salvation Army in undertaking this invaluable post-earthquake construction project.For more information on KNH, visit www.kindernothilfe.org.For photographs, visit:http://sahaiti.smugmug.com/Schools/College-Verena/KNH-Visit-before-construction/15883711_yTpCM#1191161888_MthYj

    7.1 Earthquake Rocks Sourthern Chile

    following is an email report submitted by the Divisional Commander for the region affected:On January 2, 2011 the southern portion of Chile experienced a strong earthquake/tremor, recorded at 7.1, felt throughout the Araucanía and Bío Bío regions of the country. The tremor lasted approximately one minute, which was sufficient time to produce panic and alarm in the area. Telephone lines were down for more than 20 minutes, making it impossible to contact the various appointments in the Chile South Division. We thank God that the situation returned to normal at which time I was able to contact all of our officers. All is well. They have not experienced any injuries or damage.The epicenter of the tremor was located in Tirúa, near Puerto Saavedra, which is close to Temuco. I am acquainted with the area. Many people spent the night barricaded on the surrounding hills for fear of another tsunami, as well as due to the strength of the tremor. In some sections of that area they are without electricity and water, these services having been cut off due to the earthquake/tremor. There has not been any major damage or loss of life recorded. We ask for your prayers on behalf of the residents of this area and for their families who are still suffering from the trauma of the February 2010 earthquake and who are again in a state of shock. May God bless you this day

    A Fresh Start

    g class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-1837" style="border: 3px solid gray" src="http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/2010CampKids-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="195" />Joseph Moreno and his family were excited as they packed up their belongings and set off on the long trip from California to Texas. A steady job and a new start for the family awaited them at the end of their journey. It was early June and the children were looking forward to exploring their new surroundings during summer vacation.However, the family’s plans and dreams were left in tatters upon arrival in Texas. The job and accommodation that had been promised fell through and they suddenly found themselves with no job, no place to stay, and no finances for a hotel room. After spending several uncomfortable nights sleeping in their car, the family made their way to The Salvation Army, seeking assistance.The Salvation Army was able to help, providing food and a short term stay in a hotel. “The family was in a terrible situation and I was so pleased that we could help,” said Kathy Davidson, The Salvation Army Pleasanton Service Center Director. “During their initial visit I realized that children from our city were going to Camp Hoblitzelle the very next day. After making a last minute call to the camp staff, I was delighted to be able to invite the children to join our group for the week.”Manuel and Jessica boarded the bus headed for Camp Hoblitzelle in Midlothian, TX. They made lots of new friends and had a fun week at camp, far from the worries at home. The children enjoyed the daily activities including swimming, boating, fishing and horse riding. They attended Bible classes and Worship services for the first time and significantly, both made decisions for Christ during the week.Meanwhile, back at home, Joseph secured a job driving a truck for The Salvation Army, and the family was preparing to move into an apartment. The week at camp not only enriched the lives of the children, but it also provided essential time for the Morenos to find jobs and bring stability to their situation that had looked so desperate only a few days earlier.The children returned home from camp eager to share stories of their week with their parents. “We were able to welcome our children home to a new apartment and a much better situation thanks to the help we received,” said Joseph. “The kids had a great time at camp and we are very grateful to The Salvation Army.” Today, Joseph works for a trucking company and the family is preparing to purchase their first home. The children are doing well in school and look forward to attending camp again this summer!We hope to have the necessary funding to provide a potentially life changing week at Camp Hoblitzelle to every child who wishes to attend. Please consider helping a child come to camp this summer by donating to The Salvation A

    A Gift of Hope

    g class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2675" title="Chilean fishermen with boats provided thanks to Dr. Lewin's efforts" src="http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Chile-boats2-300x224.jpg" alt="Chilean fishermen with boats provided thanks to Dr. Lewin's efforts" width="300" height="224" />Imagine the scene: Waking in panic as the entire house shakes and perhaps starts to crumble before your weary eyes, the shouts and screams of family members and neighbors searching in the darkness for relief as the ground shifts all about you. To you and me the scene is reminiscent of something from a Hollywood movie rather than real life. However, for the people of Caleta Tumbes, a small coastal community in Southern Chile, this was very much a reality as they were awakened in the early hours of Saturday, February 27, 2010, by a devastating 8.8-magnitude earthquake.In the days following the initial earthquake and resulting tsunami, people flocked to the streets as numerous aftershocks continued to pummel the country, severely damaging many of the older and poorly constructed buildings and homes. It was estimated that almost 2 million people were affected by the tragedy. Salvation Army staff and volunteers were quickly mobilized, providing food, water, blankets, first aid kits, candles, and other emergency supplies.  Among the many things destroyed by the tsunami were the communities’ fishing fleets. One fisherman described how he and his family fled for their lives to the hills and did not think about their boats. He had just paid for a new boat and had no way to find the money for another. This sad story was repeated by countless people in the region who rely on fishing for their livelihood.Travel now to Waco, Texas, where Dr. Marcial G. Lewin, originally from Chile, was so touched by the disaster in his homeland that he committed to make a difference in the lives of those who had lost so much. Understanding the long-term economic effects of this disaster, Dr. Lewin decided to focus his efforts on purchasing boats and motors for fisherman who lost everything. In addition to a personal gift, he coordinated efforts among his peers and contacts and raised more than $50,000 for Chile.Thanks to Dr. Lewin’s efforts The Salvation Army was able to provide a gift of hope to the community of Caleta Tumbes in the form of six boats, four motors, two pair of oars, and a large storage container that will be used to house equipment and supplies. This equipment will enable more than 70 families to sustain themselves. Speaking at a ceremony dedicating the new boats and honoring the fisherman, the secretary of the fishing cooperative said, “We bless God for the witness and work of The Salvation Army and Dr. Lewin. Thankfully, many families will be blessed by this source of income.”The Salvation Army is at work today in 123 countries around the world and in more than 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.New Chilean Fishing Boats

    ...Thank you for your prayers. They are perhaps the greatest gift we can use right about now. As you know, the country is still being shaken by aftershocks; even today we just felt a larger one after lunch. But so far they have not been near the level we saw on Friday I am starting to get used to the ground shaking a little bit on and off, but still am surprised by some of the frequent medium-sized incidents.

    There is still a problem with the reactors that are critical and leaking in the Fukushima area (in-between Tokyo and the tsunami-hit area of Sendai). The immediate area surrounding the plant has, of course, been evacuated from a 30 kilometer radius.

    For now, those near the affected area who have not been evacuated or staying in temporary shelters have been advised to stay indoors. In the rest of the country we aren't moving much since gas/petrol is hard to findÉthe fuel lines are still stretching for blocks for anyone trying to get their car filled up.

    The power supply is being cut in various areas to save the whole electrical system from crashing. With subways and trains running reduced schedules, and cars being used less- many are either using bicycles, walking or staying home.

    The stores are struggling to keep shelves full and some things are simply impossible to findÑeven for us trying to get food for the relief victims. Today was not quite as crowded or busy in the grocery/convenience stores.

    Most of us here have thankfully been able to go to work each day and help manage the relief effort from our Tokyo office.

    My boss has left to help support the first relief teams that are further north. He has training and experience with disaster situations, so he was a natural choice along with the rest of the group. However, he is very close to the reactor area helping with victims and I pray for his safe return.

    Today, during our daily morning devotions, we sang Count Your Blessings, and that song really came alive as we thanked God for our lives, His protection, our basic needs being met at this time and just having shelter, clothing and access to some kind of food each day.

    We appreciate your continued prayer support for the people here during this difficult time. May God bless you all back home and keep you hearts firmly connected to Him.

    God Bless You,

    Chris

    Source: Captain Christopher Marques, The Salvation Army Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan

    The Salvation Army has had a presence in Japan since 1895 and is also mobilizing a significant international response to manage both immediate and long-term needs. Two experienced International Emergency Services workers have flown to Tokyo from International Headquarters in London to assist their Japanese colleagues. The Salvation Army's Korea Territory has arranged for the K-Water Corporation to provide 100,000 bottles of water to be sent to Japan Ð 30,000 bottles by the end of the week, followed by the rest within a short time; the Korea Disaster Relief Association will also be sending 5,000 first-aid kits.

    There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts in Japan:

    Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. These funds offer the greatest flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.

    • Text the words "JAPAN" or "QUAKE" to 80888 to make a $10 donation

    • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY

    • On-line at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org

    • By mail: Send your check, marked "Japan earthquake relief" to:

    The Salvation Army World Service Office
    International Relief Fund
    PO Box 630728
    Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

    At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods or household items (gifts-in-kind) from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity that has already poured in to help us meet both immediate and long-term needs.

    A message of support and encouragement to The Salvation Army from Governor Fallin

    A message of support and encouragement to The Salvation Army from Governor Fallin today in Moore, OK. Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized:

    Give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation*.

                     

    *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.

    A New Beginning for The Salvation Army in Haiti—Local and international friends join officers, soldiers, and staff for the dedication of the new DHQ building

    Port-au-Prince, Haiti – The new divisional headquarters for The Salvation Army Haiti was dedicated on April 2 with a spirited program and ribbon cutting. Nearly 15 months after the January 2010 earthquake, the event celebrated both what the Army means to Haiti and what the future holds for the Army and the communities it serves.

    Officers, soldiers, community leaders, and friends of the Army gathered with special guests Colonels William and Sue Harfoot, Territorial Leaders from the USA West, and Lieutenant-Colonels Sydney and Trypheme McKenzie, Secretary for Personnel and League of Mercy Secretary for the Caribbean Territory.

    The president of the Protestant federation was present to offer his prayers and thanks for the work of the Army in responding to the needs of the Haitian people. Lt. Colonel Sydney McKenzie challenged Salvationists to accept the new building as a gift from God and make it a place of prayer and ministry. Colonel Harfoot offered the final address and dedicated the new building as, “a place where the Holy Spirit plans for and with us to transform the spirit of Haiti to make its people and its country better.”

    After the ribbon-cutting, attendees were invited into the new building for tours and refreshments.

    The USA Western Territory donated the funds for the purchase of the new building and surrounding land that will allow for the construction of a conference center, apartments for DHQ officer staff, and a warehouse. The relocation of DHQ to the Santo neighborhood will allow for the Delmas 2 compound to be maximized for programming and services.

    Photos are available at: http://sahaiti.smugmug.com/Other/New-DHQ/15882701_45nuC#1239545693_Kqswk

    A Personal Account of May 20 From Moore, OK

    From Lieutenant Sharon Autry, Corps Officer Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:

    We were at our quarters (parsonage),-we live in the Moore area-when the tornado touched down. We actually got in our minivan with our children and outran it! We saw it headed for us as we left the driveway.

    Indescribable!

    We have now received word that the house was spared, but haven't been able to get to it to be sure. I kept our children home from daycare this morning out of worry, and I still have yet to hear if their daycare teacher has survived. (It's a home daycare not far from the storm's path.)

    It's 9:00 PM and my husband (Lieutenant) John Autrey is serving with several other Emergency Disaster Services caregivers right now. Not sure yet where he is sleeping, or if he will.

    The kids and I are at the home of Lt. Nicole and Captain Bobby Parker's house (the Parkers are responsible for Salvation Army youth work in the States of Arkansas & Oklahoma) for the night. We left the house without even shoes on the kids' feet. Nicole picked us up at a Target on the north side of town so John could head back to the devastation.

    God is still on the throne.<

    A Place 4 Hope Stands Ready To Share Hope With The Hopeless

    h1>By: Captain Doug McClure (ALBANY, GA, NOVEMBER 15, 2010) - While many organizations are shutting down or cutting back on services, The Salvation Army is heading a collaboration of churches, civic organizations, and government agencies that are not only increasing their services to this community, but they are reaching a portion of our community in a great, new way! This day center will offer showers, laundry services, computer access, and use of phones. The day center has plans to offer more services in the future to meet the ever-growing needs here in the greater Albany area.

    A Place 4 Hope is a community collaboration to support homeless and at-risk individuals and families. The Day Center's ultimate vision is to give people coming to the organization the resources and life skills to improve their situation. This will be addressed from the onset of operation with a case management program along with access to a Life Skills Resource Center. The Resource Center will house information on services available in our area and life skills training.

    This exciting and new program is having its' grand opening on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 9am. We are inviting the general public to come and celebrate with us. "It is going to take all of us to help just one of us," says Captain Douglas McClure, "We all need to be hope-dealers in today's world." "In this period of economic uncertainty, we are going to need all of the help we can get." There will be plenty of opportunities for service. We will need donations of money and other necessities, including laundry detergent, personal hygiene items, etc. There is a place for everyone to help and become a "hope-dealer." <

    A Report from ‘The Salvation Army Tent City’ in Pakistan

    >Major Raelton Gibbs, a member of The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services Team based at International Headquarters in London, recounts a recent trip to Pakistan following floods which devastated much of the country. THREE hours drive from Karachi in the Sindh Province, southern Pakistan, is the city of Hyderabad.  Hyerabad is the sixth largest city in Pakistan and is situated on the banks of the Indus River.Around the city are some of the worst-affected flood areas, particularly where the river broke its banks and destroyed homes and crops.  People have been left with nothing and many have made their way to this major city from the outlying districts in the hope that they will receive some assistance.Near the city is Khuda Ki Basti, the location of what has become known as The Salvation Army Tent City.  On the edge of what can only be described as a desert, away from the floods, this camp of more than 3,600 people has established itself.The Salvation Army has already distributed 600 tents financed by the Hong Kong Government, and we were at the camp to observe the latest distribution of bedding and non-food items to 100 families by Major Khuram Shahzada (Divisional Commander, Hyderabad) and his team.Families are getting rations and water delivered by the local government.  “But is it enough for the family?”  I asked a district official. It seems that it is just sufficient; this is confirmed during the visit in conversations with families.I went with a representative from NCHD, another non-governmental organization (NGO) working in the camp, to see what they are doing to try and keep children in school.  Two small tents provide schooling for 400 children.  “We do our best,” the worker tells me.  “We have teachers that come in and we try to keep things as normal as we can.”  But it is clear that normality is impossible.Medical help is provided by the local government, with one tent for people with diarrhoea and another for other problems.Talking to families I heard the same story time and time again – they have nothing left and worry what the future will hold.  Wali, a farmer who travelled with his family for more than three hours to get to the camp, says he is overwhelmed.  He has never experienced anything like this.  He explains that only his son can work to try and gain an income.I sympathized with Wali, but there was little practical help I could offer.  I told him that the people working in the camp are trying to increase the support they can offer.Major Shahzada had a little experience in a previous disaster in Pakistan, but this is the largest response he has been part of.  I wondered, “did he feel he had been thrown in the deep end?”“I don't feel overwhelmed,” he reassured me.  “I have a good team here and we have had support from both territorial headquarters and International Emergency Services who have helped us with the processes needed to do the best we can.”  This certainly showed in the distribution I observed.  It was well organized, records were kept well, and the relationship between the local leaders, officials, and NGOs was good.The field trip, conducted in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees fahrenheit, was exhausting.  I took time out for interviews with the local press to give an insight into what The Salvation Army is trying to achieve in this community, which is more than 90 per cent Muslim.This was not my first emergency response, but nothing had prepared me for the scale of this disaster.  This feeling was emphasized when we moved on to another camp some miles away where around 16,000 people had gathered.  This was where Major Shahzada planned to begin distributions next.We passed people on the side of the road who were also victims of the flood but who do not seem to have accessed any support.  We are still in the emergency phase, but this will pass into recovery which will increase the complexity of the situation as people return home and try to rebuild their lives.There is always something more you can do, more people you can h

    ABC TELEVISION DANCING WITH THE STARS TO FEATURE TSA BOY’S CHOIR

    Tonight on ABC Television, the Pasadena (CA) Christian School and Salvation Army Boys' Choir (Southern California Division) will be performing with Michael Bolton on a special "results" episode of the hit show "Dancing With the Stars."

    The choir is directed by Barbara Allen, a Salvationist from Pasadena Tabernacle Corps.ABC

    Alabama Recovery Work Continues To Connect Hope And Opportunity

    Tuscaloosa, AL (February 22, 2012)—As rebuilding continues across Alabama, so does The Salvation Army's presence and commitment to the residents of our state. The Salvation Army continues to operate an office of recovery at 900 Skyland Boulevard (former Goody’s location) in Tuscaloosa. Case workers are available between the hours of 9 AM and 3:30 PM weekdays. Assistance is available to all affected by the April 2011 storms.

    Salvation Army staff will work to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies and Long term Recovery Committees partnering to build stronger communities. The Salvation Army is committed to Doing the Most good for all Alabama residents as we rebuild together.

    Additionally, The Salvation Army continues to provide long term recovery case workers across Alabama. Partnering with Long Term Recovery Committees in each community, The Salvation Army is working to connect residents with the available resources at both The Salvation Army and partnering agencies.

    The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster assistance 10 locations in Alabama. Residents in need of assistance may contact the following locations for assistance:

    NW AL Resource Center (DHQ Recovery Center)
    200 Indies St Hackleburg
    Serving: Franklin and Marion Counties

    The Salvation Army Decatur, AL
    114 14th Street SW
    256-353-2822
    Serving: Limestone and Lawrence Counties

    The Salvation Army Huntsville, AL
    2114 Oakwood Avenue
    256-536-5576
    Serving: Madison County

    Jackson County Alabama Service Center
    1501 E. Willow Street, Scottsboro, AL
    Serving: Jackson County

    Dekalb County Service Center
    450 N. Gault, Ave, Fort Payne, AL
    Serving: Dekalb County

    Marshall County Service Center
    1336 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL
    Serving: Marshall and Cullman Counties

    Walker County Service Center
    207 E. 20th Street, Jasper, AL
    Serving: Walker County

    The Salvation Army Anniston, AL
    420 Noble Street
    256-236-5343
    Serving: Calhoun County

    The Salvation Army Birmingham Area Command
    2130 11th Avenue North
    205-328-5656
    Serving: Jefferson County

    Tuscaloosa Salvation Army Recovery Center
    900 Skyland Blvd (Former Goody’s location)
    Serving: Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Hale, Greene, Sumter, Pickens, Lamar and Fayette counties

    Immediately following the storms, The Salvation Army responded throughout the States of Alabama and Mississippi providing hot meals, hydration, and pastoral care to residents and first responders. For more information about Salvation Army Disaster relief and recovery or to donate, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Alabama Recovery Work Continues To Connect Hope and Opportunity

    Tuscaloosa, AL (April 25, 2012)—The April 2011 storms that roared across much of Mississippi and Alabama leaving in its trail unprecedented damage and despair was The Salvation Army’s largest response to a natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Fifty four feeding units and one 53’ field kitchen responded immediately to serve survivors and responders. Over $850,000 was utilized to support the initial relief efforts.

    During the early days of recovery, The Salvation Army provided material, emotional and spiritual care to thousands of Alabama and Mississippi residents including:

    261, 837 meals
    4.1 million Cold Drinks
    274, 879 Snacks
    107,033 hours of service
    5,500 Clean-up Kits
    12,644 Persons with Spiritual Care
    11, 957 Persons with Financial Assistance Vouchers

    As rebuilding continues across Alabama and Mississippi, so does The Salvation Army's presence and commitment to the residents of our state.

    After the storms, The Salvation Army allocated approximately $3.5 million to help alleviate ongoing hardships faced by the individuals and families in Alabama and Mississippi. to help alleviate ongoing hardships faced by the individuals and families who lost so much. In partnership with Long Term Recovery Committees in 13 communities, Salvation Army staff is working to connect applicants to available assistance through the various agencies and Long-term Recovery Committees partnering to build stronger communities. The Salvation Army is committed to Doing the Most good for all residents as we rebuild together. Assistance from The Salvation Army in connection with public and private dollars are utilized to restore hope to families struggling to recover.

    Currently, The Salvation Army is providing long term recovery assistance in the following manner:

    Community capacity. $1 million has been allocated for signature community projects that help rebuild community capacity. Funds may be allocated to support the rebuilding of parks, community centers, and other projects identified by community leaders, long term recovery committees, and The Salvation Army.

    Disaster Social Services: The Salvation Army is providing direct financial assistance to survivors through trained case workers. This assistance is provided for essential living supplies, emergency household needs and rebuilding supplies. Case workers also work to connect survivors to other available funds to facilitate an expedited recovery.

    Distribution centers: The Salvation Army continues to operate distribution centers for survivors in affected areas. Food boxes, donated furniture, clothing, and other recovery items are available though these warehouses. In conjunction with the Disaster Social Services, The Salvation Army is working to alleviate many of the added financial burdens associated with disaster relief and recovery.

    To date, of the original $3.5 million obligated for long-term recover, $2.1 million has been spent on client assistance, reconstruction, and related support. To date, The Salvation Army has assisted 12,560 households. The Salvation long-term recovery operation remains open and will continue at least through the end of this year. Survivors still needing recovery assistance can apply at any of these Salvation Army disaster recovery locations listed within this media release.

    Because of this, The Salvation Army expects the program to extend to the end of the year, with additional allocation of $1.4 million. These funds will be utilized to fill in the gaps where private and public funds prove insufficient for recovery.

    View Online Report
    The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster assistance 10 locations in Alabama. Residents in need of assistance may contact the following locations for assistance:

    NW AL Resource Center
    200 Indies St., Hackleburg, AL
    Serving: Franklin and Marion Counties
    The Salvation Army Decatur, AL
    114 14th Street SW
    (256) 353 2822

    Serving: Limestone and Lawrence Counties
    The Salvation Army Huntsville, AL
    2114 Oakwood Avenue
    (256) 536-5576

    Serving: Madison County
    Jackson County Alabama Service Center
    1501 E. Willow Street, Scottsboro, AL

    Serving: Jackson County
    Dekalb County Service Center
    450 N. Gault, Ave, Fort Payne, AL.

    Serving: Dekalb County
    Marshall County Service Center
    1336 Gunter Avenue, Guntersville, AL

    Serving: Marshall and Cullman Counties
    Walker County Service Center
    207 E. 20th Street, Jasper, AL

    Serving: Walker County
    The Salvation Army Anniston, AL
    420 Noble Street
    (256) 236-5343

    Serving: Calhoun County
    The Salvation Army Birmingham Area Command
    2130 11th Avenue North
    (205) 328-5656

    Serving: Jefferson County
    Tuscaloosa Salvation Army Recovery Center
    2005 32nd Street
    Northport, Alabama 35476
    Call: 205-561-6463

    Serving: Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Hale, Greene, Sumter, Pickens, Lamar and Fayette counties

    For a more detailed report of ongoing recovery work or for more information about Salvation Army Disaster relief or to donate, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    # # #

    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.<

    Albertson’s LLC Stores Raise Over $50,000 for Salvation Army Disaster Relief

    Boise, ID (May 15, 2012) —Through the generosity of customers and associates, Albertson’s LLC is making a $56,000 donation to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in the South and Midwest, following the devastating series of spring tornadoes that impacted the area. The campaign, which began on April 4th and concluded on April 30, allowed customers to select a $1, $3 or $5 donation coupon while paying for their groceries.

    “Our customers and associates are amazing, and their generosity during times of crisis is unparalleled,” said Wayne Denningham, president of the Southern Division for Albertson’s LLC. “While the immediate result of the tornado in early April was certainly cause to mobilize, the process of rebuilding takes time and help is still needed as survivors rebuild their lives. We’re grateful that we’re in a position to assist The Salvation Army with its disaster relief mission again this year.”

    "The Salvation Army deeply appreciates the generosity of our friends at Albertson's and their customers,” said Major C. Mark Brown, Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory. “When disaster strikes, many people have told us how grateful they are to see our Salvation Army feeding units on the streets, handing out food and drinks to both rescue workers and survivors. But what they can't see is the army behind the Army -- our donors. It is through their generosity that The Salvation Army can help others in times of crisis."

    Albertsons stores from Arizona to Florida participated in the collection campaign via the company's in-store Food for All program, and over the last year, customers and associates have contributed over $600,000 to help local organizations and disaster relief in the United States.

    About Albertson’s LLC
    Albertson’s LLC is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market it serves. The company is privately owned and currently operates over 200 stores under the Albertsons banner in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas. For more information about the company, please visit www.albertsonsmarket.com.

    About The Salvation Army
    The Salvation Army assists nearly 30 million American each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, clothing and shelter for the homeless, outreach to the elderly and ill, and opportunities for underprivileged children. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    About Food For All
    Food For All is a non-profit, charitable marketing organization that runs point-of-purchase fundraisers in over 6,000 retail locations nationwide. Proceeds from these fundraisers are allocated to hundreds of anti-hunger organizations and non-profits around the country. Since the organization’s inception in 1985, Food For All has raised over $61 million to fight hunger in America and abroad. For more information, please visit our website at www.foodforall.org or email tracey@foodforall.org.<

    Albertson’s Stores Collecting Donations For Salvation Army Texas Tornado Relief

    Fort Worth, TX (April 2, 2012)—Albertson’s LLC is collecting donations through its in-store fundraising program across all of its stores in support of The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts following the devastating tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    The campaign features boards stocked with $1, $3 and $5 donation coupons at each check stand of their stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. Customers donate simply by selecting a coupon in the desired denomination and handing it to the cashier to be scanned as they are paying for their order. The donation amount appears on the final bill and is tax-deductible.

    “Albertsons stores and our customers have traditionally stepped up to support the efforts of The Salvation Army during times of national crisis,” said Wayne Denningham, president, Southern division of Albertsons LLC. “The impact of the devastating tornadoes in the DFW Metroplex will present recovery challenges for many weeks to come. Our in-store fundraising campaign gives us the opportunity to respond quickly to support the efforts of great organizations like The Salvation Army as emergencies arise.”

    The stores will collect funds through April 27th.

    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 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 spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

    About Albertson’s LLC
    Albertson’s LLC is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market it serves. The company is privately owned and operates 205 stores under the Albertsons banner in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.

    About Food For All
    Food For All is a non-profit, charitable marketing organization that runs point-of-purchase fundraisers in over 6,000 retail locations nationwide. Proceeds from these fundraisers are allocated to hundreds of anti-hunger organizations and non-profits around the country. Since the organization’s inception in 1985, Food For All has raised over $61 million to fight hunger in America and abroad. For more information, please visit our website at www.foodforall.org or email tracey@foodforall.org.

    Albertson’s LLC Stores Collecting Donations for Spring Storm Victims—Funds raised plus an additional $10,000 donation will go toward The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in the Midwest and Southeast

    BOISE, ID — Albertson’s LLC is collecting donations through its in-store Food for All fundraising program across all of its stores in support of The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in the Midwest and Southeast, following the devastating series of spring storms and floods that have impacted the area. The Company is also making an immediate contribution of $10,000 to the organization to help with the most pressing needs in The Salvation Army’s Central and Southeast divisions.

    The campaign begins May 27th and will run through June 30th. Albertsons Food For All program features boards stocked with $1, $3 and $5 donation coupons at each check stand of their stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. Customers donate simply by selecting a coupon in the desired denomination and handing it to the cashier to be scanned as they are paying for their order. The donation amount appears on the final bill and is tax-deductible.

    “Albertsons stores and our customers have traditionally stepped up to help disaster relief efforts during times of national crisis,” said Bob Butler, executive vice president of operations for Albertsons LLC. “The impact of these storms will be felt for months to come as the families and organizations in the devastated areas rebuild, and our thoughts go out to every family who has been impacted. Our in-store Food for All fundraising campaign gives us the opportunity to respond quickly to support the efforts of both our local non-profits and national relief organizations like The Salvation Army.”

    "We are deeply grateful to Albertson's LLC and their customers for their continued trust and support -- especially now, during this time of great need for so many," said Major Bob Rudd, Community Relations and Development Director for The Salvation Army in the western United States. "It's just like Albertson's to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason, and we are humbled by their generosity and kindness."

    About Albertson’s LLC Albertson’s LLC is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market it serves. The company is privately owned and operates nearly 250 stores under the Albertsons banner in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas.

    About Food For All Food For All is a non-profit, charitable marketing organization that runs point-of-purchase fundraisers in over 6,000 retail locations nationwide. Proceeds from these fundraisers are allocated to hundreds of anti-hunger organizations and non-profits around the country. Since the organization’s inception in 1985, Food For All has raised over $61 million to fight hunger in America and abroad. For more information, please visit our website at www.foodforall.org or email tracey@foodforall.org.

    Media Contact:
    Christine Wilcox, Albertsons LLC
    Christine.wilcox@albertsonsllc.com
    (208) 395-4163 <

    All Systems Go for Salvation Army Flood Response in Minot, North Dakota

    Minot, ND — With more Salvation Army disaster relief teams from Fargo and the Twin Cities en route, staff and volunteers are providing food, water and emotional support in Minot and nearby cities while flood crews scramble to raise levees. With parts of Minot already underwater, the Souris River is expected to crest this weekend.

    “The Salvation Army’s feeding efforts will continue for weeks to come,” said Major Donald Kincaid, Minot Salvation Army administrator. “After the floodwaters recede, we will additionally offer clean-up kits and long-term support.”

    Limited financial assistance is and will be available for qualifying households displaced by the flood. For assistance call 701-838-8925.

    “The Salvation Army has served in Minot since 1896,” Kincaid said. “This is our town, too. We are committed to serving this community the best we can, for as long as we are needed.”

    For any and all flood information not related to The Salvation Army, call the Ward County Flood Hotline at 701-858-9366.

    Monetary donations:
    The Minot Salvation Army needs financial support now and in the months ahead to cover the costs of its disaster response. To make a $10 donation, text “MINOT” to 80888 and reply “yes” to the confirmation text. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

    Donations can also be made online at www.thesalarmy.org, by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or by mailing a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior AVE N, Roseville MN 55113. Be sure to designate your donation “Minot Flood.”

    Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
    Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

    Contact:
    Annette Bauer
    PR Director
    The Salvation Army Northern DHQ
    2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
    651.746.3500 office, 651.238.8210 cell

    Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of Staff and New World Secretary for Women’s Ministries

    Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of StaffBelow is a letter from our new General announcing the new Salvation Army Chief of Staff Commissioner William Roberts. The Texas Division wishes Commissioners Roberts well and is praying for traveling mercies and the Commissioners' ministry at their new posts.

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    Announcing New Salvation Army Chief Of Staff and New World Secretary for Women's Ministries

    Dear Colleagues,

    You will understand that within a very short time of accepting my election to the office of General, I began to give serious thought to whom I might ask to work alongside me as the Chief of the Staff.

    After several days of prayer, reflection and wide consultation with a number of senior leaders, I have decided to appoint Commissioner William Roberts as Chief of the Staff, effective 1 October 2013. Commissioner Nancy Roberts is appointed as World Secretary for Women’s Ministries.

    Commissioner William Roberts returns to International Headquarters with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the international Army. After initial appointments in corps ministry, he served in divisional finance appointments for a number of years, before being appointed as a divisional secretary in two divisions and then as divisional commander in two divisions. Commissioner Nancy Roberts shared those years of ministry, involving herself also in the leadership of the League of Mercy and the Home League, and as Social Concerns (Moral and Ethical Issues) Secretary.

    December 2001 saw Commissioners Roberts move to the southern part of the Americas and Caribbean zone, when they were appointed respectively as Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Organizations, South America East Territory. Four years later the commissioners reported for duty at International Headquarters – Commissioner William Roberts as International Secretary for Business Administration and Commissioner Nancy Roberts as IHQ Chaplain and Secretary for IHQ Staff Development. In March 2008 the commissioners became the first territorial leaders of the newly formed Kenya West Territory where their leadership and ministry made a deep impact on salvationists in the western part of Kenya. From there they returned to their native USA as the national leaders.

    Commissioner William Roberts is a leader of varied expertise and wide knowledge. As well as having a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Religious Studies, the commissioner has interested himself in minority ministries, cross-cultural ministries, leader development, evangelism and church growth, and social service.

    With such a background, and a commendable record of service in North America, South America, Africa and at IHQ, I am confident that the commissioner is more than well prepared for the task to which he is now appointed, as is Commissioner Nancy Roberts who will work alongside Commissioner Silvia Cox in the interests of Women’s Ministries around the world.

    Please join me in praying God’s rich blessing upon Commissioners Roberts as they take up their significant leadership roles at the heart of our Army.

    God bless you.

    Yours sincerely,

    André Cox
    GENERAL

    AOK Division Deploys Teams to Tornado Damaged Areas

    Oklahoma City, OK — The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division is responding to multiple locations due to tornado damage.

    Oklahoma Emergency Management has sent several personnel, Urban Search and Rescue, and EMS strike teams to the Joplin area. They requested one of our mobile feeding units accompany the teams to Joplin. Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa Commanding Officer, and one volunteer from Tulsa are en route with the Tulsa mobile feeding unit. They will be reporting to the Joplin Salvation Army for further orders.

    Major Alan Phillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma Commanding Officer, has been requested by the Grove Emergency Operations Center to respond to the Grove, Oklahoma area. The Bartlesville mobile feeding unit and crew will be deploying first thing Monday morning.

    Sergeant Rob Daniels, Stillwater, Oklahoma Commanding Officer, will be deploying a mobile feeding unit and crew to Ketchum, Oklahoma on Monday morning where tornado damage is also reported. All efforts are being coordinated closely with emergency management.

    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 on Twitter.

    Contact:
    Major Denise Williford
    E-mail: denise_williford@uss.salvationarmy.org
    Office: 479/521/2151

    AOK Division Serves Tornado Ravaged Woodward, Oklahoma

    Woodward, OK (April 16, 2012) - The Salvation Army of Enid, Oklahoma is responding to the tornadoes that brought devastation across the community of Woodward, Oklahoma. The Salvation Army is offering food and hydration, emotional and spiritual care as relief, recovery and clean-up efforts are underway in the area. Close to 400 meals, as well as several hundred snacks, and cases of water were provided.

    In addition, work gloves and hand sanitizer were provided. Especially touching were the stuffed turtles which were hand-made by the youngest church members of The Salvation Army in Enid and handed out to the “youngest” of those affected by the storms.

    “We are out doing what The Salvation Army does best, providing hope, healing, and help in time of need,” states Salvation Army of Enid’s Commanding officer, John Dancer. “We will continue doing the most good, meeting the needs of victims, emergency workers and those affected until we are no longer needed.”

    The Salvation Army is also working closely with state and local emergency management officials as well as members of the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) including American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Free Will Baptists, United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The Salvation Army is a member of Oklahoma VOAD which includes many others partners throughout the state.

    The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769.) Designate “Oklahoma storms” when making your donation.

    For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyaok.org, Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK, and follow us on Twitter @SalArmyAOK. Additional updates will be sent as new information becomes available. Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549 E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Office: 405/254/1156

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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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    April 2011 Fast Facts — Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Published by Territorial Headquarters, Communications Bureau Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity in the southern United States, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities. The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 120,000+ hot meals, 300,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 5,286 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has begun helping with Social Services Cases in several locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 30,000+ hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

    The Salvation Army Continues To Serve On Day 7 after Deadly Tornadoes

    May 04, 2011 - 7:05 PM EDT
    Kimberly George
    kimberly_george@uss.salvationarmy.org (423) 503-1023

    Chattanooga, TN - One week after the most deadly storms to hit the Southeast, The Salvation Army continues to serve tirelessly and continues to “Do the Most Good” by providing help, hope, and healing. “It’s what we do,” states Divisional Disaster Director Joe Hughes. “Especially when folks have lost everything, the least we can do is provide a hot meal and warm prayer."

    In northwest GA and southeast TN, under the direction of Commissioner James Osborne and Ray Dalrymple, almost 18,000 meals have been served and over 35,000 beverages and over 800 individuals have been personally prayed with by our Spiritual Care team.

    Catoosa County, GA — The Salvation Army continues to station 2 mobile kitchen units servicing the Ringgold community that have come from Dalton, GA and Winchester, TN. A third mobile kitchen unit from Knoxville is roaming Cherokee Valley Rd. Social Service teams are making arrangements to move into offering their services as well to this community.

    Hamilton County, TN — The Salvation Army continues to serve in Apison, TN roaming these areas providing food and emotional and spiritual care. Social service assistance is also beginning in this county as well.

    Bradley County, TN — The Salvation Army has teamed with The Red Cross and Southern Baptist Association to serve the needs of the Cleveland Community. They have a joint distribution center where food, water, and other physical needs are being met. Southern Territorial Disaster Director, Jeff Jellets, said after visiting the community, “What an incredible example of service organizations working together, Doing the Most Good!”

    Lake County, TN — The Salvation Army service unit has been serving since the storms hit on April 27. They have been averaging 300 meals a day. Service is being provided by Service Unit volunteers. They are monitoring the threat of rising waters. Memphis, TN - The Salvation Army continues to watch the threat of rising waters in the area and is active in the local EOC. They have served 1795 meals and over 2500 beverages to the EOC and staging areas.

    Henderson, KY — The Salvation Army has 3 separate locations where physical, emotional and spiritual services are being provided. The locations are in Henderson in the communities of Spottsville, Reed, Beals. They are scaling back to a little over 100 meals a day and have served close to fifteen hundred meals total since relief efforts began.

    Washington, VA — With the EOC closing, The Salvation Army’s Johnson City, TN and the Owensboro, KY mobile kitchen unit will released as of today, May 4, 2011. The Bristol Corps will continue to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to victims of this horrific disaster.

    The Salvation Army Participates in One Day Assistance Centers

    May 04, 2011 - 9:55 PM EDT
    Cynthia (Cindy) Fuller
    cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (405) 254-1156

    Hot Springs, AR is participating in two separate One Day Assistance Centers being held in Garland and Faulkner Counties.

    Friday, May 6, 2011
    10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    One Day Assistance Center
    Beryl Baptist Church
    873 Highway 64 E
    Vilonia, AR 72173-9701

    And

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011
    10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    One Day Assistance Center
    Assembly of God Camp
    1366 N. Hwy 7
    Hot Springs Village, AR 71909

    The Assistance Center will have numerous representatives from Arkansas Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster. Agencies will be available to with storm survivors on assistance available and provide additional information. Food, Counseling/intervention, Hygiene Kits, Cleaning supplies, water, blankets, and more may be available. Photo ID and Documents of disaster damages are required to receive some forms of assistance.

    The Salvation Army Continues to Serve Those Affected by Flooding

    Arkansas (May 4, 2011) – The Black River continues to be out of its banks and wreaking havoc on those areas along the river in Randolph County Arkansas. On Monday and Tuesday, it rose another two feet. It is expected to crest sometime Saturday morning.

    The Salvation Army in Randolph County continues to serve workers, the National Guard, and others affected by the flooding in Pocahontas.

    A host of volunteers, a Salvation Army officer, Captain Bobby Carr of Rogers, Arkansas, and a couple of employees serve off of the mobile feeding daily. The service began on Thursday of last week and will most likely continue through the weekend. To date, 3,140 meals have been served and 574 volunteer hours have been provided by local and visiting community members. Employees and Officers of The Salvation Army have put in well over 300 hours in the response effort.

    Financial donations are critically needed to support disaster relief efforts. There are four ways to donate:

    • Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org
    • Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.
    • Checks may be made out to “The Salvation Army Disaster Services” and mailed to

    PO Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.
    • Text “GIVE” to 80888 to donate $10.

    Contact:
    Cindy Fuller
    cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
    or
    405-830-6549<

    April 2011 Tornadoes Fast Facts and News

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity in the southern United States, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities. The following information represents the Southern Territory's fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 100,000+ hot meals, 260,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided over 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), is about to deploy 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day; has deployed 1 Shower Unit and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 4,376 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has begun helping with Social Services Cases in several locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 23,000+ hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Books-A-Million Launches Tornado Relief Campaign

    May 04, 2011 - 8:08 AM EDT
    Mark Jones
    mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (601) 278-2100

    Birmingham, AL — Books-A-Million, Inc. (Nasdaq/NM: BAMM) today announced that it is collecting donations to support The Salvation Army's tornado relief efforts in the Southeast. Customers can make donations at all Books-A-Million's 230 locations. Through the generous donations of Books-A-Million associates and customers, $100,000 has already been raised for The Salvation Army in just 4 days.

    "The Salvation Army provides hope for thousands in the form of shelter, food and many other services," said Clyde B. Anderson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Books-A-Million, Inc. "Our community here in Alabama and others throughout the South have been overwhelmingly affected by the massive destruction and loss of life and we know that supporting the efforts of the Salvation Army is one of the best ways to help."

    Books-A-Million associates and customers have a long tradition of aiding The Salvation Army's efforts in the aftermath of natural disasters throughout the United States and the world.

    About Books-A-Million, Inc.

    Books-A-Million is one of the nation's leading book retailers and sells on the Internet at www.booksamillion.com. The Company presently operates more than 230 stores in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million and Books & Co. and traditional bookstores operating under the name Bookland and Books-A-Million. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the company's website at www.booksamillion.com.



    Salvation Army Canteen Deployments
    for AL & MS for May 4, 2011

    May 04, 2011 - 9:04 AM EDT
    Mark Jones
    mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (601) 278-2100

    Jackson, MS — Thirty-six (36) Salvation Army disaster canteens remain in operation in tornado-affected areas of Alabama and Mississippi. These "kitchens-on-wheels" remain concentrated in communities hardest hit be the severe storms. A complete list of service locations for Tuesday, May 4, 2011 follows:

    Never seen a Salvation Army disaster canteen? Take a tour on YouTube!


    INCIDENT COMMAND      CANTEENLOCATION
    Jackson County, ALVidalia, GAFlat Rock Community Center
    684 County Road 326, Flat Rock, AL
    Atlanta, GA AC      Higdon Baptist Church
    Savannah, GAFlat Rock Community Center
    684 County Road 326, Flat Rock, AL
    Augusta, GA DRU 1Delivery
    Madison County, ALHuntsville, ALPublix Shopping Center
    Jeff Rd/Hwy 53
    Calhoun County, ALAnniston, ALWebster's Chapel Baptist Church
    3091 New Liberty Road
    Wellington, Alabama
    Hattiesburg, MSTen Island Church
    9150 Hwy 77, Ohache, AL
    Lawrence County, ALDecatur, ALRoving
    New Orleans, LA DRV-20Chaleybeate Springs Baptist Ch.
    2751 Cnty Rd 214, Hillsboro, AL
    Franklin County, ALCANTEEN OPS CEASED
    Dekalb County, ALFort Payne, ALOut of service
    Marshall County, ALAlexandria, AL DRV-18Ruth Volunteer FD
    3075 Matt Morrow Road, Arab, AL
    Gadsden, AL DRU 1Gunters Landing Subdivision
    1000 Gunters Landing Road
    Guntersville, AL
    Shreveport, LA DRV-18Guntersville Rec. Center
    1500 Guntersville Drive, G'ville, AL
    Cullman CountyVero Beach, FL
    Being deployed from B'ham
    Hanceville, AL
    St. Augustine, FL
    Being deployed from B'ham
    Holly Pond, AL
    Monroe County, MSTupelo, MS DRV-18Smithville Pharmacy
    63432 Hwy 25 North, Smithville
    Jackson, MS MFURoving
    Tuscaloosa, ALColumbus, MS DRV-18Holt HS
    3801 Alabama Avenue NE
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Panama City, FL DRV-20Leeland Plaza in Alberta
    (off of 15th Street)
    Pensacola, FLHopewell Baptist Church
    3800 University Blvd.
    Alberta, AL
    Jacksonville DRV-20Forest Lake Baptist Church
    107 18th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL DRV-20Ridgecrest Neighborhood
    Holt, AL
    Meridian, MSTuscaloosa Corps Facility
    Selma, AL MFURoving
    Jefferson County, ALBaton Rouge, LA DRV-18350 Industrial Drive, B'ham
    Birmingham DRV-18Fultondale
    (Roving)
    BirminghamNorth Smithfield, Leola Ave
    Fultondale South
    Vero Beach, FLSee Cullman County
    Tallahassee, FL DRV-20Pratt City East – Hwy 78 and Cherry
    Tampa, FL DRV-20Fultondale
    St. Augustine, FLSee Cullman County
    Titusville, FLPleasant Grove, AL
    (South – in the park)
    West Pasco, FLTemporarily Out-of-Service
    Lake Charles, LA DRV-18McDonald Chapel, Pratt City West(no physical address available)
    Walker County, ALDothan, AL DRV-18
    Being deployed from B'ham
    Cordova, AL – 208 Alabama Avenue
    Birmingham, AL MFUBeing deployed from B'hamCordova – Roving


    Salvation Army Teams Bringing Relief to Washington County, Virginia

    May 04, 2011 - 9:37 AM EDT
    Johnathan Haskell
    Jonathan_Haskell@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (865) 335-1573

    Glade Spring, VA - The Salvation Army is continuing to provide relief to victims of one of the worst storms to ever hit this part of the country. "I grew up in the Midwest, but I've never seen anything like this before," said one local resident named Richard. "I'm very happy to be alive." Richard and his wife, Carolyn survived the storm by crouching down in a pantry next to the stove in their kitchen. There was no time to get to the basement, as their home literally came apart around them. Their roof blew off, windows exploded and walls collapsed.

    "We kissed each other and said our goodbyes," added Carolyn, "but somehow, we made it through." This afternoon, as another round of storms approached, the Salvation Army team and a group of friends helped them move the rest of their belongings into the basement in hopes that they would stay dry. Like many local residents, Richard and Carolyn are still waiting, a week after the tornado, for a visit from their claims adjuster. Until then, they are hesitant to clean up too much. Salvation Army workers continued up and down the street offering meals, drinks, encouragement and prayers to people who have lost so much. (Photographs are available at www.facebook.com/knoxredshield.)

    Over the course of two days in Glade Spring, The Salvation Army has provided:

    • 415 meals
    • 415 drinks
    • 205 cups of coffee
    • 20 cases of water
    • Spiritual assistance for 50 people

    The Salvation Army will continue serving from its staging area near Interstate 81 in Glade Spring and will also continue roaming the hardest hit neighborhoods. The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donations:The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:
    As of May 4, 2011 The Salvation Army USA reports the following totals:
    Total: $487,000
    Online: $335,000
    1-800-SAL-ARMY: $115,000
    Text-to-Give: $37,000
    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

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    April 2011 Tornadoes Fast Facts — Friday, May 6, 2011

    entered_text { text-align: center; }Published by Territorial Headquarters, Communications Bureau Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity in the southern United States, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities. The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 165,500+ hot meals, 398,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks. • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers. • The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 6,500+ individuals. • The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations. • Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 40,371 hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

    Support Services Continue Due to Arkansas Flooding

    Arkansas (May 6, 2011) — Rivers continue to swell and go over their banks at near historic levels in Arkansas. One week after the Black River left its banks in Randolph County; The Salvation Army continues to support the community of Pocahontas. As of Thursday afternoon, The Salvation Army was requested to support additional areas.

    The Salvation Army has been asked to provide support for the National Guard being deployed along the White River to monitor the river's flooding. On Thursday evening, the Central Arkansas Area Command made arrangements to deliver meals as the Fort Smith mobile feeding unit will arrive on Friday. Beginning Friday morning, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are being provided to approximately 200 National Guard Soldiers for the next five days.

    In Randolph County Arkansas, flood waters continue to be high, causing treacherous travel. In Arkansas, many roads are closed. In areas driving into Pocahontas, the river seems within arm’s reach of the bridge.

    The Little Rock mobile feeding unit is stationed at the Community Center on Geneva Drive in Pocahontas and is currently providing three meals a day. Cleaning, toiletry, and infant items, as well as other items are also being handed out to victims of the flood. Many are still not able to even get to their homes to see if they will have anything left. Several businesses continue to be closed and some City and County offices have been affected causing residents to have to go to a neighboring County for services.

    On Saturday, a crew from El Dorado will take over meal service. As of Thursday evening, 3, 805 meals have been served in Pocahontas.

    Media Contact:
    Cynthia Fuller
    The Salvation Army
    AOK Divisional Marketing and Public Relations Director
    cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (405) 254-1156

    The Salvation Army Transitions from Mass Feeding to Social Case Work

    Chattanooga, TN (May 6, 2011) — As the need for disaster assistance shifts more toward long-term recovery efforts, the Salvation Army has began to shift away from mass feeding and into long-term social casework. Although we will continue to serve hot meals as needed, the Salvation Army is continuing to “Do the Most Good” by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storm. This need may come in the form of non-perishable food boxes, toiletries, baby needs, support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis depending upon the need.

    The Salvation Army will be setting up Disaster Recovery Centers at the following locations:

    Catoosa County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.

    Walker County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA, 30739.

    Dade County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Board of Commissioners Room, 71 Case Avenue, Trenton, GA 30752.

    Hamilton County, TN — The Salvation Army is going to be doing service at The Salvation Army Social Services Center located at 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407. An additional location for the Tiftonia community will be located at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419.

    Bradley County, TN – Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312

    Media Contact:
    Lt. David Costellow
    Public Information Officer
    (270) 881-6510
    David_Costellow@uss.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army of KT, TN & GA Moves from Response to Recovery in the Southeastern Part of the Division While They also Prepare for Historic Flooding in Western TN

    Chattanooga, TN (May 5, 2011) — The Salvation Army is continuing to “Do the Most Good” by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storm. This need may come in the form of non-perishable food boxes, toiletries, baby needs, limited support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis depending upon the need.

    These services will be provided at the following locations:

    Catoosa County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.

    Walker County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA, 30739.

    Dade County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Board of Commissioners Room, 71 Case Avenue, Trenton, GA 30752.

    Hamilton County, TN — The Salvation Army is going to be doing service at The Salvation Army Social Services Center located at 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 . Additional location for the Tiftonia community will be located at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419

    Bradley County, TN — Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312

    Dyer County, TN — The Salvation Army is distributing hygiene kits and food boxes at the county distribution center.

    Additionally around the division:

    The Salvation Army mobile kitchen units will be serving hot meals, snacks and beverages in the following towns:

    Memphis, TN — The Salvation Army continues to watch the threat of rising waters in the area and is active in the local EOC. They have 3 feeding locations: one at the EOC, one at the staging area the Riley Springs Mall, and the third where volunteers are sandbagging along the Mississippi River.

    Henderson, KY — The Salvation Army has 3 separate locations where physical, emotional and spiritual services are being provided. The locations are in Henderson in the communities of Spottsville, Reed, Beals. They are scaling back to fewer than 100 meals a day and have served close to fifteen hundred meals total since relief efforts began.

    Media Contact:
    Kimberly George
    Divisional Public Information Officer
    423-503-1801
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org
    Canteen Deployment
    ALM Tornado Disaster – April 2011
    Deployment Date: Thursday, May 6, 2011

    INCIDENT COMMANDCANTEENLOCATION
    Jackson County, ALVidalia, GAFlat Rock Community Center
    684 County Road 326, Flat Rock, AL
    Atlanta, GA ACHigdon Baptist Church
    Savannah, GAFlat Rock Community Center 684 County Road 326, Flat Rock, AL
    Augusta, GA DRU 1Delivery
    Madison County, ALHuntsville, ALPublix Shopping Center
    Jeff Rd/Hwy 53
    Calhoun County, ALAnniston, ALWebster’s Chapel Baptist Church
    3091 New Liberty Road
    Wellington, Alabama
    Lawrence County, ALDecatur, ALRoving
    New Orleans, LA
    DRV-20
    Chaleybeate Springs Baptist Ch.
    2751 Cnty Rd 214, Hillsboro, AL
    Franklin County, ALCANTEEN OPS CEASED
    Dekalb County, ALFort Payne, ALOut of service
    Marshall County, ALCANTEEN OPS CEASED
    Cullman CountyVero Beach, FL
    Being deployed from B’ham
    Hanceville, AL
    St. Augustine, FL
    Being deployed from B’ham
    Holly Pond, AL
    Monroe County, MSTupelo, MS DRV-18Piggly Wiggly
    63436 Hwy 25 North, Smithville
    New Orleans DRU
    Tuscaloosa, ALColumbus, MS DRV-18Out of service today
    Panama City, FL DRV-20American Legion (3800 University Blvd)
    Pensacola, FLHopewell Baptist Church
    3800 University Blvd.
    Alberta, AL
    Jacksonville DRV-20Forest Lake Baptist Church
    107 18th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL DRV-20Crescent Ridge Rd/Keene Drive
    Meridian, MSTuscaloosa Corps
    (Greensboro/21st Street)
    Jefferson County, ALBaton Rouge, LA DRV-18350 Industrial Drive, B’ham
    Birmingham DRV-18Out for repairs
    Vero Beach, FLHueytown/Concord (stationary)
    Tallahassee, FL DRV-20Pratt City East – Hwy 78 and Cherry
    Tampa, FL DRV-20Fultondale
    St. Augustine, FLSee Cullman County
    Titusville, FLPleasant Grove, AL
    (South – in the park)
    West Pasco, FLPleasant Grove, AL
    (north residential area)
    Lake Charles, LA DRV-18McDonald Chapel, Pratt City West
    (no physical address available)
    Dothan, AL DRV-18North Smithfield – Leola Avenue
    Birmingham, AL MFUHueytown/Concord (roving)
    Walker County, ALCANTEEN OPS CEASED

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 278-2100
    Mark_Jones@USS.Salvationarmy.org

    Donations:

    The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:

    As of May 4, 2011 The Salvation Army USA reports the following totals:

    Total: $487,000

    Online: $335,000
    1-800-SAL-ARMY: $115,000
    Text-to-Give: $37,000

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

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    April 2011 Tornadoes — Fast Facts

    Published by Territorial Headquarters, Communications Bureau Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing shelter, food, water, ice, cleaning supplies, baby supplies, and hygiene products. The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 86,000 hot meals, 260,000 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided over 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), is about to deploy 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day; has deployed 1 Shower Unit and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army is distributing food boxes (groceries), baby supplies (diapers & formula) and general hygiene products (soap, shampoo etc.)
    • The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 3,233 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has begun helping with Social Services Cases.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 10,000+ hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Donation totals:

    As of May 1, 2011 The Salvation Army USA Southern Territory reports the following totals:

    Internet: $334,511.00
    Telephone: $114,477.00
    Other: $920.00

    TOTAL: $449,908.00

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

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    Facebook: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

    Youtube.com/salarmyeds

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    Arkansas-Oklahoma Provided Services Throughout The Second Winter Storm of the Season

    AHOMA CITY, OK – Many are calling the most recent snow storm that impacted Arkansas and Oklahoma the Record Setting Winter Storm II of 2011.    Last week, between Tuesday and Thursday, records setting low temperatures were set as well as record levels of snow fall.   On Thursday morning, lows in Arkansas and Oklahoma were reported from 4 to -31 degrees (without wind chill).   Also, near Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma, 25 inches of snow was reported.   Fayetteville had close to 20 inches of snow.   Tulsa, Oklahoma has had the snowiest season on record since records have been kept.During the most recent winter storm that began on February 8 and heavily affected the area until February 10, the following was reported (these numbers could go higher once all reports are in):

    • Approximately 4,300 meals served
    • Approximately 1,600 nights of lodging provided
    • 1,047 drinks served
    • 601 snacks served
    • Multiple showers, blankets, articles of clothing, and personal comfort kits provided
    • Warming Centers reported numbers close to the lodging numbers for clients staying in out of the weather
    As a result of the storm, across Arkansas and Oklahoma, many of The Salvation Army shelters are in need of bulk food items, food items for food baskets, as well as coats, gloves, and blankets.   Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org<

    Arkansas-Oklahoma Salvation Army Active in Both States And Assisting in Joplin, Missouri

    Oklahoma City, OK — The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma is active in disaster response to several areas as a result of weather related events. A strong storm system crossed Oklahoma and Arkansas on May 24 that developed multiple thunderstorms and tornadoes across the division. Additionally, flooding still continues to be an issue in both states due to previous storm systems.

    Arkansas
    Lt. Josh Robinett, Russellville, will be serving lunch from the Little Rock canteen in Denning (Franklin County) today. Denning was struck by a tornado late last night. The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross and local emergency management to ensure the immediate needs of responders and survivors are met.

    In McGehee (Desha County), The Salvation Army continues to support National Guard troops working on levees along the Mississippi river. Jason Burns, McGehee Service Center, as well as numerous volunteers have served 5,752 meals over 13 days. Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, is also on sit3. Volunteers from Desha and Chicot counties have provided 1,343 hours of service.

    Oklahoma
    The Central Oklahoma Area Command has been dispatched to a location West of El Reno to support search, rescue and recovery efforts. The command post is being operated by El Reno Fire Department at Highways 66 and 270. Lunch and dinner will be served to responders at the command post as well as storm survivors. The El Reno Service Center continues to act as a shelter for those who lost homes. It has also become an information center for residents.

    The command is also providing transportation for supplies being delivered to Delaware County to assist with response efforts in that area as a result of storms on Sunday.

    The Enid canteen continues to serve responders and storm survivors in Woodward County. Damage assessments are still underway in the area.

    The Lawton canteen provided breakfast to the shelter at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha (Grady County) this morning. The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross on shelter operations. Captain Ernest Hull, Lawton, and Lt. James Biddix of Chickasha are assessing the damage in Grady County and working with emergency management to see if there are further needs. The Ponca City canteen completed service late last night as search and rescue efforts near Stillwater were completed.

    Missouri
    Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa, and a volunteer continue to be on the scene in Joplin, Missouri where a devastating tornado hit on Sunday evening. They arrived at 3:30 Am on Monday morning. The canteen, capable of 2,000 meals per day, is now located near St. John’s hospital supporting numerous responders.

    Captain Jones said, “On Monday, the faces of the residents were in total shock. It was difficult to even serve a bottle of water or cup of coffee as they didn’t even know they needed it.”

    The Salvation Army needs financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters can make a donation to support Salvation Army Disaster Services. These gifts make it possible for The Salvation Army to provide food and hydration, emotional and spiritual care, and other assistance to disaster survivors.

    Visit www.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 on Twitter.

    Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549
    E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
    Office: 405/254/1156<

    Art Attributed to Salvadore Dali on Display at Family Thrift Store

    href="http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/star/6585641.html" target="_blank">Link to the Houston Chronicle to read the story . . .

    As Hurricane Sandy Advances, The Salvation Army Answers

    Baltimore, MD (October 29, 2012) – The Maryland & West Virginia Division of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (“EDS”) are now serving persons impacted by Hurricane Sandy as her outer bands lash Maryland’s eastern shore and those counties surrounding, and west of, Chesapeake Bay.

    On Maryland’s eastern shore, The Salvation Army Corps in Cambridge sheltered 14 persons Sunday evening. The Salvation Army of Salisbury is serving meals at Salisbury Bennett High School, an emergency shelter for Wicomico County Department of Emergency Services. On Sunday, October 28, ten volunteers and two officers (36 volunteer hours) served 100 meals and provided 200 more servings of sandwiches and soup for additional persons arriving at the shelter.

    In Annapolis, The Salvation Army served dinner to the storm refugees in the Annapolis High School Shelter. Forty meals, 120 snacks, and 96 bottles of water were provided. The Salvation Army will be serving lunch and dinner at the shelter until it closes.

    The Salvation Army in Baltimore is in close contact with the Baltimore City & County Emergency Operations Centers. The Salvation Army also has representation around the clock at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) headquartered in Baltimore.

    All Salvation Army units across the Division are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding canteens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.



    The Salvation Army anticipates severe impact from Hurricane Sandy, and extensive need for Salvation Army services. The Governor of Maryland’s press briefings, Monday, October 29, indicate:

    • There have been several rescues in Ocean City due to high water and flooding. There has been a break in the dune, allowing the ocean to wash up on Coastal Highway. The iconic fishing pier has been destroyed.

    • The storm is increasing in intensity and may become a Category 2 before landfall. It will impact all of Maryland.

    • This is a slow moving storm and will "give Maryland a beating over a period of 24 - 36 hours."

    • As of 2 PM power outages in Maryland number 24,000 statewide.

    • Storm related fatalities are expected (from both surge and wind).

    • Residents are asked to stay off the roads for the next 24 to 36 hours.

    • The following bridges will probably be closed due to wind velocity: the Hatem Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and the Tydings Bridge (which is the bridge on I-95 crossing the Susquehanna). No one remembers closing the Tydings Bridge before. Traffic on I-95 will be diverted to I-83.

    • There are 23 state shelters open.

    • The weather forecast is worse than 12 hours ago.

    • Maryland will be hit with the most intense winds of the storm.

    • Wind and tidal surge will cause flooding of streams, creeks and Chesapeake tributaries.

    • Winds will shift and begin pushing water UP the Chesapeake (this is the really bad news).

    • The US Coast Guard Captain of the Port will be setting Port Condition Zulu at 1400 EDT today. This means that all ports/waterways in the Baltimore Zone will be closed due to gale force winds. This includes the ports of Annapolis, Baltimore, Cambridge, Ches/Del West, Chesapeake Beach, Chestertown, Cove Point, Crisfield, Curtis Bay, Easton, Havre de Grace, Kent Island, Morgantown, Piney Point, Port Covington, Salisbury, Solomons, St. Michael's Harbor, Washington, DC.

    • There are/will be blizzard conditions in Garrett County (Western Maryland) at the same time there is tidal flooding on the Chesapeake, ocean surge in Ocean City and flooding of creeks and tributaries.

    The Salvation Army is asking all residents of Maryland and West Virginia to be prepared with an emergency disaster plan. Critical decisions need to be made ahead of time, before the storm makes landfall.

    For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation, suggested supplies, planning and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    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.

    As Isaac moves out, The Salvation Army rolls in!

    The Salvation Army is moving emergency response teams into place in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi and is providing shelter, food and hydration, and emotional and spiritual care in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

    As the storm moves to the North, The Salvation Army has mobilized 24 feeding units (canteens), a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen, and approximately 60 personnel to the hardest hit areas. These units have a combined daily feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals. Major David Craddock, Incident Commander for Hurrican Isaac, commented, “This has been in many cases a hurry-up-and-wait situation. Even with access to affected areas limited, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents fleeing the effects of Isaac.” In response to the storm The Salvation Army has provided approximately, 8,067 meals, 7,569 drinks and 6,264 snacks. Additionally, hygiene kits and clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets, and cleaning supplies are being made available to storm survivors and first responders, as well as emotional and spiritual support.

    Many Salvation Army facilities in the track of the storm have been greatly impacted and a number of facilities were evacuated including the Area Command building and Center of Hope in New Orleans. Homeless shelters in Pascagoula, New Orleans, MS, and Mobile, AL, continued to be filled to capacity. Palm Beach County, FL, experienced massive flooding and widespread power outages and two mobile feeding units have been providing food, water, and support to the communities of Acreage and Loxahatchee.

    The Salvation Army in Texas has five mobile feeding units and a field kitchen on alert should additional support be requested. These units will remain on call during the holiday weekend. Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary, said, “Although Isaac is moving inland, many areas will not feel the storm’s full impact of rain and flooding for some time. We expect to provide assistance to all survivors in Gulf Coast communities and elsewhere for as long as there is a need.”

    Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
    • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    • 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.”*
    • Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designate “2012 Hurricane Season.”
    • Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
    • 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).

    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

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




    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 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. 83 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out 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.

    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.

    Ashlyne Huff – All I Want For Christmas

    teamed up with the Salvation Army and was lucky enough to record my version of Mariah Carey's classic, "All I Want for Christmas." We had a blast putting this together and hope you enjoy it!Please help me in supporting the Salvation Army and their Red Kettle Campaign to raise money for those who are in need so everyone can have a happy holiday. Text GIVE to 85944 to donate $10.Thank you so much and happy holidays!(Directed by Matt Alonzo/Skee

    Assessment Teams Arrive in Haiti

    >Mobilization Continues for The Salvation Army’s Earthquake Response at Home and Abroad An initial Salvation Army assessment team is on the ground in Haiti and en route to the capital city of Port Au Prince. Once there, the team will liaison with Salvation Army personnel already on site in Haiti, where the Army has ministered since 1950. As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army’s initial focus will be to assess the immediate needs of the people affected by the earthquake, then utilize its resources to mobilize and ship food, water and other critical necessities to where they are most needed.The Salvation Army has 44,000 lbs of emergency rations packaged and ready to ship to Haiti. These supplies include 285,120 meals consisting of rice, soy and vitamins, plastic wrapped for disaster. One million similar meals, donated by Numana Inc., will be prepared and packed this weekend by volunteers at the El Dorado Convention Center in El Dorado, Kansas to support Salvation Army relief efforts in Haiti. Locally, four tractor trailer loads of water, totaling almost 80,000 one liter bottles were dispatched from the Texas Salvation Army Disaster Warehouse today. The water will be transported to Lake Charles, LA, and then be loaded on to a ship headed for Haiti.“We saw a devastating earthquake strike Haiti this week,” said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Services Office. “Now, donor generosity is striking back.”The Salvation Army is encouraging people to donate in a new way by texting “HAITI” to 52000 on their mobile phones. The text message will automatically provide a $10 donation to disaster relief efforts in Haiti. Donors can also give via www.salvationarmyusa.org, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 with designation “Haiti Earthquake.” To date, The Salvation Army has raised $1.8 million to support ongoing disaster relief. The Salvation Army has committed more than $850,000 to support relief efforts in Haiti. The most pressing need right now is for monetary donations.The Salvation Army operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities through some 60 church/community centers across the country.One Salvation Army facility, or compound, includes a home for more than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical clinic caring for 150-200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday welcomes nearly 1,000 people. The facility is less than 10 minutes from the National Palace and is in an area known as St. Martin that is home to predominantly poor living in the nation’s capital.According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port au Prince, no one in the compound was injured during the earthquake, but the children’s home, the clinic and church suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely.The second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used as an emergency operations center; damage was slight to this compound, according to Salvation Army reports from Haiti. The Bethel Clinic, The Salvation Army’s hospital in Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince) reports some minor damage, but no injuries.

    For your Haiti Disaster Relief donation of $10 text HAITI to 52000. Thank you.
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    Assistance Continues For Those Impacted By Waldo Canyon Fire

    Colorado Springs, CO (July 7, 2012)—The Salvation Army continues to offer aid to the several hundred individuals affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, which has been burning West of Colorado Springs since June 23. Three teams of volunteers are assisting to meet the immediate and short-term needs of fire survivors, while also addressing the needs of emergency personnel as they finish fighting the flames and prepare for possible rain-related flooding.

    One Salvation Army mobile feeding unit is stationed near the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, offering fresh meals, drinks and aid to both fire evacuees and emergency personnel assisting with fire combat and relief. In addition, this team will serve and assist 150 National Guard members assembling sandbags in preparation of possible flooding that could result from the heavy rain that is due to reach Colorado Springs today. The Salvation Army is also staging teams and supplies in preparation for possible flooding and mudslides that could occur the areas burned by the recent fire.

    A second mobile team will roam key neighborhoods where evacuees are now allowed to return, offering cold drinks, snacks, as well as care and assistance to those affected families. Trained Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers are a part of the team, offering care and counseling as requested by survivors.

    Waldo Canyon Fire DRC - 7/6/12

    Two friendly Salvation Army volunteers are on hand at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) to help meet the needs of those affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs, CO.

    The Salvation Army is also working in cooperation with El Paso County and multiple non-profit and governmental agencies to offer assistance to all residents impacted by the Waldo Canyon Fire at a designated Disaster Response Center (DRC). Volunteers from the Salvation Army’s Colorado Springs Social Services Department are providing financial assistance, hygiene kits and other items to those individuals who seek assistance at the center. In addition, Salvation Army personnel are assessing other immediate and long-term needs for each family, which The Salvation Army’s Family Services Department can continue to meet after the DRC closes. Over the past four days, roughly 250 families have been assisted at the DRC.

    Since June 24, when The Salvation Army began responding to the Waldo Canyon Fire, 16,894 meals, 20,685 snacks and 44,011 bottles of water have been distributed to a mix of fire survivors, first responders, emergency and military teams, FEMA response teams, and utility workers.

    As immediate relief transitions into long-term recovery, The Salvation Army is preparing to serve not only those whose homes were damaged in the fire, but also those whose place of employment has been affected by the fire, resulting in an inability to conduct work and even layoffs.

    Donations:
    The best way to help fire survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. There are a variety of ways public can support The Salvation Army’s wildfire disaster relief efforts:

    • Online: Visit www.imsalvationarmy.org
    • Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY - Designate gift "Disaster Relief" or ”Wildfires”
    • Mail: Designate "Disaster Relief” or “Wildfires” on check/money order, mail to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 2369
    Denver, CO 80201-2369

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store: more information at www.SATruck.com or 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    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. For more information, go to www.imsalvationarmy.org.

    Back To School

    align="center">Needy students receive school supplies from The Salvation Army

    Brand-new pencils, colorful erasers, pristine notebooks—even new uniforms, backpacks, and shoes: These are the things that delight most Texas schoolchildren about returning to school. But for those children whose families can’t afford their back-to-school supplies, the start of a new year can be an uncomfortable experience.“Everyone notices when your shoes have holes and when the teacher has to give you pencils and stuff,” one youngster tells us.The list of required school supplies seems to be ever growing and can be a real financial concern for families, particularly those with multiple school-age children. For example, a Kindergartener is expected to arrive on the first day with a backpack, pencils, crayons, glue sticks, an eraser, a box of tissues, broad-tip markers, a pair of scissors, pencil case, and a spiral bound notebook. A student entering the 12th Grade needs almost 30 items including binders, a scientific calculator, geometry set, pocket dictionary, a thesaurus, highlighter pens, and a stapler, to name but a few.Salvation Army locations throughout Texas are “Doing the Most Good” by coming alongside families to help furnish these essential school supplies. A snapshot of assistance provided includes Salvation Army locations in Borger (40 children), Killeen (325), Freeport (200), Lufkin (1,000), and Big Spring (350).Partners of The Salvation Army are also stepping up to the plate to provide back-to-school assistance. On Tuesday, Aug. 10, more than 12,000 students in need will have the opportunity to visit Target stores nationwide and purchase must-have supplies as part of the Target School Spree. Each child, selected by The Salvation Army, will be awarded an $80 Target Gift Card to purchase much-needed back-to-school supplies. Target awarded all 40 of The Salvation Army divisions nationwide a total of $960,000 worth of Target Gift Cards for the shopping sprees. Nearly 500 Target stores will participate in the one-day Target School Spree event in select regions across the country. All participants will be given a reusable Target shopping bag and be paired with a volunteer chaperone for their fun day of back-to-school shopping.New shoes are another great need for the start of the school, and, thanks to the generosity of contributors to the Amarillo Globe News Empty Stocking Fund, the Amarillo Salvation Army anticipates providing shoe vouchers to 800 young people. Similar programs are in place in Abilene, where the Abilene Board of Realtors partner with The Salvation Army to provide more than 700 new pairs of shoes, and in Austin, the third annual Georgetown “Shoe-In,” which is underwritten by donors, expects to distribute 1,000 pairs of new tennis shoes.Salvation Army locations throughout Texas will be delighted to accept your donations of school supplies. For more information about The Salvation Army please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Co

    Back-to-School

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    Amarillo
    Shoes & Socks Fund
    Do I get to keep them Miss?” A pair of hopeful shiny eyes flashing back at me needs an immediate answer. “Of course you do you, sweetheart,” I explain. “These are for you to wear with your new socks the very first day of school.”

    Every year for the past four decades, The Salvation Army at Amarillo has provided brand new shoes and socks for thousands of Panhandle children. This year more than 800 kindergarten through twelfth grade young people will get to go back-to-school shopping at Wal-Mart and pick out the shoes they want.

    Every year at this time, Frances Powell is honored as the person who commandeered the Amarillo Globe News Foundation’s Empty Stocking Fund to contribute to the local Salvation Army and thus entrust the annual Shoe and Sock Distribution in our care. “Her legacy lives on in the lives of these children,” according to Major Cheryl Grider. “We are privileged to carry on this tremendous tradition.”

    “We love our part too in getting these kids ready for school,” says Clint Walker, store manager of Wal-Mart. We have our employees volunteer with the registration process then we dedicate one cash register for two days just for these children and their parents.”

    The aisles are alive with the sound of giggling, excited little ones, test driving their new shoes up and down the rows of the store. It’s Christmas in July and a great new start to a great new school year.

    Galveston
    Curves, Barbara Oberholtzer owner is conducting a school supply drive with members of Curves in Galveston. A school supply drive was conducted last year and The Salvation Army in Galveston benefitted from the proceeds.

    El Paso
    Sally’s Bus
    The Salvation Army in El Paso is pleased to announce the results of our annual drive to collect school supplies and clothing for needy children that reside in the emergency family shelter located at 4300 East Paisano, and throughout El Paso. Many people are not aware that we house up to 100 individuals nightly, of which two in three are children.

    This year we partnered with Bassett Center, Premiere Cinemas, the El Paso Independent School District, and last but by no means least Immanuel Christian School.

    The athletes from the boy’s football team and girl’s volleyball team manned the kettles for us over a three day weekend from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, and collected more than to $2,100. The kettles were set up beside a school bus loaned to us by the El Paso Independent School District located at the west entrance to Bassett Center. School supply donations were also received at the same location in an effort to stuff the bus, in which we received over 2,000 donations.

    The donations will be used to help more than 420 children in El Paso to include those residing at The Salvation Army emergency family shelter, children at the Child Crisis Center, Dame La Mano, the two Corps Community Centers operated by The Salvation Army (Citadel and Temple), La Posada and the ladies at Villa Maria.

    Premiere Cinemas will continue their fundraising efforts throughout and through Tax Exempt weekend. Individuals wishing to donate school supplies can drop them off at the theater located inside Bassett Center.

    San Antonio
    Shoe-In
    For the past thirty years, The San Antonio Area Command has hosted a very popular Back to School event, the “Shoe-In”. Working with the Counseling staff at 270 elementary schools, applications are completed by parents who just cannot make another purchase for their children. The Salvation Army provides 1,800 – 2,000 pairs of shoes to about 1,000 families in one day at the Hope Center. Two hundred fifty volunteers, in three shifts, fit shoes on the feet of these children, encouraging them in a fun and friendly manner. The volunteers assure us that they receive as much a blessing as the children receiving the shoes. Knowing that they have helped make the burden of poverty a little less stressful is the highlight of the year for some of our regular volunteers.

    There was a family that consisted of three rambunctious boys, ages 10, 9 and 7, and one sweet, shy 5 year old girl. The volunteer measured the girl's foot first, and then went to bring back three pair of shoes for her to try on. She shyly indicated that she only wanted to try on the white and pink pair. The volunteer asked if she wouldn’t like to try the others. “No, I like this one”.

    The boys were next. They were not nearly as reluctant to try on more shoes. After three and four pairs each, they finally had the shoes they wanted and were ready to go. Once more, the volunteer asked the little girl if she’d like to try on one of the other styles. Again, she shook her head and stood to leave.

    Fumbling in her pocket, she pulled out a little bundle of papers and, head downcast, she handed a dollar bill sized paper to the volunteers. As they unfolded the papers, they found crayon colored drawings with her sweetly written note, “Thank you for my new shoes, I never got some before”.

    Midland
    The Salvation Army in Midland distributed school supplies from their Disaster Canteen at a city park on Thursday, August 18th.

    Brownwood
    The Salvation Army Service Center in Brownwood school supplies to 391 area children in 2010 and hope to be able to provide help to even more children this year, having registered more than 500 young people this year. They rely on local donations from individuals and businesses to support this program.

    Fort Worth
    The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary in Fort Worth donated 100 backpacks containing school supplies for children served by The Salvation Army. Children at the Northside Community Center received backpacks from Corps Officers, Majors John and Linda Queener, after sharing a prayer asking God's blessing on the backpacks and supplies.

    Women's Auxiliary president, Gloria Walker, was on hand for the backpack distribution. "I wanted to cry when the children came into the chapel because I just know how special it is for children to have something new, something of their own," Walker said. "It's just really rewarding for the Women's Auxiliary to be a part of that."

    The backpacks and school supplies were purchased through funds raised at the Women's Auxiliary annual garage sale in March.

    Biography: General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton

    Commissioner Shaw Clifton was elected the 18th General of The Salvation Army by the High Council on Saturday 28 January 2006. He succeeded General John Larsson as the international leader of The Salvation Army on Sunday 2 April 2006. Commissioner Helen Clifton became the World President of Women’s Ministries succeeding Commissioner Freda Larsson.Shaw Clifton was born to Salvation Army officer parents in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 21 September 1945. During his early years he also lived in Scotland and England before attending the University of London to study law. After university, he lectured in law at the Inns of Court, London, and at the University of Bristol before entering The Salvation Army International Training College for Officer Training in 1971 with his wife, Helen. Shaw Clifton is also the holder of a first class honors Bachelor of Divinity degree from the University of London.Helen Ashman was born on 4 May 1948 and spent her childhood in London. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in English Language and Literature from Westfield College, University of London and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. Helen Ashman married Shaw Clifton in 1967. She was a teacher before entering the International Training College at Denmark Hill, London.Commissioned as Salvation Army officers in 1973, Lieutenant and Mrs. Clifton served as corps officers at Burnt Oak, North London, and then, while awaiting an appointment overseas, the Lieutenant worked for some months in the Literary Department at International Headquarters. The Cliftons were appointed to Zimbabwe where the Lieutenant was the Vice-Principal at Mazowe Secondary School, and then Captain and Mrs. Clifton were corps officers at Bulawayo Citadel. This was a period of remarkable growth in the corps at a time of significant political turmoil.In January 1979 Captain and Mrs. Clifton were appointed corps officers at Enfield, North London. From 1982 to 1989 the Captain was the IHQ Legal and Parliamentary Secretary where he undertook considerable international travel looking after The Salvation Army’s constitutional affairs and other legal matters. During these years, he completed a PhD in the History of Religion at King’s College, University of London. This research was an ethical analysis of The Salvation Army’s policies in time of war. Major and Mrs. Clifton were appointed the corps officers at Bromley Temple, South London, for three years.In June 1995, following a three-year appointment as divisional leaders in Durham and Tees Division (United Kingdom), Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Clifton were appointed leaders in the Massachusetts Division (USA Eastern). In August 1997, the Cliftons were promoted to the rank of Colonel and appointed to lead The Salvation Army in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan where the Army experienced rapid and consistent growth amid deep political and interfaith tensions. In March 2000, while in Pakistan, they were promoted to the rank of Commissioner and in March 2002 they became territorial leaders of the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory. In New Zealand they faced the challenges of a highly secularized society.In June 2004 Commissioners Shaw and Helen Clifton were appointed as the leaders of the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. Their term of office was characterized by an emphasis on reinforcing, under God, the self-confidence of Salvationists who live in a post-modern and secularized society. The Cliftons encouraged a renewed belief in commitment to soldiership and a strong emphasis on the distinctive calling to officership. In addition, Commissioner Shaw Clifton led the way in responding to daunting challenges in matters of finance and property stewardship.The Cliftons are frequent guest leaders and speakers at Brengle Institutes and other Army events around the world. They consistently emphasize The Salvation Army’s holiness teaching. General Clifton’s training as a lawyer, ethicist and theologian has resourced his significant teaching and writing ministry. He continues to lecture in Christian Ethics and other topics at the International College for Officers in London. Two of his recent books, published by the Army, were released by Crest Books (USA National HQ). These are Never the Same Again - Encouragement for New and Not-so-New Christians and Who Are These Salvationists? - An Analysis For  The 21st Century. His sixth and latest book was published in New Zealand in March 2004. Entitled New Love, it is a unique collection of essays on practical holiness.Commissioner Helen Clifton has always had a close interest in youth work, especially in The Salvation Army Students’ Fellowship. A schoolteacher by profession, she has kept in touch with the world of education and especially the impact of education upon women in the developing world. She gives much time and energy to women's ministries and especially to the personal and professional development of women in spiritual leadership. She has been Chair of the Pakistan Territory’s Human Resources Development Board, and was also Director of the Army's nationwide Mother and Child Health Education (MACHE) project in Pakistan. She was an invited facilitator/contributor to the Army’s international Summit on Poverty. As Territorial President of Women’s Ministries in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, Commissioner Helen Clifton has headed up a Territorial Task Force to respond to human trafficking. Innovative programs to support women leaving the sex trade are being devised and piloted.The Cliftons have three children and five grandchildren: Captain Matthew Clifton serving with his wife, Lynne, are corps officers in the UK and parents to Hannah, Elijah and Amos; Captain Jenny Collings, who with her husband, Marcus (from Auckland) is a Salvation Army officer in New Zealand with their sons, Hudson and Lincoln; and Cadet John Clifton, a member of the Ambassadors of Holiness Session at the William Booth College in Lon

    Brazillian Government Asks The Salvation Army To Join Mudslide Relief Efforts

    de Janeiro, Brazil - The Brazilian Government’s Civil Defense Authority (CDA) has asked The Salvation Army to provide emergency relief to the victims of the floods and mudslides that have killed more than 500 people in the state of Rio de Janeiro.Salvationists and volunteer helpers will be providing physical, emotional, and spiritual relief in areas designated by the CDA. Access to the three affected towns, between 60 kilometers and 130 kilometers from the city of Rio de Janeiro, is difficult with a number of roads destroyed by the mudslides.Collection points where food and other necessary supplies can be donated are being established in the city of Rio de Janeiro.The Salvation Army’s Territorial Communications Director for Brazil, Major Teofilo Chagas, is coordinating the Army’s response.Volunteers from the community service organization Rotary are assisting The Salvation Army in its relief effort.Donations can be made online to The Salvation Army's Brazilian Mudslides Appeal by utilizing the link below:https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp

    Buffalo Wild Wings® Donates 10% Of Sales To The Salvation Army—Restaurant Offers Guests Ways to Give Back on June 29, 2011

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Buffalo Wild Wings® Grill & Bar announced today that it will donate 10 percent of non-alcoholic sales to The Salvation Army’s Tornado Relief Fund.

    “We are always looking for ways to give back to our local community and hopefully help our guests as well,” said Kathy Benning, Buffalo Wild Wings® Executive Vice President Global Marketing & Brand Development. “By offering 10% of sales on June 29 to The Salvation Army, Buffalo Wild Wings and our guests are supporting our friends and neighbors. We are confident that our combined efforts will greatly help the lives of those impacted by the recent horrific tornados.”

    Over 400 restaurants are participating nation-wide. Guests can visit any participating Buffalo Wild Wings® on June 29 and 10% of the food sale will benefit The Salvation Army Tornado Relief.

    “Buffalo Wild Wings’ dedication to service is a blessing. Through this partnership, Salvation Army caseworkers and disaster response personnel will serve even more survivors as they rebuild their lives and homes.” Jeff Jellets, Territorial Disaster Coordinator for The Salvation Army.

    Customers unable to visit a restaurant can also donate online at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Buy 1 Soup at Chick-fil-A and Give 1 Soup to The Salvation Army

    ry winter season, Tylerites have the opportunity to keep the bowls of the needy filled with warm and tasty Chick-fil-A chicken noodle soup. For the next 4 weeks, the Troup and South Broadway Chick-fil-A locations will be offering a chance to feed the needy in your community while also feeding your family. Think of your purchase as “Soup for Two” because, when a warm bowl of delicious soup is ordered, Chick-fil-A will donate another bowl of the same delicious soup to The Salvation Army. This offer is available through February 13th so don’t miss out on the opportunity to give. Chicken noodle soup is traditional comfort food especially when the weather is cold, so this is the right time to enjoy it. Beyond the comfort of enjoying a warm bowl of soup is the comfort of knowing that when someone buys a bowl of that soup, they are also providing for the cold, poor, and needy among us. Such is the generosity that Chick-fil-A has shown the people of the Tyler area when matching bowls of soup purchased with bowls given to provide nourishment to the residents and clients of The Salvation Army in Tyler.The Salvation Army in Tyler knows the need that exists to feed the hungry in our neighborhoods and the role that the 2,500 bowls of soup donated last year through this drive played in meeting those needs. The hope that, through this drive, at least 2,500 bowls of soup will again be donated to The Salvation Army in Tyler to help feed the homeless and destitute is a promise to which we cling. We are hopeful that the Tyler community will come together once again with an even bigger response because we are providing an average of 900 hot meals daily in our kitchen. The Salvation Army in Tyler also operates a mobile feeding kitchen twice a week which serves approximately 400 meals a week to the needy in our community. Currently, close to 29,000 nutritious and hot meals are being served each month at The Salvation Army, which is no small feat indeed, and the generous donation from Chick-fil-A every year to this cause is tremendously helpful.Chick-fil-A graciously and generously gives to The Salvation Army enough bowls of soup to feed thousands of Tyler residents each year who may otherwise be unable to receive the food and nutrition they need. However, Chick-fil-A and The Salvation Army need the community’s participation in order to make any of this work. Without your business, Chick-fil-A won’t have any soup to match and The Salvation Army will have no soup to serve to the hungry who come into its kitchen each day. So remember to include lots of delicious Chick-fil-A chicken noodle soup when making your meal plans each week and especially in the next four weeks. The Tyler community continues to be a tremendous blessing, meeting the needs of those in our own community through donations, volunteerism, goods and services, and, every winter through the charity of Chick-fil-A, bowls of s

    Camp Hoblitzelle – Twins Ashley and Alyssa

    Exciting video highlighting the experiences of eight-year-old twins Ashley and Alyssa at Camp Hoblitzelle, the summer camp of The Salvation Army's Texas Division in Midlothian, Texas. See all the great activities from swimming, crafts, and games to horseback riding and water sports!

    Canadian Students Volunteer in Disaster Response

    Hattiesburg, MS (February 20, 2013)—As eight students from the University of Guelph in Ontario Canada departed for a winter break Race and Poverty tour of south Central Mississippi, little did they know that the trip would turn into a humanitarian effort.

    Arriving in Hattiesburg on the Monday following the tornado, the students immediately changed their plans to study the history of race and poverty in Mississippi to helping in the clean up and recovery of Hattiesburg and the Pine Belt.

    As with many storm stories emanating from Hattiesburg over the last week this one has a link back to Hurricane Katrina seven years prior. Leaning on the sister school exchange program with the University of Southern Mississippi, students from the University of Guelph descended upon Hattiesburg to assist with cleanup following Katrina’s historic destruction. Many students volunteered with The Salvation Army in their recovery efforts.

    Seven years later the partnership found new life as the students from “up north” traded in the text books for a hands on learning experience. Throughout the week, the eight Guelph students labored in Hattiesburg neighborhoods serving meals, distributing supplies and shooting hoops with children at The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.

    Student Della Rose described her experience as “a great experience. We have gotten to see things and meet people we would not have otherwise had the opportunity to do.”

    Some of the hardest hit areas of Hattiesburg would best be described as fitting into the poverty demographic and also the most affluent. As the students volunteered it was a hand on lesson in how storms and destruction are indiscriminate. At the same time students have been able to see how the lingering effects of a storm have a more lasting impact on the poor and elderly.

    As residents have begun their clean up, it has been apparent how the Mississippi spirit of community has impacted this recovery. Residents are working side by side with volunteers from across the state and as far away as Canada, learning the lessons of partnership and service.

    The students will continue their service on Wednesday handing out food boxes and clean up kits in neighborhoods east of USM and east of Downtown Hattiesburg.

    Financial donations are still needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Disaster Relief. Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.





    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 www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.

    Captain Ken Chapmen of Jackson, MS, Sets New Guinness World Record for Bellringing

    tain Ken Chapman, Area Coordinate, Jackson, Mississippi ALM Division was able this week to break the Guinness Book of World Record for continuous bell-ringing (28 hours, 50 minutes).The new record is now 30 hours, 5 minutes, 50 seconds.The Captain reports significant media coverage. While this appeared to be a publicity stunt, the underlying intent was to encourage people to sign up for a 100% volunteer kettle drive this year!Now that is some goal, and we applaud the Captain for this great effort. We will report on the volunteer sign up for ringing bells at a later date.Congratulations Captain Chapman, now go get some rest!To watch the climax of this achievement, open the link below:Breaking the World Bellringing Record

    Caribbean Territory Marks One Year Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

    ti - In many ways, not much has changed in the one year since the devastating earthquake that took the lives of over 300,000 people in Haiti. Ninety-five percent of the rubble still litters the city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding countryside. Because of national elections, all progress in rebuilding has come to a standstill. Hundreds of thousands of people still live in tents, terribly vulnerable to adverse weather. Although there are signs of improvement in places, to even a casual observer, Haiti has gone only a short way on the road to recovery.Navigating in this most difficult terrain, The Salvation Army in the Haiti Division has nonetheless made progress. A special team of officers and local employees have formed the Haiti Recovery Office. A special office at International Headquarters has been established, dedicated solely to expediting and coordinating the massive and widespread response to the emergency.Despite the urgency of all that needs to be done, for a moment it was time to reflect and renew. On the one year anniversary of the quake, January 12, 2011, The Salvation Army both remembered the tragedy and launched a new beginning.In a meeting with nearly 1000 in attendance, limited to that number only by space, The Salvation Army recalled both the victims and celebrated the survivors in a memorial service at its compound in Delmas 2, Port-au-Prince. In typical Haitian fashion, the singing and sense of celebration were reminders that while the earthquake was a great tragedy, God had never forsaken Haiti. A challenging message was preached by divisional commander, Major Lucien Lamartinière. With great passion he shared,“In just a few seconds on January 12, 2010 thousands of people died, thousands became physically handicapped, and thousands became poorer than poor. On January 13 I was homeless with only one shirt and one pair of pants. Yet, those of us who survived live with the reality of God’s goodness every day. If we are alive it is because of God’s grace. The earthquake is not a punishment from God because we have sinned. It is the way we build that caused so many to die, so we must assume some responsibility. We have to conclude that the hand of God was in action. Have you asked why you are alive? God has the answer. If he has kept you alive it is because he has a mission for you to fulfill. There is a city to rebuild, there is a country to save. God’s wants you to be a Nehemiah and to help us rebuild our country. Do not be an observer, become a builder.”Immediately following that service, a procession led by territorial leaders, Colonels Onal and Edmane Castor and supported by Lt. Colonels Lindsay and Lynette Rowe as well as members of the Haiti divisional staff, marched to a new set of temporary buildings that will serve the College Verena, the Army’s school whose buildings were compromised by the quake. The building will also double as the temporary home of the Port-au-Prince Central Corps. The two wooden buildings will house 12 classrooms while they are used during the week. Major Jean Volet’s ingenious design, allows that in a matter of a minutes the movable walls can be pushed aside to provide open space to allow for the worship and service of the Port-au-Prince Central Corps. This open plan will allow for seating for 700 people.Following the ribbon cutting by Colonel Onal Castor, Territorial Commander, the crowd streamed inside where the celebratory mood was infectious. Approximately 750 people crowded into the building or stood outside to join in the happy event featuring specials by various Corps groups and enthusiastic singing from those gathered, underscoring the victory. This was the first step in the Army’s reconstruction effort since the earthquake. Almost all the Army’s buildings in Port-au-Prince were damaged beyond repair necessitating a massive rebuilding program.One of the most moving moments came when Advisory Board chairman, Mr. Hervé Denis, spoke about the death of his mother in the earthquake. “They found my mother on her knees where she had been praying. Our family believes that when the earthquake struck she was praying for us.” Mr. Denis said he considered his service with The Salvation Army an important way to honor his mother and to give back to his native land.Colonel Onal Castor then brought the address, speaking about not only the spiritual challenge created by the earthquake but the Army’s response from around the world. “We salute you,” said the Colonel, “We salute your courage, we salute your faith. You are people of faith even though you are victims because when the earthquake came you forgot about yourself and served God’s hurting people.” “We salute the International Army. From the sixteen countries of the Caribbean Territory to the 122 countries that form the Army world they gave money and many came to help us take care of our people and begin to rebuild.” The Colonel reminded the congregation that their General, Shaw Clifton, and Commissioner Helen Clifton who had been with them just two months before the earthquake, were with them now in prayer and that they send their love and warm greetings on this day of commemoration. The Colonel then shared with the congregation the rebuilding plans for the future and the many programs that would support and empower the community to make it more resilient and prepared to respond to future disasters.Afterwards, in reflecting on the day and his trip that afternoon to participate in the High Council, Colonel Castor said, “My heart is just overwhelmed. The countries and territories of the world have made the reconstruction of the Army possible. I want the world to know that we are grateful, so very grateful. Words fail us. We are proud to be a part of the worldwide Salvation Army that moves when there is a need and gives almost beyond measure. That is the message I will share with The Salvation Army leaders from across the world.”Download The Salvation Army Haiti One-Year Fact Sheet PDF

    CBS 11 to put on a 2.5 hour Telethon for West, Texas

    This afternoon and tonight, CBS-11, our disaster services partner, will be putting on a 2.5 hour mini-telethon to raise funds for the Army's response to the West, Texas Explosion. The mini-telethon will be from 4pm to 6:30pm CST. Staff from DFWMC and volunteers from Albertson's and possibly the Dallas Cowboys will be staffing the phone bank.

    All funds raised will be channeled through our state office (DHQ) and distributed to meet needs in West.

    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.

    CHARLOTTE JONES ANDERSON TO CHAIR SALVATION ARMY NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD

    ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Salvation Army’s National Commander Israel L. Gaither announced that Mrs. Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President Brand Management/ President of Charities for the Dallas Cowboys, will serve as National Advisory Board (NAB) Chairperson for The Salvation Army. Mrs. Anderson, the first woman to serve in this capacity, was elected to the position unanimously at a full meeting of the Army’s national advisory board in Portland, OR.  Beginning in January 2011, she will serve a three-year term leading the efforts of the board for the nation’s largest faith-based social service charity.

    “I am proud to be affiliated with The Salvation Army and I am excited to take on this new role furthering the Mission to serve all those in need across America,” said Mrs. Anderson. “I have been privileged to work with this organization for a long time and have seen first-hand the difference that they make in people’s lives. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my involvement with such a great charity.”

    Mrs. Anderson has been a long-time supporter of The Salvation Army, and has been actively involved in many charitable events with the organization throughout her professional career. For the last thirteen years, she has organized a nationally televised half-time show at the Dallas Cowboys traditional Thanksgiving Day game. The event draws more than 20 million viewers each year and helps kickoff The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle campaign which has raised more than $1.3 billion during that time. She has frequently participated in events and activities at the Army’s Gene and Jerry Jones Family Center for Children which opened in Irving, TX, in 1998, and offers affordable childcare for low-income families. Mrs. Anderson is also active with the Army on a national basis, serving on the National Advisory Board since 2005.

    “Charlotte has been a tremendous supporter of The Salvation Army’s Mission over the years in Dallas and across the country,” said Commissioner Israel L. Gaither, National Commander for The Salvation Army. “We’re thrilled she has agreed to bring that same commitment and enthusiasm to her new role as National Advisory Board Chairperson.”

    In recognition of her alliance with The Salvation Army, Mrs. Anderson was the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award at the Army’s 2007 National Advisory Organizations Conference, which is held every four years and brings together thousands of local advisory board volunteers from 5,000 communities across the country.

    “It’s an honor for me personally to pass the mantle of National Advisory Board leadership to Charlotte,” said outgoing National Advisory Board Chairman Rob Pace. “Having worked closely with her for a number of years on the NAB, I can say with confidence that she is the ideal person to fill this role.”

    As one of the National Football League’s most innovative and versatile front office executives, Mrs. Anderson’s 21 years of NFL experience with the Dallas Cowboys have enabled her to assume a position of leadership among women in American professional sports.

    Her vision and direction guides the Cowboys in the areas of stadium design, entertainment, merchandising, licensed apparel, uniform design, memorabilia, community service and philanthropy. She also supervises the fortunes and travels of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders - considered to be the most recognized and accomplished organization of its kind in the world.

    Recently, Mrs. Anderson has played a prominent role in shaping the design, décor, sponsor integration and overall presentation of Cowboys Stadium, the state-of-the-art venue that opened in Arlington, Texas in 2009. Under her guidance, the venue will play host to some of highest profile sports and entertainment events in the world - among those are the Super Bowl, the NBA All Star Game, the NCAA Final Four and the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl.

    A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Mrs. Anderson is a 1988 graduate of Stanford University where she earned a B.S. degree in human biology. She is married to Shy Anderson. The Andersons live in Dallas with their three children: daughter Haley and sons Shy and Paxton.

    Chattanooga Salvation Army Again Called To Readiness For Disaster Relief To Local Residents

    Chattanooga, TN – For the third time in six days, the Chattanooga Salvation Army is preparing its Emergency Services Canteen to respond to a call for disaster relief. This time, The Salvation Army Disaster Response Team based in Cleveland is awaiting word on the extent of damages and services needed following a severe thunderstorm that left thousands without power in the Chattanooga Area.

    Salvation Army Spokesperson, Kimberly George, said, “We are waiting for the call from Hamilton County Emergency Management. We’ve been told twenty-thousand to thirty-thousand local families are without power due to the storm. Our team and canteen, really a mobile kitchen, are ready to go.”

    The Salvation Army mission during a disaster is to care for the hydration and food needs of those affected including the emergency rescue and recovery workers. The Disaster Response Team also ministers to the spiritual and emotional needs of those at the emergency site and provides clean-up kits if these are needed.

    In Chattanooga last Wednesday, The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team was called to assist at the Jaycee Towers because a downtown water main break left residents without water service for several hours. The Army Team served nearly 600 bottles of water to the affected residents. Then, on Friday, the Emergency Services Canteen was placed on standby to go to the site of expected severe weather along the Tennessee-Kentucky state’s line north of Crossville.

    To donate to the relief efforts of Chattanooga Salvation Army Disaster Services, you may go online to www.csarmy.org or send your tax-free gift to The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

    Chattanooga Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Center Is In Operation At Camp Joy

    Chattanooga, TN ( March 7, 2012)—The Salvation Army continues to “Do the Most Good” by providing immediate needs for those Harrison, Tennessee residents affected by last week’s tornadoes. Basic necessities being provided include food, water, toiletries and baby items, as well as recovery and clean-up supplies like tarps, rakes and gloves. The Disaster Recovery Center is located at Camp Joy, 6621 Hunter Road, Chattanooga, TN 37341.

    The Salvation Army has been providing nourishing meals and spiritual support to the local neighbors since the tornados swept through on Friday. To date, they have served 2,330 hot meals, 2,374 beverages and provided emotional/spiritual care to more than 500 individuals. The Salvation Army plans on continuing its mobile feeding throughout the weekend and then will re-evaluate the needs of the area.

    Many residents, however, are still in need. Monetary donations are the best way to help both tornado survivors and rescue workers. The Salvation Army asks that you donate at www.csarmy.org; call 1-800-SAL-ARMY; or text “storm” to 80888 for a $10.00 gift on your phone bill.* 100% of your gift will go to the relief efforts. For a list of items needed for recovery efforts please visit www.csarmy.org.

    * A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.<

    Chattanooga Salvation Army on standby due to potential flooding

    Chattanooga, TN (January 16, 2013)—The Salvation Army remains in contact with local county emergency managers to stay updated on rising creeks and potential flooding. The Salvation Army has alerted its volunteers and its emergency mobile kitchen crew to be ready to serve local emergency managers, disaster teams, and residents as needed.

    “Our promise to the community is to ‘Do the Most Good’ with time, money and resources entrusted to us by our neighbors. Serving food, beverages, and offering spiritual counsel at times of disasters is just one of the ways we carry out this promise,” states Major Algerome Newsome, Salvation Army Area Commander.

    To support The Salvation Army’s disaster efforts, donations can be made by visiting www.csarmy.org, by calling 1-800-Sal-Army or by mailing The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

    For more information please contact Kimberly George at 423-308-7

    Chattanooga Salvation Army Prepared For Severe Weather

    Chattanooga, TN—The Salvation Army is on alert for possible severe weather today after a call from the National Weather Service. The Chattanooga Area Disaster Services Unit is prepared to assist those who may be affected by the storms. “We are hoping for the best, however, we are preparing for the worst,” said Area Commander Major Algerome Newsome.

    In preparation for what many are predicting to be an active tornado season, the Chattanooga Salvation Army is holding disaster response training classes March 30 and 31, at The Salvation Army Citadel Corps, 1019 North Moore Road. Classes will give volunteers the tools necessary to serve on a Salvation Army disaster response team. All those interested in this free training may call 423-756-1023 or visit www.csarmy.org to register.

    Chattanooga Salvation Army Puts Emergency Disaster Team on Alert as Dangerous Storms Pass through the Area

    Chattanooga, TN – The Chattanooga Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Canteen is stocked and ready to roll. As dangerous thunderstorms with related tornado watches and warnings hit the Great Chattanooga Area today, a Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team was placed on immediate alert.

    With more than 70,000 homes without power and severe damages reported in Tiftonia, Middle Valley, Hixson, Cleveland and other local sites, The Salvation Army’s Canteen—a mobile kitchen—was stocked with food and water. Its team is now ready to go into action.

    A primary role of The Salvation Army in disaster relief is to provide food, hydration and spiritual comfort to disaster victims and relief workers. The Salvation Army also teams with the Chattanooga Red Cross Chapter to assist as needed with serving at Red Cross shelters.

    As storm damage is assessed, the Emergency Disaster Services Team awaits direction to the location of most need. Salvation Army officers and staff are praying for our neighbors affected by these storms and encourages all in our community to pray for their needs as well. A third round of storms with possible “super cells” is expected to go through the area early this evening.

    The Chattanooga Salvation Army receives donations for its Disaster Relief Services at 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403, or you may donate online at www.csarmy.org.

    For more information, contact Kimberly George, Director of Marketing and Development, at 423-503-1801.

    Chattanooga Salvation Army Ready To Lend Assistance For Kentucky Storms

    Chattanooga, TN (February 29, 2012) – The Chattanooga Salvation Army’s Disaster Services Mobile Kitchen Unit and Rapid Response Vehicle (catering truck) are on standby for mobilization to assist in areas of Kentucky that continue under tornado alerts. “The Salvation Army meets needs immediately and shares resources continuously between each others’ service areas,” says Marketing Director Kimberly George.

    In preparation for what many are predicting to be an active tornado season, the Chattanooga Salvation Army is holding disaster response training classes March 30 and 31, at The Salvation Army Citadel Corps, 1019 North Moore Road. Classes will give volunteers the tools necessary to serve on a Salvation Army disaster response team. All those interested in this free training may call 423-756-1023 or visit www.csarmy.org to register.

    For more information on The Salvation Army, please contact Kimberly George at 423-308-7715 or Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org. Please visit www.csarmy.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for more information.

    Chattanooga Salvation Army Remains on Standby for Disaster Duty

    ttanooga, TN – The Chattanooga Salvation Army remains on Standby for emergency disaster relief following its assistance at the Jaycee Towers Wednesday evening due to a broken downtown water main that interrupted service.  This time, however, the local Army’s disaster response team and its Emergency Canteen are on Standby as severe storms threaten South-central Kentucky and North-central Tennessee.Severe weather including possible flooding is expected along the Stateline into the weekend, and the Kentucky-Tennessee Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Office has called on the Chattanooga first responders to be ready to go again to help those affected by disaster.In Chattanooga on Wednesday evening, The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team was called to assist at the Jaycee Towers because a downtown water main break resulted in extremely low water pressure, and residents were without service for several hours.  The Army Team served nearly 600 bottles of water and several dozen cups of coffee to the affected residents.Incident Commander at the Chattanooga emergency site, Kimberly George said, “We try always to be ready to go to do the most good when we’re called on.  This is a highlight of The Salvation Army’s mission to ‘serve people in need in Jesus’ name without discrimination.”The Chattanooga Area Command is part of The Salvation Army’s Kentucky-Tennessee Division of the Southern Territ

    Chief of the STaff and Commissioner Sue Swanson Lead Sweden and Latvia Territorial Congress

    Sweden – The Chief of the Staff (Commissioner Barry C. Swanson) comes from Chicago, USA, but he clearly felt at home when he and Commissioner Sue Swanson (World President, Women's Ministries) led congress meetings in Sweden. This was the Swansons' third visit to the Sweden and Latvia Territory but the Chief demonstrated deeper links when, during the opening meeting, he revealed that his grandparents had been born in Sweden. He even told the congregation the names of the Swedish towns and villages where his ancestors had been born. The foundation of double unity, in Spirit and in ancestry, was laid.

    Later in the meeting – following the Chief’s Bible message – many people responded to the opportunity to pray at the mercy seat as Riga Staff Songsters sang.

    Commissioner Sue Swanson gave an encouraging Bible message at the evening praise and worship meeting.

    On Saturday afternoon the public received the gospel and uplifting music at an open-air meeting in Stockholm's Vasa Park. The Chief and Commissioner Sue Swanson then led the march to Immanuel Church where the congress was held.

    The focus of the afternoon meeting was the commissioning and ordination of two Salvation Army officers. Territorial Commander Commissioner Marie Willermark led the commissioning, with the Chief bringing a Bible message to which people again willingly responded.

    The visiting leaders had the opportunity to enjoy God-honoring music during the Saturday evening festival. This time of sharing included vocal, brass and piano solos.

    The two Sunday meetings featured encouraging and challenging testimonies. Sarah Ilsters, leader of Riga 1 Corps in Latvia, shared her understanding of responding daily to God’s calling. Cadet Marie Blomberg testified about her experience of planting a corps.

    In the final meeting Candidate Nicolaj Vollburg described how God had guided him – and his family – to The Salvation Army and then to preach God’s message of salvation as an officer. Corps leader Sofia Wastesson, a professor of French literature, shared how she responded to the opportunity of taking part-time responsibility for her home corps. She expressed how she feels fulfilled both intellectually and spiritually in being who she is for God.

    Commissioner Sue Swanson gave the final Bible message. The challenge and encouragement were clear – go and share God’s hope and comfort with people who are lost.

    God poured his encouragement, joy and holiness over Salvationists and friends of all ages who took part in the congress.

    For images, please utilize the following link: http://bit.ly/nLRw7u

    Report by Commissioner Marie Willermark Territorial Commander<

    Chiefs Announce Donation; Team With Media Partners, The Salvation Army, Heart-To-Heart International For Disaster Relief

    In response to the tragic tornadoes that touched down in Joplin, Mo. and Reading, Kan. this weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs will contribute $35,000 to disaster-relief efforts. Additionally, they and their media partners are teaming with the Salvation Army – Midland Division to hold a bottled-water drive at Arrowhead Stadium for individuals in Kansas City to assist victims in the tornado-ravaged areas. The Chiefs will also be accepting financial donations for Heart-to-Heart International.

    Bottled-water donations will be accepted in Lot C on the east side of Arrowhead Stadium Tuesday from noon until 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Those wishing to provide donations of bottled water may use any entrance to the stadium and may learn more from Chiefs broadcast partners KCTV5, 101 The Fox KCFX and Sports Radio 810 WHB, who have joined the Chiefs in supporting this important effort.

    All bottled-water donations will be distributed by the Salvation Army at their four mobile feeding kitchens stationed in Joplin. Fry-Wagner Moving and Storage is transporting all of the donated water to the Joplin area. Chiefs executives, Cheerleaders, Red Coaters and Ambassadors will be helping collect donations throughout both days.

    Cash and check donations will also be accepted in Lot C during the above times. The Chiefs are partnering with Heart-to-Heart International for all monetary donations. All checks should be made payable to Heart-to-Heart International. The donated funds will be divided between the recovery efforts in Joplin and Reading.

    State emergency management officials have identified bottled water and monetary donations as the best ways to assist immediately.

    “The Chiefs Kingdom has been greatly affected by the tornadoes in Joplin and Reading. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people affected by these disasters,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “We were informed that bottled water is the most pressing need at this point. Our hope is that our efforts will assist in meeting the immediate needs of those impacted. Our entire organization stands ready to help in the days and months ahead.”

    Donation Items Accepted:
    • Cases of bottled water
    • Cash
    • Checks made out to Heart-to-Heart International

    More information about the donation effort can be found at kcchiefs.com. Fans are also encouraged to stay tuned to the Chiefs official broadcast partners who will be actively involved in promoting the relief efforts and updating viewers and listeners on how to stay involved in the recovery efforts.

    • KCTV5 will have a one-hour special tonight airing at 9 p.m. and will be accepting bottledwater and monetary donations Tuesday and Wednesday at its studio.
    • 101 The Fox KCFX will broadcast live from Lot C Tuesday afternoon and during the day on Wednesday.
    • Sports Radio 810 WHB will broadcast live from Lot C on Tuesday afternoon and during the day on Wednesday.

    Cokie Roberts delivers Keynote Speech at The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s Annual Luncheon

    g class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-2421" title="News and Political Analyst, Cokie Roberts with Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, Texas Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army, at The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board's Annual Luncheon, at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston " src="http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Roberts-054-300x201.jpg" alt="News and Political Analyst, Cokie Roberts with Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, Texas Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army, at The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board's Annual Luncheon, at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston " width="300" height="201" />Houston, TX (November 11, 2010) – Today, hundreds of Houston’s most influential supporters of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command gathered at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston to receive one of the nation’s most renowned news and political analysts, Mrs. Cokie Roberts as she delivered the Keynote Speech for the nonprofit’s largest single fundraising event of the year: the 2010 Annual Luncheon.  Supporters joined Luncheon Chairs, Maria and Neil Bush, and The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board in raising proceeds for the year round programs and services operated by The Salvation Army across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties.“If we want our country to succeed and for people in our country to do well we have to support organizations like The Salvation Army because that’s the way we get our kids into better situations,” said Cokie Roberts.  “The Salvation Army does such incredible work around the country and around the world, but especially here in Houston where the programs are incredibly expensive for older citizens, for children, for young moms, and of course, for the people who are homeless or on the streets.”Winner of three Emmys, inductee to the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, considered one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television, bestselling author, newspaper columnist, recipient of over 20 honorary degrees, and news and political analyst for ABC and NPR, Cokie Roberts delivered an engaging and entertaining journey through contemporary American history, as well as a comprehensive overview of the current state of the United States political climate.  Roberts, one of the few Americans to have been named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, encouraged attendees to continue supporting their local not for profit organizations, like The Salvation Army, to ensure the wellbeing of their communities.“Cokie solidified, today, for all of us the importance of making an impact on our community through established organizations like The Salvation Army who spend every single day of the year working to make our community a better place,” the Bush’s expressed.  “Christmas is just around the corner and already The Salvation Army is making strides to help the thousands of local children and seniors who wouldn’t otherwise have a Christmas.  We are honored to know this event will give them a head start in doing what they do best, the most good.”Among those present at the Annual Luncheon were Joanne King Herring, Diane Lokey Farb, B.A. Bentsen, Kathryn McGovern, Pierce and Lauren Bush, Terri and John Havens, Joan Schnitzer Levy, Shelby Hodge, Dorothy T. Nicholson, Ann and Hugh Roff, Nathalie and Charles Roff, Linda McReynolds, Margaret Love, and many others.The Annual Luncheon is the largest, single, fundraising event of the year for the 121 year-old nonprofit organization, and all proceeds raised are used to support The Salvation Army’s various programs and services across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties. These services include youth and senior programs, shelters, rehabilitation programs, transitional and affordable housing, social and Christmas assistance, counseling, and disaster relief,

    Comanche County Wildlife Preserve Receives Assistance

    Altus & Lawton, OK — The Salvation Army of Altus & Lawton, Oklahoma responded to wildfires that affected Comanche County and the Wildlife Preserve on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday evening, Lt. Joe Price received a call for assistance. With the help of the ministerial alliance in Altus and other volunteers, 300 sandwiches were made and put together with chips and fruit and served to students evacuated from the Job Corps on the Wichita Wildlife Preserve Center. On Wednesday, Captains Debra and Ernie Hull assisted with preparing food as well. Food and hydration was also served to the numerous responders involved in the firefighting.

    Since Tuesday, 428 meals and over 500 snacks have been served. Twelve volunteers and four officers have been involved in the response. On Thursday morning, Captain Ernie Hull will be attending a briefing with the new Incident Command at the Wildlife Preserve center where hundreds of acres are burning. The area is very rocky and hilly and proving very difficult to fight the fires with winds gusting over 30 miles per hour.

    Depending on the results of the early morning meeting on Thursday, the Lawton canteen will serve as needed until the service is no longer needed. The Salvation Army will remain available for further assistance until the wildfire is completely contained.

    Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate AOK Division wildfires. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, 1306 SE “E” Avenue, Lawton, OK 73507.

    Media Contact:
    Captain Ernest Hull, Corps Officer
    The Salvation Army of Lawton, Oklahoma
    Ernest_Hull@uss.salvationarmy.org
    Office: 580.355.1

    Community and Civic Leaders Join The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board

    Nine New Members Bring Business, Marketing and Media Skills and Experiences to Support Charity’s Mission

    ALEXANDRIA, VA (February 16, 2012) -- The Salvation Army’s National Commander William A. Roberts announced the installation of nine new members to The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board (NAB), a group of national civic, philanthropic and business leaders who assist the organization in matters ranging from strategic planning to public outreach. Each new member has been selected for their community involvement and engagement with The Salvation Army in their local communities and with other nonprofit and relief organizations across the United States and internationally.

    “We are honored that each of these civic and community leaders have accepted the mantel of national voluntary leadership with The Salvation Army,” said Commissioner Roberts. “Each is accomplished in business and community change and we are honored that they will apply their knowledgeable insight to help guide The Salvation Army.”

    As of January 1, 2012, each member began serving a three-year term on the NAB. They join an august group led by the National Board Chair, Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President Brand Management / President of Charities for the Dallas Cowboys.

    “We are thrilled to be growing the size and scope of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board,” said National Board Chair, Mrs. Charlotte Jones Anderson. “The Board has now grown to 44 members and the combined wealth of experience, talent and dedication of these new leaders will bring a wonderful set of fresh ideas to our goal of helping others.”

    New members include Mrs. Pamela Abdalla; Mr. Gary Brown; Mr. Bill Burke; Mr. Michael Ducker; Mr. Micheal Flaherty; Mr. Eric Holm; Ms. Marcia Larson; Mr. Joel Manby and Ambassador Gaddi H. Vasquez.

    Additional information on each of the new NAB members includes:

    Mrs. Pamela Abdalla is currently chairman of The Salvation Army’s Middle East Advisory Board and has helped launch the first Salvation Army outpost in the United Arab Emirates. She moved to the UAE in 2008 when her husband’s work as a partner in the Reed Smith law firm took them to that region. Prior to her move, Mrs. Abdalla worked as an attorney and most recently served 12 years as a hearing officer in Allegheny County’s family court system. She has also served as a member of The Salvation Army’s Greater Pittsburgh Regional Advisory Board since 2004, and was the recipient of the Catherine Booth Award in 2006. Mrs. Abdalla also volunteers with The Salvation Army’s Family Crisis Center, launching the annual fundraiser, the Garbage Bag Gala.

    Mr. Gary Brown is the Chief Executive Officer of Mount West Investments, a private equity and real estate investment organization. Previously, Mr. Brown was the President of Iron City Sash and Door Co. from 1991-2005. Mr. Brown serves as a member of the Greater Pittsburgh Advisory Board of The Salvation Army, and served as Vice Chairmen from 2006-2010. Mr. Brown is currently the Chairman of the Program Committee, which includes Emergency Disaster Services, Family Caring Center and Social Services. Mr. Brown was also the 2008 recipient of the William Booth Award and volunteered his services at Ground Zero following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Brown’s father, Mr. J. Duncan Brown, was a charter member of the first National Advisory Board Council Conference in 1976, which became the National Advisory Board. He was Chairman of the NAB from 1986-1991. Mr. Gary Brown also serves on the Board of Trustees for Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA.

    Mr. William (Bill) Burke is Senior Vice President of Nationwide Financial (NF) Marketing in Ohio. Mr. Burke is responsible for all of NF Marketing including Individual Investments, Individual Protection and Solutions, Retirement Plans, Investment Management – Advertising, Campaigns Management and Channel Marketing. Mr. Burke has extensive experience in marketing and business strategy, product development and innovation, advertising and communication, and relationship management.

    Mr. Michael L. Ducker currently serves as Chief Operating Officer for FedEx Express and President of its International divisions. In this role, Mr. Ducker leads the customer-facing aspects of the company’s Express operations and sets the strategic direction for the company’s global pickup and delivery functions for both parcels and freight spanning more than 220 countries and territories across North America, Latin America & Caribbean, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. He also oversees the company’s freight forwarding functions and once of the largest-volume customs clearance operations in North America. Based at the FedEx Express global headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Ducker has lead the company’s unprecedented international expansion over the past decade. In addition, he serves as Chairman of the U.S. Coalition of Service Industries and the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Mr. Micheal Flaherty is the President of Walden Media, a company he co-founded in his apartment in 1999. Since that time, Walden has gone on to produce over 30 films including The Chronicles of Narnia, Charlotte’s Web, Holes, Bridge to Terabithia, and Amazing Grace. Its publishing division has published a number of award-winning books, including the Newberry Award winner Savvy. As a writer, Mr. Flaherty has been published in a number of newspapers and magazines including the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Tufts University, Mr. Flaherty lives in Lexington, Massachusetts where he helps his wife Kelly home school their three children.

    Mr. Eric Holm is the owner of Metro Corral Partners, a 28-unit Golden Corral franchisee with operations in Florida and Georgia. As president, he actively manages the daily operation of Metro Corral, which is the largest Golden Corral franchisee in the country. Mr. Holm has been in the restaurant industry for over 30 years and has substantial experience in restaurant operations, marketing and development. In addition to his involvement with The Salvation Army in Orlando, Fla., Mr. Holm and his wife, Diane founded Helpings from the Heart Thanksgiving Feast in 1992. In 2011, on Thanksgiving Day, more than 24,000 free meals were served throughout Central Florida.

    Ms. Marcia Larson is Manager of HR Content & Communities at Dow Jones / Wall Street Journal, a subsidiary of News Corporation in New York City. Ms. Larson’s current work for Dow Jones and News Corp. incorporates recruitment, blogging, tweeting and other uses of social media marketing as well as training others at News Corp. on how to leverage social media. In addition, Ms. Larson participates in international relief work annually, most recently in Tanzania with the Micah Global Foundation, an international outreach service organization.

    Mr. Joel Manby is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), the largest family owned theme park corporation in the U.S., that owns and operates 26 properties across ten states, including Stone Mountain Park, Dollywood and Silver Dollar City. Mr. Manby and his company were featured on the hit CBS show Undercover Boss and received worldwide acclaim for portraying a compassionate business culture. Prior to joining HFE, Mr. Manby was a part of the start-up team for Saturn Corporation and was instrumental in launching Saturn’s innovative marking and distribution strategy. After his successful tenure at Saturn, Mr. Manby was promoted to CEO of Saab Automobile USA.

    Ambassador Gaddi H. Vasquez is currently the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Southern California Edison Company, one of the nation’s largest investor owned utilities. Prior to this position, Ambassador Vasquez served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Organizations in Rome, Italy. AMB Vasquez also served as Director of the United States Peace Corps and became the third longest serving Director in the Peace Corps’ 50-year history. During this tenure, the Peace Corps established the Peace Corps Global AIDS Program, which has resulted in the development of new country programs with a focus on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

    Corporate and Public Support Help The Salvation Army in New Zealand Take Next Steps in Earthquake Response

    Christchurch, New Zealand — The Salvation Army in New Zealand is taking the next steps in its reaction to the Christchurch earthquake, having concluded the concentrated visitation program that formed a major part of its initial response. The focus now is on helping people become more independent, meeting medium and long-term needs in the city.

    Unemployment in the city is rising and likely to increase once government support for local businesses ends at the end of May. The Salvation Army recognizes that its recovery work needs to be long-term and sustainable.

    Southern Division Commander Major Clive Nicolson says that, while residents needing material and emotional support will continue to receive help from The Salvation Army, those who are able will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own day-to-day needs.

    Major Daryl Crowden is an Australian International Emergency Services officer working alongside Major Nicolson. He says a significant number of residents are still “hunkered down,” rarely leaving their homes. He points out that apart from making people more self-reliant, encouraging them to take greater responsibility for themselves is beneficial to their mental health. “We're trying to get them to see beyond their four walls and put their situation in context,” says Major Crowden.

    Some residents are exhibiting significant degrees of frustration and anger as they await answers about the future of their properties. Major Crowden says that while these emotions are an expected part of the recovery process, Salvation Army workers are often the ones faced with the difficult task of providing emotional support and helping people put their bureaucratic problems into context.

    As from this week, the number of psychosocial workers providing emotional and practical support to quake-affected residents in the city has reduced from around 100 to 25.

    For the first time The Salvation Army has permission to send a team of eight psychosocial workers into the orange zone of the central business district (CBD) to check on residents allowed to move back into their homes. The orange zone has been off limits since the quake and it will be the first time that many of these residents have received comprehensive support.

    Demand on Salvation Army Community Ministries is gradually diminishing, with food parcel distribution down to around 200 a day, compared to 800 in the days following the quake. Salvation Army Emergency Services were serving up to 970 meals a day until the end of last week but are now only feeding those engaged in The Salvation Army's earthquake response. Most of the content of food parcels is provided directly by corporate donations.

    Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary Major Robbie Ross says companies looking to support the Army's work in Christchurch continue to make contact. Some are also showing interest in supporting The Salvation Army's wider community work.

    The New Zealand Food and Grocery Council has canvassed its members on behalf of The Salvation Army with astounding results, says Major Ross. Kellogg's, for instance, has been providing weekly shipments of breakfast cereals since the February earthquake. In addition, NZ$160,000-worth of grocery vouchers has been purchased from Progressive Enterprises at discount. The company is also providing expertise in organizing The Salvation Army's recently acquired storage facility.

    Where possible The Salvation Army is providing vouchers rather than food parcels or other items. This is to stimulate the fragile local economy. Companies such as Chevron and Mitre 10 have donated funds for vouchers. Some other assistance is coming through partnership projects, such as clothing vouchers with Postie Plus and NZ$500 Care Cards developed in conjunction with Westpac Bank.

    The Salvation Amy has distributed more than 1,250 Care Cards and provided around 300 Care Breaks to individuals and families to help them get respite away from Christchurch.

    The Army is currently having three purpose-built shower units manufactured in China. The showers will be capable of providing up to 400 people with showers each day. With colder weather and continuing problems with water and waste-water infrastructure in Christchurch, the arrival of the shower units is expected to be welcomed by residents.

    A community care van donated by Westpac Bank and fitted out as a mobile office is being used in areas where there is no Salvation Army presence. The van goes to neighborhoods or other locations where residents congregate so that Salvation Army personnel can provide advice and material or psychosocial support. This service is followed up with more intensive help if needed. Two four-wheel-drive vehicles donated by Isuzu New Zealand are being used to ferry food and other items to residents in areas where the roads are still severely damaged.

    The Salvation Army is pleased with the response to its Earthquake Appeal and is working with other major appeals to ensure that donated monies are targeted to the areas of greatest need.

    Major Nicolson says the morale of Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers remains high – even among locals who have damaged or destroyed properties. “In these difficult times,” he says, “I feel very privileged to be part of an organization that cares for people and endeavors to make a difference.”

    For photographs of relief efforts, please click the following link: http://bit.ly/f9U6jX

    Report by Jon Hoyle
    Media Officer
    New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory

    Corpus Christi Celebrates Opening of New Family Store

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    The Salvation Army of Corpus Christi was excited to open the doors of its new Family Thrift Store at the beginning of this month. Pictured from left to right are Major James Taylor, Texas Divisional Secretary, Corina Puente, store manager, and Captains Nettie and Mike Morton

    Corpus Christi Stolen Salvation Army Kettle Found

    PUS CHRISTI - A Salvation Army kettle that had been stolen from a local shopping center a few days ago has been recovered.It was found in the middle of the street at Erwin and Mueller by a woman and her daughter as they were driving to school.The little girl saw the kettle and said, "Look Mom, it's the stolen kettle we saw on the news!"Police arrived and confirmed it was the stolen kettle.A representative from the Salvation Army arrived to claim the recovered kettle.Story at kztv10.com<

    Daily Cup Social Justice App

    sion 1.0 of the app has launched and been well received by the public and media. We are excited to see its impact in the coming weeks and months.To view the iPhone version please visit http://m.magmito.com/tsa/dailycup If you experience a blank app navigation screen due to high traffic or a bad connection, please restart the program. If the problem persists, please go to the settings tab, scroll down and select Safari, scroll down and click on 'Clear History, Cache and Cookies,' close the settings app, and then re-launch the app icon on your homescreen. Our app designers are currently working on a fix to streamline the experience for iPhone us

    Dallas Cowboys Players Ring Bells at Walmart for Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive

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    Day 37: Tornado Response Continues In Central Oklahoma

    Oklahoma City, OK (June 25, 2013)—The Salvation Army has been busy serving tens of thousands throughout Central Oklahoma in the aftermath of the May tornadoes. Since the peak of the relief, 30 mobile feeding units (canteens) and catering trucks have served in areas devastated by the tornadoes and flooding.

    With over 1,200 homes lost, plans are being drafted for the transition from the emergency relief phase which is waning (37 days after first onset of tornadoes) to intermediate and long term recovery and care of storm victims.

    “We continue to assess the needs in the area and anticipate the bulk of our assistance will begin once families and individuals find temporary housing and/or begin the rebuilding process,” states Lt. Trey Jones, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Incident Command team. “Our ability to provide recovery and long term assistance is based upon the needs of those impacted and our partnerships with other agencies.”

    In response to the storm, through Tuesday, June 18, The Salvation Army has provided approximately:

    • 81,809 meals
    • 117,735 drinks
    • 146,697 snacks
    • Emotional and spiritual care to 13,046 individuals
    • 43,570 comfort kits
    • 6,784 clean up kits
    • 26,480 hours of employee and volunteer service
    • Over 3,800 cases opened and services provided to more than 13,000 individuals

    The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of canteens and supply warehouses throughout the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are 260 of these units in the southern United States alone and more than 600 emergency response vehicles nationwide.

       

    MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)
    Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

    The Salvation Army is located in the El Reno and Moore MARCs. Assistance includes:
    • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
    • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
    • Referrals for Other Services


    Jenks Simmons Field House
    214 N. Country Club Rd
    El Reno, OK


    Westmoore High School
    12613 S. Western Ave.
    Moore, OK
    FIXED FEEDING SITE

       

    Distribution of In-Kind Gifts NEW HOURS
    The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, clean-up kits and additional items for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding. Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Distribution Hours:
    Monday thru Saturday: 10 AM until 6 PM
    Sunday: CLOSED

       

    Monetary donations and Volunteers are the most critical need as transition occurs into recovery.

    • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    • 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.”*
    • Checks should be mailed to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 2536, Oklahoma City, OK 73102 and designate “2013 Oklahoma Tornadoes.”
    • Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve. You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or alArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

       

    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
    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 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 spent is used to carry out 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.

    Day 5: Service Continues Across Storm Ravaged South

    Atlanta, GA — Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel continue to meet material, emotional, and spiritual needs across the southern United States. Currently, EDS crews are at work in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

    After five days of intense service, several locations are scaling back response efforts while some locations hit particularly hard by the storms are still in need of daily feeding and spiritual care.

    Alabama/Mississippi — Currently, 40 Salvation Army ESD feeding units and one shower trailer are actively serving in Mississippi and Alabama. Over the last five days, tens of thousands of meals and drinks have been distributed. On Friday and Saturday alone, EDS teams served 30,820 meals and 51,072 drinks. 1,314 people received emotional and spiritual care so crucial to Salvation Army disaster response.

    Arkansas — EDS personnel continue to monitor rising water levels which have reached major flood stage in 9 counties. At present, one mobile feeding unit is serving Randolph County. Approximately 5,000 meals have been served since Monday.

    Georgia — While operations are beginning to wind down, several units are still serving the field. At the request of FEMA, a mobile feeding unit will remain in Spalding County, as will a social service representative in Harold County. Additionally, operations will continue in Catoosa and Walker counties through the end of the week. Teams have served 8,596 meals and 4,195 drinks in Spalding, 720 meals and 1,490 drinks in Rome, and 120 meals and 350 drinks in Cartersville.

    Kentucky/Tennessee/Virginia — EDS operations will diminish in Henderson, Murfreesboro and Clarksville, TN as local resources are once again available for storm survivors. In Chattanooga and Cleveland, TN as well as North Georgia, EDS crews are increasing their meal, beverage, and emotional/spiritual care services to keep pace with the needs of communities hit hard by the storms. A strong presence remains in Dyersburg, TN, Greenville, TN, Washington County, VA, and Henderson, KY. As of Sunday morning, 800 volunteers had logged 7,000 hours while helping staff serve approximately 14,500 meals throughout the division.

    For more information regarding ongoing relief efforts, please visit the Newsroom at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Contact:
    William C. Hale
    Media Relations Coordinator
    The Salvation Army Southern Territory Headquarters
    678-485-4726
    Will_Hale@uss.salvationarmy.org<

    Day Four: The Salvation Army Comforts Storm Survivors

    Atlanta, GA — Reports indicate that at least 340 people died in the violent tornadoes which swept across the southern United States only days ago. Hundreds more are still missing. However, in the face of devastation, countless volunteers and donors have reached out to survivors in their time of greatest need.

    Since the outbreak, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) volunteers, staff, and officers have provided emotional and spiritual care as well as critical food and hydration to those in need. Prayer, love, a hot meal, a cold cup of water – all are readily available at any one of the mobile feeding units serving throughout the South.

    The Salvation Army is currently meeting immediate needs and evaluating long-term recovery efforts in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Additional teams are on standby throughout the South and will be deployed as needed.

    Alabama & Mississippi — 40 EDS mobile feeding units, a shower trailer, and emotional/spiritual care teams are serving storm survivors in affected areas. Tens of thousands of meals and beverages have been distributed at multiple locations throughout the region. To learn more about relief efforts including current areas of service, please click here.

    Arkansas — EDS teams are currently providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care throughout Garland, Randolph, and Jackson Counties. Several areas are facing both tornado and flood damage. As of Friday evening, 3,195 meals and 3,058 drinks had been distributed.

    Georgia — Feeding and emotional/spiritual care efforts continue throughout Spalding, Floyd, and Bartow counties. As of Saturday morning, EDS teams had distributed 2,628 meals in Spalding County, 580 in Floyd County, and 250 in Bartow County. Additionally, dozens of clean-up kits were given to survivors in need.

    EDS teams from the Kentucky/Tennessee Division are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support at various locations in northwest Georgia including the hard-hit town of Ringgold.

    Virginia — EDS teams from the Kentucky/Tennessee Division have been mobilized to meet material and spiritual needs of residents and determine next steps in service for affected communities.

    Tennessee — Numerous locations across Tennessee are reporting moderate to severe tornado, water, and hail damage. EDS crews are offering food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support in the following areas: Chattanooga, Cleveland, Murfreesboro, Union City, Clarksville, Greenville, and Memphis. In Cleveland alone, 2,650 hot meals and 400 food boxes were provided to residents in need. To read more about efforts in Tennessee, please click here.

    Kentucky — Salvation Army EDS personnel continue to meet the needs of storm survivors in Paducah, Henderson, and Louisville through food distribution, emotional and spiritual care, and evaluation of long-term recovery needs. EDS leadership is also keeping a watchful eye on rising water levels and making preparations should a flood response be required. To learn more about Kentucky relief efforts, please click here.

    For more information regarding ongoing relief efforts, please visit the Newsroom at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Contact:
    William C. Hale
    Media Relations Coordinator
    The Salvation Army Southern Territory Headquarters
    678-485-4726
    Will_Hale@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Delivering Help and Hope to Texas Wildfire Survivors

    Austin, TX (September 22, 2011) – A truck loaded with items from The Salvation Army Central Texas Wildfire Relief Center in Austin will travel to Bastrop on Thursday, in an effort to deliver assistance to those individuals that need it most in the aftermath of the recent wildfires.

    Beginning at 9:00 AM, Thursday, September 22, The Salvation Army will set up a distribution center, accompanied by a Salvation Army feeding unit, in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter located at 488 Highway 71 W, in Bastrop. Salvation Army personnel, including volunteers from the Bastrop Salvation Army Service Unit location, will be available to assist wildfire survivors by providing basic necessities such as toiletries, baby items, cleaning supplies, paper products, canned goods, water, pillows and towels. Proof of residence is required. The new mobile distribution center will be open Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, beginning Thursday morning.

    As of Thursday, assistance will no longer be provided from the location at 12317 Technology Blvd, Austin, because The Salvation Army understands the difficulty and challenges wildfire survivors may have in reaching Austin for assistance.

    Items at the new mobile distribution center will be restocked regularly, and The Salvation Army is in communication with other agencies in Bastrop to help support recovery efforts that are already underway in the community.

    The Salvation Army is no longer accepting in-kind donations but monetary contributions are requested to support the Central Texas Wildfire Relief. Financial contributions 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.<

    Demolition Begins at The Salvation Army’s Port-au-Prince Compound In just two weeks, these long-standing Salvation Army structures will be leveled to make way for significant rebuilding

    t-au-Prince, Haiti – Demolition begins today at The Salvation Army’s Delmas 2 compound. Over the next two weeks crews will tear down all of the buildings at the Port-au-Prince location with the exception of the temporary classrooms, kitchen, and the old College Verena, where the primary health care clinic and school administration offices are now housed.“For more than 60 years, The Salvation Army has been housed in these buildings on Delmas 2. That all changed on January 12, 2010,” said Major Ron Busroe, Haiti Recovery and Development (HRD) Director. “With the demolition of the old and rebuilding of the new, The Salvation Army will begin a new era in serving the people of Haiti.”While school is closed during the Carnaval holiday, crews will tear down buildings closest to the temporary classrooms, clinic and school administration. Demolition of this area will be finished and security walls built before students return to class on Monday, March 14. Crews will then demolish the old Divisional Headquarters.Demolition is the first step in rebuilding physical structures and equipping the Army to better serve the Port-au-prince community. When completed, the compound will house a new College Verena with buildings for kindergarten, primary and secondary school children, school administration buildings, a new primary health care clinic, an integrated family support service building and a corps building that will seat 3,0

    Despair and Salvation

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    Disaster Quick Tips: How To Prepare For A Tornado

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    Tornados can tear through a community in seconds and leave nothing behind but rubble and shattered lives. These extreme storms can produce winds up to 70 miles an hour which can cause millions of dollars in damage and continue to be one of our nation’s largest natural threats. Tornados can appear without warning which makes it extremely important to be prepared ahead of time. Here are some helpful steps to help you be as prepared as you possibly can for the event of a tornado:

    1. Be sure to have your emergency kit on hand, updated and ready.
    This will be your source for food and supplies during and after a tornado. Be sure all items are current and everything you need is packed.

    2. Always be aware of upcoming storms.
    They could produce the prefect conditions for a tornado. Warning signs of a possible tornado:
    · Look for dark or greenish colored sky. This is often an indicator of a possible tornado.
    · Medium to large sized hail.
    · Loud roaring, often said to sound like a passing train.
    · Low lying clouds.

    3. Know the terminology:
    · Tornado Watch: Tornados are possible, look for changing weather.
    · Tornado Warning: A tornado has touched down. Seek shelter immediately.

    4. If a tornado warning is issued in your area:
    Seek shelter in a basement, storm cellar or the lowest level of the building. If no basement is available, go towards the center of the lowest level room and seek shelter in a closet or bathroom, preferably a room with no windows. Stay away from windows and try to distance yourself from outside walls.

    If you are in a vehicle, seek shelter immediately. If no shelter exists, get out of the car, find a ditch or ravine and lay low, but be aware of possible flooding. Do not try and outrun the tornado in your car. Tornados are unpredictable and change their path without any warning and could easily pick up your car if you were in its path. Watch out for flying debris.

    Disaster Relief Takes on Local Flair In Hattiesburg

    Hattiesburg, MS (February 14, 2013)—On Wednesday, as the sun broke through the clouds for the first time since before Sunday’s tornado, hundreds of volunteers emerged like bears from their hibernation to begin en masse the clean-up of Hattiesburg.

    Across Hattiesburg, residents and strangers worked side by side to remove debris and trees from property ravaged by the EF4 Tornado. Supplementing these efforts were The Salvation Army’s feeding units filled with grilled chicken sandwiches and the fixings from the generous staff of Outback Steakhouse in Hattiesburg. For eight hours Wednesday the Outback team grilled over 2,000 fresh chicken breasts for their neighbors and the strangers arriving to clean up.

    Demand for the sandwiches was so brisk that one feeding unit ran out of 200 meals in thirty minutes and was forced to restock with another 200 meals. Most recipients simply remarked that “this was the best meal that they had in days.”

    In all over 2,250 meals were served by The Salvation Army on Wednesday.

    Why would one spend eight hours cooking and delivering to people they did not even know? Why take so much care to prepare high quality food?

    The answer reflects the passion that The Salvation Army and its partners have for providing for the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of storm survivors. Each hot meal not only provides the physical nourishment needed following a disaster, but also reflects the need of each survivor and first responder to know that they are important and deserving of dignity.

    “Each hot meal and bottle of water reflects the love of Christ and the passion that The Salvation Army has for helping Hattiesburg recover,” stated Captain Andy Gilliam of The Salvation Army.

    Thursday, The Salvation Army will be serving up Valentine’s treats to residents thanks to the generosity of Newk’s, Neal House Catering, and the Keg & Barrel.

    The Salvation Army’s response to disasters is dependent upon the generosity of our donors.. Many times that support comes in the form of cash donations made through our website or generously mailed to one of our many locations. Other times, it comes in the form of support from businesses partnering with The Salvation Army to meet human needs in times of disaster.

    Six Mobile feeding units will be working throughout the day on Thursday providing for the needs of residents.

    Units will be positioned at the following locations:

    • Hattiesburg Unit: Petal, East 5th Avenue and James Street
    • Jackson Unit: CVS Pharmacy, Intersection of US Highway 49 and Hardy Street, Hattiesburg, MS
    • Mississippi Coast Unit: Neighborhoods East of USM
    • McComb Unit: Oak Grove, Roving Lake Serene, Bellewood, and Lakeshore Areas
    • Laurel Unit: Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 900 East 8th Street, Hattiesburg, MS
    • Jackson Unit 2:Neighborhoods West and South of USM Roving

    Units will also be distributing comfort/hygiene kits to residents recovering from the storm. Emotional and spiritual care officers will be available to provide support to residents.

    Financial donations are still needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Disaster Relief. Donors may text “GIVE” to 80888. Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster.





    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 www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or send a check to your local Salvation Army earmarked for disaster relief.<

    Disaster Services Continues in Oklahoma

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    May 23, 2013—Oklahoma City, OK—Despite thunderstorms and threat of severe weather, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster response teams have worked diligently since the early hours of Sunday evening to provide support to first responders and those impacted in the Shawnee, Carney and Little Axe area as well as Moore, Oklahoma.

    Now that the all persons have been accounted for in the destruction areas, families and individuals are being allowed back into their neighborhoods. As this occurs, The Salvation Army is ramping up its operations on the ground. Twelve Salvation Army Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from various locations in Arkansas and Oklahoma are roaming in the Shawnee and Moore devastation areas

    As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army provided 4,684 hot and cold meals, 7,752 drinks (coffee, soda, juice and water) and 3,188 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.

    In addition to providing food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also securing warehousing and staging areas as they prepare to increase operations to serve all those affected by the tornadoes.

    Monetary donations continue to be the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized. 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 Oklahoma, is by making a financial contribution:

    For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmyaok.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS.

                     

    *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.

    Donors, Volunteers, and Beneficiaries To Be Recognized During 58th National Salvation Army Week—Dinners, Concerts, Baseball, Art Contests and More Honor Importance of Giving Back

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    (Alexandria, VA) May 9, 2011 — Across the country, The Salvation Army will be celebrating its 58th annual National Salvation Army Week with a variety of events and activities to honor donors, supporters and beneficiaries of Salvation Army programs. Events will highlight the importance of Americans giving back to their local communities to support their fellow neighbor at a time when many families and individuals continue to struggle to make ends meet. The very first National Salvation Army Week was declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower between November 18 and December 4, 1954 as a reminder to Americans that they should give freely of themselves.

    “Every year, it’s important for The Salvation Army to say ’thank you’ to the people who make it possible for us to help others who are looking for assistance to escape hard times,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Even now, our neighbors are relying on the generosity of others to stand strong following the April tornadoes, which devastated so many homes, businesses and lives. The Army’s work in these impacted cities would not be possible if it were not for our donors, volunteers and supporters.

    Nationwide, Salvation Army programs will be honoring National Salvation Army Week through a variety of activities, including:

    Alexandria, VA: The Salvation Army will host its annual Civic Dinner with special guest Vince Lombardi, Jr. on Saturday, May 7.
    Auburn, CA: On Wednesday, May 11 the Auburn Corps will host a Celebration Breakfast at the Ridge Golf Course to honor volunteers and supporters.
    Beaumont, TX: The Salvation Army will host the second annual Kids Book Fair on Friday, May 13, at the Point North Housing Complex.
    Galveston County, TX: The Salvation Army will thank community partner banks all week by serving coffee and doughnuts in the morning and ice cream in the afternoon from a canteen at each location. Partner banks include Texas First Bank, HomeTown Bank, Frost Bank and Moody National Bank.
    Guayama, Puerto Rico: The Guayama Corps will host a variety of events including “The Lassies and the Doughnut” on Tuesday, May 10 - a night honoring Salvation Army lassies who provided doughnuts to American soldiers during WWI – and a free concert featuring Christian singer Miriam Cortés on Saturday, May 14.
    Harrisonburg, VA: The Salvation Army will serve doughnuts and coffee from a Salvation Army Mobile Canteen on North Main St. outside WHSV (ABC TV 3) on Monday, May 9. On Saturday, May 14, James Madison University’s baseball team will celebrate Salvation Army Night during its match-up against Towson University. Fans can bring one canned good for general admission.
    Houston, TX: On Wednesday, May 11, the third Annual Citywide Art Contest Reception for The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will recognize young artists and their work. Winners at the event will have their artwork displayed at One Allen Center in downtown Houston.
    Indianapolis, IN: The Salvation Army will host the week-long “Bite Back Box Fest,” asking community members to drop off a Bite Back Box with donations to help the Army bite back against homelessness. Boxes can be picked up and returned at The Salvation Army, and the box with the largest donation receives a $100 gift card. The Army will also be celebrating 128 years in Indiana with live music, food and games during the Red Kettle Cookout on Thursday, May 12 at University Park in downtown.
    Kerrville, TX: The Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center will celebrate give out free coffee, doughnuts, and water to the community as a thank you for the continued support. The Army’s canteen will hand out goodies between 11am and 1pm (CT) at the Kerrville Wal-Mart Monday, May 9 and the Kroc Center Tuesday and Wednesday May 10 and 11.
    Las Vegas, NV: The annual Salvation Army Clark County Awards Luncheon in Las Vegas will honor donors, volunteers and other supporters of the Army from the past year on Wednesday, May 11 at the Texas Station-Dallas Ballroom. In addition, the Army will award the "Partner in Mission" award to the individual whose contributions to the Army had great impact in the local community.
    Modesto, CA: The Salvation Army’s Red Shield youth members will provide a Boxing Demonstration at the Vintage Faire Mall on May 14.
    Nashville, TN: The Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team will host The Salvation Army as Charity of the Night on Saturday, May 14. The Army will host a booth at the stadium featuring activities and giveaways for families and kids as the Sounds take on the Sacramento Rivercats.
    San Francisco, CA: The Salvation Army will team up with the Rotary Club of San Francisco, NPS Presidio Park Police and Sports Basement for the third Annual “Bike Build” on May 14 to provide 75 underprivileged children from San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood with new bikes and helmets.
    Suisun City, CA: The Salvation Army will hold an Open House Party on May 9 at the newly opened welcome center of the Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. Visitors can see the latest construction renderings of the Kroc Center, research and apply for open positions, meet the Kroc Krew and much more.
    Syracuse, NY: The Salvation Army of Syracuse will partner with P&C Food & Pharmacy to deliver free doughnuts throughout the week as a special thanks and symbol of friendship to community members for their continued support.
    Texarkana, TX: On Wednesday, May 11, the Army will host a block party across the street from the Texarkana Corps, with food, games, music, tours of the center and a devotional.
    Turlock, CA: On May 9, community members will participate in the Sixth Annual Century 21 M&M and Associates Charity Golf Classic at the Turlock Golf & Country Club with all proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army. More than $77,000 has been raised in the past five years.
    Tyler, TX: The Salvation Army of Tyler will host the “Doing The Most Good” luncheon, a community fundraiser, on Thursday, May 12. All week, the Army will also be running PSAs featuring advisory board members, employees and others sharing their experiences with The Salvation Army.
    Washington, DC: The Salvation Army will partner with Dunkin Donuts to hand out free doughnuts at various Metro stations to commuters in the Greater Washington area. Doughnuts will be given away each weekday morning between 7:30 and 9:30am. Metros include:

    o Monday: Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Station
    o Tuesday: New Carrollton
    o Wednesday: King Street Station
    o Thursday: Medical Center Station
    o Friday: Pentagon City

    Yuba City, CA: The Salvation Army will host a “Progressive Dinner” on Tuesday, May 10. Attendees will begin at the Corps' Social Services office for appetizers and then "progress" to the Depot Family Crisis Center for dinner. From there, attendees will progress to the Transitional Housing program to tour the program and have dessert.

    Since The Salvation Army began its social service work in the United States in 1880, the organization has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the country. Each year, The Salvation Army directly supports nearly 30 million Americans through a variety of programs including transitional and family shelters, feeding programs, senior centers, adult rehabilitation, education, athletic programs for kids, and more.

    “Through 2010, The Salvation Army saw an increased need at 94 percent of our feeding programs, based on an internal survey,” said Major Hood. “We are proud that our supporters recognize the struggle taking place in local communities, and continue to stand by their neighbors as President Eisenhower intended so many years ago.”

    President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954, proclaiming, “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all.”

    Though the dates have changed since the first National Salvation Army Week, the work of The Salvation Army has not changed. More information about National Salvation Army Week and The Salvation Army’s service programs in more than 5,000 areas nationwide is available online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    El Paso – “Coming Home”

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    “The hills are alive with the sound of music”! No, not Julie Andrews famously singing in the Austrian Alps, but instead, The Salvation Army’s Texas Brass and Lonestar Brass in El Paso! 60 young people made the 1276 mile round trip from Dallas to El Paso over Memorial weekend to participate in “Coming Home” celebrations. The joyful sound of the brass bands could be heard around the city, and no doubt on the surrounding hills, throughout the weekend as they proclaimed the Gospel Message through music.The Salvation Army in the USA is divided into four Territories; Western, Central, Eastern, and Southern. As of July 1, the El Paso Salvation Army will officially join the Texas Division, Southern Territory. Until now, El Paso has been part of the Western Territory of The Salvation Army, Southwest Division. In anticipation of this transfer of administration and to celebrate El Paso “Coming Home”, the Divisional Commander of the Texas Division, Lt. Colonel Henry Gonzalez, arranged the Texas Brass and Lonestar Brass visit, May 28-30.The Salvation Army has been at work in El Paso for over 110 years, since February, 1899, when Ensign J. Pitt and his wife arrived from Albuquerque, New Mexico to “open fire”. By 1901, a hall and barracks were opened along with the “Door of Hope Mission”. Salvation Army services have continued in the city since then and have varied over time to meet the needs of the community in the name of Jesus Christ.The goal of the young people during the weekend visit was to promote the work of The Salvation Army to the greater community and to establish relationships with Salvation Army church members. A busy schedule had been planned by Captains Keith and Robin Bottjen, Area Coordinators for The Salvation Army in El Paso, which included a Music and Arts Institute on Saturday, several outdoor performances around the city, and participation in Salvation Army church services on Sunday.Over 3000 people attended “El Paso Teen Fest 2010 Summer Reading Kick-Off” on Saturday, sponsored by the El Paso Library and the El Paso Diablos. Both youth bands performed at this event which provided a wonderful opportunity to promote the ministry of The Salvation Army. Another highlight of the weekend was a visit to a Veterans Home where the young people mingled with the residents who enjoyed the patriotic music as they celebrated Memorial Day.The young people enjoyed the opportunity to minister to the people in El Paso, and along with the rest of the Texas Division, are looking forward to their new friends “Coming Home”, July 1, 2010.

    Emergency Disaster Service Teams Meet Immediate Needs for West Palm Beach

    West Palm Beach, FL (29 August 2012)—Salvation Army personnel throughout Palm Beach County are responding to Tropical Storm Isaac which has left significant flooding in its passing. Currently, The Salvation Army has 1 mobile kitchen and a truck unit providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors. Thus far The Salvation Army has provided 411 hot meals and 312 cold drinks to first responders and residents impacted by the storm.

    “The Salvation Army is humbled to serve as an instrument of hope to those impacted by this flooding,” said Palm Beach County Area Commander, Major Thomas McWilliams. “In the past five years, I do not recall a flooding situation of this magnitude and longevity.”

    Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will continue to focus on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

    Salvation Army mobile feeding units are currently positioned in the following areas:

    -The Acreage Community Park, 6701 140th Avenue North serving lunch and dinner

    -Intersection of Okeechobee Blvd & Seminole Road at in Loxahatchee serving lunch and dinner

    “Today as I drove west I was not prepared to see the amount of water covering the streets, roadways no vehicle should pass through with clients walking in water nearly up to their waist. This is day two with little recidivism and addition rainfall did not help,” stated Tara Holcomb, Public Information Officer for The Salvation Army.

    The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

    The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Isaac 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, 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

    · 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

    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 our local Salvation Army Family Store.

    For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and follow us at www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo.

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    About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County
    The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 89 years. Over 19,000 Palm Beach County residents 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 spent is used to support those services in our local communities. For more information, go to www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org & www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

    *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.

    Emergency Disaster Services Joins Community Group to Feed the Hungry

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    Jackson, MS (February 26, 2014) -The Salvation Army EDS Department along with the Jackson Area Coordinate partnered with an area nonprofit to serve food to Jackson Mississippi’s hungry and homeless.

    Every Sunday afternoon, Why Not Now Ministries of Mississippi, joins area organizations and church groups to provide a meal to the most needy in the Jackson, MS area. While The Salvation Army already had a feeding program in place, one of The Salvation Army’s most faithful disaster volunteers, Tony Kumor brought an idea up to the EDS department. Tony thought that this would be a good place to practice our food service along with helping those in need, and the EDS department agreed.

    The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services are constantly looking to train and practice their unique feeding ministry, so situations where they can exercise their resources are priceless. When the idea of using this practice time to serve the hungry of Jackson came up, it was an easy decision to make.

    The Salvation Army and Why Not Now of Mississippi worked for most of the afternoon this past Sunday serving 125 individuals. Kumor stated that this number was up about 30 people from the previous week.

    The Salvation Army stands ready to assist all those in need during times of national disasters, and personal ones.

    via Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services.

    Evergreen, Co The Salvation Army Continues to Support Bluebell Fire’s First Responders

    The Salvation Army Continues to Support Bluebell Fire’s First Responders Provides meals, snack and hydration throughout the day.

    Evergreen, CO (June 4, 2013)— The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services team continues to provide meals and hydration to first responders of Evergreen’s Bluebell Fire that broke out yesterday afternoon. The volunteer team responded to a request from Jefferson County to serve dinner to approximately 150 firefighters last night after the first, long day of battling Bluebell’s flames. The volunteer crew continued its service providing 70 breakfast meals and 170 lunches to firefighters today from their mobile canteen. Additional Emergency Disaster Services teams from The Salvation Army are on standby and prepared to assist when called.

    The Salvation Army is so grateful for partners that enable our crews to continue caring for the needs of the Bluebell Fire first responders. We are distributing bottled water donated by Evergreen’s WalMart and Home Depot locations and will feed Jefferson County firefighters dinner this evening provided by Subway locations in Evergreen and Conifer.

    Monetary donations are the best way to help us meet the immediate needs of first responders to this wildfire.

    Donors are encouraged to give online at www.imsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designating your gift to the Bluebell Fire.

    Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army
    POBox 60006
    Prescott, AZ 86304
    Please designate “Bluebell Fire” on all checks.

    In-kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the wildfire area. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Fact Sheet—Hurricane Irene 8-29-11

    For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyEDS, www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter and Facebook.

    Mass care and feeding for thousands of evacuees and first responders continues to be the top priority.
    • Salvation Army damage assessment teams throughout the East Coast are still receiving significant requests for mass care after widespread power outages, downed power lines and trees and localized flooding.
    • Thousands of evacuees are housed in shelters across the region, especially those who live in low lying areas prone to storm surge.
    • As reports come in from the northeast, The Salvation Army is focusing resources inland as the region manages flooding events.

    The Salvation Army is already serving thousands living in regions impacted by Hurricane Irene.
    • The Salvation Army has served 15,000 meals to first responders and evacuees in New Jersey.
    • Nearly 14,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served in Greenville, Washington, Elizabeth City and Morehead City in the Carolinas.
    • In Norfolk and Spotsylvania Counties, VA, The Salvation Army has already served more than 6,400 meals, snacks and drinks and provided lodging to 265 people.
    • More than 5,000 meals, snacks and drinks have been served at multiple shelter locations throughout Maryland and West Virginia.
    • In Connecticut, The Salvation Army has served hundreds of meals to evacuees at shelters as well as to first responders.
    • The Salvation Army is feeding at numerous shelter facilities throughout Massachusetts and other parts of New England.

    Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
    • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    • 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.”*
    • Checks should be sent to Disaster Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designated “2011 Hurricane Season.”
    • Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called upon to serve.
    • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, but also help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

    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.

    Salvation Army Statements

    Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary • “The initial damage reports are leaving us cautiously optimistic that there has not been widespread structural damage or injuries.” • “But flooding remains a problem, particularly in New England, and there is a significant response ongoing. It is critical that we provide the base of support for damage assessment teams, rescue personnel and survivors to ensure everyone weathers the fallout from this storm safely.”

    Major James LaBossiere, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Northern New England • “Although the severity of the storm has been downgraded, we are taking it very seriously and have alerted our personnel to be ready to move quickly to the areas where they are most needed.”

    Major Willis Howell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of the Carolinas • “We know this is going to be a long recovery process and The Salvation Army is dedicated to needs of North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic Coast.”

    Major Lewis Reckline Area Commander for The Salvation Army of Tidewater, VA • “We’re very fortunate that Irene was not devastating as originally predicted. However, there are still residents, tourists and first-responders that will need supplies, food and support and that is what we aim to do now.”<

    Fact Sheet—Hurricane Irene 8-31-11

    For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, www.twitter.com/SalArmyEDS, www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter and Facebook.

    The Salvation Army’s critical relief services in the Carolinas, New York and Vermont continue as thousands of individuals are impacted by significant inland flooding, power outages and deteriorated infrastructure.
    • The Salvation Army has deployed more than 70 emergency response vehicles and resources to the most impacted areas post Hurricane Irene throughout the east coast, including damage assessment teams and mobile canteens that are each capable of serving more than 1,500 meals per day.
    • Assistance in impacted areas for evacuees and emergency responders has included sheltering and offering blankets and pillows, providing food and water, emotional and spiritual counseling and damage assessment.
    • Salvation Army teams have deployed 37 mobile canteens throughout the coastal region of the Carolinas to provide food and drinks to community members.
    • In the Outerbanks of North Carolina have deployed to feed more than 2,400 people stranded on the barrier islands with food, water and other immediate needs.

    The Salvation Army is deploying dozens of teams and mobile canteens to heavily affected areas to provide for immediate needs, as well as plan long-term recovery efforts along the east coast.
    • The Salvation Army has served more than 135,000 meals, snacks and drinks to individuals states impacted be Irene, from the Carolinas to New England.
    • The Salvation Army has deployed six mobile canteen units to eastern New York cities, including Schenectady, Delhi, Roxbury, Margaretville, Fleischmanns and Schoharie, that are dealing with inland flooding and limited resources such as food and drinking water.
    • The Salvation Army is providing one semi-truck load of drinking water to the counties of Essex, Clinton and Schenectady, as well as staging 2,000 clean-up kits in Oneonta, NY.
    • Two canteens have been deployed to Ludlow and Rutland, VT to assist in feeding flood evacuees and emergency responders.
    • For recovery efforts, 155 clean-up kits have been distributed; with 1,000 more kits to be delivered to eight impacted areas in the Mid-Hudson region and another 1,000 kits to be delivered to Nassau OEM for distribution on Long Island.
    • In response to state emergency requests, The Salvation Army is deploying two mobile canteens in Franklin County, MA. Mobile response workers are offering aid in various cities including Greenfield, Turner’s Falls, Shelburne Falls, Charlemont, Montague, Bernardston, Northfield and more.
    • The Salvation Army will distribute 1,000 clean-up kits in flood impacted areas throughout New Jersey.

    Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
    • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    • 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.”*
    • Checks should be sent to Disaster Gift Processing Center, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 and designated “2011 Hurricane Season.” • Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called upon to serve.
    • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, but also help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

    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.

    Salvation Army Statements
    Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary
    • “As we look past Hurricane Irene, we cannot forget the devastation and growing need the storm has left behind in communities throughout the East Coast, from North Carolina to Vermont.”
    • “Pockets of individuals have been without food, water, power and other resources for days. The Salvation Army will continue to meet the needs of these communities until everyone is back on their feet.”

    Lieutenant Christopher Williams, Emergency Disaster Services: Ludlow, Vermont
    • “I am devastated by the flooding that has knocked out bridges and destroyed roadways in these towns. We are able to provide more than 30 lunches to residents and bulk food for the town and will return tomorrow for more distribution and assistance.”

    Captain Daniel Brunelle, Corps Officer Greenfield, Massachusetts
    • “We have our mobile canteens going site-to-site doing feeding and handing out cleanup kits.”
    • “We’re investigating the low-lying areas and offering support, distributing food and cleanup kits where needed.”

    Major Willis Howell, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army of North and South Carolina
    • “All service opportunities present unique challenges, and the coasts of the Carolinas and Virginia are no different. Response and assessment are fluid processes, evolving based on reports for need, available resources and often times pure geography.”




    * A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

    Families Affected By Drought In Kenya Given Food

    In the district of Makueni, east Kenya, the rains failed in October, November, and December 2010. The resultant drought and crop failures have left 2.6 million people in need of food aid. Following consultation with the Government Agriculture Office, The Salvation Army was asked to provide food to 388 families in an area that the government was struggling to assist. A Salvation Army team distributed a two week ration of maize, beans, and cooking oil to relieve distress at this difficult time. The most appropriate beneficiaries were chosen after discussions with community leaders and staff from local non-governmental organizations.

    Donations to the Africa Disaster Fund can be made by clicking the following link: https://secure.salvationarmy.org/

    Families Receive Financial Assistance And Support In Forney, TX

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    Photo: By @rustysurette shows @RedCrossDFW and Salvation Army serving rescue workers and survivors in Lancaster Texas after tornadoes.

    Dallas, TX (April 10, 2012) - Fifteen families received emergency financial assistance from The Salvation Army in Forney, Texas, Monday and Tuesday, after recent tornadoes destroyed their homes.

    125 homes in this quiet community, located about 30 miles East of Dallas, were damaged during last weeks powerful storms with significant damage sustained in one particular neighborhood. Salvation Army Disaster staff have been onsite since Monday morning providing refreshment, financial assistance and emotional support from a mobile feeding unit.

    Brenda Smith, Director of The Salvation Army Kaufman Service Center, has been working to register and assist those most affected. "We have been able to help a number of families with basic necessities as they begin to pick themselves up after this tragedy. More than 20 homes are completely destroyed and it has been a real blessing to be able to share a word of encouragement and a prayer with those we have met." Brenda continued, "In cases where people have lost everything it doesn't feel like we are able to offer much, but we are doing what we can to help people along the way."

    Clean up crews and volunteers working through the rubble have also been able to enjoy drinks and snacks from the canteen. "As well as local groups of volunteers from places like the Home Depot, there are volunteers here from all around the country," explained Bram Ritson, Salvation Army Disaster team member. "It's been hot and humid this week and the workers have really appreciated the support we've given."

    Kaufman Service Center staff will follow up with several additional families in the community who have registered for assistance as people return to their homes and begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

    Monetary donations to go directly toward relief efforts can be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.* For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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    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 billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

    Family, Friends and Salvationists Give Thanks for Life and Influence of Commissioner Helen Clifton

    London, England – The service of thanksgiving for Commissioner Helen Clifton, held in the assembly hall at William Booth College, London, UK, was a fitting tribute to a woman of God. Countless examples were given of how she did so much for others throughout her Salvation Army officership, from early days as a corps officer through to her last appointment as World President of Women's Ministries, supporting her husband, General Shaw Clifton (now retired). The congregation of family, friends and Salvationists filled the newly refurbished assembly hall.

    Following a presentation showing snapshots of the commissioner's life, and the entry of The Salvation Army flag adorned with white ribbons, the Chief of the Staff (Commissioner Barry C. Swanson) took the lead of the meeting, saying: “We meet to remember the life and influence of Commissioner Helen Clifton. We are not the same for having met her.”

    The Chief acknowledged the presence of General John Larsson (Retired), former world presidents of women's ministries Commissioner Freda Larsson and Commissioner Gisèle Gowans, and former Chief of the Staff Commissioner Robin Dunster. He then led the large congregation in a song before Captain Lynne Clifton (Commissioner Clifton's daughter-in-law) and Cadet Naomi Shakespeare (soon to be daughter-in-law) prayed.

    “Thank you for Commissioner Helen's life of dedicated service,” prayed Captain Clifton. “Thank you that she's safe and at peace in your everlasting arms.” Cadet Shakespeare gave thanks that Commissioner Helen lived all of her life for God, and asked that he would teach all present to do the same.

    Captain Marcus Collings (son-in-law) read from Hebrews 13 and Bromley Temple Songsters sang 'It Is Well With My Soul' before Commissioner Sue Swanson (World President of Women's Ministries) read a tribute from General Linda Bond. The General said that all her life Commissioner Helen Clifton had responded to God's call. “We thank God for her beautiful, powerful life,” wrote the General. “She was a catalyst for change, a woman of prayer.”

    Commissioner Helen's three children each paid his or her own tribute. Captain Matt Clifton drew comparisons between his mother and 'Solomon's perfect woman' of Proverbs 31. He told how, despite her busy schedule, she visited her sick grandson in hospital every day and would sometimes arrive at their home – 60 miles from London – to do their ironing before heading into the office. She empowered others, for example providing women in Pakistan with English language lessons, the captain said, and taught him much about marriage in the way she and his father cared for each other.

    Captain Jenny Collings spoke of her mother's wisdom, beauty and gentle yet determined nature. “She always encouraged me to be myself and empowered me to find my wings.” However, the greatest impact, she said, was seeing her mother caring for others in practical ways while also caring for her own family.

    “I don't understand why this [the commissioner being promoted to Glory] has happened,” she continued, “but because of the timing many more people are observing her life – and God has been glorified. What an adventure she had and is still living ... We haven't lost her; we know where she is.”

    Cadet John Clifton said that over the next few weeks his mother will continue to inspire him as some of the most important occasions of his life take place. The following day he would sign his officer's covenant, then on the weekend he would be commissioned as a Salvation Army officer, and two weeks later he would be married.

    As an officer, he said, he will remember her involvement in people's lives, her successful quiet protest against 'adult' advertising in the local newspaper and her actions in Jesus' name for the liberation of the oppressed. In his first corps appointment he will remember how she adapted to every situation, whether that meant taking an interest in local sport in the UK or trying to learn the Urdu language in Pakistan. When he marries he will remember her example as a spouse and a parent, and how his parents “loved each other even when things were tough.”

    “She will be missed but she will provide inspiration,” he concluded. “We hope you are inspired by her story, as we are.”

    Enfield Citadel Band played 'Song of the Eternal' before Commissioner Sue Swanson brought verses from Revelation and the Chief of the Staff gave the Bible message. Not only had a classic girl-meets-boy love story been remembered during the service, he told the congregation, but another love story as well – that of God's deep love for humankind. “No matter how we feel, we are never alone,” said the Chief. “God has not abandoned us.”

    He concluded with a challenge for those present to think about what they are doing with the life God has given them: “Perfection has come for Commissioner Helen; the divine love story is complete for her … We celebrate eternal life for her.”

    Major Brian Slinn (corps officer, Bromley, where the Cliftons were soldiers) offered prayer and a benediction, asking God that the memories of Commissioner Helen Clifton would remain precious and that her example would encourage others to follow him the way she did.

    Earlier in the day the chapel at Beckenham Crematorium was full to overflowing with people wishing to pay their respects to Commissioner Clifton. Officers, Salvationists and friends representing Salvation Army work all over the world united in their deep appreciation of the commissioner’s life and influence.

    Majors Brian and Liv Slinn offered prayers and readings, thanking God for the selfless ministry of the commissioner and asking him to strengthen and support her loved ones. Psalms 23 and 24 were shared; pointing to the love and sovereignty of the Heavenly Father whom Commissioner Helen Clifton knew and served over many decades.

    Report by Major Leanne Ruthven with contribution from Major Stephen Poxon<

    Fargo Salvation Army Flood Fight Expands Beyond Urban Area Urgent —Urgent need for disaster assistance in rural areas

    North Dakota — As the high water situation in the Fargo-Moorhead urban area continues to stabilize and move into the recovery stage, the mission of The Salvation Army disaster relief teams just grew larger.

    As a result of accelerated snow melt The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been forced to release water from dams along the regional rivers of eastern North Dakota to prevent their overflowing and possible washout or collapse. As a consequence, the upstream rural towns and villages are now confronted with contaminated water supplies, reduced food supplies and post flood clean-up.

    As a consequence, The Salvation Army disaster relief operation has expanded from a 196 square mile urban area to over 4600 square miles encompassing the communities of Ashley, Ellendale, Foreman, Lisbon, Valley City and surrounding rural areas of Southeastern North Dakota.

    Volunteers from the Fargo-Moorhead area amateur radio club have joined crews of The Salvation Army mobile kitchens to provide communications for the units, some of which will be travelling over 100 miles to reach the affected areas. The volunteer crews expect 14 to 15 hour days ahead as they provide help and support across such a large area.

    On Thursday, April 14 two Salvation Army mobile kitchens carrying drinking water, sandwiches and energy producing snack items will be dispatched from the Fargo center to Valley City and a third will be dispatched to the community of Lisbon. In addition, a vehicle will be dispatched to drop off clean-up supplies at the communities of Foreman, Ellendale and Ashley.

    Individuals and communities beyond the area outlined can obtain assistance by contacting The Salvation Army at 701-356-2252, or contacting The Salvation Army centers in Grand Forks and Bismarck.

    Media Contact:
    Annette Bauer, PR Director
    The Salvation Army Northern DHQ, 2445 Prior Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
    651.746.3500 office, 651.238.8210 cell<

    Fast Facts — April 2011 Tornadoes & May 2011 Floods — May 11, 2011

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    Published by Territorial Headquarters, |
    Communications Bureau
    Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity and flooding in the southern United States, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.

    The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 211,000+ hot meals and 477,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has distributed 43,000+ hygiene kits.
    • The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+ cleanup kits.
    • The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 9,100+ individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have served of 57,000+ hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    The Mississippi Food Network is Helping Stock The Salvation Army Warehouse in Vicksburg

    Jackson, MS (May 11, 2011) – The Mississippi Food Network is donating water, non-perishable food, and toiletry items to help assist those affected by the floods. These donations are being given to The Salvation Army to help stock the disaster warehouse that is being prepared to meet the needs of the community.

    “Because of our long standing relationship with The Salvation Army we are eager to help meet these needs in any way possible,” said Walter Satterwhite, Executive Director of the MS Food Network.

    “We are so grateful to the MS Food Network for these donations! Our disaster response teams have been on the ground preparing for the disaster that we all know is coming in full force. We have opened an emergency disaster warehouse in Vicksburg in anticipation of meeting the needs of that community as well as surrounding communities affected by the flood,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

    Captain Srikant Bhatnagar, incoming officer of the Vicksburg command will be on hand to receive the supplies and coordinate the distribution to the community.

    The supplies will be off loaded at the warehouse sometime Thursday.

    Media Contact:
    Becky Russell
    Director Media/Public Relations
    The Salvation Army, Jackson Metro Area
    Office: 601-982-4881 ext.107
    Cell: 601-397-2134

    Secondary Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Divisional Public Relations Director The Salvation Army ALM Division
    Cell: 601-278-2100
    Mark_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army Builds Stronger Relief and Recovery Presence in Hackleburg and Northwest Alabama

    Jackson, Miss. (May 10, 2011) — As the response to Alabama and Mississippi tornadoes moves towards its second week, The Salvation Army is strengthening its presence in the northwest part of Alabama near Russellville and Hackleburg. Two mobile feeding units will continue to provide meals and drinks as relief and recovery continues in Hackleburg.

    Additionally, The Salvation Army’s 52’ Field Kitchen began service today as the kitchen for the Hackleburg Schools. Up to 600 meals per day will be served from the kitchen throughout the remainder of the school year.

    The Salvation Army is also operating a warehouse for distribution and case work in Russellville. The Salvation Army is currently in need of warehouse space closer to Hackleburg to strengthen the response to the hard hit community.

    Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Over 200,000 meals have been served to date plus an additional 450,000 sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, clothing, household items, hygiene products, and baby items are being distributed.

    Pastoral care teams have provided emotional and spiritual care to over 8,300 people. Prayers have also been conducted with thousands of others.

    As power continues to be restored in many communities, the need for The Salvation Army’s feeding services are diminishing quickly. On Wednesday, only 13 feeding sites will be operated down from a high of 40 . Below are the feeding locations for 5/11.

    Calhoun County, ALAnniston, ALWebster’s Chapel Baptist Church
    3091 New Liberty Road
    Wellington, Alabama

    Marion County, ALLafayette, LA
    Hattiesburg, MS
    Roving
    Roving

    Monroe County, MSTupelo, MS DRV-18Piggly Wiggly
    63436 Hwy 25 North, Smithville

    Tuscaloosa, ALPanama City, FL DRV-20American Legion (3800 University Blvd)

    Pensacola, FLHolt Baptist Church
    3101 Alabama Ave NE, Holt, AL

    Jacksonville DRV-20Forest Lake Baptist Church
    107 18th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL DRV-20    Crescent Ridge Rd/Keene Drive

    Meridian, MSTuscaloosa Corps (Greensboro/21st Street)

    Jefferson County, AL    Tallahassee, FL DRV-20Pratt City – Scott School
    1517 Hiberian Court

    West Pasco, FLPratt City East – Hwy 78 and Cherry

    Tampa, FL DRV-20350 Industrial Drive, B’ham

    Dothan, AL DRV-18North Smithfield (4400 Campbell Lane)

    Additionally, The Salvation Army is providing case workers and distribution at multiple sites across the affected areas. Limited distribution of clothing, household items, food boxes, cleaning supplies, and limited financial assistance are available. To date over 56,000 people have received assistance from The Salvation Army.

    Below are the 19 distribution sites as of 5/10. The Salvation Army anticipates that distribution will commence in the Tuscaloosa area within the next week once a warehouse has been secured.

    ALABAMA

    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
    Arab/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Thrift Store)
    Anniston/Calhoun County (171 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
    Jacksonville/Calhoun County (Eagle Point Church, Jax,)
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center) Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
    Pisgah/Jackson County (3030 County Road 58 Pisgah)
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery) Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

    MISSISSIPPI

    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 278-2100 Office: (601) 961-7709
    Mark_Jones@uss. salvationarmy.org

    Joe’s Crab Shack to Team up with The Salvation Army to Help Families Rebuild from Tornadoes

    NORCROSS, GA (May 11, 2011 )— Joes’ Crab Shack, a well-known seafood restaurant chain, will partner with The Salvation Army to host a fundraiser benefiting the Georgia and Alabama families affected by the tragic tornadoes of April 28.

    On Thursday, May 12, from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., customers who dine at any of the Joe’s Crab Shack locations in Douglasville, Duluth, Kennesaw, Morrow, Stone Mountain and Hoover will have 10% of their check donated to The Salvation Army.

    The Salvation Army, which has been on the ground providing relief for the immediate needs of tornado survivors in Georgia and Alabama, will use the money raised through the fundraiser to aid their efforts. From their canteens (mobile feeding units), The Salvation Army in Georgia has provided nearly 14,000 meals, 27,000 cold drinks, 5,000 snacks, and 5,000 clean-up and personal hygiene kits along with emotional and spiritual care to Georgians who have lost relatives, homes, and personal possessions in this massive storm.

    Major Jim Arrowood, Divisional Commander for the Georgia Division of The Salvation Army says, “The first phase of our disaster response in which we address the most urgent needs of shocked and dazed survivors is complete. Now we start the long and arduous trek of helping families plan for long-term recovery. Partnerships like this with Joe’s Crab Shack provide us with more resources for recovery phase assistance.”

    Participating customers in Douglasville, Duluth, Kennesaw, Morrow, Stone Mountain, GA and Hoover, AL may present a special newspaper coupon to their server to receive credit for their organization.

    Media Contact:
    Valerie Johnson
    Divisional PIO
    valerie_johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (678) 418-4671

    Salvation Army Service Locations for Southeast TN and Northwest GA Locations for May 11

    Chattanooga TN - May 11, 2011 - The Salvation Army continues to meet the needs of our community by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support. We appreciate the overwhelming support that has been given to help the Salvation Army carry out our mission.

    In Tennessee:

    Bradley County, TN – The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311. We are making the transition today to 2960 Barney's Lane, a one-stop warehouse that should be operational by Thursday. They are still serving hot meals along Dalton Pike approximately 1 mile south of Walmart.

    Hamilton County, TN – The Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Centers are located at The Salvation Army in East Lake, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and in Tiftonia at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    In Georgia:

    Catoosa County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Walker County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA 30739 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Lt. David Costellow
    PIO Chattanooga Area Disaster Response
    (270) 881-6510; david_costellow@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Donations:
    The best way to help tornado and flood survivors as well as rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" or “May 2011 Floods.” Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:
    As of May 9, 2011 $1,789,182 had been raised in support of relief efforts.
    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

    Follow us on the following Social Media sites:
    Facebook: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

    Youtube.com/salarmyeds

    Twitter:
    @salarmyEDS @salvationarmyus @southern_spirit
    @BhamSALVARMY @salarmyalm @tsacleveland
    @SalArmyChattown @tsageorgia

    Fast Facts — April 2011 Tornadoes May 2011 Floods — May 12, 2011

    Published by Territorial Headquarters,
    Communications Bureau
    Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity and flooding in the southern United States, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.

    The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 217,071 hot meals and 498,877 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has distributed 43,622 hygiene kits. • The Salvation Army has supplied 7,639 cleanup kits.
    • The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 9,586 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have served of 59,717 hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

    WJTV and Wal-Mart Help The Salvation Army

    Jackson, MS (May 12, 2011) — “Caring For Mississippi,” WJTV News Channel 12 has partnered with The Salvation Army to help flood victims. News Channel 12 and Clear Channel Radio are asking their listeners/viewers to donate to The Salvation Army by either giving a monetary donation at any branch of Trustmark bank or by dropping off supplies at one of 3 area Wal-Mart stores.

    The participating Wal-Mart stores are Pearl, Highway 18, and Vicksburg. 18-wheeler tractor trailers are on hand at the stores to receive donations. Those trucks, once filled will then be taken to The Salvation Army warehouse in Vicksburg and quickly disbursed to flood victims.

    “We are thrilled that our WJTV viewers are responding so quickly to this need. We want to help the people in our community who are experiencing this devastating flood and we hope this effort will bring much needed relief to Vicksburg and surrounding communities,” said Ellen Skrmetti, Community Relations Director at WJTV.

    “It is amazing to see how the people of this community continue to give to help others and we are so very grateful for every donation give to The Salvation Army,” said Captain Ken Chapman.

    Media Contact:
    Becky Russell
    Director Media/Public Relations
    The Salvation Army, Jackson Metro Area
    Office: 601-982-4881 ext. 107 Cell: 601-397-2134

    NAPA Auto Care Centers Join The Salvation Army Georgia Division’s Effort to Rebuild Lives

    Norcross, GA (May 12, 2011) — NAPA Auto Care Centers in conjunction with 106.7 FM Radio will capitalize on the automotive company’s “Ladies Clinic” to raise funds for Ringgold, Georgia victims of the recent tornadoes. The event scheduled for May 21 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Mall of Georgia will present a car maintenance program on “What Women Auto-Know” and will offer participants and passersby the chance to donate to The Salvation Army to help their neighbors in need.

    “With initial disaster relief services by The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Teams having concluded, says Major Jim Arrowood, Divisional Commander of the Georgia Division of The Salvation Army, extended disaster services focus on recovery efforts that help families and individuals rebuild their lives.”

    To date, The Salvation Army has provided from their canteens (mobile feeding units), nearly 14,000 meals, 27,000 cold drinks, 5,000 snacks, and 5,000 clean-up and personal hygiene kits along with emotional and spiritual care to Georgians who have lost relatives, homes, and personal possessions in this massive storm.

    Wayne Gunter, owner of Gunter Automotive Repair Center of NAPA AutoCare Centers added, "I’m pleased that we can merge our annual “Ladies Clinic” with a fundraiser to provide The Salvation Army Georgia Division with additional resources to support their material and spiritual ministry across Georgia.”

    NAPA AutoCare Centers will make a presentation to The Salvation Army Georgia Division for the “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak” at the Mall of Georgia on May 21.

    Media Contact:
    Valerie Johnson
    Director of Public Relations
    The Salvation Army Georgia Division
    678-750-0480
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Spirit of Volunteerism Alive in East Tennessee

    Chattanooga, TN (May 11, 2011) — Tennessee has long been known as the "Volunteer State," a nickname earned during the War of 1812 because of the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from Tennessee, especially during the Battle of New Orleans. Now, almost two hundred years later, that same spirit of volunteerism is still alive in the hearts of its people. Two weeks ago today, a series of tornados swept across East Tennessee leaving a path of destruction that changed the lives and landscapes of residents here in Southeast Tennessee forever. In the wake of this epic disaster, volunteers from all over Tennessee and surrounding states have risen to the task of rebuilding this area again.

    The University of Tennessee Athletic Department recently held a donation drive for the hardest hit areas of East Tennessee and donated an entire tractor trailer of non-perishable supplies to the Salvation Army in Cleveland, TN. Joel Rogers, of the Cleveland Salvation Army, expressed his appreciation by saying, “This donation from the University of Tennessee Athletic Department means hope for the 500 families who are currently without a home in Bradley County.” Volunteer fans can be proud of the fact that in times of tragedy, the University of Tennessee is there to help all Volunteer fans recover from personal tragedy.

    Media Contact:
    Lt. David Costellow
    PIO Chattanooga Area Disaster Response
    (270) 881-6510
    david_costellow@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Donations:

    The best way to help tornado and flood survivors as well as rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" or “May 2011 Floods.” Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:

    As of May 9, 2011 $1,789,182 had been raised in support of relief efforts.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support. Additionally, The Salvation Army would like to thank the many businesses and organizations which have supported relief efforts.

    http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/donors/

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

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    Fast Facts — April 2011 Tornadoes — May 9, 2011

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    Published by Territorial Headquarters, Communications Bureau Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity in the southern United States, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities. The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 186,301 hot meals, 436,360 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 7,997 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 48,698 hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano Visits with The Salvation Army

    Ringgold, GA - United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited the Joint Disaster Recovery Center in Ringgold, GA today and greeted local disaster response personnel. Among the many relief agencies represented there was the Salvation Army who is providing physical and spiritual support to local storm survivors. Secretary Napolitano praised local relief agencies and local residents of Catoosa County who have shown great resilience and initiative in rebuilding their community. State and local leaders were also on hand to give recognition to both citizens and relief agencies who have tirelessly worked together to rise up from this recent disaster.

    During her visit, Secretary Napolitano greeted Salvation Army staff who were working both inside and outside of the recovery center providing assistance to local survivors. Currently, the Salvation Army is providing assistance inside the recovery center in the form of nonperishable food boxes and other necessities on a case by case basis depending upon the need as well as serving on the outside at a comfort station providing water and snacks to anyone who has need.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urges everyone who has been affected by the storm in any way to register with them as soon as possible to ensure that they receive all possible assistance that may be available to them. The Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail in Ringgold. May 08, 2011 - 3:27 PM EDT

    Media Contact:

    Lt. David Costellow
    Public Information Officer
    david_costellow@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Salvation Army's Disaster Recovery Center Locations for Monday, May 9

    In Tennessee:

    Chattanooga, TN — The Salvation Army is continuing to “Do the Most Good” by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storm. This need may come in the form of nonperishable food boxes, toiletries, baby needs, limited support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis depending upon the need. The following locations represent where the Salvation Army is meeting the immediate needs in our community.

    Bradley County, TN — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311. Immediate needs can be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312.

    Hamilton County, TN — The Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Centers are located at The Salvation Army in East Lake, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 and in Tiftonia at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419

    In Georgia:

    Catoosa County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736.

    Walker County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA 30739.

    Media Contact:

    Lt. David Costellow
    Public Information Officer
    david_costellow@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (270) 881-6510

    Salvation Army Disaster Assistance and Distribution Locations for Alabama and Mississippi

    Jackson, MS — The Salvation Army’s disaster service continues to tornado survivors in Alabama and Mississippi. Distribution and case workers are available at the following locations:

    ALABAMA
    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - Guntersville Recreation Center) Casework ONLY
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rdAve - Thrift Store)
    Arab/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Thrift Store)
    Anniston/Calhoun County (171 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Recreation Center)
    Jacksonville/Calhoun County (Eagle Point Church, Jacksonville,)
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14thStreet, Decatur)
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
    Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20thSt, Jasper, Al)
    Pisgah/Jackson County (3030 County Road 58 Pisgah)
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery)
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

    MISSISSIPPI
    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6thAv South – Social Services)
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
    Applicants for assistance are asked to bring identification for each person to receive assistance. Additionally, a FEMA number is helpful to expedite assistance.

    The Salvation Army is preparing contingency plans to respond to potential severe flooding along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Currently, The Salvation Army is organizing resources in Jackson, Mississippi for response to counties and parishes in Mississippi and Louisiana that experience flooding. Feeding support, clean up kits and pastoral care will be available to those affected by flooding.

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    ALM Divisional P.I.O.
    mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (601) 278-2100

    The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa Celebrates the 58th National Salvation Army Week by Continuing to Serve Tornado Victims and Disaster Relief Workers

    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Without celebration or parade, Tuscaloosa kicked off National Salvation Army Week today. Six mobile disaster feeding kitchens deployed again this morning, continuing their work serving meals and providing humanitarian aid to people in the community affected by the April 27 tornado.

    Since 1954, National Salvation Army Week has been observed every year in the United States. Nationally, this week serves as a reminder to encourage Americans to remember the mission of The Salvation Army and their continued work in communities throughout the country.

    Locally, The Salvation Army hopes this week will remind its neighbors and friends throughout the community of the organization’s continued efforts to aid those affected by the disaster in April… even when they lost all of their local capabilities when the tornado destroyed all their buildings and the mobile disaster response canteen.

    On the first declaration of this event in 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower expressed his appreciation saying, "Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans. Giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all."

    This past weekend The Salvation Army distributed 6,928 meals and over 5,000 cold drinks to tornado victims and disaster relief workers. Almost 1,000 cleanup buckets (including collapsible brooms and a mop, gloves, trash bags, sponge, cleaning solution, bleach and other supplies) were given out at 5 locations around Tuscaloosa, Holt and Alberta.

    Media Contact:
    Shane A. Autrey
    Public Information Officer, Tuscaloosa Incident Command
    p: (404) 550-2963
    e: Shane_Autrey@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Donations:

    The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:

    As of May 9, 2011 $1,789,182 had been raised in support of relief efforts.
    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

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    FedEx, UPS and DHL Play Critical Role In Relief Efforts

    rong>FedEX, UPS and DHL Provide Critical Support In Salvation Army's Relief EffortAn extraordinary earthquake requires an extraordinary response - a response that The Salvation Army has been able to mount due, in no small measure, to the collaborative efforts of Federal Express, UPS, and DHL.  In fact, within the first month of this disaster, The Army delivered 558,000 pounds of relief supplies for the suffering people of Haiti.“The logistical precision of this operation is amazing,” remarked Major George Polarek, Assistant Director of The Salvation Army’s World Services Office.  “From point of origin to point of delivery, we have depended on the generous support and expertise of these transportation giants.”  To date, among other items, 2.6 million meals, nearly 3,000 tents, and 8,710 pounds of medical supplies were delivered to Haiti.“Fed Ex filled a critical logistical gap in our delivery of goods to our launching point in Miami,” according to Bob Myers, Logistics Chief for the Haiti Incident Command Team.  “We could not get food to Miami fast enough.  It was taking 3 days, which was unacceptable in light of the circumstances.  Through Fed Ex’s generous donation of their Custom Critical system, food was delivered to Miami, from anywhere in the country, in less than 36 hours.”  The expediency of this delivery is due to the use of two drivers in one truck driving nonstop.Myers added, “Without the use of Fed Ex’s Custom Critical, we would not have been able to ship over one million meals to Haiti within the first ten days.  Their generosity directly saved lives.”From Miami, UPS flew relief supplies into Port-au-Prince.  When they could not fly into Port-au-Prince, they flew into Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, then trucked the supplies over the mountains for distribution in Haiti.  UPS’ ensured that The Army was able to keep much needed supplies moving into HaitiDHL provided valuable storage space at the Port-au-Prince Airport.  In addition, when there was no fuel available for sale, DHL provided free fuel for The Army’s delivery vehicles.  Without this support, relief supplies would not have gotten to the devastated areas.Polarek explained, “We are keenly aware that our relief efforts are only possible through partners such as Fed Ex, UPS, and DHL.  They enable us to be the hands of Christ to suffering people.”The Salvation Army responded immediately to the earthquake, with local Salvationists quickly joined by international personnel.  The Salvation Army has assumed responsibility for the care of nearly 20,000 people living in the temporary camp near its compound in Port-au-Prince.  In addition, service sites are located in Petit Goave and Jacmel and distribution sites are in Croix-des-Bouquets (6 mi east of PAP) and Balan (18 mi east of PAP). Its medical clinic continues to treat more than 250 people a day on-site, with several transfers daily to the hospital.To assist in this effort, the public may contribute to The Salvation Army’s “Haiti Earthquake” fund.  Donors may contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”  Also, donors may give via www.salvationarmytexas.org, 1-800-SAL-ARMY and through the mail at: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728 with designation “Haiti Earthquake

    FEMA Leader Visits The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Operation

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

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

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

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

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

    g src="http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/tyler/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2013/04/413-West-Explosion-2sm.jpg" alt="West, Texas Relief and Support" width="929" height="622" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-8463" />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/westexplosionFor 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<

    FIRST SALVATION ARMY BUILDING OPENED IN MONGOLIA

    a significant development for the newly established ministry in Mongolia The Salvation Army has opened its first building. The opening ceremony included the participation of Salvationist personnel from Korea who have supported or sponsored the establishment of Army work in Mongolia.The International Secretary for South Pacific and East Asia, Commissioner Robert Street, and the Territorial Commander for Korea, Commissioner Chun, Kwang-pyo, jointly cut the traditional yellow, red and blue tape to visually declare the building open.Final building work is continuing on the building but, when completed, the premises will accommodate administration offices, a worship hall, living accommodation and multi-purpose rooms for outreach programs, including a feeding program for the homeless.In the celebration meeting that followed a tour of the premises, Commissioner Street encouraged the Mongolian congregation to enjoy the sense of purpose in working together to build up God’s work. As the Mongolian work has been established from the Korea Territory, Korean initiative and leadership were warmly acknowledged.Commissioner Chun, Kwang-pyo thanked divisional leaders of the Seoul and Seoul South Divisions for their continuing practical involvement and made a special presentation to officer-in-charge Captain Lee, Min-ho, who with his wife, Captain Chang, Mi-hyun, has played the major role in establishing the Army’s presence in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar. Korea’s deputy-ambassador voiced his appreciation of this initiative from his country as did Mr Kim, Dong-jin, chairman of the Korean Missionary Society.Of particular encouragement were the participation of a Mongolian Salvation Army vocal group and the presence of Mongolia’s first applicants for officership.During the visit of the International Secretary and Commissioner Janet Street, official talks were held with the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr Miyeegombyn Enkhbold, who has ensured the provision of land in Tov Aimag Province for a Salvation Army social welfare centre. The visiting party was also able to view recently established water projects in the area and the Solongos Kindergarten run by the Army on an estate in Ulaanbaatar for the children of people who have no means of supporting their children’s educat

    First-Responders the Focus of Salvation Army Relief as Texas Wildfires Spread

    Dallas, TX (9/6/11) – At least 57 wildfires continue to burn in 17 counties across Texas with ten new “large” fires being reported on Monday evening. The Salvation Army is serving at the site of the largest fire, in Bastrop County, about 30 miles east of Austin, and additional units are on standby throughout the State.

    According to Major John Carter, Austin Area Commander for The Salvation Army and Incident Commander for the Central Texas wildfire operation, approximately 600 firefighters will be working to control the two major wildfires in and around the city of Bastrop by Tuesday evening. The Salvation Army’s main responsibility at this stage is to provide hydration, snacks and other needed items to the first-responders and firefighters.

    Salvation Army mobile feeding units and crews have been mobilized from Kerrville, Waco, Temple and San Antonio, in addition to two units from the Austin area. Each mobile kitchen, with the capacity to feed up to 2,500 meals per day, will stay on alert as long as needed and will be re-located as necessary. The Salvation Army units are currently stationed at Camp Swift and at the City of Bastrop Convention Center. Working closely with the Baptist’s Men’s Association of Texas, The Salvation Army is making plans to ensure that they have the capacity to feed all of the firefighters.

    As the wildfires continue to spread and threaten additional communities, Salvation Army locations currently beyond the immediate area are on full alert. "We're talking about families that are being affected; in some cases people have already been displaced. It's a very distressing situation and our role is to provide whatever assistance we can, for as long as we can," says Major Chris Flanagan, Area Commander for The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command. "Our primary goal is to provide assistance and support to first responders in the affected areas, as well as to the individuals and families that have directly been affected. We are prepared to operate our canteens as long as we are needed."

    The small community of Spicewood, Texas, with a population of only 1,200 people, lost 68 homes to a wildfire on Tuesday. The community has rallied and converted a church into a relief center and is providing shelter, food and assistance to those who have lost everything. On Tuesday afternoon, a request was received by The Salvation Army to help in Spicewood. However, the request was not for food or shelter, but for emotional and spiritual support. Salvation Army staff from the Austin Area Command will visit Spicewood, Wednesday, and spend time ministering to those whose lives have been turned upside down by this tragedy.

    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.

    Flood Relief Continues In Australia

    tralia - Army emergency relief volunteers in the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) are working around the clock providing assistance to the tens of thousands of people who have been affected by the current flood crisis. There have been 19 confirmed deaths with at least 61 people still missing.In most areas this is the worst flooding for 36 years. A number of Salvation Army properties have been affected. Around 12,000 homes and 2,500 businesses have been flooded in the Brisbane area alone with 118,000 buildings without electricity.More than 75 percent of Queensland is under flood and adjacent northern areas of NSW are also affected. Rivers have now peaked in many parts of Queensland and residents and emergency workers have begun the massive cleanup operations. Plans are now being put into place for the long-term re-building phase.The Salvation Army will have direct input into the long-term recovery plans. Major Rick Hoffmann, Divisional Secretary for the South Queensland Division, has been appointed to the Queensland Flood Recovery Task Force. The major’s appointment was made in response to a letter from Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to Australia Eastern Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond, asking her to nominate a representative to this task force.The Salvation Army emergency services teams continue to work tirelessly to feed flood victims, volunteers and State Emergency Service workers as well as providing comfort to the grieving.In the Brisbane area the Army is ministering at five major evacuation centers – caring daily for more than 2,000 people. More than 200 residents of a Salvation Army aged care facility on the outskirts of Brisbane are among the many thousands of people who have been evacuated.Salvation Army captain, Mark Bulow, was in the country city of Toowoomba when a (up to eight meters high, kilometer wide) devastating wall of water hit on 10 January.‘Toowoomba is at the top of the mountain range, we never flood,’ he said. ‘Nobody had ever previously witnessed what we saw on that day. You could hear the wall of water before you could see it. Some kids were playing in the water on the side of the road and people were just yelling at them to get out of the way. Within seconds, cars, industrial containers and other huge objects were being swept down by this torrent of water.’‘People were in shock. We couldn’t believe it and everyone just went quiet. I just thought, “Is this really happening?” It was one of those things you never, ever want to see again. I felt so helpless.’Now Captains Mark and Jo-Anne (his wife), together with their emergency services teams, are involved in the relief and clean up effort. ‘We are also spending time with a man whose wife and two of his children lost their lives when the flood waters swept away the car in which they were travelling.’Salvation Army emergency services teams from Toowoomba have been providing relief in a number of smaller country towns up to four hours drive away. ‘Everyone is pulling together and we are inundated with community people offering help. These include physiotherapists and counselors,’ said Captain Bulow.Meanwhile at Ipswich, Majors Bruce and Margaret Dobbie returned home after 11 days of relief work in flood-stricken Rockhampton (600 kilometers north) just in time to be involved in the flood relief at one of the four evacuation centers in their own city.Salvation Army emergency service teams from non-flood affected areas of Australia are now arriving in Queensland to assist the relief effort. The emergency relief will be required for many days until houses are habitable enough for residents to return home.Community volunteers and food donations at all flooded centers have greatly boosted The Salvation Army’s ability to respond to the crisis.The Salvation Army Eastern Territory has launched a flood relief appeal. Donations can be made through salvos.org.au on the territory’s webs

    Flood Waters Cannot Prevent The Salvation Army From Service

    Hattiesburg, MS (August 28, 2012)—Flooded roads, downed trees, and strong winds continue to provide obstacles to The Salvation Army’s continued service in areas affected by Hurricane Isaac. Beginning today, Salvation Army feeding units will begin the trek south into impacted areas of South Mississippi and South Louisiana, providing reinforcements to relief crews actively serving in impacted areas.

    With many communities under several feet of water, Salvation Army feeding crews continue their resolve to serve residents in need.

    Throughout the night, over 175 men and women, bunked at The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Mobile seeking refuge from the rising waters left by Hurricane Isaac.

    In Hatteisburg, feeding crews continued their support of evacuees at the state run Emergency Shelter where over 150 men, women and children have sought refuge from the storm.

    Along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, six Mobile feeding units have been feeding evacuees at shelters in Harrison and Hancock counties. Over 1,200 meals have been served by Salvation Army crews to supplement efforts to shelter those seeking to escape rising waters.

    In the Greater New Orleans area, Salvation Army teams will begin serving residents of Belle Chase at the Belle Chase Auditorium and the Belle Chase YMCA.

    “Hurricane Isaac has been in many cases a hurry up and wait situation. Even with access to affected areas limited, The Salvation Army will continue to serve residents fleeing the effects of Isaac. Our resources are in place for a rapid deployment into affected areas once roads become passable,” stated Major David Craddock, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army.




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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.<

    Flood Waters Recede as Hope Rises in Southeastern Kentucky

    Middlesboro, KY — “We’re like an island, cut off by water from everything around us” said Captain Adrian Twinney, Incident Commander, speaking about flooding in and around the city of Middlesboro.

    The flash flooding that swept through coupled with the continued threat of severe weather has Salvation Army personnel keeping a watchful eye on surrounding areas and local communities. Working with State and local Emergency Operations Centers (EOC), Captain Twinney is coordinating The Salvation Army’s response to the evolving Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) effort.

    The mobile feeding unit (canteen) based in Knoxville, Tennessee—along with a trained crew—has been dispatched to augment The Salvation Army’s response effort for those impacted by the flooding. Still other units in The Salvation Army’s EDS response fleet remain on standby to assist if called upon.

    Mr. Joe Hughes, Divisional Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in Kentucky & Tennessee, said “Over the past several months we’ve had a significant increase in the need for EDS response in this part of our division. This highlights the need for a more pronounced EDS presence. The division has decided to position a brand new Emergency Disaster Response Vehicle (DRV) in Middlesboro.” These vehicles are custom made, so it will take some time, but the process has already started.

    The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster is still evolving, but it is likely to include hot, nutritious meals provided to the established shelter as well as another site to better serve those displaced by the flood water, along with snacks and cold drinks. Additionally, there are plans for distributing clean-up kits. Containing such cleaning basics as a mop, bucket, cleaning agents, sponges, masks, and gloves; a clean-up kit seems basic. But when filthy, contaminated water has invaded every corner of your home—basics are essentials.

    An integral component of The Salvation Army’s holistic approach to disaster response is Emotional & Spiritual Care. The successful rescue of the miners trapped in Jellico #1 Mine, has focused attention on those impacted by the same flood water that endangered the miners. Like all disasters, floods bring significant stress to those impacted and those responding. The Salvation Army has staff and volunteers who are trained to provide Emotional and Spiritual Care on a variety of levels.

    For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this flooding, please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

    You may also help The Salvation Army now by texting “SAnow” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation will appear on your next phone bill.

    For images related to the proposed DRV and/or Clean-up kits, please visit, www.TSA.ms/edsinfo

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    Public Information Officer
    M: 502-777-6640 (call or text)
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    Floods Displace Hundreds of Thousands in Sri Lanka

    Lanka - Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by flooding in eastern and central Sri Lanka. Water levels in some areas are two meters higher than usual – and still rising. Crocodiles and snakes are a threat to anyone walking through the floodwaters.Salvation Army personnel are working with government officials to determine specific needs. Salvationists are already providing meals at some of the relocation camps and offering basic assistance to people in the affected areas near Salvation Army centers.The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) has launched an appeal for funds to assist the relief efforts. IHQ has sent an initial US$20,000 to The Salvation Army in Sri Lanka. A member of the International Emergency Services team is travelling to Sri Lanka to provide assessment and planning support.The United Nations Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has reported that more than a million people have been affected. At least 27 people have died with many more injured. More than 325,000 people have been forced to leave their homes. They are accommodated at 493 temporary relocation centers in eight districts.On the eastern side of Sri Lanka the district of Batticaloa, with 122,047 internally displaced persons, remains one of the most affected areas. The number of displaced people may increase as there are some areas where access has not been gained because of flooded roads and mudslides. Many areas are only accessible by boat and military helicopters.Preceded by more than a week of intense wet weather, four days of non-stop heavy rain from 9 January have turned a portion of Sri Lanka into an ever-deepening lake. Some reservoirs have burst their banks destroying rice paddy fields. More heavy rain is expected in these areas during the next 36 ho

    Florida IMATeam Puts Skills to Test in Joint Exercise

    Osceola County, Fl—The Salvation Army’s Incident Command (IC) was thrown a curve ball this afternoon when a canteen and two disaster service workers became a crucial part of the FBI’s terrorism exercise. When Douglas Corwin (Melbourne Corps) and Lance Rocks (Tampa Divisional Disaster Department) went on a routine Emergency Responder hydration run, they found it to be anything but “routine.”

    In a coordinated joint exercise with the FBI and Florida National Guard, The Salvation Army’s Incident Management Assessment Team (IMAT) was put to the test to identify what went wrong and how a tragedy of this magnitude could be prevented in a “real-life” situation. As the smoke cleared and the phones began to ring inside the Mobile Command Unit, news came in that a canteen had been involved in an explosion critically injuring players involved.

    Kevin Smith, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for the Florida Division of The Salvation Army stated, “Joint exercises like this allow us to respond more effectively in real life events caring for our team members while maintaining service to survivors."

    The Salvation Army National Disaster Training Program includes a curriculum of classroom training and functional exercises to create local response teams that help people in their time of need. Individuals can learn more about this exciting training program by logging on to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/training.

    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. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Focus on Jesus at Welcome to General Linda Bond

    London, England — It was the welcome and dedication meeting for General Linda Bond but the focus throughout was on Jesus Christ. From the opening song, led by the Chief of the Staff Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, to the closing prayer from Commissioner Freda Larsson – Jesus was lifted up.

    On Sunday 17 April 2011 the Lancaster Hotel London conference room became a place of praise, prayer, challenge and inspiration as the General urged Salvationists to eagerly accept the flow of God’s grace that leads to freedom from bondage, and to take hold of the fullness of power offered by the Holy Spirit.

    After reading Jesus’ statements recorded in John 7:37-39 – ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Spirit…’ – General Bond outlined its cultural context, dramatically reiterated Jesus’ words and rhetorically challenged the congregation. ‘Who doesn’t want this living water? We all want it don’t we? It is the Holy Spirit.’

    She passionately stated that, ‘We must not be content to play at being Army. It cannot be business as usual. What corps doesn’t want revival? What corps doesn’t want to be free of bondage and division? What corps doesn’t want the Spirit of unity or the gifts of the Spirit?’

    The General declared war on mediocrity within the Army’s ranks. She asked, ‘Who would not want the fullness of power of the Holy Spirit and who would want to be a mediocre Christian? Mediocrity is a sin for us. We cannot be content with mediocrity in our Christian living when the fullness of Jesus’ power is available through the Holy Spirit.’

    General Bond said that Jesus instructed us to ‘Be filled with the Holy Spirit because the power of the Holy Spirit readies us for battle against evil. Regularly I put on the whole armor of God and when I have symbolically put it on then I can stand firm against the devil in the grace of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    ‘The world is fractured and needs the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot keep the Army moving forward in our own steam. We need the Holy Spirit,’ she added.

    Following the General’s message the mercy seat was quickly filled to overflowing as people responded to her call for everyone to drink of the living water of Jesus – the Holy Spirit.

    Earlier in the meeting, when outlining her vision for the Army to be Spirit-filled, relevant, united and moving forward, taking the message of Jesus Christ to a hurting world, General Bond emphatically proclaimed her allegiance to him.

    ‘I want to spend all my time as General standing for Jesus Christ. I never want to be ashamed of Jesus and I want The Salvation Army to always stand for Christ.’

    As the General challenged Salvationists worldwide to reach out to the lost and hurting, she said that the Army had been given as a gift to the whole world, ‘We were never made to stay within four walls. We must move out to change the world with the transforming message of Jesus.’

    The General’s vision was echoed by Cadet Christianne Zünd when she represented all Salvationists in welcoming General Bond.

    The cadet said, ‘As Salvationists all over the world have followed your election and read your inspiring testimony in Salvation Army papers, it has become evident that you are absolutely committed to living a life of praise, thanksgiving, obedience and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ. You are passionate about Jesus, Salvation Army mission, teaching, prayer, holiness and serving people. We love that.

    ‘After the welcome meeting to the High Council [and before General Bond’s election as General] you were asked what you were looking for in a General. Your answer was: “I wish the new General to be unafraid to take risks, to inspire us, to make us proud – a General who is a true Salvationist, who follows the mission with great focus and who loves to be with people.” Surely this is the General we now have in you.

    ‘I know I speak on behalf of thousands of Salvationists when I say that we commit ourselves to continue to pray for you,’ affirmed Cadet Zünd.

    During a moving moment of dedication for General Bond, Retired General John Larsson said that there is no installation ceremony for a General as ‘that is the privilege of the High Council – but ours is the privilege of sharing in this moment of dedication’.

    He then prayed, thanking God for raising up and sustaining The Salvation Army and for calling and preparing, in every generation, the leaders the Army needs. ‘Thank you for General Linda Bond and the grace you have given her. Thank you for her gifts, her vision and for her willingness to accept the call of leadership when it came through the High Council. We pray that she will know your presence every day. Lord, as we think of the incessant demands placed on her as General please keep her strong, well and safe. Give her health of body, wisdom, courage and resilience of mind. Refresh her with your living water. May your joy be her strength and your peace her special gift.’

    Scripture was significantly used throughout the meeting with the Chief of the Staff reading from Hebrews 12, the World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Sue Swanson presenting John 7:37-44 and Cadet Zünd quoting Romans 1:8 and from Psalm 119.

    The International Staff Songsters and the International Staff Band provided excellent music support, four delegates from the current session of the International College for Officers prayed and Major Daniel Dasari was the Army flag bearer.

    The live web streaming of the welcome and dedication meeting was watched in 35 countries with all continents represented. A recording can be seen at http://sar.my/welcome on the International Headquarters website.

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    Food Boxes From Mississippi To New Jersey With Love

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    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.

    From Joplin, With Love

    From Joplin, With Love

    “When we heard about Moore, it was déjà vu,” says Lt. James Curry, corps officer for The Salvation Army in Joplin, Missouri.

    It was May 22, 2011, when the community of Joplin, Missouri, was hit by an EF5 tornado. One hundred and sixty-one lives were lost; another 1,150 people were injured. The tornado was big, measuring a mile wide in its widest part.

    The EF5 that touched down in Moore on May 20, 2013, was wider.

    “We started praying immediately,” Curry says. “When I went to work we had a moment of silence.”

    Soon after, the community stepped up in a big way.

    “We had people dropping off baby diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner. People who couldn’t afford to buy hand sanitizer were buying hand sanitizer,” says Ali O’Dell, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army Joplin Corps.

    Along with the diapers, wipes and toiletries came bottled water, and lots of it. Sam’s Club donated 2 pallets of water. Another four pallets came from Tri-State Motor Transit Co. and Downstream Casino Resort.

    Beacon Roofing Supply donated a truck to drive the donated goods from Missouri. They also donated hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other items that can be used for debris clean-up and removal.

    Lt. Curry said the citizens of Joplin would continue to keep the Moore community in their prayers.

    “This outpouring of love and support for the Moore community is something that the Joplin community wanted to do. We’re here to support the community of Moore until the needs are met.”

    While Joplin continues to rebuild, Moore will now begin to heal. The gift of love from a different state will help both communities as they look forward, and remember the past.

    The Salvation Army is no longer accepting in kind donations; monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need. Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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    Funds Raised will Benefit Disaster Relief Efforts in Areas Impacted by Tornadoes

    FORT WORTH, TX – April 2, 2012 —Albertson’s LLC is collecting donations through its in-store fundraising program across all of its stores in support of The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts following the devastating tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    The campaign features boards stocked with $1, $3 and $5 donation coupons at each check stand of their stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. Customers donate simply by selecting a coupon in the desired denomination and handing it to the cashier to be scanned as they are paying for their order. The donation amount appears on the final bill and is tax-deductible.

    “Albertsons stores and our customers have traditionally stepped up to support the efforts of The Salvation Army during times of national crisis,” said Wayne Denningham, president, Southern division of Albertsons LLC. “The impact of the devastating tornadoes in the DFW Metroplex will present recovery challenges for many weeks to come. Our in-store fundraising campaign gives us the opportunity to respond quickly to support the efforts of great organizations like The Salvation Army as emergencies arise.”

    Albertson’s LLC stores will collect funds through April 27th.

    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.

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    General Bond Installs New Territorial Leaders for Canada and Bermuda

    London, England – The installation by General Linda Bond of Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle as territorial leaders of The Salvation Army's Canada and Bermuda Territory was something of a homecoming for Canadian officers serving internationally. The event, held in Jackson’s Point Conference Centre, a Salvation Army facility in Ontario, Canada, was General Bond’s first official visit to her home territory since taking office as international leader of The Salvation Army in April 2011. Fellow-Canadians Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle were returning as territorial leaders after serving in the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory and in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland.

    Also returning from overseas and in attendance were Colonels Robert and Marguerite Ward, territorial leaders in Pakistan, Captains Paul and Pedrinah Thistle, currently serving at Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe, and Majors Ronald and Donna Millar, who recently concluded their service in the Caribbean.

    In his words of introduction, Chief Secretary Colonel Floyd Tidd said, “Commissioners Peddle return as God’s chosen leaders for our territory. We welcome them home as people who are known to love God deeply, who embrace fully the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army and who engage easily with people. They seek not only to lead like Jesus, but also to empower other leaders to lead like Jesus.”

    During the installation ceremony General Bond emphasized the importance of godly leaders. “When God stops providing the Army with leaders, it means we are finished. But the very fact that he keeps calling and providing people means that he has a plan and a purpose for The Salvation Army.”

    “It is with joy and confidence that I commend to you your new territorial leaders,” said General Bond to the hundreds of Salvationists in attendance. “I call upon all Salvationists to receive your new leaders with Christian love and joyful expectation. Please support them in prayer and in dedicated service.”

    In her challenge to Commissioners Peddle, the General urged them to model spirit-filled leadership. “Serve with compassion and integrity,” she said. “Teach the Word and live it out with humility and grace. You are called to be shepherds of the flock, fervent evangelists and visionary leaders. Under your leadership, we pray that the Kingdom of God will advance as you lead the Army in Canada and Bermuda to be faithful to the mission the Lord has given it.”

    As Commissioners Peddle knelt at the mercy seat the General invited the congregation to pray for them. During this solemn moment, Captain Krista Andrews and Stephanie Forystek – the daughters of the territorial leaders – ministered through the song 'I’m in His Hands.'

    Following the installation ceremony, representative speakers offered words of welcome. Benjamin White, one of the newest junior soldiers in the territory, spoke on behalf of children and young people. Candidate Ricaurte Velasque spoke for the soldiers, and encouraged the territorial leaders to seek greater representation in the Army from the many cultures found in Canada. Lieutenant Carolyn Reid pledged loyalty on behalf of the officers and asked the Peddles to “take time to nourish your souls as you are our spiritual leaders.”

    In her response, Commissioner Rosalie Peddle said that it was a great gift to return home to family and friends. With her 89-year-old mother-in-law in attendance, she also thanked their parents for raising them in godly homes.

    “We are humbled and overwhelmed,” she said. “But yet, we are experiencing a deep peace about our new responsibilities. We have come into these new roles literally on our knees, seeking God’s wisdom, guidance, leading and direction. Our prayer is that God will give us incredible courage, and will daily empower us to be people who will lead with integrity, vision, competence and passion.”

    In his message, Commissioner Brian Peddle challenged Salvationists to focus on purpose and passion. “We are redeemed for a reason. And I want you to be committed with me to our cause,” he said. “The sum total of our mission is leading those who do not know Jesus to him.”

    Referencing the worldwide work of the Movement, and the responsibilities of the General, Commissioner Peddle said that the territory needs to uphold the international Army in prayer and offer practical support through human resources and financial contributions.

    “The world and the communities where we live need Salvationists whose hearts are captured and committed to being ambassadors of Christ and his gospel,” he said. “We need agents of redemption who will live in a way that people will know that God is in that person ... We need to make this invisible God visible to those people who have yet to see him.”

    Following a time of reflection and response, General Bond challenged the congregation never to be ashamed to be known as The Salvation Army. “The world needs the "salvation" in our name,” she said. “The Lord is going to bring revival to The Salvation Army. And the mark of this revival will be the restoration of our passion for the lost. We will have a soul-saving passion even greater than the days when we were raised up.”

    The evening concluded with a sung benediction by the Ontario Central East Divisional Youth Chorus. The Canadian Staff Band also provided musical selections throughout the installation service. Report by John McAlister.

    For pictures please visit: http://bit.ly/owNspy.

    General Clifton Leaves International Headquarters

    London, England — General Shaw Clifton received a fond farewell from the staff of International Headquarters, London, as he left the building on Friday 1 April for the final time before retirement. He thanked the officers and employees who gathered to see him go, assuring them that he and Commissioner Helen Clifton (World President of Women's Ministries) would continue to pray for them and for General-Elect Commissioner Linda Bond, who takes office at midnight.

    Commissioner William Cochrane (International Secretary to the Chief of the Staff) offered thanks to God in prayer and spoke of the obvious warmth of feeling towards the retiring international leaders.

    Also leaving International Headquarters was the General's private secretary, Major Richard Gaudion, who will soon take up an appointment in the UK.<

    General Linda Bond Is Entering Into Retirement

    Below is a letter from the International Chief of The Staff, André Cox

    I write to inform you that General Linda Bond is entering into retirement. Following a period of personal reflection and prayer, General Bond has decided that she should relinquish the Office of the General with effect from 13 June 2013. The General’s decision to step down comes after 44 years of ministry.

    As is required by our constitution, contained in the Salvation Army Act 1980, the Chief of the Staff will perform the functions of the General pending the election of a new General. The Chief of the Staff will also shortly be calling a High Council to elect the new General. A further announcement regarding that High Council will be made in due course.

    General Bond, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education and a Master’s degree in Theological Studies, entered the training college in Canada as a cadet in 1967 and was commissioned as an officer two years later. She spent the following nine years in corps appointments, before being appointed first as a member of the training staff at the College for Officer Training in Toronto and then as Territorial Candidates Secretary. She returned to corps ministry, becoming Commanding Officer of the Kitchener Corps, before serving at the College for Officer Training in St. John’s, Newfoundland, as Assistant Training Principal, Divisional Secretary of the Maritime Division and Divisional Commander of the same division.

    In 1995 she was appointed to International Headquarters in London as Under Secretary for Personnel. She remained in the United Kingdom, transferring to the UK Territory as Divisional Commander, Central North Division, in 1998. A return to Canada came just over a year later, when she was appointed as Chief Secretary, Canada and Bermuda Territory. In July 2002 she was appointed to the USA Western Territory, where she served as Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries. She returned to International Headquarters in 2005, as Secretary for Spiritual Life Development and International External Relations.

    In 2008 she became Territorial Commander of the Australia Eastern Territory. She was elected to The Salvation Army’s most senior office in January, 2011.

    We pray God’s blessing upon General Linda Bond as she enters retirement.

    Yours sincerely,
    André Cox
    CHIEF OF THE STAFF

     

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    General Shaw Clifton to visit Dallas and Fort Worth June 6-9, 2010

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    Georgia Salvation Army Ready to Serve Tornado Survivors and First Responders Through the Weekend

    ATLANTA, GA (February 1, 2013)—Already serving 473 meals, 483 drinks, 234 snacks and providing emotional and spiritual care to 22, The Salvation Army is ready to serve tornado and storm survivors and first responders in Calhoun and Adairsville throughout the weekend.

    Most of the men, women and children who come to The Salvation Army have lost everything. Josh and Ashley are no exception. Having three children, Sammy-6, Alana-9, Joshua-10, they are working hard to put the pieces back together to keep their family stable. They were living at a hotel after their house was recently evicted, and not only was the hotel damaged from the tornado, but their car was picked up by the tornadoes winds.

    Josh, Ashley and their family are staying at The Red Cross Shelter. The Salvation Army is helping them search out resources, providing meals, snacks drinks and emotional and spiritual care. “I just need three weeks to stay somewhere to get back on our feet,” says Ashley. “I am so grateful for The Salvation Army and thank God they are here to keep food in our stomachs and to pray with us and support us.”

    “It is devastating to see families such as Josh and Ashley’s, especially with young children,” says Lt. Michelle Wilson, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army of Cartersville. “The Salvation Army is helping put the pieces back together, starting with a simple meal and offering support. It is an inspiration to see survivors like Ashley who, in the midst of their own troubles, are reaching out trying to help anyone around them; this makes me want to do the most good with everything The Salvation Army has and more.”

    “As The Salvation Army is assessing the damage in Bartow and Gordon County, our first and foremost response is to make sure that the storm survivors and first responders’ basic needs are met,” says Major Jim Smith, Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “We are working tirelessly to make sure they are fed, given something to drink and prayed for.”

    The Salvation Army has mobile feeding units (canteen) at the following locations, which is providing breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and emotional and spiritual care:

         Calhoun, Gordon County: Gordon County EOC- 400 Bellwood Rd.
         Adairsville, Bartow County: Red Cross Shelter-163 Manning Mill Rd.

    After Sunday, The Salvation will be re-assessing to see the needs of a long-term recovery plan. There are also two more canteens on standby, prepared and ready to serve.

    The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for tornado/storm 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.

    For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response the tornadoes and storms, please visit www.salvationarmygeorgia.org, https://www.facebook.com/thesalvationarmygeorgia or https://twitter.com/tsageorgia.

    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.salvationarmygeorgia.org.<

    Get Ready, America: The National Hurricane Survival Initiative

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most destructive storms ever to make landfall in North America: Hurricane Andrew. “Get Ready, America! The National Hurricane Survival Initiative” will look back on the devastation wrought by Andrew in 1992, the lessons learned since then, and what you need to know and do to stay safe before, during and after hurricane season. The Salvation Army is proud to partner with Ron Sachs Communications and other partners to bring you this important video message about hurricane safety and preparedness.

    For more information on The Salvation Army and hurricane disaster relief, go to disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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    Getting Ready for Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

    While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans, regardless of where they live, are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point in their lives. That could mean snow or subfreezing temperatures, as well as strong winds, ice or freezing rain storms. One of the primary concerns is the winter weather's ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to your home or office, sometimes for days at a time.

    The National Weather Service refers to winter storms as the “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths are indirectly related to the storm. Instead, people die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from prolonged exposure to cold. It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes.

    Step 1: Get a Kit

    • Get an Emergency Supply Kit which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries.
    • Thoroughly check and update your family's Emergency Supply Kit before winter approaches and add the following supplies in preparation for winter weather:
      • Rock salt to melt ice on walkways
      • Sand to improve traction
      • Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
      • Also include adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

    Step 2: Make a Plan
    Prepare Your Family

    • Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
    • Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
    • It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members.
    • You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time: work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one.
    • Enroll in a Salvation Army National Disater Training Program (NDTP) class or a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class from your local Citizen Corps chapter. Keep your training current.

    Step 3: Be Informed
    Prepare Your Home

    • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and windowsills to keep the warm air inside.
    • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing.
    • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
    • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
    • Know ahead of time what you should do to help elderly or disabled friends, neighbors or employees.
    • Hire a contractor to check the structural stability of the roof to sustain unusually heavy weight from the accumulation of snow - or water, if drains on flat roofs do not work.
    • If you have a car, fill the gas tank in case you have to leave. In addition, check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:
      • Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing. Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.
      • Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.
      • Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.
      • Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas.
      • Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.
      • Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.
      • Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.
      • Thermostat - ensure it works properly.
      • Tires - make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.
      • Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

    Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify winter weather

    • Freezing Rain creates a coating of ice on roads and walkways.
    • Sleet is rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes roads to freeze and become slippery.
    • Winter Weather Advisory means cold, ice and snow are expected.
    • Winter Storm Watch means severe weather such as heavy snow or ice is possible in the next day or two.
    • Winter Storm Warning means severe winter conditions have begun or will begin very soon.
    • Blizzard Warning means heavy snow and strong winds will produce a blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts and life-threatening wind chill.
    • Frost/Freeze Warning means below freezing temperatures are expected.
    • When a Winter Storm WATCH is issued
      • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio, and television stations, or cable television such as The Weather Channel for further updates.
      • Be alert to changing weather conditions.
      • Avoid unnecessary travel
    • When a Winter Storm WARNING is issued
      • Stay indoors during the storm.
      • If you must go outside, several layers of lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than a single heavy coat. Gloves (or mittens) and a hat will prevent loss of body heat. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs.
      • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
      • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
      • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
      • Avoid traveling by car in a storm, but if you must...
      • Carry an Emergency Supply Kit in the trunk.
        • Keep your car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
        • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
        • Eat regularly and drink ample fluids, but avoid caffeine and alcohol.
        • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

    Listen to Local Officials

    Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials. For further information on how to plan and prepare for winter storms as well as what to do during and after a winter storm, visit: Federal Emergency Management Agency, NOAA Watch, or American Red Cross.

    Information courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Photo by Denis Jr. Tangney and courtesy of istockphoto.com.<

    Giant Food Donates $75K to The Salvation Army

    dover, MD – Last week, Giant Food of Landover, Md. began a year-long celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary. In 1936 despite difficult economic times, N.M. Cohen and Samuel Lehrman together opened the first grocery store in the nation’s capital. In honor of Giant Food’s 75th anniversary, the company presented a $75,000 check Wednesday to The Salvation Army at National Capital Area Command headquarters in Washington, D.C. The donation will help further the work of Salvation Army divisions and corps across Giant’s operating area in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Delaware.“The Salvation Army is thankful to Giant Food for this gift and congratulates them on their 75th anniversary.  Giant’s commitment and partnership helps The Salvation Army to continue Doing the Most Good for people in need throughout the National Capital area and beyond; and for that, The Army is grateful,” said Captain Vance Murphy representing The Salvation Army.“Giant Food supports The Salvation Army’s efforts to help our neighbors in need and is pleased to make this gift as we begin our 75th anniversary celebration,” said Jamie Miller, manager of public and community relations for Giant Food.Giant will continue to support The Salvation Army and hundreds of additional community partners throughout the anniversary year and in the years ah

    Global Christian Forum Convenes in Indonesia

    Indonesian Officers With Lieutenant Colonel Munn

    London, England – Under the theme Life Together in Jesus Christ, Empowered by the Holy Spirit almost 300 denominational and ecumenical leaders from more than 60 countries convened in Manado, Indonesia, for the Second Global Gathering of the Global Christian Forum (GCF).

    The GCF uniquely brings together all the great streams of modern Christian faith: Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and many contemplative communities. Leaders from the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Pentecostal World Fellowship also joined the proceedings.

    The purpose of the GCF is ‘to create an open space wherein representatives from a broad range of Christian churches and inter-church organizations, which confess the triune God and Jesus Christ as perfect in his divinity and humanity, can gather to foster mutual respect, to explore and address together common challenges’. All GCF gatherings include ‘shared stories’ in which delegates can relate in small and large group settings the work of the Holy Spirit individually and within a community of faith.

    The Salvation Army has been an active contributor to the GCF since its inception 12 years ago and was represented at this gathering by Lieut-Colonel Richard Munn (Secretary for International Ecumenical Relations) and Major Sasmoko Hertjahjo (Indonesia Territory).

    The gathering assessed and reported the recent significant demographic shifts in world Christianity. It is apparent that the center of gravity of the church is shifting away from the old heartland of Europe to the global south. Pentecostalism continues to grow and is affecting many of the churches belonging to the historic traditions. New, non-denominational forms are emerging.

    Representatives from many diverse denominations and traditions participated. Contributions ranged from a report on the growth of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church in Albania to a history of Catholic charismatic renewal.

    Future long-range guidelines for the GCF were established, including the summary acclamation that ‘while the fact that Christian churches are divided causes no small amount of pain and struggle, we do not doubt it is the will of God in Christ that we be one’.

    For more information on the Global Christian Forum go to www.globalchristianforum.org.

    Report by Lieut-Colonel Richard Munn

    Global Christian Forum delegates&n

    God Works Amidst The Flood

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    Emerald, Australia – It was mid-evening on January 4th as Majors Don and Eva Hill arrived home from another energy-draining day of feeding physical and spiritual food to flood-ravaged residents of a small Queensland town that had become an inland island.The retired Salvation Army officers were exhausted. They had barely had a break since floodwaters entered Emerald (17,000 population) in central-west Queensland just after Christmas Day.The Hills were looking forward to a sleep-in next morning. Salvation Army reinforcements had arrived from Blackwater – flown in by helicopter because it was the only way to reach the town located on the Nogoa River, which bisects Emerald’s main street.Other Salvation Army support was coming from Cairns, Canberra and Brisbane. The Salvation Army’s Flying Padre helicopter from Mt Isa was also involved.Almost every day for two weeks, Don and Eva – relieving officers at Emerald Corps – served breakfast, lunch and dinner to hundreds of residents evacuated from their homes engulfed by the floodwaters.

    Sandwich Preparation

    For most of late December and early January, Emerald was the worst affected town of a flood that turned a part of Queensland— the size of France and Germany into a sea.So damaging were the floods that Emerald Mayor Peter Maguire estimated it would take up to two years for Emerald to recover. Emotionally, many residents will take much longer. Everything they owned has gone.Don and Eva Hill officially retired from Salvation Army officership in 2007. But they have always been available to serve where it helps. They answered a call to oversight Emerald Corps last July until new officers could be appointed in mid-January.They had arranged two weeks leave at the end of November. But on December 3rd, the Hills received a call that ended their leave early. Emerald was in terrible danger.Although, as flying padres for nine years shortly before retirement, they had been through floods and famine many times, this was the worst.‘It breaks your heart,’ Major Don says after spending another night at an evacuation center.Don Hill is an experienced officer. He has learned that in a crisis, there is a job to be done. It’s apparent from our conversation that he doesn’t dwell for long on a disaster. Nor does he allow the emotion to affect the job he has been given.His corps was on the least-affected eastern side of the main street bridge, which, by December 30th, was under water. With the local council in charge, an evacuation center was quickly set up to accommodate evacuees.He gathered his corps membership – just a handful of devoted Salvationists. They got a feeding program in place. Some crossed to the other side of town to assist at other evacuation centers.From early morning to late night, they worked to help locals dispossessed of home and possessions to cope through the worst flood in Emerald’s history.Don’s evacuation center was handling up to 160 residents at any one time. Across town, 300 people were cramming into other centers.At first, food was hard to find. Local residents had been aware since early December that devastating floods were on the way. Shops were selling out of food quickly as locals prepared for the water to enter their town.There were times, Don confesses, when he wasn’t sure if there would be food for the next day. But it just kept turning up – day after day.

    Queensland Area Affected by Flooding

    ‘I don’t know where it was coming from,’ he said. ‘But it came. Our evacuation center was at the local agricultural college. We were given the support of the college’s two cooks and kitchen. One day when a truck pulled up with a load of food, one of the cooks who is not a professing Christian said: “God must be real.”‘I must say that I thanked God with all my heart at that moment.’The night we talked, Emerald’s main street bridge began to re-emerge from the muddy waters. It was a hopeful sign. Although the Blackwater reinforcements would allow Don and Eva a few days respite, Don was looking forward to the morning.‘It’s important that I get over to the other evacuation centers to make sure that our corps folk are OK,’ he said.‘We’re tired; yes. We wish it would all just go away; yes. But we have been sent here [Emerald] as Salvation Army officers. We have a job to do. And with God’s help, we will continue to do it until it’s time to hand over to somebody else.’Photographs from Emerald and others are available on Flickr.

    Greater Chattanooga EDS Team Assesses Storm Damage

    Chattanooga, TN (March 2, 2012) – The Salvation Army is on the scene in Bradley County and the Highway 58 area assessing what resources are most needed after the early afternoon storm. The Salvation Army Disaster Response Team is preparing for the second storm wave that is predicted to hit the area this evening. Due to the severe weather affecting our area, we are asking for all Disaster Volunteers to be on standby for the next 72 hours. Please text 423-505-1052 if you are able to assist with any relief efforts.

    For more information on The Salvation Army, please contact Kimberly George at 423-308-7715 or Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org. Please visit www.csarmy.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for more information.

    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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Haiti Earthquake: Mobilization of Personnel and Resources to Aid Relief

    Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti following a severe earthquake Tuesday that damaged much of the country’s infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and currently operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the epicenter of the earthquake and at other locations in the country.One of the facilities, or compounds as it is referred to, includes a home for more than 50 children; a school with a daily attendance of 1,500 children; a medical clinic caring for 150-200 people daily; and a church that on any typical Sunday welcomes nearly 1,000 people. The facility is less than 10 minutes from the National Palace and is in an area known as St. Martin that’s home to predominantly poor living in the nation’s capital.According to reports from Salvation Army staff in Port au Prince, no one in the compound was injured during the earthquake, but the children’s home, the clinic and church suffered major damage. Several smaller buildings, including residences, have collapsed completely. People were sleeping in the parking lot overnight, while severe aftershocks continued to affect the country.The second compound that houses Salvation Army administrative offices is being used as an emergency operations center; damage was slight to this compound, according to Salvation Army reports from Haiti.The Salvation Army hospital in Fond-des-Negres (75 miles west of Port-au-Prince) reports some minor damage, but no injuries.Major Robert Poff is the Director of Disaster Services for The Salvation Army in Haiti. Below is his moving account of the situation in Haiti immediately following the earthquake:

    Words cannot begin to describe the devastation that has taken place in Port au Prince, Haiti. The Salvation Army’s World Services Office, based in Alexandria, VA, has committed $50,000 to the relief effort and the organization is prepared to commit more financial resources, as well as food, water and other emergency supplies, to assist in the recovery. I am the Director of Disaster Services for The Salvation Army in Haiti, and I am from the United States. My wife and I have been in PAP since April, and have fallen deeply in love with the country and it's people.

    When the earthquake struck, I was driving down the mountain from Petionville. Our truck was being tossed to and fro like a toy, and when it stopped, I looked out the windows to see buildings "pancaking" down, like I have never witnessed before. Traffic, of course, came to a stand-still, while thousands of people poured out into the streets, crying, carrying bloody bodies, looking for anyone who could help them. We piled as many bodies into the back of our truck, and took them down the hill with us, hoping to find medical attention. All of them were older, scared, bleeding, and terrified. It took about 2 hours to go less than 1 mile. Traffic was horrible, devastation was everywhere, and suffering humanity was front and center.

    When we could drive no further, we left the truck parked on the side of the street, and walked the remaining 2 miles to get back to the Army compound. What I found was very sad! All of the security walls were down. The Children's Home itself seems pretty intact, but our quarters, which is attached, are destroyed. Unlivable. The walls and ceiling are still standing - but so badly compromised that I wouldn't even think of trying to stay there. All of the children, and hundreds of neighbors, are sleeping in our playground area tonight. Occasionally, there is another tremor - another reminder that we are not yet finished with this calamity. And when it comes, all of the people cry out and the children are terrified.As I am sitting outside now, with most people trying to get a little sleep, I can hear the moans and cry’s of the neighbors. One of our staff went to a home in the neighborhood, to try to be of assistance to the woman who lived there. But she was too late.The scene will be repeated over and over again. Tomorrow, we will begin the process of assessing damage, learning about casualties, and preparing for the future.God bless Haiti.                                                                                           Robert Poff, January 13, 2010

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    Bob Poff, PR and EDS Director for the Haiti Division has witnessed the devastation for himself, and is desperately trying to meet the immediate needs of the community that surrounds the DHQ and Corps/school compound in Port-au-Prince.

    MSNBC Interview: Bob Poff, Haiti

    The organization is preparing to send more than 44,000 lbs of pre-packaged emergency rations to the country, along with emergency disaster teams. The Salvation Army is working with other agencies to identify appropriate transportation for the food. As with all such relief efforts, The Salvation Army will be a part of the initial emergency response while assessing longer term needs of the residents.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti at this time and especially our Salvation Army officers and employees throughout the country,” said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, who directs the Salvation Army World Services Office.
     
     
     
     
     

    Haiti Relief – Salvation Army Begins Long-Term Recovery Plans

    e weeks following Haiti’s devastating earthquake, The Salvation Army is continuing to serve thousands of individuals through the hard work of its personnel and volunteers, as well as through cooperation with corporate partners and non-governmental organizations. To date, The Salvation Army has responded by providing more than 2.8 million meals, 500,000 gallons of water, 2,900 tents and 1,500 personal hygiene kits. In addition, more than 18,000 people have received needed care from our medical teams.While there is still significant immediate need that continues to be addressed, The Salvation Army is also beginning to plan for long-term recovery, which includes:•    Rebuilding earthquake resistant homes •    Repairing and installing water filtration systems •    Rebuilding damaged schools, hospitals and other buildings •    Implementing community development projects focusing on income generation for families, childhood nutrition and HIV-AIDS awarenessFocusing on both short term and long term solutions will significantly strengthen the ability of the affected communities to progress from the massive devastation towards a more stable future.Lt. Col. Dan Starrett, Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO), said in an official statement, “Just as The Salvation Army has provided critical supplies of water, food and medicine to the people of Haiti, we are equally committed to determining the best methods for helping rebuild a country that lost so much. As we have done for countless disasters from Hurricane Katrina to the Indian Ocean tsunami, The Salvation Army will commit to a plan that strengthens Haiti for the long-term.”Since the earthquake, The Salvation Army has worked with shipping companies FedEx, UPS and DHL for logistical support – delivering 821,500 pounds of emergency relief supplies, including more than 2 million meals provided by international hunger relief organization Numana, Inc., for an estimated 20,000 earthquake survivors living near the Army’s compound in Port-au-Prince.•    FedEx’s Custom Critical System allowed food to be delivered from any city in the country to our Salvation Army staging area in Miami . Food was delivered by FedEx in less than 36 hours thanks to the company’s use of two drivers in one truck driving nonstop.•    From Miami, UPS flew supplies for Salvation Army relief teams to Port-au-Prince and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Supplies were then delivered by truck from Santo Domingo into the affected city of Port-au-Prince.•    Following the delivery of supplies in Port-au-Prince, DHL provided storage space for Salvation Army supplies at the Port-au-Prince airport. DHL also allowed The Salvation Army to use much needed fuel for delivery vehicles.Regarding this amazing teamwork, Lt. Col. Starrett remarked, “It’s impossible to over-state the value these companies have supplied to The Salvation Army, allowing the people of Haiti to receive life-saving food and supplies. Without the assistance of Fed Ex, UPS and DHL, we would not be where we are now in the process of developing long-term recovery plans for Haiti.”The Salvation Army continues to accept monetary donations for our ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. Donors may contribute through:•    Text messaging “HAITI” to 52000, and confirming with “Yes” •    www.salvationarmyusa.org •    1-800-SAL-ARMY •    Mail a check or money order to: The Salvation Army World Service Office P.O. Box 630728 Baltimore, MD 21263-0728*with designation “Haiti Earthquake.”<

    Hidalgo County Salvation Army Faces Budget Crises

    dalgo County, Tx.)  There are many groups and thousands of people in the Rio Grande Valley who do good things for our neighbors who need help most. But they — and the community — really couldn’t do without the Salvation Army.The organization is where the rubber meets the road when families are truly in trouble.And now the Salvation Army is having trouble.The Christian nonprofit community outreach organization is seeking new means of funding as it faces a $49,000 budget deficit heading into its next fiscal year, which starts in three days.The Salvation Army’s Emergency Shelter program, along with its lunch and dinner feeding programs and emergency welfare assistance programs, help between 175 and 200 people each day. The Salvation Army’s Executive Director, Maj. Dan Ford, said he doesn’t see that number declining anytime soon, and it continues to strain the organization’s funding — a total budget of $1.8 million next year. The recently completed census named Hidalgo County the neediest county in Texas with the lowest median income in the state.That’s significant because if you’re a single mom with three kids in tow, no money, no home and literally no place else to go, The Salvation Army is where you turn first.If the organization can’t backfill its deficit through fundraising or other sources, the Hidalgo County office faces cutbacks to part-time staff and emergency-assistance programs that helps people with food, rental payments, bus tickets and gas money. Three part-time staff have been cut already. If the organization’s funding situation becomes dire enough, full-time staff may be cut.Lack of operating funds have also put The Salvation Army in a position where they are in danger of losing government grants. Without matching funds The Army cannot use the grant money because the funds can only be reimbursed from monies already spent. In order to spend government funds which are received from the State of Texas, Hidalgo County, and City of McAllen, the  local agency needs operating funds as it takes sometimes over a month to get reimbursed.One factor that has lead to reduced operating funds is The Salvation Army Thrift Store’s income shortfall. Store sales are down this year over $100,000 in Hidalgo County at the Army’s two stores located in McAllen and Weslaco. Last year the Thrift Store Program put over $140,000 into the Army’s Social Service Programs in Hidalgo County while this year only $80,000 was appropriated to those programs.“The Salvation Army has done its part in cutting expenses this year by over $100,000”, says Major Ford, “ but still cannot meet operating needs without the community stepping up to help us help their neighbors in what is a very trying time for all of us. We never want to consider cutting programs and services but we are swiftly getting to that point unless we get help.”Major Ford reports, “Donations totaling $150,000 would get The Salvation Army’s finances back on track but it needs to come quickly or programs cuts are imminent. For many, The Salvation Army is the last hope for help with food, shelter, and rent or utility assistance. The hardest thing to do is tell someone we cannot be there for them.”If you can help, send your gift to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 4766 McAllen, TX 78502. You may also drop off your gift at 1600 N. 23rd Street in McAllen, or call Major Dan Ford at 956-682-1468 for more information. The organization is truly this community’s best friend in n

    High Council Worship Service Video Available For Viewing

    video opens with an introduction to the High Council proceedings from newly elected President Commissioner Bill Francis (Territorial Commander Canada & Bermuda.) Of particular interest is the introduction of High Council Chaplain Commissioner Max Feener and his leading of the Founder's Song "O Boundless Salvation" and a musical offering by the "High Council Songsters."The High Council website www.salvationarmy.org/highcouncil contains a recording of the Welcome to the High Council and Retirement Salute to General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton.Click here to view the Worship Service.

    Historical Exhibit: First 120 years in Greater Houston Region

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    The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command in partnership with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the Harbor Light International Gallery will debut a special Historical Exhibit commemorating its first 12 decades of service to the Greater Houston region at the Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building, starting May 14th. This FREE exhibit will showcase rare original artifacts from the Harbor Light Gallery and the Research Center through June 20, 2009, and will feature the John Milsaps collection, regarded the largest historical collection of The Salvation Army in the United States. In 1889, a single female officer by the name of Captain French inaugurated The Salvation Army here in Hous

    Hong Kong Concert Raises Millions for Japan Disaster Response

    Hong Kong — A concert broadcast live on television in Hong Kong raised more than HK$26 million (US$3.3 million) for The Salvation Army's earthquake and tsunami response program in Japan. The event was organized by internationally famous film star Jackie Chan and featured artists well known in Hong Kong and around the world.

    The three-hour concert, called “Artiste 311 Love Beyond Borders,” took place at Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Stars taking part included actor and singer Andy Lau, actor Donnie Yen and singers from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and China. American singer Lionel Richie performed from Australia via satellite link, singing “Say You, Say Me.”

    Hong Kong-born Jackie Chan told entertainment website Hollywood Reporter why he decided to arrange the concert: “For years my Japanese fans have made a great effort to raise money for my charity, to build schools in China and to help the victims of the [2008] Sichuan earthquake. It’s time for me to return the favor and do what we can to help.”

    He personally paid for the plane tickets and accommodation for all the overseas performers.

    All profits from the concert will be passed on to The Salvation Army. More than 300 Salvationists and Salvation Army staff from its Hong Kong and Macau Command took telephone donations during the event.

    The exact use of the funds is still being decided but it is likely that much of the money will be used to supply emergency relief packs – including a 15-day supply of food and water, personal care and hygiene products and blankets – to people in areas affected by the earthquake, tsunami and by problems at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

    For photographs from the event please visit: http://bit.ly/g8T2wR

    Houston’s Annual Luncheon: Ben Stein

    href="http://www.salvationarmyhouston.org/BenStein_Event.htm" target="_blank">Click Image to Purchase Tickets   Organized by The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board, the event will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Americas Hotel in downtown Houston. On behalf of The Salvation Army, luncheon chairs Jim P. and Jane Wise will also honor Mr. William T. Slick, Jr. as the annual event’s 2009 Honoree for his volunteerism, leadership, and loyal support of The Salvation Army of Greater Houston as a life member of its Advisory Board. All proceeds raised by this worthwhile charity event will benefit the over 119,000 local men, women and children who rely on The Salvation Army of Greater Houston annua

    How to Help Joplin, Missouri Tornado Relief Efforts—Telethon Tonight on NBC Action News in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, MO - The Salvation Army, which is conducting mass feeding efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, has established a text-to-donate number specifically to support the organization’s relief efforts in that community.

    Cell phone users may text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation. You may also make a credit card donation by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by going to www.salvationarmyusa.org. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.”

    At this time, in-kind donations are not being accepted as financial donations better allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of survivors.

    Meanwhile, NBC Action News in Kansas City is sponsoring a telethon tonight from 5-7 PM to raise money for The Salvation Army tornado relief efforts in Joplin and Reading, Kansas. The phone number to call to donate is 816-932-HELP. The lines will be live from 5-7 PM only.

    The Salvation Army currently has four mobile feeding kitchens stationed in Joplin, each capable of serving several thousand meals. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network also arrived in Joplin today to assist survivors in locating loved ones through a ham radio network.

    In Reading, Kansas, which was struck by a tornado late Saturday night, The Salvation Army is serving hundreds of meals per day from two mobile feeding kitchens.

    Contact:
    Amanda Waters, Director of Community Relations
    The Salvation Army, Kansas and Western Missouri Division
    3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111 - 816-968-0373

    A one‐time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and 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 T-Mobile. 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 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 9/6

    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 Preparedness

    ricane Alex was the first storm of the 2010 Hurricane Season and fortunately did not cause a great deal of damage. It is important to be prepared ahead of the arrival of a storm in anticipation of extreme weather conditions, flooding, and loss of power. By taking a few simple precautions, you can help ensure you and your loved ones make it safely through a disaster.There are three steps that are critical to ensure you are fully prepared: Have a Plan, Make a Kit and Be Informed.

    HAVE A PLAN

    • If you plan to stay in your home be sure to notify friends and relatives of your plans to stay.
    • Discuss your evacuation plans with your family, friends and relatives. Know contact information for your family members, friends and anyone else you may need to contact.
    • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all of your family has a single point of contact.
    • Learn evacuation routes from your area and places to meet. Plan for traffic, so expect delays and longer drive times.
    • Learn places to stay between your home and your destination, just in case you have to stop or detour.
    • Make a checklist of what you need to do and make sure to review prior to the storms arrival.
    • Make plans for what you are going to do with your pets and livestock.
    • If you have a car, keep at least a half tank of gas at all times.
    • Make sure to properly prepare your home or business. Protect windows and doors, bring any outdoor objects inside and turn off utilities if instructed.
    • Locate a safe room, or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard (storm surge, flooding and wind). In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but another location in your community.
    • Check your insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

    MAKE A KIT

    • Have enough supplies to last for 3-7 days.
    • Water - one gallon daily per person.
    • Pack non-perishable packaged or canned foods, juices, food for infants, snacks, cooking tools, fuel, non-electric can opener and any food for pets. Have a supply of paper plates, cups and plastic utensils.
    • Medications, personal hygiene items, toilet paper, cleanup supplies, etc.
    • Keep fully charged cell phones with chargers and extra batteries.
    • Make sure to have a battery operated radio and flashlight with extra batteries. You may want to invest in an electric generator.
    • Have extra clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes, blankets, pillows and sleeping bags.
    • Toys, books and games.
    • Keep any important documents in a waterproof container or water-tight resealable plastic bag, including photo IDs, driver license, Social Security card, proof of residence, bank account information, and any insurance papers you may need to process insurance claims.
    • Have cash, including small bills and credit cards – Banks and ATM’s may not be available for an extended time.

    BE INFORMED

    • Be familiar with any hurricane terms. A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area.
    • Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential. Category three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes. Category one and two are dangerous but not as destructive.
    • Be aware of possible flooding. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall. Flooding on rivers and streams may persist for several days or more after the storm.
    • Learn about the emergency plans established in your area by your state and local government. Listen to any instructions given by local emergency management officials.

    Following the steps listed above will ensure that you are best prepared to deal with the immediate effects of a Hurricane

    Hurricane Season Is Here – The Salvation Army Prepares

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    Hurricane Season began on June 1st. And, at The Salvation Army we are often among the first on the scene when disaster strikes. Officers are trained to respond to many kinds of emergencies by providing food, shelter, clothing and spiritual comfort. Our mobile kitchens have become a familiar sight for firemen, policemen, victims and first responders everywhere.

    Hot and cold drinks, soup, sandwiches and complete meals fill vital needs when homes are destroyed and people are hungry. During Hurricane Ike recovery in 2008, The Salvation Army served over 2 million meals, 3 million snacks along with thousands of grocery orders and comfort kits. The Salvation Army operated a total of 603 mobile kitchens in Texas alone.

    Each year, millions of volunteers come forward during times of disaster to lend a helping hand when it is most needed and we work with emergency management personnel and many other organizations to from a cooperative team during difficult times.

    This year, The Salvation Army is once again preparing equipment, volunteers and personnel should an active hurricane season require a speedy response.

    Read Disaster Preparedness Release from The Salvation Army Atlanta, GA

     

    Immediate Salvation Army Response to Devastating Earthquake in Chile

    rong>(International Headquarters, London, England) Following a devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile during the early hours of Saturday morning (27 February) Salvation Army emergency services were immediately mobilized to provide support and comfort and international financial assistance is already on the way.Lt. Colonel Mike Caffull, the emergency services coordinator for The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) in London reports that IHQ has already agreed to provide financial assistance for the Chilean Salvationists initial relief response. He said assistance coordinated by the IHQ emergency team will also be provided regarding ongoing relief in the medium and long term.Chief Secretary for The Salvation Army in South America West, Lt. Colonel F. Bradford Bailey says that the immediate response is to provide food, water, first aid kits, emergency packets, blankets, candles and other urgently required supplies. A recently arrived mobile canteen (a donation from the USA Southern Territory) is one of the key relief vehicles.The earthquake epicenter was approximately 90 miles (150 kilometers) north-west of the city of Concepción in Southern Chile.  Lt. Colonel Bailey says that this is approximately 350 miles (600 kilometers) from the capital of Santiago, 'nevertheless, the quake was of a 7.0 magnitude in the Santiago metropolitan region'. He adds that people have flocked to the streets 'as numerous aftershocks continue to pummel' the country, severely affecting older buildings in the more historical areas of the larger cities.Water, gas and electricity has been cut off in affected areas and will stay disconnected until relevant emergency crews can assess the damage and prioritize immediate needs.The colonel says that in these early hours after the quake it has been extremely difficult to communicate with Salvation Army centers throughout the country as all phone lines (mobile and land) have been disrupted. 'However, preliminary reports are reassuring in terms of Salvation Army personnel.' He is reported to have said.At the time of writing this news release the colonel was not able to provide information regarding Salvation Army property.The Salvation Army has been active in the country of Chile since October 1909.Please pray for the people of Chile.To donate, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, text the word “chile” to 52000 to make a one-time $10 donation billed to your cell phone account, or go to www.salvationarmyusa.orgReport submitted by Major Laurie Robertson, International Editor in Chief & Literacy Secretary.<

    Immediate Salvation Army Response to Devastating Earthquake in Chile

    lowing a devastating 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile during the early hours of Saturday morning, affecting around two million people, Salvation Army emergency services were immediately mobilized to provide support and comfort.International financial assistance is already on the way from The Salvation Army international headquarters in London.The earthquake epicenter was approximately 90 miles (150 kilometers) north west of the city of Concepción in Southern Chile which is approximately 350 miles (approximately 600 kilometers) from the capital of Santiago. "Nevertheless, the quake was of a 7.0 magnitude in the Santiago metropolitan region," says the Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army South America West Territory, Lt. Colonel F. Bradford Bailey.

    The area most affected by the earthquake was between the cities Os Temuco and Chillan, with Concepcion hardest hit, reports the South America West Territory Secretary for Business Administration Lt. Colonel Maria Alarcon. She adds, "I have never seen such destruction here before, though I have worked in many disaster situations - they don't compare with this." The Lt. Colonel says the immediate need is still food, water and medicine.Lt. Colonel Alarcon also reports that tents to house 60 displaced families have been set up on the patio of the Hualpencillo Corps near Concepcion and that Salvation Army officers are traveling from Puerto Montt and Osorno, in Southern Chile, to Concepcion to join The Salvation Army emergency relief response team."Our officers are all fine, but a lot of Salvation Army properties are damaged especially the older ones made of adobe bricks. The worst damage in Santiago has occurred at Quinta Normal and Lo Vial Corps, and El Faro Men's Residence," adds the Lt. Colonel Alarcon.Territorial Commander for the South American West Territory, Commissioner Jorge A. Ferreira (currently in Ecuador) reports that The Salvation Army is also carrying out emergency relief work in the city of Os Valparaiso on the west coast of Chile. The Commissioner adds that it had been planned to dedicate a recently arrived mobile Salvation Army emergency services canteen (a donation from USA Southern Territory) on 4 March, "However, this is now already being used to serve those in need."In the early hours following the earthquake Lt. Colonel Bailey said that the immediate Salvation Army response included providing food, water, first aid kits, emergency packets, blankets, candles and other urgently required supplies.He added that people had flocked to the streets 'as numerous aftershocks continue to pummel' the country, severely affecting older buildings in the more historical areas of the larger cities.Water, gas and electricity were immediately cut off in areas affected by the earthquake and will stay disconnected until relevant emergency crews can assess the damage and prioritize immediate needs.Lt. Colonel Bailey said that it has been extremely difficult to communicate with Salvation Army centers throughout the country as all phone lines (mobile and land) have been disrupted. "Some computer based communication, especially Skype, has been providing an alternative way for those in other countries to communicate with people in Chile."The emergency services coordinator for The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) in London, Lt. Colonel Mike Caffull, reports that IHQ has already agreed to provide financial assistance for the Chilean Salvationists relief response. He says assistance coordinated by the IHQ emergency team will also be provided regarding ongoing relief in the medium and long term. To support The Salvation Army’s ongoing relief efforts in Chile, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or text the word ‘CHILE’ to 52000 and confirm with ‘YES

    In Joplin, Missouri, The Salvation Army’s Work is Just Beginning—Snapshot of Service as of Thursday, June 2, 2011

    Joplin, Missouri — On Sunday, May 22nd the deadliest single tornado in the US since the 1950’s struck the town of Joplin, Missouri. The Salvation Army responded immediately with familiar disaster canteens, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care and other necessities.

    Since the 22nd, The Salvation Army has helped thousands in the Joplin area. The Salvation Army has also helped those in the tornado-stricken towns of Reading, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri.

    The scope of the disaster is truly incomprehensible—it requires an equally intense response. While The Salvation Army certainly cannot meet every need of the survivors, we were among the first to respond, and will be working in emergency-response-mode in the disaster areas until a sense of normalcy returns, and as long as the support of our generous donors permit.

    Massive work touching individual lives:
    With so much help needed, it’s sometimes hard to remember that each number represents a real person whose life has been turned upside down. The following information represents the combined efforts of Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services teams responding from five US States in Joplin, as of 5:00 PM Monday, May 30.

    • The Salvation Army has served 23,723 hot meals and 7,288 snacks and 22,401 drinks.
    • The Salvation Army is one of the organizations participating in the M.A.R.C. (Multi-Agency Resource Center). After two days we have assisted 107 families with $9,671 in vouchers.
    • The Salvation Army has provided emotional and spiritual care for 557 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 9 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma, Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois.
    Ten Salvation Army officers (pastors), 25 employees and 146 volunteers have served of 4558.5 hours.

    Command, Resource and Distribution Center Locations:
    • A mobile command center has been in operation since May 22nd.
    • Permanent Salvation Army Facilities are located at 320 E. 8th Street and 2502 S. Main St., Joplin, Missouri.
    • A goods distribution center is in operation at 2502 S. Main St., Joplin, Missouri.
    • The Salvation Army is taking part in the M.A.R.C. located at “The Bridge,” on 3405 S. Hammonds Blvd, Joplin, Missouri 64804.
    • A Satellite Communications truck from The Salvation Army’s USA Southern territory is in place and handling phone, computer and internet communications.

    Locations of feeding stations
    Feeding operations are taking place at the following locations:
    • The Salvation Army Joplin Corps Community Center located at 320 E. 8th Street.
    • One canteen is located at the Joplin High School on 20th & Indiana.
    • One canteen is also located at the “Oasis Tent” intended to serve as a location for community members to come together in a sheltered location and receive “One stop service” with food, hydration, spiritual and emotional care and other basic services. The location is the site of the Joplin thrift store at 2502 S. Main St.

    Mobile Feeding Sites:
    Mobile kitchens from the following locations are roving throughout the disaster area, providing—as much as possible—regularly scheduled routes to offer food and hydration to responders and survivors. The canteen vehicles providing this service represent nine cities in five states:

    • Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri
    • Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas
    • Tulsa, Oklahoma
    • Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • Chicago, Illinois

    Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:
    • An Emergency Disaster Services ‘Store’ is now located at the old Joplin thrift store on 7th Street and opened Thursday morning at 9 a.m. After receiving vouchers from on-site social workers, survivors may “shop” for items such as clothing, diapers, toiletries, etc.
    • The Salvation Army is partnering with HOPE Station to provide hope to the Joplin community. This will be a 5 week event which will include music, art, food, worship and opportunities for people to share their stories of hope.

    The campaign is set to launch on Friday, and will be held at the Salvation Army's Oasis off 26th and Main. Included is a nightly dinner, live music, a kids station with donated toys, guest speakers, and more. This event will take place nightly until the 4th of July.

    Stephanie Tillman, the founder of the Hope Station says this is meant to give relief workers and those affected by the tornado a place to unwind. “If we push ourselves too hard we're not going to be of use to anybody. So the biggest gift anybody could give is a place to just exhale and be okay saying I'm alright pausing for a second, because I know if I just sit still for a minute, I'm going to be ten times better when I'm done.” Tillman also says feedback from the community is key to making this event a success.

    Donations and expenses in the Midland Division:

    Joplin, Missouri is located in The Salvation Army’s Midland Division, headquartered, in St. Louis, Missouri. The Midland Division comprises most of Missouri and Southern Illinois. The Divisional Community Relations and Development staff for Midland Division reports the following separate fundraising information:

    Corporate Donations in Kind
    Wal-Mart has donated 36,000 bottles of water for Joplin relief efforts.
    Sprint donated 1,500 prepaid cell phones which were distributed to survivors.
    • The Charlie Daniels Band is scheduled to play a concert at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on Saturday with $5.00 of each ticket sold going to The Salvation Army.
    • A Kansas City Advisory Board member secured several generous donations from Sam’s Club including approximately 8 pallets of Gatorade, plus gloves and shopping carts that will be used at the EDS store.
    Sam’s Club also donated one freezer truck and one 45 foot refrigerator truck.
    • The Kansas City Chiefs football team held a "Water bottle drive" to collect water for Joplin. They have collected nearly 200,000 bottles of water to be delivered to Joplin. They will also be sending 100- 120 volunteers on June 24 to assist The Salvation Army with multiple volunteer projects.
    Folsom Distributing of Wood River, Illinois will be donating 100+ cases of Gatorade, apple juice, orange juice and water.
    The Loading Dock, a restaurant in Grafton, Illinois, is collecting cases of water in exchange for their handmade salsa. Part of the donation includes 42 cases from an anonymous Lowe’s employee. Con-way Freight will pick up the cases of water and deliver to The Salvation Army in Joplin.

    Corporate Cash Donations Reported by Midland Division:
    Wal-Mart has donated $150,000 in cash for Joplin relief efforts.

    Other Major Gifts reported by the Midland Division:

    • The Salvation Army in Joplin from local donors Debra and David Humphreys* $500,000.00
    • Other Major Gifts Committed (Includes Wal-Mart gift): $165,500.00
    Major Gifts Pledged: $12,500.00
    $4,510.00
    • Missouri Foundation for Health$50,000.00
    • Mail gifts and credit cards$45,655.00
    *no other gifts collected directly in Joplin are considered in this reportTotal: $778,165.00

    Preliminary Types of Aid Reported by the Midland Division for Joplin, Missouri
    The Salvation Army is designed to “meet need at the point of need.” We realize that one solution does not fit every situation. As new needs arise, unique to Joplin, The Salvation Army plans to rise to the challenge of meeting those needs, as enabled by its generous donors.

    Following is a very limited survey of just some of the types of assistance offered by The Salvation Army during the first few days after the Joplin, Missouri Tornado. Citizens of Joplin can expect more and varied types of help in the coming weeks and months.

    Instances of Financial Assistance Given
    Vouchers# Issued
    Cleanup / Reconstruction76
    Clothing229
    Energy0
    Furniture31
    Gift Cards / Debit Cards0
    Groceries446
    Housing (Rent / Mortgage)0
    Medical / Funeral13
    Transient Lodging (Hotel)0
    Transportation207
    Other (specify) __utility_27
    TOTALS:1,029

    Donations from the Kansas and Western Missouri Division

    The Kansas and Western Missouri Division (MoKan), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has played a large role in the relief efforts for Joplin (as well as tornado relief in Reading, Kansas and Sedalia, Missouri.) Amanda Waters, The Divisional Director of Community Relations for the MoKan Division reports the following service and fundraising information separate from the MoKan Division:

    MoKan Division EDS Service for Sedalia, Missouri Tornado.

    On Wednesday, May 25, a tornado hit Sedalia, Missouri. The Sedalia, Missouri EDS Canteen was already deployed to Joplin, Missouri. So Kansas City responded to Sedalia. While in Sedalia (for 3 days) the canteen served a total of 1,451 people.

    Corporate Donations:

    Scripps Foundation, owners of the local NBC station:$10,000.00

    Donations from General Public

    NBC Action News Telethon* (for Joplin, Reading and Sedalia):$223,510.00
    Credit Card donations:$6,625.00
    ($5,760.00 for Joplin, $865.00 for “general tornado relief.”)
    Text to Donate (90999 number—Was only publicized one day):$4,440.00
    Online Donations:$198,733.00
    Direct Mail as of 5/27/2011*:
    – For Reading, Kansas$1,260.00
    – For Joplin, Missouri$25,111.00
    – For Reading, Kansas and Joplin, Missouri$12,705.00
    – For Sedalia, Missouri$100.00
    White Mail*:$219,870.22
    *Several donations still to be processed. Total: $703,354.22

    How to Help:

    Monetary donations:
    The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, Missouri 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).

    Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
    Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org<

    Indianapolis’ FOX 59 To Host Salvation Army Telethon To Support Tornado Survivors

    Indianapolis, IN (March 4, 2012)—Local TV Station FOX 59 will host an 18 and a half hour telethon on Monday to support the tornado relief efforts of The Salvation Army. Beginning at 4:30 AM and running until 11 PM, the telethon hopes to raise tens of thousands of dollars to assist the survivors of Friday's deadly storms. Tune into FOX 59 and make your pledge.

    Response Update:

    The Salvation Army is expanding its operations in Southern Indiana. Eight more Salvation Army Disaster Workers and another mobile kitchen will arrive Monday morning. There will now be three mobile kitchens moving through Henryville, Marysville and New Pekin. Previously, because of the extensive damage, the Army's response was limited to a set location in each community. On Monday, the mobile kitchens will be allowed to move through the towns, bringing help to the survivors as they try to rebuild their lives. Each mobile kitchen can serve up to 2,000 meals a day. In addition, a special team of emotional and spiritual care counselors has been sent to Southern Indiana to comfort those who have lost so much.

    To date, The Salvation Army has served more than 4,900 meals to survivors and emergency workers in Henryville, Marysville and New Pekin. The number of meals is expected to increase as survivors return to their homes this week.

    Giving:

    The quickest and easiest way to support the efforts of The Salvation Army as they serve survivors is to make a monetary donation. You can make a donation online at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/indiana/stormrelief, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or make a $10.00 donation by texting* “HOOSIER” to 80888, to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.” Donors can also mail a check to: The Salvation Army Indiana Division, 3100 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis IN, 46208.

    * A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

    Due to emergency conditions, The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that gifts of household goods or clothing donated now will be sent to disaster areas. In times of disaster, we fulfill household needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. Please, continue to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army—you help your community today and may help with disaster relief needs tomorrow. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

    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 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. About 82 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in nearly 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    International News Webcast-Archive Welcome of the High Council & Retirement Salute To General Shaw Clifton & Commissioner Helen Clifton

    High Council website www.salvationarmy.org/highcouncil hosted a live webcast of the Welcome to the High Council and Retirement Salute to General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton.The link below will take you to an archive recording of the gathering at a London hotel. Each territorial leader was welcomed and includes our own Commissioners Max & Lennie Feener, Commissioners Steve & Judy Hedgren, and Colonels Ken & Paula Johnson. Music is provided by the International Staff Band, and the combined songster brigades of Bromley and Enfield, two London corps that the Clifton's commanded during their service as active officers. Bandmaster Bill Rollins, New England DMD, USA Eastern Territory (where the Clifton's were divisional leaders) sings, and a new musical work written for the occasion is presented by the combined music groups. Look carefully and you will also briefly observe in the congregation Captain Michele Matthews who is currently a delegate at the ICO in London. Representative tributes to the General and Commissioner Clifton with responses from them are followed by a message from General Clifton.View the webcast here!

    International Support Boosts Philippines Typhoon Response

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    International Support Boosts Philippines Typhoon Response: In the photo: Destruction
    in Leyte province caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

    London, England (November 12, 2103)—As The Salvation Army in The Philippines attempts to get relief aid and personnel – including a doctor – to the areas worst-hit by Typhoon Haiyan, they will soon be joined by Damaris Frick from International Emergency Services in London. Damaris is a hugely experienced relief worker, having helped to organise Salvation Army emergency responses in Africa, South America and across Asia.

    Before leaving for the airport Damaris admitted that she was expecting to face some terrible conditions. 'Having worked in The Philippines before,' she said, 'we at International Emergency Services know how efficiently and well our colleagues there will have been dealing with this terrible disaster. This one, however, appears to have been even worse than those they have suffered in recent years. There are major logistical issues in getting relief items where they are most needed.'

    Damaris is heading to The Philippines at the request of the local Salvation Army. Territorial Commander Colonel Wayne Maxwell explains: 'Our challenge here is to develop and maximise local Government contacts, to facilitate the effective distribution of supplies and donated items and to effectively receive the donations that people want to make. Despite all our planning, one of our major needs is for professional emergency response expertise to help with the local structure, response and distribution.'

    The Salvation Army is doing all it can to make the most of two great strengths – having people already 'on the ground' because they actually live and work in the affected areas, but also having an international network that can come together to bring in urgently needed funding. The Salvation Army's Canada and Bermuda Territory, for instance, has already made available $100,000 for the relief effort. Other Salvation Army territories have launched public appeals for funds.

    'We have had good conversations with donors already,' says Damaris, 'and we are touched by the responses of individuals and Salvation Army territories. We are spending half our time responding to people, from major donors to individuals, who are offering help – which is wonderful!'

    The most urgent need is for food, water and other essentials, but Damaris is already thinking about what comes next. 'We will have to look at preparing for the longer term,' she says, 'and at opportunities to help people to return to some semblance of normality.'

    Donations to support The Salvation Army's response in The Philippines can be made online or through local Salvation Army offices.

    Salvation Army ministry in The Philippines began in the 1930s. There are more than 11,000 Salvationists in the country, 177 active officers (ministers) and over 50 employees.

    INTERNATIONAL THEOLOGY AND ETHICS SYMPOSIUM BEGINSINTERNATIONAL THEOLOGY AND ETHICS SYMPOSIUM BEGINS

    rong>London, England- The anticipation was palpable as 49 officer and soldier delegates from 26 Salvation Army territories gathered in the historic mansion of Sunbury Court near London, England for the commencement of the International Theology and Ethics Symposium.‘Sunbury Court 2010’ is the third in a series of symposia held in Winnipeg, Canada, in 2001 and Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2006. Collectively, the meetings have produced a collection of doctrinal and theological papers that articulately convey Salvationist scholarship.Called by the international leader of The Salvation Army, General Shaw Clifton, and steered by the International Doctrine Council (IDC), the appointed delegates, representing a wide array of appointments and ministries, communicated a collective sense of privilege for the opportunity to attend and participate.In his opening welcome, Commissioner William Francis, Chairman of the IDC, said “We come as Salvationists, [as part of] God's divine design.”The doctrine of holiness is the central theme of theological papers presented during this year’s symposium. “The doctrine will be studied carefully,” said Commissioner Francis, “for when we focus on holiness, we study the very character of God.”At the beginning of the symposium, delegates watched a documentary video concerning the historic first High Council convened at Sunbury Court in 1929 which culminated in the election of General Edward Higgins, the Army's first elected international leader.Commissioner Robert Street, Vice Chair of the IDC, presented the opening paper by General Shaw Clifton: ‘Our Holy Heavenly Father – Characteristics of a Holy God’ setting the tone for the event.Lt. Colonel Karen Shakespeare concluded the symposium’s opening hours with a poignant devotion asking the delegates “What are you bringing to the Symposium?  What will you take back from the Symposium?”The words of Salvationist writer Colin Fairclough, outlined in the closing song, beautifully summarize the shared aspirations of the symposium:Gracious Lord, thy grace apply,Both to save and sanctify;All my life wilt thou control,Calmly ordering the whole,That the world may ever seeChrist, and only Christ, in me.<

    Internationial News Webcast: Welcome of the High Council & Retirement Salute to General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton

    High Council website www.salvationarmy.org/highcouncil will include links to a live webcast of the Welcome to the High Council and Retirement Salute to General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton meeting this coming Saturday, January 22, commencing at 16.00 GMT (UK time). 16:00 GMT is 11:00 AM EST and 10:00 AM CST.If you can't tune in at 16.00 (4pm) UK time the entire program will be available to watch again following the event at the same website www.salvationarmy.org/highcouncil<

    Jamestown, ND Salvation Army Responding To Explosion

    JAMESTOWN, ND (Feb. 17, 2012) –The Salvation Army is providing food and water for firefighters, senior citizens and others following a fiery explosion that occurred this morning at an automobile storage facility less than 100 yards away. Nearby buildings were evacuated, and no injuries have been reported.

    “At 9:45 a.m. we heard a loud boom,” said Lt. Teresa Brecto of the Jamestown Salvation Army. “We went to the window and saw a huge fireball and billowing smoke.”

    Brecto is among six Salvation Army staff and volunteers serving beef stew, hot dogs, drinks and snacks to about 36 firefighters battling the blaze. The Salvation Army is also caring for a few senior citizens evacuated from their homes and is prepared to serve employees and guests of the nearby Gladstone Inn & Suites, which reportedly lost power.

    “This is the first disaster we’ve responded to without needing our mobile kitchen – everyone is able to come right to us for assistance,” said Brecto, adding that The Salvation Army’s facility is located inside of a two-block police perimeter. “We are happy to serve and thankful nobody was hurt.”

    The Jamestown Salvation Army will continue serving until no longer needed.

    Donations to the Jamestown Salvation Army can be made online at thesalarmy.org/jamestown or by calling 800-SAL-ARMY. Be sure to designate your donation “Jamestown, N.D.”

    Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Update

    have heard from SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office) that The Salvation Army (USA) remains on stand-by until International Headquarters and the Japan Territory assess their needs in terms of a response. We have not received any specific updated information since the bulletin posted on Friday and the national blog http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/?p=5635As far as outreach with the media is concerned, it has been suggested by NHQ that we have been fairly successful getting the word out about the little we do know and how people can support our relief efforts (text to give, etc.)To provide some sense of this effort, below is a key-word search from Google News for ""Relief Organization" and Japan".Results are as of 11:45 PM ET, March 13, 2011."Red Cross": 3,884 "American Red Cross": 770 "Save the Children": 269 "Salvation Army": 257 "Red Crescent": 104 "World Vision": 69 "International Medical Corps": 65 "Shelterbox": 49 "Oxfam": 33 "Convoy of Hope": 36 "Americares": 27 "Doctors Without Borders": 26 "Catholic Relief": 20 "Mercy Corps": 13 "Operation USA

    Japanese Salvation Army Emergency Relief Teams Swing into Action

    an – The Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams operating in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the north-east coast of the country last week. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas where there is potential danger because of damage to nuclear power generation stations.At this time there are no reports of any loss of Salvation Army personnel or damage to corps buildings.Immediately following the earthquake and tsunami an assessment team was sent from Tokyo to Sendai (the city nearest the center of the earthquake). It took the team 20 hours to travel a journey that usually is accomplished in six hours.Road and rail systems have been severely affected. There is a shortage of gasoline, with many gas stations closed and lines up to three kilometers long at stations that are open.The disaster has affected a 2,000 kilometer north-south stretch of Japan. Official reports now state that more than 10,000 people are dead or missing.Arrangements are being made for emergency service personnel from The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) to go to Japan to assist with the Army's relief effort.A number of Salvation Army territories have informed IHQ of financial and prayer support for the Army's relief effort in Japan. The Salvation Army in South Korea has set aside the next four weeks specifically for prayer and fundraising for Japan.There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts in Japan:- Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. - By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY - On-line at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. - By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” toThe Salvation Army World Service Office International Relief Fund PO Box 630728 Baltimore, MD 21263-0

    JCPenney to Again Host The Salvation Army Online Angel Tree to Help Children and Seniors in Need This Christmas

    LAS (November 7, 2010) – For the second year, The Salvation Army will offer the public a convenient way to provide Christmas gifts for needy children and senior citizens through Online Angel Tree hosted at jcp.com.From now until December 10, people can adopt and shop online for Angels at www.jcp.com/angel. Supporters may also purchase JCPenney Gift Cards through December 14, which will be delivered to Angels so they can buy items of their choosing.The Online Angel Tree program allows customers to adopt Angels and conveniently shop for them online at jcp.com, in JCPenney stores, or at any location they choose. In a few easy steps, customers can select an Angel by age range and gender. An Angel who matches the criteria will be e-mailed to the customer along with a list of requested items. The confirmation e-mail will also include a link to view drop-off locations and ship-to addresses for online orders.With support from UPS, Angel Tree gifts purchased through jcp.com can be shipped free of charge to The Salvation Army putting the entire selection, shopping and delivery process at the customer’s fingert

    Joplin: One Year Later

    Joplin: One Year Later
    Posted on May 22, 2012
    Joplin: One Year Later | Salvation Army – Missouri & Southern Illinois.

    Joplin: One Year Later
    The Crossleys stand on their newly poured foundation, anticipating the day when they can move into their new home.

    By: Danni Eickenhorst, Midland Division

    Nearly one year after a historic tornado destroyed more than 7,500 homes and 500 businesses, Joplin residents are still finding their way back to normal.

    “The mess has been cleaned up,” says David Crossley, manager of The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in Joplin. “The debris is gone. You see rebuilding going on around town, and people are hopeful.”

    Crossley, a 15-year employee of The Salvation Army lost his home when it was badly damaged in the storm. Emerging from a closet where they’d taken shelter, the Crossley family found their roof partially gone, their windows broken, live power lines on their car and no immediate hope for assistance. In the days following the storm, he and his family slept at The Salvation Army Community and Worship Center, at friends’ houses and at a motel.

    Today, thanks to the aid of The Salvation Army, his church, family members and friends, Crossley and his family are hopeful their lives will return back to normal.

    “We just poured the foundation on a home we are building. We hope to move into it in early June,” he reports.

    As Crossley reflects on the long year his family has endured, he is struck by the progress they’ve made. “I was just thinking the other day, our wedding anniversary is coming up and last year we were living in a motel room with no idea where we were going to wind up. Now, we’re living in a comfortable duplex and building a home of our own. In just one year, we’ve lost nearly everything we had, and now we’re almost whole again.”

    Just two months after the epic storm, Lieutenants James and Jamie Curry became officers in Joplin. Lieutenant Jamie reflects on life in her new hometown, “Any other place I have ever lived, I’ve never had the experience of stepping out my front door and seeing something different than the day before. Almost an entire year has passed since the tornado, but it still seems like last week to the residents here. While there are significant changes to the landscape as buildings are rebuilt, the emotional toll is still ever present.”

    The Currys and their team have been hard at work as part of the Long Term Recovery Committee, a consortium of nonprofits and service agencies working to handle long-term survivor case management. “We have the benefit of seeing first hand how God can work, even in a disaster. There are success stories that come through our doors each day, and when these individuals get helped, it renews their desire to help others.”

    Residents of Joplin rebuilding after the storm.

    Crossley says that in some ways that storm has been a blessing. “It brought my family closer, and I think it brought many of us in the community closer. Whenever we had a need, The Salvation Army or one of its partners was there to meet it. God’s love has been manifested in so many ways in these days of recovery, and I am so grateful.”

    Lt. Curry observes, “There is a greater sense of community among the people of Joplin. As is the case in many catastrophic events, everyone is affected in one form or another which creates in itself a genuine sense of comradeship. Joplin is no different.”

    Dana Ross, Case Manager for The Salvation Army Joplin Relief Center, says “We have formed some amazing partnerships. We are one of the primary social service providers for this event, and through these partnerships we can connect our clients with just about anything they need.”

    The Salvation Army was recently awarded a contract with Missouri that will allow it to continue long-term case management with residents through May 2013. In the coming weeks, long-term plans will be released detailing The Salvation Army’s strategy for long-term recovery and investment in Joplin.

    Joplin: Photo Travels 70 Miles To Bring Hope For Recovery—Salvation Army Hopes To Reunite Families With Past At Joplin Lost And Found

    St. Louis, MO — Jim and Jackie Farrell of Willard, MO, were on their 60-acre farm north of Springfield when they came across an old 8x10 photo of a 2-year-old boy taken in March 2000. They believe the photo, mostly in good shape with just a few small holes, was blown 70 miles from the town of Joplin, Mo., to their farm after the tornado on May 22.

    The EF-5 tornado that ripped through Joplin packed winds of more than 200 mph and possibly peaked at 250 mph. It created a path nearly a mile wide and six miles long in the middle of downtown. With those high winds much of the area was destroyed and items such as this photo were found throughout the region.

    This photo found its way to The Salvation Army after the Farrell’s cousin, Larry, read that the Army had an area of lost and found items that people had dropped off at its Oasis tent set up at the corner of 26th and Main St.

    “I was coming through the area traveling to Arkansas and felt this was something I had to do. To locate this kid,” said Larry Farrell. “It looked like a photo that had been given to a grandmother or family member and I thought they might want it back. I did a little research, but couldn’t find anything.”

    Currently, The Salvation Army has a tent at the site of its new thrift store that was destroyed. The Army has been doing daily feedings, caseworkers have been offering financial assistance, free supplies and an area for lost and found filled with old photos and other items are inside the tent.

    Change of locations Next week on Thursday, June 30, all operations at this location will move to the Army’s old thrift store that is currently serving as a recovery supply store. It is located at 402 East 7th Street and is open each day from 9–5 p.m. Those recovering from the tornado will be able to get financial assistance and other supplies as Joplin continues to recover.

    Monetary donations:
    The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).

    Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
    Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org. <

    Kansas City Chiefs Tackle Relief Efforts in Joplin—”We could not have had a better partner than The Salvation Army”

    Joplin, MO – Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who leads his NFL team during the season, arrived in Joplin on June 23 to lead a group of more than 130 players, coaches and staff including General Manager Scott Pioli and President Mark Donovan in relief efforts.

    As part of those efforts, team officials took part in an early morning cleanup session with AmeriCorps, followed by a tour of the impacted area and then returned to greet fans at a Chiefs Fan Zone that had been set-up in a parking lot. The Zone featured inflatable play areas and games for kids, and despite the NFL lockout, players, coaches and executives sat together signing autographs and interacting with community members.

    As some of his teammates were signing autographs in the Fan Zone, Kansas City punter Dustin Colquitt assisted a Salvation Army canteen (mobile kitchen) in the community by delivering bottled water and other beverages to those in the impacted area.

    However, this has not been just a one day event for the Chiefs.

    “This just continues our multi-step outreach efforts to help our neighbors in Joplin,” explained Chuck Castellano, community relations manager for the Chiefs. “The whole organization really got behind this from the very beginning and is very committed to helping this area for some time to come.”

    Just days after the EF-5 tornado ripped through the town, the Chiefs hosted a two-day supply drive at Arrowhead Stadium. Fans generously filled semitrailers full of water bottles and other supplies. Two full truckloads of water and a box truck full of supplies were then delivered to The Salvation Army.

    “We could not have had a better partner than The Salvation Army,” said Castellano. “We knew that The Salvation Army would make the highest possible impact with the donated items and make sure those in need got what they needed.”

    Monetary donations:
    The best way to help Joplin now is to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to www.salvationarmyusa.org to make a donation by credit card. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 21787, St. Louis, MO 63109-0787. Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado.” Cell phone users may also text the word JOPLIN to 80888 to make a $10 donation charged to their cell phone bill (text and/or messaging charges may apply).

    Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
    Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.


    Kansas City Chief punter Dustin Colquitt road through damaged neighborhoods in Joplin on a Salvation Army canteen delivering water to residents.


    Major Jerold Forney, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army's Joplin relief effort, met with Kansas City Chiefs players working to assist Joplin residents on Thursday.

    More photos of this and other Salvation Army Joplin Relief efforts can be found on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/salarmystl.

    Source:
    William Becker
    Public Relations Director
    The Salvation Army
    Midland DHQ St Louis
    William_becker@usc.salvationarmy.org
    314.646.3017- Office
    314.603.1095- Mobile<

    Keith Urban to Kick-Off Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign

    ington, TX – Three-time Grammy Award winner Keith Urban will be the featured performer at The Salvation Army’s Kettle Kickoff at halftime of the nationally televised Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game on November 25, 2010.Keith Urban’s halftime show will mark the 14th year that the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army have partnered together to raise money for people in need in communities across the country. Since 1997, The Red Kettle campaign has raised more than $1.3 billion and has helped serve 30 million people each year nationwide. Previous celebrity halftime performers include The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood, Destiny’s Child, and Reba McEntire.“I’m really honored to be a part of this great tradition and great partnership between the Dallas Cowboys and the Salvation Army,” said Urban. “It’s gonna be amazing playing in Cowboys Stadium in that environment at half time of the Thanksgiving game!”As part of this year’s Kettle Kickoff, two fans will have the chance to win a trip to Dallas to see the game by signing up to host an Online Red Kettle at www.OnlineRedKettle.org. Fans who collect the most donations have a chance to win. Sign-ups begin on October 25, 2010 and winners will be alerted on November 21, 2010. Complete rules and contest details are available online at www.OnlineRedKettle.org.“The partnership between The Salvation Army and the Dallas Cowboys is one that comes from the heart of the Jones family as part of their commitment to help those in need during Christmas and year-round,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “Every year the opportunity for Salvation Army beneficiaries grows thanks to this great relationship, as well as the support of great musical talent like Keith Urban, allowing the Army to provide food, utility assistance, adult rehabilitation from alcohol and drug addiction, disaster relief, and other services to nearly 30 million individuals in more than 5,000 communities nationwide every year.”For more information regarding this exciting partnership, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org<

    Kerrville Salvation Army to Implement Homeless Prevention and Re-Housing Program

    rrville, TX)-On September 1, The Salvation Army of Kerrville will begin implementing a new assistance opportunity in Kerr, Kendall, Gillespie, Real, Edwards, Bandera and Kimble counties in conjunction with The Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program. Through The Salvation Army, the HPRP will assist individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with the goal of rapidly transitioning program participants to housing stability, whether through their own means or links to community resources and mainstream benefits. Part of the program will also focus on assisting participants to develop a plan to prevent future instability. The program will be sectioned into two phases. The first, homeless prevention will include financial assistance to families with children who are in rental based housing and in danger of becoming homeless within a two week period. The second, rapid re-housing will include financial assistance to re-house individuals and families with children who are homeless according to HUD’s definition. Priority will be given to individuals or families who are at the beginning of the homeless cycle. Individuals seeking assistance through the HPRP will be able to apply beginning September 1, 2009 at The Salvation Army in Kerrville. Those requesting assistance through the program must be prepared to meet with an HPRP caseworker for an initial consultation to determine eligibility. Applications and eligibility criteria information are available at The Salvation Army Social Service Office located at 855 Hays Street in Kerrville. Applications will be accepted through August 2010, or as long as funding is availa

    Knoxville Shares with Cleveland Neighbors—Relief Supplies from WBIR TV and WalMart Drive Arrive in Cleveland

    Knoxville, TN — A truckload of relief supplies arrived today at The Salvation Army distribution center in Cleveland, TN. The supplies were collected last weekend at WalMart stores across Knox and Blount County and will be distributed to tornado victims in Bradley County through the ministry of The Salvation Army. Knoxville’s WBIR TV was instrumental in organizing the drive.

    “The Salvation Army is in a position to serve based on the generosity of others,” said Knoxville Area Commander, Major Don Vick. “We are so grateful for partners like WBIR TV and WalMart that are really invested in our community and committed to the work of The Salvation Army.”

    The distribution center is located at 2960 Barney’s Lane in Cleveland. For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 423-308-3467.

    Media Contact:
    Rob Link
    Director of Community Relations
    409 N. Broadway
    Knoxville, TN 37917
    O: 865-971-4935
    C: 865-335-4761
    Rob_Link@uss.salvationarmy.org www.SalvationArmyKnoxville.org

    KSHB-TV Teams Up With The Salvation Army To Help Tornado Victims in Missouri and Kansas

    Kansas City, Missouri — KSHB-TV, Kansas City’s NBC Action News Station, has partnered with The Salvation Army to raise funds for tornado relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri and Reading, Kansas. All this week on NBC Action News at 5:00 and 6:00 pm, phone lines will be open and representatives from The Salvation Army will be accepting cash donations. The phone number to call to donate is 816.932.HELP (4357). The lines will be open each day from 5:00-7:00 pm. On Monday, NBC Action News viewers generously donated $59,300 in the two hour telethon.

    “The station was pleased to partner with the Salvation Army and provide a vehicle for our loyal viewers in the Kansas City area to help our neighbors in Joplin and Reading. We’ll be working together all week with The Salvation Army to raise funds and help anyway we can,” said Mike Vrabac, vice president and general manager for KSHB/KMCI-TV.

    Viewers may also contribute $10 by texting the word JOPLIN to 80888. They may also give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Source:
    Randy Thurman, KSHB/KMCI-TV Direct: (816) 932-4120 | thurman@nbcactionnews.com

    About The E. W. Scripps Company The E. W. Scripps Company (www.scripps.com) is a diverse, 132-year-old media enterprise with interests in broadcast television stations, newspapers, and local news and information web sites. The company's portfolio of locally focused media properties includes: 10 broadcast TV stations, with six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; daily and community newspapers in 13 markets, and the Washington, D.C.-based Scripps Media Center, home of the Scripps Howard News Service.<

    Leesburg Florida Salvation Army Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

    Leesburg Florida Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

    Leesburg Florida Salvation Army Responds to Propane Plant Explosion

    At approximately 11:30pm on Monday, July 29, a massive explosion occurred at the Blue Rhino Propane Plant in Tavares, Florida about 20 minutes northeast of Leesburg Florida. Twenty-four employees were working at the plant when the blast occurred. Eight individuals were injured during the blast and transported to local hospitals in the area for treatment.

    The Salvation Army, Leesburg Corps, responded to the scene that evening with an Emergency Disaster Services truck loaded with drinks, snacks and whatever else they could think to bring stated Lt. Matt Hedgren, recently appointed corps officer for Leesburg, Florida.

    “I heard what appeared to sound like thunder or even music from my living room last night, but knew it was something bad when I stepped into the street and saw the orange glow”. Lt Hedgren said he jumped in his car and drove to a nearby lake and said he could see the fire from there, which was about twenty minutes away.

    As a result of the explosion, 150 people were evacuated to a local emergency shelter at the First United Methodist Church in Tavares. Lt. Hedgren met with families of the plant workers and provided Emotional and Spiritual Care. In coordination with the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Leesburg Corps served 300 drinks and snacks.

    The Salvation Army Leesburg Emergency Disaster Services team will continue to monitor the situation and provide services where necessary.

    For the latest emergency disaster services news follow EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

               

    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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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    At least $6 from every shirt sold goes toward disaster response! The Salvation Army is excited to announce the sale of these limited edition t-shirts!

    Sold exclusively @ www.charityhawk.com- - at least $6 from every shirt will be donated to The Salvation Army Disaster Response Fund. These soft comfy fashion forward shirts will only be available For a very limited time and then gone forever! Help The Salvation Army raise funds and awareness through this unique opportunity.

    LIVE VIDEO STREAM OF COMMISSIONERS ISRAEL AND EVA GAITHER RETIREMENT CEREMONY

    leaders of The Salvation Army in the USA, Commissioners Israel & Eva Gaither, will be retiring on Friday, October 22, 2010 at 7:25PM EST at the Centennial Memorial Temple in New York City.  This program will be streaming on live video via sallytube.org for anyone that would be interested in tuning in to this celebrat

    Local Celebrities and Top Chefs team up for the 9th Annual Pro-AM Celebrity Turkey Carving Contest

    ston, TX (November 17, 2009) – On Thursday, November 18, 2010. The Salvation Army, Greater Houston Area Command will offer an early Thanksgiving Day meal to members of the public at their 9th Annual Celebrity Pro-Am Turkey Carving Contest scheduled to take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Houston, at One Allen Center. For a donation of only $7, participants will enjoy exquisite Thanksgiving Day meals prepared by some of Houston’s finest restaurants, including Reggae Hut, Hilton Americas, Doubletree Hotel, Arcodoro, HESS Corporation, Spindletop, Vic & Anthony’s and the House of Blues. Each restaurant will be partnered with a local celebrity and together they will compete for various prizes. All interested members of the media are invited to attend!Who: Local Celebrities Top Chefs The Salvation ArmyWhat: 9th Annual Celebrity Pro-Am Turkey Carving ContestWhere: One Allen Center 500 Dallas St. Houston, TX  77002When: Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Visuals:

    • Celebrity Teams competing for Prettiest Bird, Best Carver, Best Presentation, and Grand Champions
    • Exquisite meal with turkeys and sides galore prepared by some of Houston’s finest restaurants
    • Entertainment by the Harbor Light Choir
    • Celebrity Awards Presentation
    Why: To raise proceeds for The Salvation Army, Greater Houston Area Command’s 2010 Christmas Assistance program, which each year serves over 30,000 local individuals and families across Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery count

    Lubbock Kettle Kick Off

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    The Salvation Army will host another Style Show in April at the Family Store located in downtown Lubbock at 1420 Avenue J.

    More information about The Salvation Army in Lubbock can be found on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SalArmyLubbock

    Gabrielle Santana and Alexis Johnson model overalls as a hot back-to-school style at The Salvation Army Family Store in Lubbock

    Lubbock Salvation Army to offer warm place to stay as temperatures drop

    >Volunteers to provide warm meals, clothing to people on streets The Salvation Army Lubbock

    Salvation Army offers warm place

    The Lubbock Salvation Army is offering its shelter as a warming station and emergency shelter start until Friday.

    Volunteers will be out from 6 p.m. today, Jan. 23, to provide warm meals and clothing to people on the streets through its Survive the Night Program, according to a news release.

    Temperatures were expected to drop to 19 degrees Wednesday night, and tonight to be even colder at 11 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

    Emergency cots will be available at the shelter.

    The Homeless Consortium will also be coordinating with the Survive the Night volunteers to get a census of the homeless population in the city.

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    Macy’s Shop for A Cause

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    THE SALVATION ARMY TYLER PARTNERS WITH MACY’S

    FOR EIGHTH ANNUAL “SHOP FOR A CAUSE”

     

    Macy’s helps local charity raise funds and awareness for important cause

      Tyler, TX – July 29, 2013 - Macy’s will partner with The Salvation Army Tyler to invite customers to participate in Macy’s eighth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 24, 2013. Customers can purchase shopping passes from The Salvation Army Tyler now.  Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, which has helped raised more than $46 million for charities across the country since 2006. “Over the past eight years, Macy’s annual ‘Shop For A Cause’ has raised more than $46 million for local and national charities, providing our associates and customers an opportunity to give back to those organizations that touch their hearts each and every day,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer.  “Giving back is a key component of Macy’s culture. We are honored to offer our customers an easy and convenient way to make a positive difference in their communities and in the lives of others, while enjoying great savings at Macy’s.” Macy’s has provided The Salvation Army Tyler with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. The Salvation Army Tyler will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more The Salvation Army Tyler sells, the more money it will raise! By purchasing a shopping pass from The Salvation Army Tyler, customers support the various programs offered while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from The Salvation Army Tyler, contact Chantel Millin at 903-592-4361 or by email at chantel_millin@uss.salvationarmy.org About Macy’sMacy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy's offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy's flagship stores -- including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California -- are known internationally and leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers, employees and Macy's Foundation, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $70 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers. For Macy’s media materials, images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom. About The Salvation Army in TylerThe 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 115 years within Smith County. We serve over 6,000 individuals annually 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. 89 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in the East Texas community. For more information, go to www.salvationarmytyler.org. Funding, in part, provided by Junior League of Tyler, United Way in Tyler, and Women’s Fund. &n

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    Major Don Wildish Recounts Ministering In Unusual Places

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    Moore, OK (June 15, 2013)—“We’ve had some very unusual ministries and frankly, we’re just looking for the ministries wherever we travel,” says Major Don Wildish, an officer with The Salvation Army in Sherman, Texas.

    Wildish’s 2-week deployment to Oklahoma has been anything but usual, if there is such a thing.

    He arrived on May 31, 2013, with an assignment to offer Emotional and Spiritual Care to those affected by the tornado that touched down in Moore 11 days earlier. The first night in town he and a few others headed out for dinner, but shortly after arriving the tornado sirens began to blare.

    “The restaurant invited us to take shelter, but there was no way I was going to take shelter in a place where there was big hot stoves and sharp knives,” Wildish recalls.

    So without knowing his way around town, Wildish drove toward the one thing he could see – bright blue skies above the airport.

    “But then the skies turned dark and we had to go a different way. We ran from one tornado only to run into another one,” he says.

    With the skies turning overhead, Wildish and his group took cover at the next place they saw, a hotel outside of the airport. The staff inside was in the process of asking guests to come down from their rooms and occupy the first floor.

    “We gathered into the bathroom and stuffed as many people into the men’s restroom as we could – both women and men. I had an opportunity to have a word of prayer with them and let them know the Lord was with us.”

    The storm brewing outside left her mark; the National Weather Service has since marked it as the ‘widest known tornado in U.S. history,’ stretching 2.6 miles at its widest point. With two massive storms less than two weeks apart, Wildish certainly had his work as an Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteer cut out for him.

    A few days later he decided to go into Moore.

    “I wanted to see if there was any movement. I wanted to see if there was anyone I could serve. When I got into the middle of destruction, a place where there was nothing left at all, I found a woman, an older woman, working outside to trim her hedges. I asked her if she needed help, and she said, ‘Well, there's a few spots up there that are too high for me to reach’."

    Wildish took the clippers from her and began to trim her hedges. As he finished the area she asked if he could help with a few other spots on the other side.

    “Once I finished the second area she told me that we needed to move the clippings to the curb,” he recounts.

    "Well we have to take it to the curb," she explained, "That's where the collectors come to pick up the trash."

    Wildish looked at the devastation around, but recognized what it meant for this woman to be able to take care of the one thing left standing among all of her belongings.

    “…so we climbed over a few piles of debris, in order to place the hedge clippings in a spot where the collector would find them.”

    When Major Wildish finished the task he asked the woman if she needed additional help.

    “No, I'm just gonna go back and sweep my porch; it needs sweeping," she answered.

    “You’re right,” he said back to her. “It does need sweeping.”

    Major Wildish asked the woman if he could pray with her and then was on his way.

    Throughout the rest of the day he had other chances to serve.

    “My ministry has taken me to places where I don’t even know where I’m at. In Union City, going towards El Reno, we would stop and I would just give a drink and some snacks to the men working on the electrical lines and the other crews that were just working to free up traffic.

    Later I found a family who needed help loading a box spring and a mattress into their new home.

    Another time we found a house where power lines were down. I could not get to the house. We stood out in front and I yelled, ‘If there’s anyone inside, please step out,’ and a moment later a couple came to the door. I couldn’t get to them, and they couldn’t get to me, because the power lines were down in between us. But we were able to toss them a dozen drinks over the power line into their yard. We got them a large plastic bag of snacks and threw it over the power line too.”

    Major Wildish says his assignment is simple, and he’s honored by the chance he has to serve.

    “We’ve been in some real peculiar situations out there, but it’s my roll just to bring some comfort, bring some strength to those in need.”

    Major Flooding Strikes Fiji Again

    Fiji (April 3, 2012)—Salvation Army staff and volunteers are at work in flood-ravaged Fiji as the island nation braces itself for a tropical storm predicted to intensify to cyclone force. A state of natural disaster has been declared for most of the country’s western area after heavy flooding killed four people and forced thousands into evacuation centers.

    Salvation Army centers in Lautoka and Nadi are being used as evacuation centers and people have been taking refuge in the Army’s premises in Ba. Salvation Army staff and volunteers have been deployed to assist in the emergency situation.

    "The people of Fiji were already suffering after January’s floods," said Major Iliesa Cola, The Salvation Army’s Divisional Commander in Fiji. "These floods are much worse. There is continuous heavy rain and strong winds all around the country, with power cuts and no water supply on the western side of the main island of Viti Levu."

    "This natural disaster will have terrible economic implications for our country, but at the moment our priority has to be for people’s safety and well-being. Food, clothing, clean water and shelter are the immediate needs."

    "Our people are working hard to help. We greatly value the support and prayers of those outside the country to strengthen our efforts. It is already clear that a long-term response will be needed in those areas most affected. We will need all the assistance we can get at this time."

    The Salvation Army in New Zealand has launched an appeal to raise funds for the Fiji flood effort. It is requesting financial assistance only, not donations of food or clothing. Monetary donations mean The Salvation Army can assist the struggling economy by purchasing local goods to meet people’s needs.

    Salvation Army corps (churches) across New Zealand will take up ‘love offerings’ during Sunday services over coming weeks to add to the Fiji Flood Appeal.

    Major George Hood Appears on NPR

    e is an interview between NPR's Diane Rehm and The Salvation Army's National CRD Secretary, Major George Hood, conducted this morning.  The two discussed trends in giving this holiday season.http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio-player?nid=13508

    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.<

    Mary’s Project Aims To Raise Food And Funds For The Salvation Army Food Pantry

    EPORT, TEXAS – In mid-August, when Mary Heckler read in her local newspaper that The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Freeport, which helps to feed 160 of her neighbors each month, was running dangerously low on supplies, she decided she had to do something about it.She reached out to Majors Mario and Maria Maldonado, administrators of the Salvation Army in Freeport, with an idea. “When Mary spoke to me,” recalls Major Maria Maldonado, “she said, ‘I am Mary Heckler. I have a weight problem—I have 200 pounds to lose—and I need some motivation. I decided the only way that I could lose weight was if it helped people.’” And so the idea for Mary’s Project was born.Mary’s Project is simple enough: Mary asks people to pledge to match each pound of weight she loses by donating a pound of food to one of three charities, including The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Freeport.“Mary’s Project is a real blessing to us,” Major Maldonado says. “We have been filling record numbers of food requests all summer.” In fact, the number of requests for food assistance The Salvation Army Food Pantry has received so far in 2010 has doubled over last year. The majority of the cases served are first-time clients. “We have seen an increase in requests for assistance across all of our programs and services,” Major Maldonado explains, “not just in our Food Pantry. But we are especially troubled by the lack of basic necessities; too many of our children, seniors, and families are going hungry because there’s just not enough money to cover monthly bills and groceries too.”The Salvation Army Food Pantry, which is located at 1618 Avenue J in Freeport, operates Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m., year-round and relies heavily on donated food items to meet the community’s increasing need for basic groceries. To stock the Food Pantry, The Salvation Army accepts donations of funds as well as nonperishable food items (pasta, cereal, soups, canned meats and vegetables), breads and baked goods, and baby and hygiene items such as diapers, formula, and wipes.Mary’s Project officially launched on September 1, 2010, with the creation of a Facebook page. “I have done it! Mary’s Project is up and running,” she writes in an email to Major Maldonado dated that same day. Within six days, Mary gained 49 Facebook supporters and pledges totaling 10 pounds for each pound she loses. Mary has also created a Yahoo Group (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/marysproject/) and, through that group, has already received a 3-to-1 pledge (three pounds of food will be donated for each pound she loses).If you would like to support The Salvation Army Food Pantry in Freeport, you can pledge your support through Mary’s Project on Facebook or Yahoo Groups. Direct donations of nonperishable food, canned items, and baby and hygiene items may also be dropped of at 1618 Avenue J, Freeport, Texas 77541, Monday through Friday. Monetary donations may be mailed to: The Salvation Army Food Pantry, 1618 Avenue J, Freeport, Texas 77541.If you are in need of basic food items from The Salvation Army Food Pantry, please call 979-233-5420 to make an appointment.The Salvation Army Food Pantry Location: 1618 Avenue J Freeport, Texas 77541Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.Phone: 979-233-

    Massive Overnight Fire at Camp Keystone as Dining Hall Erupts in Flames

    >Massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone

    The massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone (Florida Division) that destroyed the camp's largest building—its dining hall—on Saturday did not prevent various summer camp programs from continuing.

    The Florida Fire Marshal's office, which is still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, says the three-alarm fire started in the laundry area of the building and caused an estimated $3 million in damage.

    More than 300 campers and staff were sleeping when a Bradford County deputy discovered the fire about 2 a.m. Two-dozen fire crews from Bradford and Clay counties and the city of Starke assisted in fighting the massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone that destroyed the building.

    Those campers in a cabin closest to the dining hall were evacuated. No one was injured in the fire. The dining hall, originally built in the mid 1970's, has undergone renovations in the last few years, but is now a charred shell.

    The annual Music Conservatory final concert went ahead as planned with a capacity audience from parents and friends around the division. One counsellor was reported to say to the media "They were singing & dancing in the tabernacle just like nothing ever happened." On Saturday morning breakfast consisted of Pop Tarts and juice. The counsellor also stated "so the day is going on fine." The Jacksonville Area Command canteen arrived and served through the weekend.

    Later on Sunday, a 53 ft mobile feeding kitchen rolled into Camp from the Divisional Emergency Disaster Services base in Tampa. The kitchen, having seen service at hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, will now provide meals for campers and staff for the remainder of the camping season.

    Please pray for Captains Platt the newly appointed Divisional Youth Secretaries; Tony & Pam Bellis, camp caretakers, staff and campers at Keystone.

    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 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.

    May 2011 Floods — Fast Facts

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    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity in the southern United States, serving the immediate needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.

    As the winds lost their strength, communities throughout the South were left to face yet another disaster: floods. The storms’ rains have pushed southern rivers to historic levels. As cities flood and people are displaced, The Salvation Army will continue to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

    The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.
    • The Salvation Army has served 200,000+ hot meals, 456,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,000+ individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 52,000+ hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

    The Salvation Army Continues in Disaster Relief Services Including Memphis Where Historically High Mississippi River is Expected to Crest Today

    Memphis, TN — May 10 — The Salvation Army has been extremely busy serving throughout the Southeast for over two weeks with back to back disaster relief efforts, including wildfires, tornadoes, and now flooding. “This is the first time since Katrina that The Salvation Army has had all of its divisions of the fifteen Southern United States Territory activated in relief efforts or on stand-by to serve,” states Southern Territory Disaster Director Jeff Jellets. To date the Territory has served 186,301 meals, 436,360 sandwiches, snacks, and drinks and have given pastoral care to 7,997 individuals. Donations raised to date are $1,789,182.00 with 48,698 hours of volunteer and staff time.

    Since April 25th, The Salvation Army of Memphis has been meeting with Emergency Management of Shelby County, TN and partnering agencies to meet immediate needs and to determine a long term recovery plan. “The Salvation Army is prepared to serve until we are no longer needed. It is a privilege and our mission to serve and be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need,” states Memphis Area Commander, Major Mark Woodcock. To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 4,000 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks. At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis and Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY are serving in those areas affected by the flooding.

    These multiple disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demands on services. Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the disaster affected areas.

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    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Preparing For Mississippi River Flooding

    Memphis, TN — May 9, 2011 — The Salvation Army has been busy serving throughout the Southeast, including Tennessee in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak. This morning, The Salvation Army sent in additional personnel to assist ongoing efforts in the Memphis area as the floodwaters continue to rise. To date, the Memphis Area Command disaster response has provided over 3,600 hot meals and over 10,000 snacks and drinks. At this time, Salvation Army Mobile Feeding Units (canteens) from Memphis, Jackson, TN, and Owensboro, KY serve in those areas affected by the flooding. Major Mark Woodcock, Memphis Area Commander states, "As we continue to assess the needs in the Memphis area, we pray for the best but prepare for the worst."

    These additional disasters require additional resources to meet the ever-increasing demand on services. Foremost, we ask for your prayers as we serve in the affected areas. We also remind you that there are a variety of ways in which you can donate monetarily to the relief effort. Donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit the Salvation Army Memphis website: www.salvationarmymemphis.org . Text to give is also available by texting the word “give” to 80888; a $10 donation will appear on your cell phone bill. Other monetary donations should be sent to The Salvation Army, 696 Jackson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105; please mark them "May Floods." For additional information please contact Major Mark Woodcock at (901) 299-8235.

    Media Contact:
    Kimberly George
    KTN Divisional PIO
    423-503-1801
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org

    First Tennessee Offers Financial Relief for Communities Impacted by Storms and Flooding

    MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 9, 2011 — In response to storm and flood damage, First Tennessee Bank is providing relief to people in the bank’s markets through payment and credit assistance options and waived fees. In addition, the First Tennessee Foundation will match donations from the public and employees up to a total of $250,000. First Tennessee is part of the First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE: FHN) family of companies, and the First Tennessee Foundation is sponsored by First Tennessee.

    First Tennessee will provide payment assistance and make additional funds available to existing consumer and business credit customers. For new borrowers, the company is offering assistance through new credit availability for auto, real estate and equipment loans. All options are subject to credit approval, and borrowers must be located in areas designated by FEMA as disaster areas. County declarations are updated daily by FEMA, and availability of assistance will be expanded as additional counties are declared disaster areas.

    In addition to the extension of credit options, First Tennessee will waive fees from May 8 to May 22 for non-customers on selected First Tennessee ATMs in the impacted areas.

    The First Tennessee Foundation will provide up to $250,000 for storm relief by matching public donations made at First Tennessee financial centers and contributions of First Tennessee and FTN Financial employees. Anyone wishing to contribute to the relief efforts can visit any First Tennessee financial center and make a donation to the Red Cross or The Salvation Army. Contributions will be accepted through June 10.

    The bank will also donate $1 for every new “like” the First Tennessee Facebook page receives. (http://www.facebook.com/firsttennessee)

    In Shelby County, First Tennessee financial centers will collect items needed at relief shelters. For a list of the requested items, visit http://www.staysafeshelby.com.

    For more information, call 1-866-285-2171 or visit your local First Tennessee financial center.

    About First Horizon
    The 5,200 employees of First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) provide financial services through almost 180 First Tennessee Bank locations in and around Tennessee and 18 FTN Financial Group offices in the U.S. and abroad. First Tennessee has the leading combined market deposit share in the counties where it does business and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional clients in the U.S. and abroad. FHN has been recognized as one of the nation's best employers by AARP and Working Mother magazines. More information is available at www.fhnc.com.

    First Horizon Contacts:
    Media Relations, Jack Bradley, (901)523-4813
    Media Relations, Lizzy Haymond, (901)523-4291

    Support Services Continue Due to Arkansas Flooding

    Oklahoma City, OK (May 10, 2011) — The Salvation Army continues to serve responders to the White River flooding and is on alert for other parts of the state as the Mississippi continues its path south.

    Prairie County — Des Arc, AR
    The Salvation Army is currently providing meals at a fixed feeding site at Gospel Mission Church at 210 Mission Street in Des Arc to community members affected by the flooding. Also, a mobile feeding unit is delivering meals to the National Guard troops in Hazen and the Emergency Operations Center for Prairie County. Much of the surrounding area is only accessible by boat and many homes have been destroyed. In five days, The Salvation Army has served 2,937 meals with the Baptist Ministries Disaster Relief teams joining forces with us on Monday, May 9.

    The Central Arkansas Area Command began service on Thursday evening and a crew from Fort Smith, AR arrived on Friday to serve through Monday’s breakfast. On Monday, Lt. Israel Roseno arrived with a crew from Fayetteville, Arkansas to oversee feeding operations.

    Randolph County — Pocahontas, AR
    In Pocahontas, flood waters are receding. Many are finding out their homes will be condemned to the flooding. However, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance to those in need. Food service ended on Sunday, with a total of 4,857 meals served since April 28 when the flooding began. The Salvation Army’s Family Thrift Store will be providing emergency supplies including toiletries, food boxes, and more to flood victims as soon as all of the supplies arrive later in the week. The store is located at 212 E. Everett Street.

    Faulkner and Garland Counties – AR:
    On Wednesday, May 4 and Friday, May 6, The Salvation Army participated in a One-Day Disaster Assistance Centers where close to nine pallets of food boxes were provided to tornado victims as well as providing emotional and spiritual counseling.

    Additionally, Prairie, Pulaski, and Washington Counties also received and distributed close to five pallets of food boxes to flood victims in the affected areas.

    Media Contact:
    Cindy Fuller
    405-830-6549
    cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Wreckage is "What We Make of It"

    BIRMINGHAM, AL — May 9, 2011 — Marian Loft walked into The Salvation Army distribution warehouse in Birmingham this afternoon with nothing. Like so many others, Marian lost all of her possessions in the tornado that hit the Birmingham area on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Her house suffered a direct hit leaving behind splintered pieces of what was once a happy home. Marian, thrown 50 yards from her house, was lucky to be alive.

    “It was the most terrifying thing I’ve ever witnessed,” Marian said.

    Marian was taken in by family members, who she has been staying with since the tornado hit. She heard about The Salvation Army’s relief efforts from friends who were helped by The Salvation Army in the days after the tornado.

    Walking through the aisles of donated food, water, cleaning supplies, clothing, toys and pet supplies, Marian faced the unthinkable challenge of deciding what items she needed most in order to start her life again from scratch.

    Marian said she has always loved The Salvation Army and was thankful for the help she received. She plans to let everyone know that The Salvation Army is offering help to those who are in need.

    Of her lost possessions and home, Marian said, “Wreckage in life is what we make of it. It can either kill you or teach you to overcome something tough.”

    Media Contact:
    Melody Paton
    Community Relations Director
    The Salvation Army Lubbock
    Melody_Paton@uss.salvationarmy.org
    (806) 787-6609 cell

    Salvation Army Feeding Services Wind Down as Distribution Centers Ramp Up

    Jackson, Miss. (May 9, 2011) — As the response to Alabama and Mississippi tornadoes moves towards its second week, The Salvation Army has begun transitioning to intermediate recovery and distribution of limited disaster assistance.

    Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Over 157,900 meals have been served to date including 5,388 on Monday. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being distributed. To date over 6,300 clean up kits have been distributed.

    Pastoral care teams have provided emotional and spiritual care to over 8,300 people. Prayers have also been conducted with thousands of others.

    As power continues to be restored in many communities, the need for The Salvation Army’s feeding services are diminishing quickly. On Tuesday, only 13 feeding sites will be operated down from a high of 40 just one week ago. Below are the feeding locations for 5/10.

    Madison County, ALHuntsville, ALPublix Shopping Center
    Jeff Rd/Hwy 53

    Calhoun County, ALAnniston, ALWebster’s Chapel Baptist Church
    3091 New Liberty Road
    Wellington, Alabama

    Franklin County, ALLafayette, LATBD

    Marion County, AL

    Monroe County, MSTupelo, MS DRV-18Piggly Wiggly
    63436 Hwy 25 North, Smithville

    Tuscaloosa, ALPanama City, FL DRV-20American Legion (3800 University Blvd)
    Pensacola, FLHolt Baptist Church
    3101 Alabama Ave NE, Holt, AL

    Jacksonville DRV-20Forest Lake Baptist Church
    107 18th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL

    Ft. Lauderdale, FL DRV-20  Crescent Ridge Rd/Keene Drive
    Meridian, MSTuscaloosa Corps (Greensboro/21st Street)

    Jefferson County, AL  Tallahassee, FL DRV-20Pratt City – Scott School
    1517 Hiberian Court

    West Pasco, FLPratt City East – Hwy 78 and Cherry

    Tampa, FL DRV-20350 Industrial Drive, B’ham

    Dothan, AL DRV-18North Smithfield (4400 Campbell Lane)

    Additionally, The Salvation Army is providing case workers and distribution at multiple sites across the affected areas. Limited distribution of clothing, household items, food boxes, cleaning supplies, and limited financial assistance are available. To date over 56,000 people have received assistance from The Salvation Army.

    Below are the 19 distribution sites as of 5/9.

    ALABAMA

    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rdAve - Thrift Store)
    Arab/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Thrift Store)
    Anniston/Calhoun County (171 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
    Jacksonville/Calhoun County (Eagle Point Church, Jax,)
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14thStreet, Decatur)
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
    Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20thSt, Jasper, Al)
    Pisgah/Jackson County (3030 County Road 58 Pisgah)
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery)
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

    MISSISSIPPI

    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6thAv South – Social Services)
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    ALM Divisional PIO
    601-278-2100
    Mark_Jones@uss.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army's Disaster Recovery Center Locations for Tuesday, May 10th

    Chattanooga, TN — The Salvation Army continues to serve the community by providing emotional, physical, and spiritual support in the communities that have been affected by the recent tornado outbreak.

    In Tennessee:

    Bradley County, TN — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Old Cleveland Bank and Trust Building, 10 Church Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311. Immediate needs can also be met at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, 3301 Peerless Rd., Cleveland, TN 37312

    Hamilton County, TN — The Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Centers are located at The Salvation Army in East Lake, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and in Tiftonia at John A. Patten School, 3202 Kelly’s Ferry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37419 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    In Georgia:

    Catoosa County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Walker County, GA — The Joint Disaster Recovery Center is located at Walker County Agriculture Center, 10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA 30739 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Media Contact:
    Lt. David Costellow
    PIO Chattanooga Area Disaster Response
    (270) 881-6510
    David_Costellow@uss.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army of Augusta’s Emergency Disaster Team Returns Home

    Augusta, GA – May 10, 2011 –The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta announced today that Katie Atkinson, Volunteer and Disaster Services Coordinator, Debra McKenzie, Development Manager, John Gillam, a member of The Salvation Army Corps (the church), and The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta canteen (mobile kitchen) returned to Augusta, GA last night after serving tornado victims for 10 days in northeast Alabama.

    During their 10 days in the tornado disaster zone, The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta delegation served 1,000s of meals out of Salvation Army canteens to those scrambling to put their lives back together. The Augusta delegation witnessed not only the devastation of the numerous tornados that struck Alabama, but also the healing process that has begun in the days since the tragedy.

    A day by day journal of the Augusta delegation’s experience serving the tornado victims has been placed online for public viewing at: http://www.krocaugusta.org/daily-dispatches-from-the-field

    Also, photos from their 10 days of service are available at: http://www.facebook.com/salvationarmyaugusta?sk=photos

    In addition, on Thursday, May 12, Katie Atkinson and Debra McKenzie will be available to tell their story of hope to the media. To schedule an interview with them and film footage of the canteen they served in, please contact Anthony Esposito, Public Relations Coordinator, at 706-421-3047 or anthony.esposito@salvationarmyaugusta.org.

    For more information about The Salvation Army of Greater Augusta, please contact:
    Anthony Esposito,
    Public Relations Coordinator
    706-421-3047
    anthony.esposito@salvationarmyaugusta.org

    The Salvation Army in Georgia Moves from Primary Response to Recovery for Tornado Survivors

    NORCROSS, GA (May 10, 2011) — As immediate needs for food, beverages and personal items have been met, The Salvation Army moves from response to recovery in Georgia by helping tornado survivors of April 28 begin the long road of recovery. Throughout the weekend of May 6 – 8, The Salvation Army in Bartow, Floyd, Lamar, Meriwether, Spalding and Troup Counties served:

    778 people received meals
    1,850 persons were cold beverages
    1,084 snacks were given

    In coordinating long-term recovery, the Salvation Army through FEMA and GEMA has established Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC). Georgians who live in the following counties and who qualify for tornado recovery assistance may register at these locations:

    Bartow County
    5450 Hwy 20, Cartersville, GA

    Meriwether County
    121 Perry Street, Manchester, GA

    Catoosa County
    36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA

    Pickens County 1266 E. Church St., Jasper, GA

    Dade County
    71 Case Ave., Trenton, GA

    Polk County
    55 Cline Ingram Jackson Rd., Cedartown, GA

    Floyd County
    300 W. 3rd St, Rome, GA

    Spalding County
    819 Memorial Drive, Griffin, GA

    Green and Morgan Counties
    1253 College Drive, Madison, GA

    Troup County 1220 LaFayette Pkwy., LaGrange, GA
    Lamar and Monroe Counties
    118 Academy Drive, Barnesville, GA
    Walker County
    10058 N. Highway 27, Rock Springs, GA

    Media Contact:
    Valerie Johnson
    Director of Public Relations
    The Salvation Army Georgia Division
    678-750-0480

    | Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Unimin Corp. in Tuscaloosa Donates Big to Help The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Efforts

    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (May 09, 2011) — Plant Managers from Unimin Corporation’s locations in Tuscaloosa and Calera met with The Salvation Army today to discuss recovery efforts in Tuscaloosa and west Alabama. Glenn Robertson, Plant Manager in Tuscaloosa, Danny Buffkin, Plant Manager for Southern Lime Co. in Calera, and Majs. David and Cherry Craddock, Corps Officers of The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa, discussed the 101 year history of The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa and the long term recovery of tornado victims.

    After the meeting, Glenn Robertson presented a check for $25,000 to The Salvation Army on behalf of Unimin and its employees. This gift will go toward tornado relief efforts that help individuals and families affected by the April 27th tornado outbreak.

    Unimin is one of North America's leading producers of non-metallic industrial minerals. The Tuscaloosa operation produces Silica Sand and the Calera plant produces Lime. — The Tuscaloosa Corps facility and local emergency canteen were heavily damaged in the April 27th tornado, rendering the facility and local mobile canteen inoperable. Mobile Incident Command operations at the Tuscaloosa Airport location are working to manage efforts and set up collection and distribution points around the region. Currently, no donations are being accepted at this location as there is a critical lack of storage and distribution resources.

    Media Contact:
    Shane A. Autrey
    Public Information Officer, Tuscaloosa Incident Command
    p: (404) 550-2963
    e: Shane_Autrey@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Donations:

    The best way to help tornado and flood survivors as well as rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" or “May 2011 Floods.” Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:

    As of May 9, 2011 $1,789,182 had been raised in support of relief efforts.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

    Follow us on the following Social Media sites:
    Facebook: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

    Youtube.com/salarmyeds

    Twitter:
    @salarmyEDS @salvationarmyus @southern_spirit
    @BhamSALVARMY @salarmyalm @tsacleveland
    @SalArmyChattown

    May 2011 Floods — Fast Facts

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    Published by Territorial Headquarters, Communications Bureau Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity and flooding in the southern United States, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities. The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 234,656 hot meals and 558,860 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has distributed 44,579 hygiene kits.
    • The Salvation Army has supplied 8,516 cleanup kits.
    • The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 10,537 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have served of 66,245 hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

    Flood Relief Continues throughout the Kentucky/Tennessee Division of The Salvation Army

    Chattanooga, TN (May 17, 2o11)—The Salvation Army is continuing to rally the troops to begin week three of flood relief for many areas. This spring has been one of the busiest for the Disaster Services Department for the Kentucky/Tennessee Division. Flood relief comes in forms of preparing clean up kits, food boxes, toiletry items, and other household support.

    Flood Relief services are being provided today at the following locations:

    Memphis, TN — A mobile kitchen unit has been moved to the Disaster Recovery Center for the area. It is serving meals, beverages, and will add social service needs as they surface.

    Owensboro, KY — The Salvation Army of Owensboro, KY, over the weekend, provided 100 meals to individuals in area shelters who were displaced due to flooding. They are handing out clean up kits at their local corps located at: 215 South Ewing Road.

    Henderson, KY — The Salvation Army is continuing its services from the Corps location in Henderson, KY located at: 1213 Washington Street.

    Tunica, MS — The Salvation Army will be serving Northeastern Mississippi at the Disaster Recovery Center located in the Dundee Community. This DRC is a multiple county service center. They will be providing food, beverages, and emotional and spiritual care. A social worker will assist with food boxes, clean up kits and other care items inside the DRC.

    Contact: Kimberly George, Divisional Public Information Officer 423-503-1801 or Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army is Grateful for Large Feed the Children Donation

    Chattanooga, TN (May 17, 2011) — It has been three weeks tomorrow since deadly tornadoes ripped through the Greater Chattanooga communities. One would not believe it has been less than three weeks, if they were to see The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga’s warehouse. Thanks to folks like Feed the Children the warehouse is flowing with supplies. “What a blessing it was to see a full tractor trailer load of food and supplies come rolling into our warehouse parking lot yesterday,” says Incident Commander, Ray Dalrymple. “Thank you Feed the Children for your overwhelming generosity!” The truck was filled with items such as peanut butter, baby food, snacks, water, and antibacterial wipes.

    Last week, a tractor trailer load of supplies rolled into the Greater Cleveland Salvation Army warehouse from The University of Tennessee’s Athletic Department. The Salvation Army has also received a truck load of food boxes from The Church of the Latter Day Saints early last week.

    For more information please call: Kimberly George at 423-503-1801. Also visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

    Arkansas Service Units Support National Guard Efforts during Historical Flooding

    Oklahoma City, OK (May 17, 2011) — The Salvation Army continues to serve responders to the flooding occurring along the Mississippi River as well as the flood victims of the White River.

    Prairie County — Des Arc, AR
    The Salvation Army provided 5,207 meals from Thursday evening, May 5, through Friday, May 13. The Salvation Army arrived on site at the request of Arkansas Emergency Management to provide meal service for the National Guard troops helping Prairie County. As the flood waters receded, many of the troops were reassigned and services were no longer needed. Teams from various parts of Arkansas provided assistance including Central Arkansas Area Command, Fort Smith, Mountain Home, and Northwest Arkansas. The Salvation Army is grateful to Gospel Mission Church for their hospitality as well as the community of Des Arc.

    Randolph County — Pocahontas, AR The Salvation Army’s Pocahontas Service Unit continues to support flood victims in need with food boxes, toiletry items, infant items, blankets and more. Proof of residence and other documentation may be requested as services are provided on a case by case basis. The services are being provided through the Service Unit’s Family Store. The store is located at 212 E. Everett Street.

    Chicot and Desha Counties — McGehee, AR On Thursday, the State of Arkansas requested assistance with feeding to begin May 13 in McGehee. On Friday, Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, and Joe Finley, Arkansas Service Unit Representative, arrived to assist Jason Martin, Pastor of Victory Covenant Church and the McGehee Family Store Manager. With the help of two Airmen, and several Service Center volunteers, 110 hot meals, 110 sack lunches, and snacks were provided. To date, 1800 meals and numerous snacks have been provided to Air and Army National Guard Troops. Over 447 hours of service have been donated by volunteers to help in meal preparation and service. Meals and hydration will continue as long as there is a need. The service is being provided at a “tent city” near McGehee where troops helping with Chicot and Desha counties are stationed. Volunteers from The Salvation Army’s Lake Village Service Unit from Chicot County are also assisting with volunteer efforts.

    Contact:
    Cindy Fuller
    cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org or 405-830-6549

    Windstrom Insurance Network, Inc. Surprises The Salvation Army with Gift for Tornado Relief

    Tuscaloosa, AL (May 16, 2011) — Nearly three-weeks after the catastrophic series of tornadoes that stuck the Tuscaloosa area, representatives from Windstorm Insurance Network, Inc. (WIND), based in Florida, traveled to Tuscaloosa today to with the sole-purpose of surprising The Salvation Army with some much-needed support for the current relief efforts in the area.

    Michelle Griffin, WIND Executive Director, and William “Chip” Merlin, Jr. WIND Board President, presented a check for $12,500 to Majors David and Cherry Craddock, Corps officers for The Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa, and Major Steve Morris, Incident Commander for the Tuscaloosa Tornado Relief effort. This gift will be used for tornado relief efforts that help Tuscaloosa-based individuals and families affected by the April 27th tornado outbreak.

    The Tuscaloosa Corps facility and local emergency canteen were heavily damaged in the April 27th tornado, rendering the facility and local mobile canteen inoperable. However, The Salvation Army – who has a 100 year history in Tuscaloosa – mobilized immediately to respond to the needs of survivors in the area, and currently has four mobile service locations in operation today, offering survivors fresh meals, drinks, snacks along with emotional and spiritual support. Since mobilizing, The Salvation Army has distributed nearly 30,000 meals in Tuscaloosa alone.

    Media Contact:
    Laine J. Hendricks
    Public Information Officer
    The Salvation Army, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Cell: 415-359-4508
    Email: laine.hendricks@usw.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army Continuing to Assess Community Needs —Teams traveling to smaller hard hit areas

    Jackson, MS (May 16, 2011) – The Salvation Army is reaching out in continuing efforts to assess the long term needs of rural towns and areas especially hard hit by tornado damage. Salvation Army teams are meeting with residents and area leaders to determine exactly what is needed and how The Salvation Army can best help them recover from the tornado devastation.

    The Salvation Army is currently operating 22 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi to provide items like food, hygienic products, clothes, cleaning supplies, and much more to survivors. Below are the distribution centers for continued Disaster Recovery sites.

    ALABAMA
    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
    Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
    RainsvilleDekalb County (99 McCurdy Avenue – Joint Distribution Site)
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
    Scottsboro/Jacskson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
    Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
    Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office)
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

    MISSISSIPPI
    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center) Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
    Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center
    Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
    Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P

    In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

    The Salvation Army is operating 7 feeding sites. Canteens are operating in the following locations:

    JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY:
    Publix Shopping Center -Jeff Rd/HWY 53 (Monday)
    1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)
    *note location change Tuesday

    MARION COUNTY:
    Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (Fixed feeding site)

    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
    Forest Lake Baptist Church -107 18th St, Tuscaloosa
    Holt Church-3101 Alabama Ave., NE Tuscaloosa
    1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
    Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

    The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:

    -The Salvation Army has served 221,000+ hot meals, 518,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    -The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    -The Salvation Army has distributed 43,000+ hygiene kits.
    -The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+ cleanup kits.
    -The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,100+ individuals.
    -The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.
    -Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 57,000+ hours

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709
    Mark_Jones@USS. Salvationarmy.org

    Secondary Contact:
    Merrilu Bennett
    Cell: (239) 223-1252
    PIO1@uss.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army Continues Service to Tuscaloosa Tornado Survivors

    Tuscaloosa, AL (May 17, 2011) — The Salvation Army continues to serve the survivors of the April 27 tornado outbreak with food and emotional support. Four mobile canteens will be serving fresh meals, snacks, water and other drinks, as well as providing emotional and spiritual care to survivors in some of the most devastated neighborhoods around Tuscaloosa. Canteens begin service around 9:30a.m. and remain until 5:00p.m.

    Canteen service locations for Tuesday, May 17, include:

    The Salvation Army Center of Hope (adjacent lot)
    Greensboro & 29th

    Forest Lake Baptist Church
    107 18th Street

    Holt Baptist Church
    3101 Alabama Ave NE

    Crescent Ridge Road & First Street**
    (former Lucky Dollar Gas Station)*

    The Salvation Army has been operating in Tuscaloosa for over 100 years, and mobilized immediately in response to this disaster. Though the devastating series of tornadoes that struck Alabama on April 27 left the Tuscaloosa Corps facility and the Center of Hope inoperable, The Salvation Army remains focused on serving the community of Tuscaloosa and plans to rebuild and serve the greater Tuscaloosa community well into the future.

    An interim corps location has been established at:

    661-B McFarland Blvd
    Northport, AL
    (205) 339-0012

    This donated space will serve as the primary Salvation Army operating location until plans for rebuilding are confirmed.

    Media Contact:
    Laine J. Hendricks
    Public Information Officer
    The Salvation Army, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Cell: 415-359-4508
    Email: laine.hendricks@usw.salvationarmy.org

    Donations:

    The best way to help tornado and flood survivors as well as rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" or “May 2011 Floods.” Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:

    As of May 16, 2011 $3,316,267 had been raised in support of relief efforts.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support. Additionally, The Salvation Army would like to thank the many businesses and organizations which have supported relief efforts.

    http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/donors/

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

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    May 2011 Floods — Fast Facts

    Published by Territorial Headquarters, Communications Bureau Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity and flooding in the southern United States, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.

    The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 241,061 hot meals and 578,685 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has distributed 45,288 hygiene kits.
    • The Salvation Army has supplied 8,947 cleanup kits.
    • The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 10,825 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have served of 69,227 hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Volunteers: The Army behind The Salvation Army Individuals from around the country answer call to assist tornado survivors in need.

    TUSCALOOSA, AL (May 20, 2011) — Three weeks after the devastating outbreak of tornados that evicted thousands of Alabama families from their homes and turned normal, everyday life in Tuscaloosa completely upside-down, The Salvation Army remains focused on serving tornado survivors who need a hand-up. Though the local Salvation Army is recovering from the loss of its two main facilities, the Tuscaloosa Corps and The Center of Hope, it remains focused on fulfilling the organization’s mission: meeting human needs without discrimination.

    The biggest factor that affects The Salvation Army’s ability to serve in times of disaster is its large network of friends, officers, staff and volunteers; who travel from far reaches of the country to respond to urgent need in communities like Tuscaloosa.

    “Currently, we have individuals from Florida, West Virginia, New York, California, Arizona and beyond, sharing their energy and expertise to help those in need right here in Tuscaloosa,” said Major Steve Morris, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services operations in Tuscaloosa. “They’re serving food, sharing stories, or simply offering a prayer or listening ear to those who have no one, or nowhere, else to turn to. They all have different backgrounds, but they all are here for one purpose; to help the healing process begin.”

    To date, The Salvation Army has distributed over 30,000 meals in Tuscaloosa alone since the April 27 tornado outbreak, due in large part to volunteer support. Additionally, four locations around The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory loaned their Emergency Response Canteens to the Tuscaloosa Corps, since the local canteen was too badly damaged to operate after the storm. These mobile kitchens have allowed The Salvation Army to reach survivors who have returned to their neighborhoods to sift through the remains of their homes or connect with surviving neighbors. The Salvation Army has also provided cold drinks to emergency personnel and construction crews working to remove the weathered rubble.

    In addition, local volunteer support from the Tuscaloosa community-at large has been helpful in sorting donations, preparing food and serving meals.

    “The support from the Tuscaloosa community has been incredible,” said Major David Craddock, Corps Officer for The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa. “We’re indebted to the many volunteers from Tuscaloosa and beyond that have allowed The Salvation Army to aid our neighbors in the same manner we would if our facilities had not been left inoperable.”

    The Salvation Army has been operating in Tuscaloosa for over 100 years and remains committed to serving the community through this recovery process and in the years to come. An interim corps location has been established at 661-B McFarland Boulevard in Northport and has resumed Sunday worship services. This donated space will serve as the primary Salvation Army operating location until plans for rebuilding are confirmed.

    Meal Distribution Within Tuscaloosa, AL:

    The Salvation Army continues to serve the survivors of the April 27 tornado outbreak with food and emotional support. Two mobile canteens will be serving fresh meals, snacks, water and other drinks, as well as providing emotional and spiritual care to survivors in some of the most devastated neighborhoods around Tuscaloosa. Canteens begin service around 9:30a.m. and remain until 5:00p.m.

    Canteen service locations for Friday, May 20, include:

    The Salvation Army Center of Hope (adjacent lot)
    Greensboro & 29th

    Crescent Ridge Road & First Street (former Lucky Dollar Gas Station)

    Media Contact:
    Laine J. Hendricks
    Public Information Officer
    The Salvation Army, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Cell: 415-359-4508 | 661-205-4335
    Email: laine.hendricks@usw.salvationarmy.org

    Salvation Army Canteens, Warehouses and Staff Prepared To Support Flooding Relief Feeding Units, Warehouses, and Case Workers on alert

    Jackson, Miss (May 19, 2011) — The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division is prepared to respond to areas in Louisiana and Mississippi affected by the rising waters of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins. With widespread flooding and thousands of homes affected, The Salvation Army has placed 26 disaster units on alert for possible response into affected areas once the waters recede.

    “We anticipate that the bulk of needs and the major expense of flood response will occur once the waters recede over the next 2-4 weeks,” stated Bill Feist, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

    The Salvation Army has begun stocking warehouses in New Orleans and Vicksburg, Miss. with food, household items, hygiene kits, and bulk cleaning supplies for distribution to residents of flooded areas once the waters diminish and residents are allowed to return home.

    Salvation Army units in Mississippi and Louisiana are also preparing to provide case workers to help families displaced from the flood waters. Case management will help identify resources that are available to flood survivors.

    Additionally, Salvation Army officers and staff are prepared to provide emotional and spiritual care across the region.

    “Providing the supplies to assist the clean up process and assisting families in their return home will be the major component and expense of our flood response, but the pastoral care will also be crucial to the recovery process,” added Feist.

    The Salvation Army has been busy serving throughout the Southeast, including Mississippi in the aftermath of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak.

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 278-2100 Office: (601) 961-7709
    Mark_Jones@USS.SalvationArmy.org
    www.twitter.com/salarmyalm

    The Salvation Army Finds Additional Need For Spiritual Care— Counseling for families displaced by tornadoes

    Jackson, MS (May 19, 2011) — As Salvation Army teams continue to travel to hard hit rural areas of Alabama and Mississippi they are seeing an increased need for pastoral care to provide families with spiritual counseling.

    Many rural residents displaced by tornadoes are staying with family and friends in nearby communities and have been difficult to locate. The Salvation Army is making an effort to reach out to those individuals in an effort to provide them with critical emotional support if needed.

    The Salvation Army is also providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more to survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 20 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites.

    ALABAMA
    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
    Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
    Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
    Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
    Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office)
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

    MISSISSIPPI
    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
    Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
    Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P

    In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

    In its continuing response to meet the needs of tornado survivors The Salvation Army is using 5 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:

    JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY:
    1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)

    MARION COUNTY:
    Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding site)

    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
    1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
    Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709
    Mark_Jones@USS. Salvationarmy.org

    Secondary Contact:
    Merrilu Bennett
    Cell: (239) 223-1252
    PIO1@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Veterans Reach Out To Tornado Victims by Donating To The Salvation Army

    Jackson, MS (May 18, 2011) — On Monday May 16, 2011 the State Veterans Home in Jackson presented a contribution to The Salvation Army. Seventy-six year old veteran Robert Thomas says when he first heard about the horrific tornado devastation across portions of Mississippi and Alabama he knew he had to do something. He and other veterans at the home along with staff members decided to start a collection to assist with relief efforts.

    “We are so thankful for the gift we have received from these generous and giving individuals” said Major Tom Louden of The Salvation Army’s Incident Command. “The Salvation Army has always been blessed by the support of this country’s veterans. Their donation is just one more example of their compassion for those in need.”

    Along with desperately needed pastoral care and emotional support The Salvation Army is also providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more to survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 21 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites.

    ALABAMA Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center) Casework ONLY
    *Please note closing on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
    Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
    Fort Payne/DeKalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
    Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
    Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
    Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office)
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

    MISSISSIPPI Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
    Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
    Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P

    In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

    The Salvation Army is now using 7 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:

    JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY:
    1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)
    *note location change

    MARION COUNTY:
    Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding site)

    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
    Forest Lake Baptist Church -107 18th St, Tuscaloosa Holt Church-3101 Alabama Ave., NE Tuscaloosa
    1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
    Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709 Mark_Jones@USS. Salvationarmy.org

    Secondary Contact:
    Merrilu Bennett
    Cell: (239) 223-1252
    PIO1@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Salvation Army Volunteers Vital In Tornado Recovery Efforts — Many still needed to help with long term needs

    Jackson, MS (May 17, 2011) — As The Salvation Army continues to transition from immediate to long term needs for tornado survivors it would like to thank the thousands of volunteers who have come to the aid of victims across Mississippi and Alabama. The Salvation Army wants them to know how truly appreciated their efforts are. As recovery teams continue to travel to rural and hard hit areas they are being told by area residents that the need for volunteers will continue in weeks to come as they try and cope with the devastation.

    The Salvation Army is currently operating 22 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi to provide items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies, and much more to survivors. Below are the distribution centers for continued Disaster Recovery sites.

    ALABAMA
    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1500 Sunset Drive - G’ville Rec Center)
    Casework ONLY – * Please note-closing on Wednesday, May 18
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue)
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office)
    Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street)
    RainsvilleDekalb County (99 McCurdy Avenue – Joint Distribution Site)
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center)
    Scottsboro/Jacskson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center)
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store)
    Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center)
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur)
    Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave)
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, Al)
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office)
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center)

    MISSISSIPPI
    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services)
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center)
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
    Starkville/Webster County (2240 Maben Sturgiss Rd – Service Center Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
    Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P

    In order to maximize efforts and reduce duplication of services, The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

    Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served nearly 224,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The Salvation Army is now using 7 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are operating in the following locations:

    JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY:
    1st Baptist Church on University (Tuesday-Saturday)
    *note location change

    MARION COUNTY:
    Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (Fixed feeding site)

    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
    Forest Lake Baptist Church -107 18th St, Tuscaloosa
    Holt Church-3101 Alabama Ave., NE Tuscaloosa
    1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
    Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709
    Mark_Jones@USS. Salvationarmy.org

    Secondary Contact:
    Merrilu Bennett
    Cell: (239) 223-1252
    PIO1@uss.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army Continues To Serve On The Front Lines Of Relief Efforts At Local Disaster Recovery Centers

    Chattanooga, TN (5/19/11) — Three weeks today, The Salvation Army began relief efforts as deadly tornadoes ripped through Northwest GA, and Southeast TN. The Salvation Army remains strong in its relief efforts providing the basic necessities like food, water, cleaning supplies, baby items, etc. Services are being provided at the local Disaster Recovery Centers. Today we are serving at the following centers and will continue at these centers through Saturday:

    NW GA - Catoosa County: FEMA Center, The Catoosa County Learning Center, 36 Muscogee Trail, Ringgold, GA, 30736

    Hamilton County: FEMA Center, Southern Adventist University, 4881 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, TN.
    The Salvation Army East Lake Social Services, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407.

    Bradley County: The Salvation Army Distribution Warehouse, 2960 Barney’s Lane, Cleveland, TN.

    Many residents are still in need. The Salvation Army is encouraging neighbors who were affected by the tornadoes and need relief services, to please visit The Salvation Army at one of the above centers. For more information please call The Salvation Army at 423-756-1023.

    Media Contact:
    Kimberly George
    PIO/Director of Marketing and Development
    Cell: 423-503-1801
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Visit us on Facebook — "The Salvation Army Chattanooga", Twitter @SalArmyChattown, or csarmy.org.

    Knoxville Shares with Cleveland Neighbors Relief Supplies from WBIR TV and WalMart Drive Arrive in Cleveland

    Knoxville, TN (May 18, 2011) — A truckload of relief supplies arrived today at The Salvation Army distribution center in Cleveland, TN. The supplies were collected last weekend at WalMart stores across Knox and Blount County and will be distributed to tornado victims in Bradley County through the ministry of The Salvation Army. Knoxville’s WBIR TV was instrumental in organizing the drive.

    “The Salvation Army is in a position to serve based on the generosity of others,” said Knoxville Area Commander, Major Don Vick. “We are so grateful for partners like WBIR TV and WalMart that are really invested in our community and committed to the work of The Salvation Army.”

    The distribution center is located at 2960 Barney’s Lane in Cleveland. For more information, contact The Salvation Army at 423-308-3467.

    Media Contact:
    Rob Link
    Director of Community Relations
    409 N. Broadway
    Knoxville, TN 37917
    O: 865-971-4935 C: 865-335-4761
    Rob_Link@uss.salvationarmy.org
    www.SalvationArmyKnoxville.org

    NBA Players Association and Feed The Children Deliver Disaster Relief Supplies Acrosst the South—23 Trucks of Food and Recovery Supplies To Benefit Local Families

    Birmingham, AL (5/17/11) — Today, the NBA Players Association (NBPA) and Feed The Children delivered two trucks of food and recovery supplies to families at the More Than Conquerors Faith Church (MTCFC) in Birmingham. These trucks were two of 23 that the NBPA and Feed The Children are sending to storm-swept communities across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia this week.

    Led by LA Lakers center, NBPA Vice President and Alabama native Theo Ratliff, and NBA Legend Purvis Short, the NBPA, Feed the Children, and volunteers from the Birmingham Chapter of the American Red Cross and MTCFC distributed supplies to over 200 families at the church this afternoon.

    “The NBPA is committed to delivering aid to our brothers and sisters who need it most,” said Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the NBPA. “Through our Operation Rebound program we will continue to support relief efforts across the country and work with our incredible community partners to help in any way we can.”

    “It means the world for me to be able to come back home to Alabama and give back to those who have been affected by this disaster,” said Theo Ratliff, LA Lakers center and NBPA Vice President. “Now more than ever, we need to stand together and lend a hand to those who desperately need it. The devastation here is heart-breaking, but I know first-hand how resilient our communities can be. I have no doubt we will rebuild and recover.”

    “Just as we did after Hurricane Katrina, we are honored to help with recovery efforts in the South, and humbled by the amazing show of strength we’ve seen in these communities,” said Purvis Short, NBA Legend and current NBPA Director of Player Programs. “We’re grateful to our partners in the local community for making this possible, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

    “This overwhelming effort by the NBPA and its members has allowed Feed The Children to expand the disaster relief effort to additional cities that have been affected by nature's fury," said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. "We will continue to provide help and hope to those trying to rebound from tragedy, and it is gratifying to know that great partners like the NBPA will be with us every step of the way."

    “As a Pastor for nearly thirty years in the Birmingham area, I have had numerous opportunities to spearhead and partner with efforts to bring about change in people’s lives. However, the opportunity I have been afforded to work with Operation Rebound and the NBA Players Association is by far one of the most sentimental and personally rewarding for me,” said Pastor Steve Green of MTCFC. “Having grown up in Pratt City, about one week before the devastating tornado, I found myself praying in my old neighborhood for help and revitalization. Now, as I see that help pouring in from across the globe and through the NBA Players Association, it is certainly an answer to prayer.”

    “The City of Birmingham is in recover and rebuild mode after the storm’s devastation and the NBPA’s ‘Operation Rebound’ will be a part of that effort as we strive to build a better Birmingham,” said Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. “We thank them for their time and support and for just simply giving of themselves to show that they care about the people of Birmingham.”

    This aid is part of the NBPA’s “Operation Rebound,” which was launched in 2005, in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Operation Rebound is a long-term commitment and partnership between the Players Association, Feed The Children and other humanitarian groups to provide disaster relief and ultimately to provide assistance in the rebuilding efforts of local communities. Sending aid and writing checks are only the beginning of the NBPA's efforts. The players’ insistence on a hands-on approach has taken them to numerous, hard-hit areas. Hundreds of union members have volunteered to travel and deliver supplies to those who need them most.

    In addition to the NBPA and Theo Ratliff, Chris Bosh, Ben Wallace, D.J. White, Antonio McDyess, Josh Childress, and the WNBPA Foundation are sponsoring some of the of the 23 trucks being donated. A full schedule of the NBPA’s trucks is included below:

    LocationDateDrop Location
    Tuscaloosa, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Anniston, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Tuscumbia, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Pisgah, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Gunterville, AL19-MayThe Salvation Army
    Decatur, AL19-MayThe Salvation Army
    Birmingham, AL17-MayMore Than Conquerors Church
    Demopolis, AL17-MayTheo Ratliff Activity Center
    Choctaw / Clark Counties, AL20-MayLocation TBD
    Sumpter / Pickens Counties, AL20-MayLocation TBD
    Green / Hale Counties, AL 20-MayLocation TBD
    Tuscaloosa, AL 18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Memphis, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    Jackson, MS20-MayThe Salvation Army
    Chattanooga, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    McDonough, GA20-MayThe Salvation Army

    About The NBPA

    The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court. For more information, please visit www.nbpa.org.

    About Feed The Children

    Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2010, Feed The Children distributed more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org.

    About MTCFC

    For nearly thirty years More Than Conquerors Faith Church has held a forceful presence in the Birmingham area, impacting thousands of lives with a message of hope, healing, and love through the power of God. It is the firm belief of More Than Conquerors’ pastoral leadership and congregation that the local church holds a vital role in the welfare and support of the community. It is to that end, More Than Conquerors initiates and pursues opportunities to collaborate with other community partners in innovative outreaches to assist in the maintenance and edification of our society and local community. For more information visit www.mtcfc.org.

    CONTACT:
    NBPA – Emily Browne
    Sunshine Sachs and Associates
    (212) 691-2800
    Browne@sunshinesachs.com

    Feed The Children – Mark Opgrande
    Mark.opgrande@feedthechildren.org

    MTCFC – Rochelle Wallace
    (205) 322-2644 ext. 324
    rwallace@mtcfc.org

    Multimedia Assets:

    Tuscaloosa Feed The Children & NBA Players Association donation:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu6g2zf248w&feature=youtu.be

    Watch as @SalArmyFlaEDS & @salarmyalm unpack a clean-up kit bucket!
    http://youtu.be/OI79udoz6Ew

    For internet banners, b-roll, and additional resources please contact communications_bureau@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Donations:
    The best way to help tornado and flood survivors as well as rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" or “May 2011 Floods.” Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:

    As of May 19, 2011 $5,978,638 had been raised in support of relief efforts.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support. Additionally, The Salvation Army would like to thank the many businesses and organizations which have supported relief efforts.

    http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/donors/

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

    Follow us on the following Social Media sites:
    Facebook: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services

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    May 2011 Floods — Fast Facts

    Published by Territorial Headquarters, Communications Bureau Community Relations & Development Department, Atlanta, Georgia

    The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornado activity and flooding in the southern United States, meeting the needs of survivors by providing food, beverages, emotional/spiritual care, and other necessities.

    The following information represents the Southern Territory’s fifteen states and the District of Columbia.

    • The Salvation Army has served 255,006 hot meals and 609,625 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has distributed 45,358 hygiene kits.
    • The Salvation Army has supplied 9,173 cleanup kits.
    • The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 10,825 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have served of 70,582 hours.

    Please note: All inquiries for gifts in kind should apply through www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Tornado Survivors Look To The Salvation Army — Relief efforts continue in hard hit areas

    (Jackson, MS) May 23, 2011 – Almost one month since the tornado outbreak across Alabama and Mississippi, survivors in hard hit areas continue to rely on The Salvation Army. The Salvation Army is in the process of working with other agencies to identify recovery projects that will best help with relief efforts to meet long term needs. Pastoral care, which will become extremely important in the weeks and months ahead, will also be available.

    To meet the immediate needs of tornado survivors The Salvation Army is currently operating 21 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi. Distribution Centers provide items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more. The following is a list of operating Disaster Recovery sites:

    ALABAMA
    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211) Monday-Friday
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue) Monday - Friday
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office) Monday-Friday
    Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street) Monday-Saturday
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center) Monday-Saturday
    Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center) Monday-Saturday
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store) Monday-Saturday
    Tuscaloosa/Tu
    scaloosa County (900 Skyland Blvd, Tuscaloosa, AL) Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan)
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center) Daily
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur) Monday-Saturday
    Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, AL) Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office) Monday – Friday 9AM-4PM
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center) Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

    MISSISSIPPI
    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services Office) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center) Monday-Friday 11AM-5PM
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
    Starkville/Webster County (407A Industrial Park Rd – Service Center)
    Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
    Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P

    The Salvation Army is asking individuals to provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

    The need for basic canteen operations continues to exist; however, the need is diminishing. The Salvation Army is using 4 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations:

    JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MARION COUNTY:
    Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding site)

    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
    1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
    Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

    Donations are the best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709
    Mark_Jones@USS.Salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army Consolidates Relief Efforts To Two Locations But Does Not Cease Its Assistance

    Chattanooga, TN (May 23, 2011) — For over three weeks The Salvation Army has been serving on the frontlines of relief efforts assisting those who were affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through Northwest GA, and Southeast TN. The Salvation Army remains strong in its relief efforts providing the basic necessities like food, water, cleaning supplies, baby items, etc. Services are being provided at the local Disaster Recovery Centers. The Salvation Army has combined its relief centers to the following two locations:

    For the Northwest Georgia and Hamilton County Communities:

    The Salvation Army East Lake Social Services, 2140 East 28th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37407.

    Bradley County Community:

    The Salvation Army Distribution Warehouse, 2960 Barney’s Lane, Cleveland, TN.

    Many residents are still in need. The Salvation Army is encouraging neighbors who were affected by the tornadoes and need relief services, to please visit The Salvation Army at one of the above centers. For more information please call The Salvation Army at 423-756-1023.

    Neighbors can still help in relief efforts by donating!

    Donations are the best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.

    Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served tens of thousands of meals in affected areas across Northwest GA and Southeast TN. The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:

    • The Salvation Army has served 241,061 hot meals and 578,685 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    • The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    • The Salvation Army has distributed 45,288 hygiene kits.
    • The Salvation Army has supplied 8,947 cleanup kits.
    • The Salvation Army has delivered emotional/spiritual care to 10,825 individuals.
    • The Salvation Army has initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
    • Salvation Army officers, employees, and volunteers have served of 69,227 hours.

    Media Contact:
    Kimberly George
    PIO/Director of Marketing and Development
    Cell: 423-503-1801
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Visit us on Facebook — "The Salvation Army Chattanooga", Twitter @SalArmyChattown, or csarmy.org.

    The Salvation Army Opens Disaster Distribution Center To Assist Tuscaloosa Tornado Survivors — Tornado survivors encouraged to make appointment to lessen long wait times.

    TUSCALOOSA, AL (May 22, 2011) — The Salvation Army will serve Tuscaloosa-based tornado survivors through a new disaster distribution center, beginning Monday, May 23. This center will provide free counseling, one-time limited financial assistance and in-kind product assistance to those survivors of the April 27 tornado outbreak who are still struggling to meet basic needs.

    “We’re excited to be able to provide this supplemental assistance to those families and individuals most impacted by the April 27 tornado outbreak,” said Major Steve Morris, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Response efforts in Tuscaloosa. “The goal is relieve the burden of acquiring these essential needs – food, water and hygiene items – and help survivors focus on moving forward with rebuilding their homes and lives.”

    Assistance will be given on an appointment basis, to help alleviate long waiting times for tornado survivors, especially with the recent warm temperatures in Tuscaloosa. Appointments are offered Monday through Friday, 9:00a.m. through 3:00p.m. (last appointment begins at 3:00p.m.).

    Tuscaloosa-based tornado survivors who wish to apply for relief assistance through The Salvation Army should call (205) 345-6939 to make an appointment. Center location and additional instruction will be given when individuals call to make an appointment.

    Donation Options for the Public:

    The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. There are a variety of ways public can support The Salvation Army’s tornado disaster relief efforts:

    · Online: Visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
    · Text: Text “GIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation
    · Phone: Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY - Designate gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak"
    · Mail: Designate "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" on check/money order, mail to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

    Media Contact:
    Laine J. Hendricks
    Public Information Officer
    The Salvation Army, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Cell: 415-359-4508 1 | 661-205-4335
    Email: laine.hendricks@usw.salvationarmy.org

    The Salvation Army Reducing Canteen Services — Now focusing on long term needs

    (Jackson, MS) May 21, 2011 – With the exception of residents living in hard hit areas, many tornado survivors are beginning to pick up the pieces and rebuild. The Salvation Army is wrapping up feeding service (canteens) in many areas of Mississippi and Alabama and is trying to identify recovery projects by working with community leaders on long term needs. The Salvation Army will continue to operate distribution centers as needed as well as provide pastoral care and emotional support which will become extremely important for many survivors in the weeks and months ahead.

    The Salvation Army is providing caseworkers and currently operating 20 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more. Following is a list of continued Disaster Recovery sites. *Please note many locations closed on Sunday

    ALABAMA
    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211) Monday-Friday
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue) Monday-Friday
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office) Monday-Friday
    Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street) Monday-Saturday
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center) Monday-Saturday
    Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center) Monday-Saturday
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store) Monday-Saturday
    Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan) Daily
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center) Daily
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur) Monday-Saturday
    Huntsville/Madison County (Cor
    ps building -2114 Oakwood Ave) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, AL) Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center) Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

    MISSISSIPPI
    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services Office) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center) Monday- Friday 11AM-5PM
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
    Starkville/Webster County (407A Industrial Park Rd – Service Center)
    Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
    Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P

    The Salvation Army is asking individuals to provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

    Donations are the best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.

    The Salvation Army is using 4 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations: *Please note some locations will be closed Sunday

    JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MARION COUNTY:
    Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding site)
    *Closed on Sunday

    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
    1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
    Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709
    Mark_Jones@USS.Salvationarmy.org

    Secondary Contact:
    Merrilu Bennett
    Cell: (239) 223-1252
    PIO1@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Salvation Army Feeding Kitchens Continue Work In Hackleburg — Students in school for one more week

    Jackson, MS — Normality is defined as “being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning.” Providing a “range of normal functioning” is just one way The Salvation Army is helping tornado survivors in the small town of Hackleburg, Alabama.

    The entire town was destroyed during the tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011. Residents felt getting students back in school as soon as possible was important. Surrounded by tons of debris and damaged homes; two Salvation Army feeding units have sat on the edge of town for several weeks now. They are producing up to 1,000 meals per day for students who are finishing up school in a nearby church. That school year will come to an end Friday May 27th.

    Along with pastoral care and emotional support The Salvation Army is also providing items like food, clothing, cleaning supplies and much more to survivors. The Salvation Army is currently operating 20 distribution centers across Alabama and Mississippi as continued Disaster Recovery sites. *Please note changes in location address and days/hours open

    ALABAMA
    Birmingham/Jefferson County (350 Industrial Blvd, B’ham, 35211) Monday-Friday
    Guntersville/Marshall County (609 Blount Avenue) Monday-Friday
    Guntersville/Marshall County (1336 Gunter Avenue – Service Center Office) Monday-Friday
    Arab/Marshall County (428 North Main Street) Monday-Saturday
    Fort Payne/Dekalb County (450 Gault Ave North – Service Center) Monday-Saturday
    Scottsboro/Jackson, County (1501 E. Willow St – Service Center) Monday-Saturday
    Cullman/Cullman County (103 3rd Ave - Thrift Store) Monday-Saturday
    Anniston/Calhoun County (111 Town Center Drive – Ft. McClellan) Daily
    Russellville/Franklin County (204 Ash Ave. - Russellville Rec Center) Daily
    Decatur/Morgan County (Corps building - 114 14th Street, Decatur) Monday-Saturday
    Huntsville/Madison County (Corps building -2114 Oakwood Ave) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
    Jasper/Walker County (Thrift Store - 207 20th St, Jasper, AL) Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM
    Montgomery/Elmore & Autauga Counties (900 Maxwell Blvd, Montgomery - Social Services office) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
    Oneonta/Blount County (333 Valley Road – Service Center) Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

    MISSISSIPPI
    Meridian/Lauderdale County (120 6th Av South – Social Services Office) Monday-Friday 9AM-4PM
    Houston/Chickasaw County (114 Washington Street, Houston, MS – Service Center) Monday- Friday 11AM-5PM
    Oxford/Lafayette County (2649 West Oxford Loop - Thrift Store)
    Starkville/Webster County (407A Industrial Park Rd – Service Center)
    Tupelo/Lee County, serving Monroe County residents (527 Carnation St - Tupelo Corps)
    Smithville/Monroe County (Piggly Wiggly, 63436 Hwy 15N) Mon. & Wed. 10A-5P

    The Salvation Army is also reminding residents to please bring the appropriate paperwork as it will help expedite service. The Salvation Army is asking that these individuals provide any form of identification and documentation of disaster related damage (disaster package received from FEMA after registering, an insurance damage report, or a licensed provider damage report).

    The Salvation Army is using 5 canteens (mobile kitchens) down from 40 canteens at its peak. Canteens are currently operating in the following locations: *Please note some locations will be closed Sunday

    JEFFERSON COUNTY:
    4400 Campbell Lane, N. Smithfield, AL

    MADISON COUNTY:
    1st Baptist Church on University
    *Closed on Sunday

    MARION COUNTY:
    Phil Campbell United Methodist Church-Phil Campbell, Alabama (fixed feeding site)
    *Closed on Sunday

    TUSCALOOSA COUNTY:
    1st and Crescent Ridge, Tuscaloosa
    Salvation Army Tuscaloosa Corps -Greensboro/21st St

    Since April 27, The Salvation Army has served nearly 233,000 meals in affected areas across Alabama and Mississippi. The following information represents services provided to disaster victims by The Salvation Army across the Southeast:

    -The Salvation Army has served 232,934 meals, 566,982 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
    -The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
    -The Salvation Army has distributed 43,000+ hygiene kits.
    -The Salvation Army has supplied 6,500+ cleanup kits.
    -The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 9,100+ individuals.
    -The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.
    -Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 57,000+hours.

    Donations are the best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak." Checks may be made out to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 100339, Atlanta, GA 30384-0339.

    Media Contact:
    Mark Jones
    Public Relations Director/PIO
    Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division
    Cell: (601) 214-1545 Office: (601) 961-7709
    Mark_Jones@USS. Salvationarmy.org

    Secondary Contact:
    Merrilu Bennett
    Cell: (239) 223-1252
    PIO1@uss.salvationarmy.org

    For internet banners, b-roll, and additional resources please contact communications_bureau@uss.salvationarmy.org

    Donations:
    The best way to help tornado and flood survivors as well as rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift "April 2011 Tornado Outbreak" or “May 2011 Floods.” Checks may be made out to:

    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    P.O. Box 100339
    Atlanta, GA 30384-0339

    At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area. 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 Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Donation totals:

    As of May 23, 2011 $7,719,730 had been raised in support of relief efforts.

    The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support. Additionally, The Salvation Army would like to thank the many businesses and organizations which have supported relief efforts.

    http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/donors/

    PIO Contacts:
    Mark Jones-Divisional PIO – Alabama, Louisiana & Mississippi
    Mark_jones@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell 601 278-2100

    Kimberly George-Divisional PIO – Kentucky, Tennessee
    Kimberly_George@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 423-503-1801

    Valerie Johnson- Divisional PIO – Georgia
    Valerie_Johnson@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 678-735-0480

    Cindy Fuller- Divisional PIO – Arkansas, Oklahoma
    Cindy_Fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Cell: 405-830-6549

    Follow us on the following Social Media sites:
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    Youtube.com/salarmyeds

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    McAlester Oklahoma Canteen Provides Community Care After Tornadoes

    513-McAlester

    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:

    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.

    McAllen Texas “Haitian Relief Fund” benefits Salvation Army

    style="text-align: left"> The ABC affiliate in McAllen, Texas, headed up a regional response to the massive earthquake in Haiti by organizing and sponsoring an appeal for donations. KRGV, Channel 5, established the “Haitian Relief Fund” partnering with four local businesses; Burger King, Lacks Furniture, Bert Ogden Motors and Lone Star National Bank. Each sponsor committed to match donations up to $10,000.With no local administrative costs, 100% of all funds raised were equally divided between The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. The grand total of $151, 674.06 was announced live on the air during a check presentation to Major Dan Ford, Commanding Officer of the McAllen Salvation Army, and Michael Huckerby, a representative of the American Red Cross.Students in schools across the “Valley” region took the initiative to respond to the plight of the people in Haiti, coming up with many creative fundraising events. These included $1 non-uniform days, the donation of late library book fines and in one Elementary school students made piggy banks out of empty school milk cartons and filled them with spare change from home. In another school, girls were allowed to wear nail polish and boys permitted to un-tuck their shirts for donations of 50 cents! The TV station was inundated with donations from schools, churches and the public in support of the relief work in Haiti.Major Dan Ford said, "We are very proud to be in a community of such caring businesses and individuals who have come alongside those in distress in Haiti. The efforts of KRGV, Channel 5 during Hurricane Dolly and for the Haiti Relief Fund are shining examples of what can happen when we encourage the public to do the most good for those devastated by disast

    Memorial Service To Be Webcast – Commissioner Andrew S. Miller

    Memorial Service honoring the life and service to God of Commissioner Andrew S. Miller will be webcast live on Friday, February 11 at 10:00 AM EST.Commissioner Miller, a former Territorial Commander of the USA Southern Territory, and National Commander for the USA is well known throughout the Army world and in many areas of secular society. The Miller family is anxious that the many who wish they could be present in Atlanta for the Memorial Service will have the opportunity to be 'a part' of this celebration of service by logging on to the webcast.Please note that the Memorial Service is scheduled to commence at 10:00 AM EST on Friday, February 11, 2011 at the Atlanta Temple Corps, Atlanta, Georgia. The webcast will commence a few minutes before 10:00 AM with preliminary music.Log on to www.southernspiritonline.org to view the webc

    Middle East Salvationists Join Together in Celebration

    Dubai, UAE — More than 260 delegates from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman and Kuwait gathered in Dubai on 18 March to celebrate the growth of The Salvation Army in the Middle East. Unfortunately, delegates from Bahrain were denied travel visas due to current unrest in that country. The Salvation Army has officially been in operation in the region for three years in Kuwait and one year in the UAE.

    Middle Eastern delegates were joined in their celebrations at the Deira City Centre Hotel, Dubai, by Texas Brass Band from the USA Southern Territory, members of the newly formed Middle East Advisory Board and Colonel Ross Gower (Under Secretary for South Asia, International Headquarters). The event was hosted by regional leaders Majors Mike and Teresa Hawley.

    The Middle East countries – officially designated as a Salvation Army region from 1 April – contain vibrant and devoted soldiers whose excited faces revealed the joy they felt at being able to worship together. A worship service led by delegates from Kuwait, Sharjah (UAE) and Abu Dhabi (UAE) brought much delight, as did contributions from Texas Brass Band.

    The region's young people were seen to be a source of particular strength. A service for young people, led by members of Texas Brass Band, demonstrated their passion for their church.

    The event served not only as a celebration of the Army’s past but also as a consecration of its future. Major Mike Hawley made clear the purpose of The Salvation Army in the Middle East – to be light and salt for a uniquely available group of international people.

    At the end of the gathering the visiting band travelled to Kuwait for further performance and worship opportunities. Guided by Kuwait Regional Officers Majors Stewart and Heather Grinsted, in partnership with The Lighthouse Church, the band participated in multiple services and conducted a well-attended concert.

    This was the first known visit of a Salvation Army band to these countries and was a great encouragement to friends and soldiers of The Salvation Army living and working in the Middle East. There is every indication that there are real and extensive opportunities for growth in this new and exciting region of The Salvation Army. To God be the glory!<

    Minot, North Dakota Salvation Army Preparing For Long Haul

    MINOT, North Dakota — The Minot Salvation Army is preparing to offer long-term assistance for local families affected by the flooding Souris River, expected to destroy hundreds of homes this weekend in Minot and surrounding communities.

    With more than 12,000 people displaced and a reported 168 individuals at local shelters, that means many families are needing assistance in travel expenses or food and clothing as they are staying with friends or relatives. The Salvation Army is prepared to help these displaced families with emergency supplies. Cash donations are needed to provide these things to families in crisis.

    Financial assistance for food, gas and other necessities is currently available for qualifying households displaced by the flood. To learn more, call 701-838-8925.

    “Financial assistance will continue to be available after the floodwaters recede, cleanup begins and people begin rebuilding their lives, as resources allow,” said Major Donald Kincaid, Minot Salvation Army administrator. “But in order for us to assist all the people coming to us for help, we need as many donations as possible.”

    In addition to monetary contributions, donations of clothing and gently-used goods can be made at the Minot Salvation Army thrift store, 530 20th Ave. SW. Many of the flood survivors will receive gift certificates good for anything at the store.

    Salvation Army teams from Minot, Fargo and the Twin Cities are currently providing food, drinks and emotional support in Minot and neighboring Burlington, Velba and Sawyer. To volunteer, call 701-838-8925.

    For any and all flood information not related to The Salvation Army, call the Ward County Flood Hotline at 701-858-9366.

    Monetary donations:
    The Minot Salvation Army needs financial support now and in the months ahead to cover the costs of its disaster response. To make a $10 donation, text “MINOT” to 80888 and reply “yes” to the confirmation text. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply.

    For terms, see www.igfn.org/t. Donations can also be made online at www.thesalarmy.org, by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or by mailing a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior AVE N, Roseville MN 55113. Be sure to designate your donation “Minot Flood.”

    Donations of used Household Goods and Clothing:
    Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently-used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated now will be sent to the disaster area. In time of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently-used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please go to www.satruck.org.

    Office of Public and Corporate Relations
    The Salvation Army USA Central Territory
    Community Relations and Development Department
    10 W Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018
    USCMediaRelations@usc.salvationarmy.org<

    Mission & Environment Conference – February 25-27 Orlando, Florida

    Mission & Environment Conference February 25-27, will embark on a contemplative path that directly links mission with the environment. We will discover our call to imaginative faith by learning how the environment is tied to The Salvation Army's mission. Not only will we be blessed to be challenged in these areas, but God has provided many speakers to discuss our personal call to stewardship, justice, the conservation of resources, greening our facilities and many more!Announcing that all General Sessions will be webcast and later archived for those who cannot view live. The webcasts can be viewed at www.southernspiritonline.org.For details of the conference open the following link:http://tsasameimaginativefaith.com/We look forward to joining our brothers and sisters in Christ on the mission and environment journey and answering the call the God has placed deeply on our hea

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    Mobilecause to Power Mobile Giving for Salvation Army

    ANGELES (PRBuzz) October 26, 2010 -- Mobilecause, the leading mobile giving provider in the US, announced today that it will power mobile giving for The Salvation Army, one of the largest non-profits in the United States. Mobilecause and The Salvation Army have partnered to bring this new fundraising and communication tool to its prospective donors and constituents in time for the Holiday giving season. The Salvation Army will use this technology nationwide offering another way for donors to give back and support the organization's many programs and services."We are honored to have been selected by The Salvation Army," said MobileCause CEO Douglas Plank. "They are a organization of great influence and good work and it is monumental that they have now turned to mobile."Mobilecause with over 800 customers works with some of the largest non-profits in the country and is a leading provider of not just mobile giving, but mobile communication and mobile CRM services."After reviewing the options, the choice for us was clear," said Jason Wood, Director of Internet Services at The Salvation Army National Headquarters. "Mobilecause delivers a strong balance of great technology, non-profit background and service." .The Salvation Army will build integrated marketing campaigns across its media and sponsor partners for the giving season.About MobilecauseMobilecause (www.mobilecause.com), nominated a Top 100 Private U.S. Company by AlwaysOn Media, is a leading web service for mobile giving and donor retention. Mobilecause delivers non-profit organizations a simple-to-use web services software solution for the complete launch and management of micro and macro mobile giving, messaging, CRM, text polling and text-to-IVR over SMS, Twitter and SMTP. Mobilecause is a company comprised of leading non-profit and technology professionals with the right blend of experience to help non-profits take these 21st century tools to help grow, engage, and retain their member and donor base.Mobilecause media inquiries:info@mobilecause.comAbout 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 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<

    Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Selena Gomez Celebrates Kick Off of 123rd Annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign During Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

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    partnership with the Dallas Cowboys and more than $1.75 billion raised.

    Arlington, TX (November 28, 2013) – Multi-platinum recording artist Selena Gomez will take the stage today for a LIVE performance to kickoff The Salvation Army’s 123rd National Red Kettle Campaign at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys vs. Oakland Raiders nationally televised game on CBS. For the past 17 years, the Dallas Cowboys have helped The Salvation Army launch the campaign during its nationally televised halftime performances. The Red Kettle Campaign raised more than $148.7 million last year to serve America’s most vulnerable by providing food, shelter and more than 1 million toys for children during the holidays.

    “It is such an honor to perform in my hometown today and build awareness for the Red Kettle Campaign,” said Gomez. “By dropping change in the kettles, you are changing a child’s life. The Salvation Army uses those nickels, dimes and quarters to provide after school programs, summer camps and toys for children during the holidays, and all in the community where they were donated.”

    The LIVE performance will mobilize a new generation of Salvation Army supporters and build awareness of the organization and Red Kettle Campaign with a younger and influential audience. Selena will be performing three songs from her new album “Stars Dance.”

    Since the partnership began in 1997, the Dallas Cowboys organization has helped raise more that $1.75 billion for The Salvation Army. Past performers include Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.  

    “Selena is a triple threat and we cannot wait to share her incredible performance with the nation. To have her help us bring greater visibility to the Red Kettle Kickoff and The Salvation Army is a great gift this holiday,” said Charlotte Jones Anderson, executive vice president and chief brand officer for the Dallas Cowboys.  Anderson also serves as Chairman of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board alongside fellow board members, Gene and Jerry Jones. “The Salvation Army is an organization close to my heart, and this time of year allows us to really put a spotlight on all of the ways it serves more than 30 million of America’s most vulnerable throughout the year.” 

    The Red Kettle Kickoff is just the beginning of an exciting Christmas season for The Salvation Army. In addition to the more than 25,000 Red Kettles being stationed in storefronts and street corners nationwide, there will be other ways for the public to get involved.

    • Giving Tuesday: Tuesday, December 3, The Salvation Army will start the clock on the Third Annual World Record Bell Ringer Contest with contestants aiming to beat the record of 80 hours of constant bell ringing. Various television news and entertainment programs will feature bell ringers, Salvation Army and celebrity spokespeople.
    • Rock the Red Kettle Concert: Saturday, December 7, Austin Mahone and other artists will take the stage at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles for the fourth annual free Rock the Red Kettle Concert.  A live stream of the concert will also be available on The Salvaton Army’s Tumblr page – SalvationArmyUSA.tumblr
    • Walmart Fill the Truck Toy: On three consecutive weekends, from November 29 through December 15, more than 3,000 participating stores across the country will be collecting toys and coats for children this holiday.
    • Online Red Kettle: Throughout the season, Americans can become virtual bell ringers by starting their own Online Red Kettle at onlineredkettle.org
    • Text-to-Give: And for the mobile donor, it’s easy to give $10 by texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888 and replying “YES”*
    • Volunteer: For additional ways to volunteer and giveback, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to find a local corps.

    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. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the red kettles. 

         

    About Selena Gomez 
    Selena Gomez has become one of the most accomplished actors and recording artists today and all by the age of twenty-one. 2013 has been a big year for Selena. In July, she released her fourth album “Stars Dance” which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts.  The lead single “Come and Get It” became her first number one single and won an MTV Video Music Award for “Best Pop Video.” On the heels of the release of her album, Gomez launched her very successful “Stars Dance World Tour” which is currently scheduled to conclude later this month. She has sold over 10 million singles in the US and has become a fixture on the dance scene garnering six singles that have landed at number one position on the Billboard Dance Club/Play charts.  

       

    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 a range of social services: 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 Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities 
    In the area of community service, Gene and Jerry Jones Family Charities' mission is built on a philosophy of helping those who don't have the strength, the resources or the means to help themselves. As a sports entity that has enjoyed unprecedented success and recognition for more than four decades, the Dallas Cowboys feel a strong obligation to transfer that championship tradition and the magic that it creates to the bigger purpose of making a difference in the community. More information about the Dallas Cowboys is available at www.dallascowboys.com.

       

    For additional information about The Salvation Army and Red Kettle Kick-Off, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org, www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA or https://twitter.com/salvationarmyus.   


    *A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and 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 T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army 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.**

    NASCAR’s Morgan Shepherd Invites Kids To Tour Pit Row

    tona Beach, FL – NASCAR’s 69-year-old veteran driver Morgan Shepherd invited Kevante' Caldwell, 10, and Dijonae Smith, 12, to tour Pit Row with him and meet the crew and drivers during Saturday’s race. The kids are members of the Volusia and Flagler Salvation Army’s children programs, something Shepherd is passionate about. Additionally, The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Logo will be seen zooming around the World’s Most Famous Track this weekend, painted on Shepherd’s #89 car hood as a donated sponsorship, calling his race car a “ministry on wheels”.Locals of Daytona, Kevante’ and Dijonae, have always been NASCAR enthusiasts, but never had the opportunity to attend a race. Now their first race will be a VIP experience, with Shepherd being their tour guide, taking them through pit row and introducing them to NASCAR Champions. “I’ve seen every race, I know all the drivers and their stats, and I can’t wait to go under the tunnel to experience it all,” Kevante said.“He’s wanted to be a NASCAR driver since he first learned about stock car racing”, said his grandmother, Renese Hogg."This is a real honor to represent The Salvation Army and give these kids an opportunity," said Shepherd. "The economy is tough right now. We're a small race team without a major sponsor and it's difficult to compete, but at least we have food, clothing and a roof over our head. There are millions in our country right now who have lost their jobs, their homes, and their spirit. We'll do the best we can to promote The Salvation Army, and educate people on what The Salvation Army really does to assist the poor and the hungry.”To learn more about The Salvation Army, go to www.salvationarmydaytona.org, or call 386-236-2020. To read more on the partnership with Morgan Shepherd and The Salvation Army go to www.RACEWITHFAITH.com<

    National Doughnut Day – Friday, June 4, 2010

    g class="size-full wp-image-1817 alignright" style="border: 2px solid gray;margin: 1px 3px" title="DoughnutGirls" src="http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/DoughnutGirls.jpg" alt="" width="159" height="200" />The Salvation Army first celebrated National Doughnut Day it in 1938 in the city of Chicago as a way to honor Salvation Army “doughnut lassies” from World War I. The special day also served as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Army’s social service programs during the Great Depression.Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during World War I. The Salvation Army sent a fact-finding mission who concluded that "huts" serving baked goods, providing writing supplies and stamps, and a clothes-mending service, would serve the needs of US enlisted men. Six staff members per hut should include four female volunteers who could "mother" the boys.Because of the difficulties of providing freshly-baked goods from huts established in abandoned buildings near to the front lines, two Salvation Army volunteers (Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance) came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. These are reported to have been an "instant hit", and "soon many soldiers were visiting Salvation Army huts". Margaret Sheldon wrote of one busy day "Today I made 22 pies, 300 doughnuts, 700 cups of coffee."The doughnuts became an instant hit that was brought back to America by returning “doughboys.”Happy National Doughnut Day!

    Staff at Texas DHQ enjoying National Donut Day

    National Salvation Army Week – Adam Janelli

    g class="alignright size-medium wp-image-1743" style="border: 2px solid gray;margin: 0px 4px" title="" src="http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/JanelliGravestone-300x168.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="168" />As part of National Salvation Army Week, Major James Taylor and Major Brian Gilliam (DHQ) planted Salvation Army flags at the grave of Adam Janelli at Oakland Cemetery, Dallas, TX.A captain in the Italian Navy, Adam Janelli first witnessed The Salvation Army’s work in Calcutta, India. The outreach he saw and the meetings he attended while in India were to change his life forever. Janelli immigrated to the USA in 1888 and eventually settled in Dallas.Rough citizens of the frontier town of Dallas were startled one day when the Italian immigrant, attired in his Salvation Army uniform, began preaching on a downtown corner. That was over 120 years ago and today Janelli is credited as the founder of The Salvation Army in Texas.Every time he had any degree of success with his street meetings, Janelli would send a long and earnest letter to the General asking that officers be sent to Texas to lead the work. The letter barrage got so thick that The Salvation Army's work was officially opened in Texas in 1

    NBA Players Association and Feed The Children Deliver Disaster Relief Supplies Across The South—23 Trucks of Food and Recovery Supplies to Benefit Local Families

    Birmingham, AL — Today, the NBA Players Association (NBPA) and Feed The Children delivered two trucks of food and recovery supplies to families at the More Than Conquerors Faith Church (MTCFC) in Birmingham. These trucks were two of 23 that the NBPA and Feed The Children are sending to storm-swept communities across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia this week.

    Led by LA Lakers center, NBPA Vice President and Alabama native Theo Ratliff, and NBA Legend Purvis Short, the NBPA, Feed the Children, and volunteers from the Birmingham Chapter of the American Red Cross and MTCFC distributed supplies to over 200 families at the church this afternoon.

    “The NBPA is committed to delivering aid to our brothers and sisters who need it most,” said Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the NBPA. “Through our Operation Rebound program we will continue to support relief efforts across the country and work with our incredible community partners to help in any way we can.”

    “It means the world for me to be able to come back home to Alabama and give back to those who have been affected by this disaster,” said Theo Ratliff, LA Lakers center and NBPA Vice President. “Now more than ever, we need to stand together and lend a hand to those who desperately need it. The devastation here is heart-breaking, but I know first-hand how resilient our communities can be. I have no doubt we will rebuild and recover.”

    “Just as we did after Hurricane Katrina, we are honored to help with recovery efforts in the South, and humbled by the amazing show of strength we’ve seen in these communities,” said Purvis Short, NBA Legend and current NBPA Director of Player Programs. “We’re grateful to our partners in the local community for making this possible, and look forward to working with them in the future.” “This overwhelming effort by the NBPA and its members has allowed Feed The Children to expand the disaster relief effort to additional cities that have been affected by nature's fury," said Tony Sellars, spokesperson for Feed The Children. "We will continue to provide help and hope to those trying to rebound from tragedy, and it is gratifying to know that great partners like the NBPA will be with us every step of the way."

    “As a Pastor for nearly thirty years in the Birmingham area, I have had numerous opportunities to spearhead and partner with efforts to bring about change in people’s lives. However, the opportunity I have been afforded to work with Operation Rebound and the NBA Players Association is by far one of the most sentimental and personally rewarding for me,” said Pastor Steve Green of MTCFC. “Having grown up in Pratt City, about one week before the devastating tornado, I found myself praying in my old neighborhood for help and revitalization. Now, as I see that help pouring in from across the globe and through the NBA Players Association, it is certainly an answer to prayer.”

    “The City of Birmingham is in recover and rebuild mode after the storm’s devastation and the NBPA’s ‘Operation Rebound’ will be a part of that effort as we strive to build a better Birmingham,” said Mayor William A. Bell, Sr. “We thank them for their time and support and for just simply giving of themselves to show that they care about the people of Birmingham.”

    This aid is part of the NBPA’s “Operation Rebound,” which was launched in 2005, in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Operation Rebound is a long-term commitment and partnership between the Players Association, Feed The Children and other humanitarian groups to provide disaster relief and ultimately to provide assistance in the rebuilding efforts of local communities. Sending aid and writing checks are only the beginning of the NBPA's efforts. The players’ insistence on a hands-on approach has taken them to numerous, hard-hit areas. Hundreds of union members have volunteered to travel and deliver supplies to those who need them most.

    In addition to the NBPA and Theo Ratliff, Chris Bosh, Ben Wallace, D.J. White, Antonio McDyess, Josh Childress, and the WNBPA Foundation are sponsoring some of the of the 23 trucks being donated. A full schedule of the NBPA’s trucks is included below:

    LocationDateDrop location
    Tuscaloosa, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Tuscaloosa, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Anniston, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Tuscumbia, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Pisgah, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Gunterville, AL19-MayThe Salvation Army
    Decatur, AL19-MayThe Salvation Army
    Birmingham, AL17-MayMore Than Conquerors Church
    Birmingham, AL17-MayMore Than Conquerors Church
    Demopolis, AL17-MayTheo Ratliff Activity Center
    Choctaw / Clark Counties, AL20-MayLocation TBD
    Sumpter / Pickens Counties, AL20-MayLocation TBD
    Green / Hale Counties, AL20-MayLocation TBD
    Tuscaloosa, AL18-MayThe Salvation Army
    Memphis, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    Memphis, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    Memphis, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    Memphis, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    Memphis, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    Memphis, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    Jackson, MS20-MayThe Salvation Army
    Chattanooga, TN16-MayThe Salvation Army
    McDonough, GA20-MayThe Salvation Army

    ABOUT THE NBPA
    The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court. For more information, please visit www.nbpa.org.

    ABOUT FEED THE CHILDREN
    Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2010, Feed The Children distributed more than 133 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. For more information, please visit www.feedthechildren.org.

    ABOUT MTCFC
    For nearly thirty years More Than Conquerors Faith Church has held a forceful presence in the Birmingham area, impacting thousands of lives with a message of hope, healing, and love through the power of God. It is the firm belief of More Than Conquerors’ pastoral leadership and congregation that the local church holds a vital role in the welfare and support of the community. It is to that end, More Than Conquerors initiates and pursues opportunities to collaborate with other community partners in innovative outreaches to assist in the maintenance and edification of our society and local community. For more information visit www.mtcfc.org.

    CONTACT:
    NBPA – Emily Browne
    Sunshine Sachs and Associates
    (212) 691-2800
    Browne@sunshinesachs.com

    Feed The Children – Mark Opgrande
    Mark.opgrande@feedthechildren.org

    MTCFC – Rochelle Wallace
    (205) 322-2644 ext. 324
    rwallace@mtcfc.org

    Neighbors Helping — Salvation Army Stepping Up To Meet Need

    Dallas, TX (September 13, 2011) — The Salvation Army will open the doors of its Central Texas Wildfire Relief Center, located at 12317 Technology Blvd. #300, in Austin, as the distribution point for donated household items, toiletries, non-perishables and clothing to wildfire survivors, at 9:00 AM, Friday morning, September 16. The distribution center will remain open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.

    With the continued help of hardworking local volunteers, The Salvation Army plans to be ready to supply donated items from the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign to those individuals who have been directly impacted by the wildfires in Central Texas. People who have lost their homes are asked to bring proof of residence in order to qualify for assistance.

    Several truck loads of donations still need to be unloaded and sorted and The Salvation Army is appealing for volunteers to support their efforts. More than 20 individuals worked tirelessly on Tuesday afternoon and staff are hoping to recruit 100 volunteers on Wednesday. Volunteers are asked to report to 12317 Technology Boulevard #300, Austin, TX 78727, (http://g.co/maps/uqvj9) between 8:30 AM-4:30 PM.

    Salvation Army mobile feeding units will again be active in Bastrop County, Wednesday, in addition to several other communities affected by wildfires. Three units will provide hydration and snacks to those in need, including roving support to people only recently allowed to re-enter their communities. Since the beginning of the wildfires in Central Texas, The Salvation Army has served 22,855 drinks, 5,765 snacks, and 1,473 meals to firefighters, responders and survivors.

    Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief 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.<

    New Family Store Opens in Grayson County!

    class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;line-height: normal">For more than 50 years, The Salvation Army of Grayson County has helped people in need with services through the local Family Store. This week, we will be opening a new and improved Family Store located at 426 West Houston Street.

               

    But, did you know The Salvation Army Family Store in Grayson County provides more than just reasonable prices on necessary merchandise? The Salvation Army also has a fulltime Social worker who works with families and people in need in the community to provide clothing and furniture vouchers that allow people to receive basic, necessary items free of charge.

     

    In addition, The Salvation Army also runs a Back to School Program through the Family Store which provides clothing for children who would otherwise have nothing new to wear when beginning the school year. Store sales also go to directly help cover the costs of other Grayson County Salvation Army programs, such as the Family Shelter and Boys and Girls Club.

     

    The Salvation Army is thankful to the community for their donations and patronage. Please stop by and shop with us this week when we open the doors to our new downtown Family Store!

     

    The Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on June 2nd at 11:30 a.m. complete with a ribbon cutting and the familiar mobile disaster unit stocked with refreshments.

    New Salvation Army Social Justice Application “The Daily Cup” Now Available For iPhone

    Daily Cup is now available for iPhone users simply by visiting: www.getjar.com/Salvation-Army. With the addition of the iPhone, the Daily Cup now works on all smartphones!Once you have downloaded the app to your iPhone you can improve the functionality:Go to the iPhone Settings tab Scroll down and select Safari Scroll down and Click on 'Clear History, Cache and Cookies' Close the Settings tab Re-launch the Salvation Army app from the Icon on your Homescreen.New uplifting stories and features about Salvation Army programs are added to the Daily Cup every day. So, please share this app with your employees, friends, soldiers, and advisory organizations...and remember...all donations made through the Daily Cup stay in the donor's community supporting the local life-changing ministries of The Salvation A

    New World Leader Announced For The Salvation Army

    rong>The Salvation Army has today announced its new world leader and the 19th General will be Canadian-born Commissioner Linda Bond.Commissioner Bond becomes the third woman and the fourth Canadian to hold the post of General of The Salvation Army since the international church and charity organisation was founded 146 years ago.The commissioner, who currently heads up the church and registered charity’s work in the Australian Eastern Territory, was elected by The High Council of The Salvation Army made up of senior leaders from around the world who met this week in Sunbury-on-Thames near London.Commissioner Linda Bond (64) will have the title General-elect until she succeeds the current world leader General Shaw Clifton, who retires at the beginning of April.Once in post as General of The Salvation Army, the commissioner will become the head of more than one million Salvationists in 123 countries. The Salvation Army also has more than 100,000 employees who between them communicate in 175 different languages.In recent days and months, The Salvation Army has been involved in relief work in the aftermath of the Australian floods, the devastating mudslide in Brazil, floods in Sri Lanka, and the New Zealand earthquake.Commissioner Bond comes to the role of General of The Salvation Army with 42 years' experience of Christian ministry and leadership.Since 2008 Commissioner Bond has headed up The Salvation Army’s work across Eastern Australia, a huge territory with its headquarters in Sydney. This includes the recently devastated state of Queensland where The Salvation Army continues to be heavily involved in assisting victims of widespread flooding.Prior to this, the commissioner worked at Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) in London, as the Secretary for Spiritual Life Development and International External Relations. This was her second spell at IHQ where she had previously served as Under Secretary for Personnel in the mid 1990s.As a Salvation Army officer (ordained minister of religion and leader) Commissioner Bond has served in local corps (church) ministry, on the staff of Salvation Army national and regional (divisional) headquarters and as part of the training staff for new officers in her home territory of Canada and Bermuda. During those years she also served as a divisional and subsequently a leader of The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda.Other appointments have included divisional leadership roles in the Manchester region of the United Kingdom between 1998 and 1999, and as Territorial Leader in the USA Western Territory of The Salvation Army.The announcement of the new General of The Salvation Army was broadcast live on the worldwide web. Speaking just after her election Commissioner Bond said:‘I love the Lord Jesus Christ and pledge my utmost obedience to him. I am absolutely committed to a life of praise and thanksgiving to God. We, the Salvation Army need to be an Army of praise and thanksgiving to God and we must place our trust in God. We need his Holy Spirit to come mightily on The Salvation Army.’During the past five years under the leadership of General Shaw Clifton, the work of The Salvation Army has expanded into 12 new countries. The Salvation Army is now in 123 countries. During his term General Clifton established the Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission, based in New York USA and the Army’s Centre for Spiritual Life Development in London. The General and Commissioner Helen Clifton have also actively worked to aid the plight of struggling women and children around the world, including mobilising The Salvation Army in a concerted effort against human trafficking. Increasing the role of women in Salvation Army leadership has been of special concern to General Clifton and he has appointed many more women to senior leadership positions around the world than has occurred previously.The Salvation Army is an international Christian church and registered charity and is one of the largest providers of social welfare in the world. The General directs Salvation Army operations throughout the world via International Headquarters in the City of London. Programmes include accommodation for homeless men, women, children and families; drug rehabilitation centres; schools; hospitals and clinics; HIV/Aids projects, micro-credit schemes, training centres and day-care facilities. Support is also offered through nearly 15,000 local church and community centres.The Salvation Army across the world increasingly uses the internet and social media to share its Christian message and news about its mission, so it was appropriate that news from the High Council 2011 was shared in this way.The webcast of the opening service, the Welcome to the High Council and the Salute to General Shaw Clifton, has to date been accessed by more than 20,000 individual computers, with many more thousands expected to have viewed the service. For the first time social media was used to share information about the progress of the High Council in London, with many thousands of people receiving information through Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and more than 3,000 people receiving email news alerts.Release prepared in conjunction with United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland Communications Departm

    New Zealand Salvation Army Mourns Loss of Maori Leader

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    New Zealand – The Salvation Army in New Zealand is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of one of its most influential members after Auxiliary-Captain Hohepa (Joe) Patea, co-leader of The Salvation Army's indigenous Maori work, was promoted to Glory.

    Aux-Captain Patea – together with his wife, Aux-Captain Teao Kauirangi (Nan) Patea – played a pivotal role in strengthening The Salvation Army’s Maori work, assisting Salvation Army corps (churches), social service centers and Salvationists across New Zealand. His fluency in te reo Maori (the Maori language) and understanding of Maori tikanga (culture and protocols) were critical factors in helping The Salvation Army better serve within the bicultural context of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

    Joe Patea met The Salvation Army in 2002 when he took part in a Salvation Army stage production called The Homecoming at Wellington City Corps (church) that toured internationally. Although Joe was from a Catholic background and his wife Nan from an Anglican one, neither was a practicing Christian. But the seeds of commitment were being sown in their lives.

    The couple became adherent members and then took the step of becoming senior soldiers. Joe said “We wanted to be uniformed soldiers but, more than that, we were called to be soldiers. We wanted to be immersed in The Salvation Army.”

    Joe and Nan were appointed co-leaders of Salvation Army Maori Ministries on 22 June 2006, serving part-time and then full-time. He led numerous powhiri (formal welcome ceremonies) at major Salvation Army events, always with great dignity and humor. Joe and Nan were commissioned as auxiliary-captains on 15 February 2007.

    Joe was the respected kaumatua (elder) at The Salvation Army's Booth College of Mission, home to the Officer Training College, where he made a considerable contribution in building future Salvation Army leaders. He enjoyed sharing his faith with inmates at Rimutaka Prison’s Maori Focus Unit and in Wellington Prison.

    Together, Joe and Nan became a taonga (treasure) to The Salvation Army, giving themselves as cultural resources to Salvation Army leadership and the wider Army, but Joe said he simply saw himself as a “pononga o te Atua” (servant of the Lord).

    Confronting ill health in recent times, Joe’s faith in God remained strong and his strength came from the knowledge that God was with him. He did not let his health concerns hold him back from his calling and ministry. Joe said his calling could be found in John 15:16: “You did not choose me, [says Jesus], but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.” He was promoted to Glory, aged 62, on 4 April 2011 from a Wellington hospice.

    “Kua whawhaitia e ahau te whawhai pai, kua omakia toku omanga, kua rite i ahau te whakapono” – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7).”

    Well done, good and faithful servant of Jesus!

    Report by Major Christina T

    Northwest Arkansas Area Command Responds to Search & Rescue

    Oklahoma City, OK — Benton County (AR) Emergency Management has requested the assistance of The Salvation Army for a search and rescue operation in West Siloam Springs, AR.

    Major Tim Williford, Northwest Arkansas Area Commander, is en route to serve responders throughout the night. A tornado struck a trailer park in the area. A search and rescue effort is underway for survivors. The amount of damage in the area is unknown at this time.

    Major Denise Williford reports The Salvation Army Northwest Arkansas team will remain in service as long as there is a need. Food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care will be provided to all affected in the area.

    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 on Twitter.

    Contact:
    Major Denise Williford
    E-mail: denise_williford@uss.salvationarmy.org
    Office: 479/521/2151

    OETA Telethon Raises Funds for Salvation Army OK Tornado Relief

    Tornado Relief Telethon

    June 4, 2013 (Oklahoma City, OK )—On Sunday, June 2, OETA broadcast a special night of programming with a companion telethon to raise more than $7,000 for The Salvation Army to help those affected by the tornadoes that have cause such devastation across the Oklahoma City area.

    The evening’s host, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb said, “Even in the face of tragedy, I've never been more proud of our state. Witnessing Oklahomans helping Oklahomans, neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers--all without expecting anything in return, has been truly inspiring. The people of Moore continue to prove, they have that great Oklahoma spirit. But there are many other areas of our state which were affected by tornadoes, and they too are showing the true meaning of ‘The Oklahoma Standard.’ The Salvation Army is working with each of these areas to ensure that critical needs are met.”

    “We are grateful to all OETA viewers who called or texted in their financial support Sunday evening to help the Salvation Army raise funds to benefit victims of the recent tornado disasters in Oklahoma,” said Dan Schiedel, OETA Executive Director. “Our viewers are extremely generous, and we cannot thank them enough for their support and the love they have shown to our Oklahoma families and friends.”

    Callers donated more than $6,800 and $650 was raised by 65 viewers who texted STORM to 80888 for a $10 gift for a total of $7,450.

    More than 20 Salvation Army officers and volunteers answered calls from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. during programming on the history of Moore, Okla., and an hour-long show featuring Oklahoma’s deadliest storms including the recent May 20th EF5 tornado.

    “Communities are coming together and organizations like the Salvation Army are supplying storm victims with the most urgent needs, and soon, we will recover from this natural disaster, back and better than ever,” said Lt. Gov. Lamb. “As Oklahomans, our spirit is strong and our communities are resilient. Together, we will remain Oklahoma strong. May God bless you--and God bless the State of Oklahoma.”

    Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 3,668 Clean Up and 5,052 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 7,218 persons. More than 12, 084 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

       

    UPDATES:
    For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

       

    DONATIONS:
    Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.
    • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    • 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.”*
    • Checks may be made out to:
      The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
      PO BOX 2536
      Oklahoma City, OK 73102
      Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

       

    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.

       

    In-Kind:
    The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.
    • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
    • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

       

    VOLUNTEERS:
    Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
    • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
    • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

           

    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 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 spent is used to carry out 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.<

    Office Depot Donates Backpacks

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    Captain David Feeser accepted 300 backpacks with school supplies from Tammy Salter, store manager of the Office Depot at I-35 and Empire Central in Dallas, and other Office Depot representatives as part the company's "Back-to-School Backpack Celebration" today.The backpacks will be given to children from Salvation Army centers across the DFW Metroplex.Thank you Office De

    Oklahoma Hit Hard by Second Day of Devastating Tornadoes

    May 20, 2013—Oklahoma City, OK—The Salvation Army has been responding to many areas today; however, even as tornadoes are hitting the Central Oklahoma Area, Emergency Disaster Services Director, Steven Hartsook, is lining up disaster response units to serve hard-hit Moore and South Oklahoma City.

    OKLAHOMA
    Pottawatomie County
    The McAlester, Oklahoma and Shawnee, Oklahoma disaster response teams served multiple locations in Shawnee area, including devastated neighborhoods and rural areas throughout the night and day. Around 3:00 PM all units were pulled into safety as tremendous storms threatened the area. Response teams will be out once again upon an all clear.

    Lincoln County
    The Enid, OK canteen provided breakfast, lunch & dinner to the Carney, Oklahoma area throughout the early morning hours and all day today.

    Cleveland County
    The Central Oklahoma Area Command Disaster Service Unit responded to Little Axe area with breakfast, lunch & dinner today. The Salvation Army was responding, even as one of our Salvation Army family member's home was destroyed.

    Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

    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/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindySAARMYOKPR, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK. Also, you can text a donation* to STORM 80888.

    Donations may also be mailed to The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

    Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549
    E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
    Office: 405/254/1156

                         

    *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.<

    Oklahoma Prepares for Winter Storm

    OKLAHOMA CITY (February 24, 2013)—The National Weather Service has issued Blizzard and/or Winter Storm Warnings for Northwestern to Central Oklahoma. A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued for most of the rest of Oklahoma and much of Arkansas. Parts of Arkansas are under a flood warning.

    Weather Conditions:

    An approaching winter storm is due to strike much of Oklahoma tonight through Tuesday. Significant accumulations of snow are expected; in some areas close to 14” is predicted, as well as thunderstorms in portions of Oklahoma as well. Wind gusts of up to 55 mph are expected on during some of the heaviest snow causing white out conditions.

    Impacts:

    Travel could become impossible in much of Oklahoma including the I-40 corridor west of Oklahoma City. Isolated power outages are possible.

    Coordination Efforts:

    The Salvation Army is represented at the Oklahoma Emergency Operations Center. The Salvation Army in the Arkansas-Oklahoma Division has taken steps to alert all Corps and Commands of the impending weather as well as providing updated weather conditions to allow each area to prepare in the event they are asked to respond.

    Salvation Army personnel will be working with emergency management officials and other VOAD agencies to coordinate services and provide assistance to residents in both Arkansas and Oklahoma due to impending weather conditions.

    Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Updates will be provided as additional information is forthcoming.

    Oklahoma Salvation Army Continues Tornado Response Efforts

    Oklahoma Salvation Army Continues Tornado Response Efforts

    Oklahoma City, OK (May 21, 2013)—The Salvation Army continues to respond to areas affected by a series of tornadoes that occurred this past Sunday and Monday. Service area includes Carney, Shawnee, Cleveland County and Moore, Oklahoma.

    Since service began on Sunday evening through 5:00 PM this afternoon, The Salvation Army has provided 4,314 meals, 5,552 drinks and over 2,500 snacks. Additionally, emotional and spiritual care has been provided to over 100 persons, including first responders as well as those affected by the tornadoes.

    Meals, hydration and emotional and spiritual care are being provided by crews and mobile feeding units from Hot Springs, Jonesboro and Pine Bluff, Arkansas alongside Central Oklahoma Area Command, Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, McAlester, Muskogee, Shawnee and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    The Salvation Army is ready to provide the services mentioned above for as long as we are needed. Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindySAARMYOKPR, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.

    Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

    • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    • 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.”*
    • Donations in the form of checks designated to Oklahoma Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
      The Salvation Army
      PO Box 2536
      Oklahoma City, OK 73102

                     

    *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.

    Oklahoma Salvation Army Responds To Deadly Tornado In Woodward, OK

    Oklahoma City, OK (April 15, 2012)—The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Divisional Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team will be deploying the Enid Salvation Army mobile feeding unit early Sunday morning to respond to a deadly tornado in Woodward, Oklahoma. Captain John Dancer, Commanding Officer for Enid, reports his team will be en route early Sunday morning.

    Even before the line of storms approached his community, he was responding in the early hours of the morning to a request for assistance. A first response team is also headed towards Woodward to help assess the situation and determine if additional teams and/or services are needed. The first priority for the short-term aftermath of the storm will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

    The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors. The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769.) Designate “Oklahoma storms” when making your donation.

    For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow latest updates on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmyaok.org, Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK, and follow us on Twitter @SalArmyAOK. Additional updates will be sent as new information becomes available. Contact: Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405/830/6549 E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org Office: 405/254/1156

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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 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

    Oklahoma Salvation Army Responds to Wildfires

    Oklahoma City, OK (August 5 – 9:30 PM)—The Salvation Army continues to respond to multiple wildfire locations. Wildfires have now burned over 78,000 acres across Oklahoma. Some fires continue to burn. The Salvation Army is refreshments and spiritual care to responders and those affected by the tragic fires.

    FIRES
    Cleveland County—The Noble Fire continues to burn. The Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma and Shawnee provided 180 breakfasts to first responders this morning. The Salvation Army also served 580 meals at lunch and dinner in conjunction with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

    Oklahoma County—The Salvation Army participated in a One Stop Center, to provide assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire, with other relief organizations in Luther today. The center will be open again on Monday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Luther High School Auditorium located at 178th & Luther Road. The Salvation Army will continue to have a presence.

    Major Bea Boalt, Salvation Army Divisional Officer, was in Luther today. Boalt states “Those who came in for assistance had devastating losses: loss of homes, belongings, pictures of their children and family members. Many wished they had saved more “stuff;” however, all were thankful for life, for family members to take them in and for the community who is surrounding them with love and care.”

    Payne County—The Salvation Army of Enid deployed this morning to Glencoe prepared to serve responders at that location. Fortunately, the fire was largely contained and they were able to continue on to Cushing where they served breakfast to responders in the area.

    Tulsa Area—The Salvation Army of Tulsa collected 14 pallets of bottled water and Gatorade for first responders and Oklahomans affected by the fires. Major Jim Taylor, Tulsa Area Commander, said.

    We were very gratified with the response, especially from community groups. Tulsans really pitch in when there’s a need.” Taylor said that more than a hundred cars brought the needed supplies to the Command from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. He said he was particularly touched by firefighters from Brushy and Bixby who brought water for their fellow firefighters. "The volunteer fire department from Brushy filled a pick-up truck with bottled water and had shrink wrapped it so it wouldn't come apart during the ride," Taylor said.

    The Salvation Army also coordinated with Emergency Management to deliver cots and blankets to the Mannford Command Post this afternoon.

    Donations:
    The Salvation Army is also working closely with VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). The Salvation Army will be accepting donations of water and Gatorade to distribute to those organizations active in response. They will once again accept donations at their warehouse located at 924 S. Hudson from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Salvation Army will gather, sort, palletize, and then distribute donated items as needed to other organizations responding in the state.

    Additionally, Feed The Children, a VOAD partner, will continue to accept donations of water and Gatorade at their warehouse and distribute to those organizations active in response. Feed The Children will open their warehouse, located at 31 N. McCormick Avenue, at 8 a.m. Monday and it will remain open until 5 p.m. Feed the Children will gather, sort, palletize, and then distribute donated items as needed to other organizations responding in the state.

    Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate Oklahoma wildfires. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.

    The Salvation Army will stay involved for as long as they are needed. Additional information will be provided as it is available.<

    Oklahoma Tornado Response Continues

    Oklahoma City, OK (June 17, 2013)—Close to 30 days after the first of a series of tornadoes occurred on May 19, May 20 and May 31 in Central Oklahoma, The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency financial assistance as well as meals, snacks and hydration at locations in the impacted areas.

    The Salvation Army has provided over 300,000 meals, drinks, and snacks to those impacted by the May tornadoes and flooding. 28 Canteens (mobile feeding units) and Catering Trucks have been deployed from across the country to assist in the disaster response as well as numerous personnel including volunteers, employees and Officers. Additionally, Clean-up and Comfort (hygiene) kits, as well as other necessary items have been provided. Emotional and spiritual care remains a high priority. The Salvation Army has prayed with over 11,500 persons.

       

    UPDATES:
    For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

       

    UPDATES BY LOCATION
    The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including: Canadian, Cleveland and Oklahoma counties.

       

    MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)
    Hours: Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

    The Salvation Army is located in the El Reno and Moore MARCs. Assistance includes:
    • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
    • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
    • Referrals for Other Services


    Canadian County:
    El Reno: Jenx Simmons Field House
    214 N. Country Club Rd
    El Reno, OK

    Moore: Westmoore High School
    12613 S. Western Ave.
    Moore, OK

       

    IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
    At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
    Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Distribution Hours:
    Monday thru Wednesday: 10 AM until 6 PM
    Thursday: 10 AM until 9 PM
    Friday and Saturday: 10 AM until 6 PM
    Sunday: CLOSED


    7000 Crossroads Boulevard
    Oklahoma City, OK
    (Located on Lower Level West entrance of mall in former JC Penney store)
    Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

       

    FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS
    • Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
    • Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Tornado Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
    • El Reno MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House, 214 N. Country Club Rd.

       

    ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:
    At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: 35th East and West areas.

       

    DONATIONS:
    Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.
    • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
    • 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.”*
    • Checks may be made out to:
      The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
      PO BOX 2536
      Oklahoma City, OK 73102
      Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

       

    In-Kind:
    The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.
    • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at Lanita_Lloyd@uss.salvationarmy.org or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
    • Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

       

    VOLUNTEERS:
    Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
    • Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
    • There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or SalArmyOKTornadoVolunteer@gmail.com.

           

    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 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 spent is used to carry out 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.

    Oklahoma Wildfire Activity & Response Continues

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (August 6, 2012) – Wildfires have now burned over 93,000 acres in Oklahoma since last Friday. A statewide Burn Ban is in effect along with a State of Emergency for all 77 counties. The Salvation Army has provided over 2,300 meals, 4,285 drinks and 2,480 snacks to responders and those impacted by the wildfires. The Army is assisting with the immediate and short-term needs of fire survivors, while also addressing the needs of emergency personnel as they continue fighting the ongoing fires.

    The Salvation Army is also working in cooperation with Oklahoma Emergency Management and multiple non-profit and governmental agencies to offer assistance to all residents impacted by the various wildfires at designated Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC). Disaster Social Services personnel from the impacted areas are providing emergency financial assistance to those households who seek assistance at the center.

    The Salvation Army is committed to providing emergency assistance as well as emotional and spiritual care to survivors. We will continue to meet the needs of those families and individuals impacted by these disasters as long as we have the resources to do so.

    Wildfire Response
    Cleveland County—The fire is contained and responders remain on site monitoring for hot spots. The Central Oklahoma Area Command provided breakfast to first responders this morning and served lunch in conjunction with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.

    The Salvation Army will be participating in MARC in Noble to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The center is located at 12 Points Baptist Church, 15601 East Etowah Road, Noble, OK. The center will open on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at Noon and remain open until 8 PM. The hours for Wednesday through Friday will be 10 AM until 7 PM.

    Creek County—Due to the generous donations of the public, Tulsa Area Command was able to deliver a pallet of Gatorade, cases of water, and snacks to the Incident Command Post near Mannford, OK where firefighters and emergency personnel continue their tireless efforts. They also coordinated delivery of ice to the site.

    Oklahoma County—The Salvation Army is participating in MARC to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Luther High School Auditorium located at 178th & Luther Road.

    Payne County—The Salvation Army of Stillwater will be participating in MARC in Glencoe to provide emergency assistance and information to individuals affected by the wildfire. The Center is located at the United Methodist Church, 113 South Perry Avenue, Glencoe, OK. The center will open on Tuesday, August 7 beginning at Noon and remain open until 8 PM.

    Pittsburg County—The Salvation Army of McAlester is on site at the McAlester Lake fire providing meals, snacks and hydrations to responders on the scene.

    Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The best way to help fire survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution.

    Call: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    Online: disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
    (There is a banner at the top to click on to Donate Now to Oklahoma Fire Relief Efforts)

    Mail: The Salvation Army
    Attn: Oklahoma Wildfires
    PO Box 12600
    Oklahoma City, OK 73157

    Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. The Salvation Army is very grateful to the public for its support to help those in need.

    One Soldier in God’s Mighty Army

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    “This is the best sandwich I’ve ever had,” Heather Murray exclaims as she bites into the foot-long sub given to her by Major Tom Louden, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services response to the May Oklahoma tornadoes.

    On Monday, June 2, Major Louden left the Incident Command center and his administrative duties to visit the areas in Canadian County, Oklahoma, hit by Friday night’s EF3 tornado. The storm, with winds gusting up to 165 miles per hour, left several Union City area families homeless. On the day Major Louden visited, they were picking up what personal belongings they could find--many strewn, in some cases, over nearly a mile of fields and farm land. The visit gave him a chance to do what he loves best—serve others in the name of the Lord.

    Major Louden is no stranger to Oklahoma; he held a two-year appointment in Sand Springs as a Salvation Army minister and community leader (corps officer) and then a term of four years as the corps officer in Bartlesville. And he has suffered with Oklahomans; his first Emergency Disaster Services response experience was the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995, and he served as Incident Commander when the Army responded to the Oklahoma tornadoes of 1999.

    “In ’95 I was the Family Notification Center Coordinator; that’s the place where families gathered and waited for the positive identification of their loved ones’ bodies,” he recalled. “I watched Salvation Army officers connect with families and act as their guides, their shepherds. In one case I sent an officer with a family to collect DNA from home; they returned with some hair out of a hair brush. Another officer came back with a family carrying a toothbrush that belonged to one of the children who was in the daycare.”

    It was while a young Tom Louden was at Asbury College that he realized his calling to live a life serving as God’s servant. A chaplain for the U.S. Senate spoke at a chapel service, and quoted Jeremiah 2:3 “…holiness unto the Lord.”

    “In that moment everything around me disappeared,” he said, “and it was just about God. I realized that anything is possible when you are following God, and if I was doing what I want, and not what God wants, then I’m not living right.”

    Twenty-three years later he crosses a field covered with CDs, kitchen appliances, and office supplies. On his shoulder he carries a box full of gloves, trash bags, and other recovery supplies to share with a family who has lost everything.

    “Twenty-four hours ago we thought we were… messed up,” Joshua, the man who lived in the trailer home, explains.

    With the help of a few family and friends, along with a nice warm meal from The Salvation Army, spirits began to lift as everyone took time from sifting through the weeds and debris.

    Major Louden offers to pray with them and for them, and then he’s on his way.

    It only takes one man to make a difference, but with the support of an entire Army behind him, Major Louden is delivering comfort and hope to entire families in Oklahoma.

    ONE WEEK AFTER THE FLOOD, SALVATION ARMY EMERGENCY DISASTER SERVICES CONTINUE IN CORPUS CHRISTI

    eek after heavy rains caused flooding in areas of Corpus Christi, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel report they are continuing to serve meals and drinks to displaced and affected residents from the mobile feeding unit (canteen) and to provide other types of assistance—cleaning kits, blankets, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance—as necessary.In fact, says Major Daniel New, administrator of the Salvation Army in Corpus Christi, the number of meals served has increased slightly each day of service. “On Monday the 20th, we served lunch to 75 at the Ben Garza temporary shelter. The following day we provided lunch at the shelter to 50. On Wednesday we served dinner to 200. Thursday and Friday, we served dinner from the canteen, providing some 700 meals on those days. Over the weekend, we used our Shelter’s kitchen to make boxed lunches that were then distributed by The American Red Cross. We served dinner from our own canteen in the field to approximately 500 individuals.”The Corpus Christi community has responded quickly and with compassion toward those affected by these floods, providing The Salvation Army with donations of a 48-foot cooler/freezer trailer, two trailers of donated items from the local food bank, and numerous other gifts of food and clothing from individuals. “We are proud of the way our neighbors have responded during this time of crisis,” says Major New. “We know that when we tell the community there is a need, Corpus Christi will help us meet that need.”Major New and his EDS personnel will meet with representatives from the City of Corpus Christi today, the 27th, to determine how much longer Salvation Army assistance will be needed. “We are scheduled to continue EDS operations through Wednesday, the 29th,” Major New says, “but that date may change after we meet with the City. However, we are prepared and committed to serve our Corpus Christi neighbors for as long as they have a need.”For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army's emergency relief efforts please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps.  For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS<

    Operation Rehabilitation: More than just handing out cups of water in downtown Tampa

    Tampa, FL (August 29, 2012)–As volunteers and staff trickle in from a 10-hour shift of hydrating first responders and the public in downtown Tampa, they are relaying stories of how The Salvation Army is doing more than just passing out cups of water.

    “People are not used to this heat and humidity,” said Doug Corwin, a staff member from Melbourne, Fla., serving with 11 other Salvation Army of Florida units in downtown Tampa. “They don’t know to drink a lot of water. We are helping to keep them healthy.”

    Corwin, 49, has served on several Salvation Army disaster response teams including Hurricane Ike in Texas and Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.

    “While serving during Katrina, people were passing out because of the heat,” he said. “We know how hot it can get in August and what a cold cup of water can do and how it can help on hot, humid day.”

    The Salvation Army will be in downtown until Thursday, serving water and offering encouraging words to people who come to the canteens (mobile kitchens).

    Since Saturday, The Salvation Army has provided 17,781 cold drinks, 3,056 snacks and 8,218 cases of bottled water to first responders and the public.

    Operation Rehabilitation is a multi-agency, collaborative effort to keep the public hydrated. Salvation Army canteens are strategically stationed at downtown fire hydrants for easy access to city water.

    “Our role to support the City of Tampa in ensuring the public health and safety by providing hydration resources fits within our Emergency Disaster Services mission,” said Kevin Smith, Salvation Army’s emergency services director. “We are fortunate to have many partners that care about the significant heat during this event and we all want to ensure their safety.”

    Kerry Dennis, a volunteer from The Salvation Army in Sarasota, said he and his team have passed out hundreds of cups of water at his canteen, located at Kennedy Boulevard and Tampa Street near Lykes Gaslight Park.

    “The crowds are being friendly,” he said. “They are just glad we are here with cups of water.”

    Along with Operation Rehabilitation, The Salvation Army is also serving residents in the Palm Beach area after Isaac caused massive flooding.

    Since flooding began in the area, The Salvation Army has served more than 400 meals in Palm Beach county.

    “The Salvation Army is humbled to serve as an instrument of hope to those impacted by this flooding,” said Palm Beach County Area Commander, Major Thomas McWilliams. “In the past five years, I do not recall a flooding situation of this magnitude and longevity.”

    Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region.

    In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

    • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
    • Hygiene kits
    • Drinking water
    • Shower units
    • First-aid supplies
    • Emotional/spiritual care

    The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an Emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

    For more information on how The Salvation Army of Florida is responding to the storm, follow @salarmyfla on Twitter, search for “Salvation Army Florida Division” on Facebook or go to our website, www.salvationarmyflorida.org. You can also go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org other ways The Salvation Army is helping residents recover from a disaster.

    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 Relief and can be sent to your local Salvation Army in Florida. Please designate "2012 Hurricane Relief" 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).

    For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

    In the short-term aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals and families.

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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 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 spent is used to carry out 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.

    Operation Toy Drop – Midland TX

    land, TX (12/05/09) – The third annual Fly-In benefitting the Salvation Army Angel Tree program in Midland and Odessa took place Saturday, December 5. This event, sponsored by Chapter 123 of the Experimental Aircraft Association, included free airplane rides for children between 8 and 18 who donated a toy to The Salvation Army Angel Tree.This Christmas the Salvation Army in Midland has seen a dramatic increase in the number of people requesting help through the Angel Tree program. “In 2008, 1400 people received assistance but this year we expect to deliver gifts to almost 1900 children and seniors” said Captain Russ Keeney, Salvation Army Officer in Midland. “The Fly-In is a great help in this effort and is the EAA’s first time association with The Salvation Army.”Steve Clinton, President of Chapter 123 said, “This event is a great way to expose young people to aviation as well as support The Salvation Army at this special time of year.”The event attracted a helicopter and several aircraft from Midland and beyond. John Windham, whose daughter enjoyed her first-ever flight during the Fly-In commented, “We love the Salvation Army, what they do and what they stand for. They are a big part of why we are out here today.

    Our 48th Wedding Anniversary Was A Disaster!

    ing made plans to go out for a nice, quiet dinner for two in their home town of Fort Worth, Texas, Frank and Bera Calvert were looking forward to celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary. However, Hurricane Alex had plans of its own as it surged towards the South Texas coastline.Frank and Bera first volunteered with The Salvation Army as bell ringers while living in Daytona, Florida, and have always appreciated the ministry of the organization. Since moving to Texas they have been part of The Salvation Army Disaster Team for almost seven years. Married in Amarillo in 1962, the Calverts are responsible for The Salvation Army Disaster Canteen (mobile kitchen) that serves Tarrant County. On June 29, the eve of their anniversary, they received an emergency call for assistance. They were requested to be part of the State Task Force, meeting in Austin, preparing to be deployed to South Texas in anticipation of Hurricane Alex making landfall.“It’s just another day to us and is the second time we’ve been called out on our anniversary,” says Frank. “We’re always together, and we have so much fun serving people every day.”Since joining The Salvation Army Disaster Team the couple has responded to eight hurricanes and countless tornados, floods, fires, and other natural disasters. The Disaster Canteen is capable of serving up to 5,000 meals per day, catering to first responders, other relief workers, and those affected by the disaster.“There are times, like when we helped with Hurricane Rita, that you see people who have lost everything. They don’t even have food. Then they drive up, you hand them food, and they have tears in their eyes,” Bera says. “That’s what keeps you going. With the help of God, we are able to help them and love doing it.”

    Out of the Ashes – Salvation Army Supporting Recovery

    Austin, TX (September 15, 2011) – Communities throughout Central Texas have rallied to support one another in response to devastating wildfires while at the same time coming to terms with the long-term recovery ahead. The Salvation Army is committed to provide practical assistance, in addition to emotional and spiritual support, to those affected by the wildfires.

    Salvation Army mobile feeding units ventured outside of Bastrop, Wednesday, and staff witnessed the absolute devastation caused by wildfires, while providing refreshment and comfort to those they encountered. Many residents, only recently allowed to re-enter their communities, were found sifting through the rubble where their homes stood only two weeks earlier. Drinks, snacks and sandwiches brought short but welcome relief from the tiring and emotional work of retrieving what was left of personal belongings. “I’m going to see what I can find in this mess”, one resident explained while digging through the ashes within the charred frame of her home. “We’re going to get through this and rebuild. We’ll be back.”

    By the end of business on Wednesday, staff and volunteers at The Salvation Army Central Texas Wildfire Relief Center (12317 Technology Blvd. #300, Austin) had completed the two-day job of unloading seven truckloads of donations collected through the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” KXAN campaign. The task of sorting these items for distribution resumes when the doors to the center open at 8:30 AM, Thursday morning, and more volunteers are needed. “We are so grateful to the volunteers who have diligently worked at the relief center this week, and for the outpouring of love The Salvation Army has seen from the people of Austin for their neighbors affected by the wildfires,” said Major John Carter, Austin Area Commander for The Salvation Army.

    The distribution of collected household items, toiletries, non-perishables and clothing to wildfire survivors will begin at 9:00 AM, Friday morning, September 16. The relief center will remain open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Assistance will be given to people whose homes were destroyed and proof of residence is required in order to qualify. The Salvation Army will also provide gift cards to those individuals and families who have lost their homes.

    In-kind donations are no longer needed but monetary donations are requested to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief. Financial contributions 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.

    Out-Of-State Salvation Army Disaster Teams Arrive To Aid In Colorado Fires

    Denver, CO (June 23, 2013)—As fires continue to erupt across Colorado, The Salvation Army calls in Emergency Disaster Services teams from New Mexico, California, Wyoming and Montana in response to requests for aid in multiple locations around the state. The Salvation Army’s Colorado teams have worked non-stop since the Black Forest Fire began burning nearly two week ago. In just eleven days, these teams have provided nearly 13,000 meals and more than 50,000 snacks and drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees of multiple fires.

    Salvation Army disaster services personnel continues to provide food, hydration and emotional care to Black Forest Fire evacuees as they return home through the Vollmer Road re-entry point located at School in the Woods. Tomorrow, The Salvation Army will begin feeding operations at the West Fork Fire shelter in Del Norte. Teams remain on standby to provide relief in the East Peak Fire burning near Walsenburg.

    Monetary donations are desperately needed to help The Salvation Army meet the immediate needs of those affected by the wildfires, as well as plan for long-term recovery efforts. The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Fires” and sent to: The Salvation Army P.O. Box 60006 Prescott, AZ 86304 In--kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

    Courtney Culpepper
    Public Relations & Special Events Director
    THE SALVATION ARMY I INTERMOUNTAIN DIVISION
    1370 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80203

    Office: 303-860-5460 I Mobile: 702-402-4449
    Email: Courtney.Culpepper@usw.salvationarmy.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.

    People Can Donate To The Red Kettle and Be Salvation Army Bell Ringers Without Leaving the Comfort of Home

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    DFW METROPLEX (November 7, 2010) — From now through Christmas Eve, anyone and everyone can raise donations for The Salvation Army by setting up their own Online Red Kettle page at onlineredkettle.org. This is a convenient way to make a community impact without leaving the comfort of home.

    The Online Red Kettle pages are hosted free by The Salvation Army. People can put their photo on their page just like on Facebook. And speaking of Facebook, there’s a new element this year that will allow page hosts to promote Online Red Kettle and track donations towards their goal right on their Facebook page. There’s also an iPhone app that ties in with Online Red Kettle.

    Online Red Kettle pages can be hosted by individuals, families, companies, churches, and clubs.

    CONTACT: Pat Patey 214-637-8222 – W 817-919-4962 214-512-4623 - P

    Photographers Sought for International Competition

    London, England – Budding Salvation Army photographers have a unique opportunity to reach an international audience by entering the first All the World photography competition. The winning image and a selection of other entries will feature in a photo spread in the October-December issue of All the World and will also be shown in a special exhibition, titled ‘This is The Salvation Army,’ held at International Headquarters in London.

    Kevin Sims, Editor of All the World magazine, says: “We want people around the world to show us what The Salvation Army is where they live. Working on All the World magazine for more than a decade, I have seen that there are many aspects of the movement that would be familiar to all Salvationists but that some styles of worship and ministry are seen only in particular cultures or communities. A Salvationist from the USA attending worship in India, for instance, would see plenty that was familiar but also much that was unfamiliar.”

    “This idea of the international Salvation Army being "the same but different" is something All the World seeks to address. But sometimes words are not enough.”

    Photographers are encouraged to think imaginatively about their subject. Kevin says: “It may be an open-air meeting in Africa, a soup-run in Europe, a Salvation Army school in Asia, emergency response in Australasia or worship in the Americas. Feel free to be as creative as you want and don't be afraid to use abstract images – a well-used songbook or the sunset reflecting off the crest on a Salvation Army building could have as much to say about The Salvation Army as more familiar images.”

    As well as having the pleasure of seeing his or her photograph in print and featured in an exhibition, the winning photographer will receive a £100 Amazon voucher (or equivalent) and a copy of Voices from Haiti Vault, the spectacular full-color coffee table book produced after the Haiti earthquake of 2010. Second and third prize winners will receive a selection of books and audiobooks produced by International Headquarters.

    Please send digital photographs to IHQ-alltheworld@salvationarmy.org and printed copies to: All the World Photographic Competition, The Salvation Army, 101 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4EH, United Kingdom. Entries should include the name of the photographer and his or her location. For files larger than 10MB please send a smaller version and you will be contacted if a full-size image is needed. Unfortunately it is not possible to return printed photos. The closing date to receive entries is 15 August 2011.

    The July–September 2011 issue of All the World is out now.

    Pillars of Strength Among the Rubble

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    Moore, OK (May 23, 2013)—In the midst of horrific tragedy, stories of survival, strength and compassion are emerging. The Salvation Army is on the grounds, amongst the chaotic pile of rubble that once were homes and schools. There is no doubt, mourning is taking place in staggering numbers on the streets of Moore, Oklahoma tonight. The Salvation Army, known for its on-site food and hydration services, is quietly serving those who have been deeply affected by the storms with a team of trained stress management persons.

    About two hours after the tornado hit, Major Steve Morris, Divisional Commander, was checking on The Salvation Army’s local church members. Upon entering the disaster site, he remembered that a soldier of the Oklahoma City Corps lived in the affected area. Concerned, he made his way to their residence to check on their health and welfare. Upon knowing all were okay, he prayed.

    On Wednesday, Emotional and Spiritual Care teams had the opportunity to pray with 604 individuals while making contact with many others. Providing hope and compassion, be it a bottle of water and encouraging smile, or simply an open ear to hear stories of survival, The Salvation Army is a pillar of strength for those whose walls have literally crumbled around them.

    Even while volunteers, employees and officers are on the ground in Oklahoma helping both those who are responding and those affected, The Salvation Army leadership is in prayer for all. International Leader of The Salvation Army, General Linda Bond sent the following note to share with her teams in Oklahoma:

    “You will know that the Army world will be praying tomorrow, and of course, the people of Moore, Oklahoma will be placed before our Salvationists for prayer. How grateful I am to Salvationists who immediately moved into action and will continue to give the kind of practical service that resonates with the heart of Jesus. We are honoured to be linked with your people. God bless you richly.”<

    Polaris and The Salvation Army Partner at DARPA

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    Polaris and The Salvation Army are showing the value of partnership while DARPA shows the advances in using Technology to help in times of disaster. Many of the tools that are manufactured by Polaris are perfect for taking The Salvation Army closer to where the need is the greatest. At the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Teams from around the world demonstrate diverse approaches and expertise while collaborating toward a common goal: improving robotics for disaster response.

    Recently in response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes, Polaris donated a number of off road support vehicles to assist The Salvation Army in disaster response. Demonstrating this partnership while DARPA continues to find ways to support disaster response is a natural fit.

    The units on display walk, crawl and roll. They take inspiration from humans and animals, and come in sizes tall and small, skinny and wide. They represent five countries around the world. They are the robots of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials, and they and their human operators have all been practicing very, very hard. (www.theroboticschallenge.org)

    The teams scheduled to compete in the DRC Trials—taking place December 20-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida—are a mix of government, academic and commercial organizations from around the globe. They vary from each other in many ways, such as team size and experience, focus on hardware and/or software, and the design and capabilities of their entries. What all teams share, however, is commitment to a common goal: to speed development of robots that could aid in response efforts after future natural and man-made disasters.

    Kevin Smith, Director and Lance Rocks, Assistant Director of The Salvation Army, Emergency Disaster Services, Florida Division as representatives.

    "Its perfect to be in Homestead, Florida watching how robotics are being used to make disaster response more efficient and less dangerous for responders when conditions may be too dangerous." said Lance Rocks. "Homestead really was the starting point for modern day emergency management and seeing that robotics are now being introduced into the response field here gets you excited. Especially if the exponential growth is duplicated."

    The Salvation Army is very grateful to Polaris for its support. The Salvation Army is recognized because we serve at the time and place of the greatest need. Polaris's products takes us even further, and that is critical for our relief. Representatives from Polaris and The Salvation Army will be at the DARPA Challenge Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    Prayer and Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors

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    In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, a man walks through rubble in the city of Tacloban in Leyte province, one of the worst affected areas. The following was contributed by The Salvation Army Philippine Territory. Emergency Disaster Service teams have been providing essentials to those affected by the typhoon since the storm hit Friday, including food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care.1113-Ph_locator_leyte_tacloban   Prayer and Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors
    Monetary donations are the most critical need for survivors. Click here to give, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

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    The devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) left more than 10,000 dead and thousands of homes flat. The nightmare seemed to have escalated in the Visayas Island with people still trying to recover from a recent magnitude 7.2 earthquake with Bohol as the epicentre. As of this writing, another tropical storm is approaching the country heading towards the same direction that Typhoon Yolanda took.

    It would take more than a week to actually determine the extent of damages that Typhoon Yolanda havocked on people, infrastructure, livestock and crops. What the government and non government agencies are now struggling with are the accessibility of roads so that relief goods can reach the survivors and the medical attention to the wounded and sick. There is also a possibility of an outbreak of diseases.

    Prayer and Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors

    In Tacloban City after Typhoon Haiyan according to reports, survivors are resorting to violence and looting because of hunger. There are people who are losing their minds because of trauma, grief over the death of loved ones and severe hunger.

    The worst affected area is Tacloban, the capital of Leyte Province which is approximately 360 miles southeast of Manila. Aside from Leyte province, other areas were affected in Iloilo, Palawan and Mindoro.

    A number of officers were in the nearby island Cebu when the devastation happened. They were there for the annual Red Shield Appeal. After the storm, two men officers were able to hire a motorcycle and braved the road to go back to their families in Leyte and to coordinate the relief work with the local officials and department of social worker.

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    Officers from Iloilo surveyed other affected areas such as Lemery, Roxas Capiz and Banete Iloilo. A team from the Territorial Headquarters will transport relief goods and medicines to Tacloban through the help of Philippine Airforce very shortly.

     Prayer and Support Needed for Haiyan Survivors

    We encourage prayer support for all those who have been devastated by this calamity. Click here if you would also like to give monetary support, or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

    Premiere Cinema Supports The Salvation Army

    href="http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/PCC-Salvation-Army_s.jpg">Premiere Cinema 18 presents check of $3,157.64 to The Salvation Army of El Paso

    El Paso, Texas—On Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 1:30 PM Premiere Cinema 18 at Bassett Place Mall will present a check for $3,157.64 to The Salvation Army in El Paso, Texas. The staff and management at Premiere Cinema are strong supporters of The Salvation Army and its programs within the El Paso community which includes the homeless family shelter located at 4300 East Paisano.

    The homeless family shelter serves an average of 90 individuals daily of which two in three are children. The shelter provides a safe comfortable location for families, along with all the basic necessities, as The Salvation Army works with the family to meet our primary objective of sustainable housing upon exit from the shelter. Program services provided which support this objective include, but are not limited to: an after-school program which focuses on homeless children, parenting and life skills, and financial literacy.

    Over the past two months we have been successful in placing close to 70% of the families we serve in housing. In doing so, we work with each individual family to overcome obstacles, be the obstacles real or perceived.

    PRIME MINISTER LENDS A HAND AS SALVATION ARMY IN NEW ZEALAND MOVES INTO SECOND PHASE OF QUAKE RELIEF

    The Salvation Army responds to the earthquake and aftershocks that hit New Zealand on 4 September, spirits were buoyed on the evening of 7 September when New Zealand Prime Minister John Key visited a large welfare centre at the Addington Raceway. Mr. Key took his turn serving dinner alongside the Salvation Army catering crew.The response is now moving from initial emergency relief into a second phase. Ten counselors and social workers have been sent to Christchurch to help residents traumatized by the disaster. Salvation Army spokesman Major Robbie Ross says the Army has also secured warehousing and refrigeration facilities to step up its provision of food parcels to those in urgent need.Salvation Army Community Ministries Secretary Ian Hutson says the counselors and social workers will be located at the emergency welfare centers at Addington and Linwood, where The Salvation Army is already working. Some may also be used to bolster social workers already working at Salvation Army Community Ministries centers. They will work in conjunction with Christchurch mental health services.‘Some people will simply want to vent their emotions but for many the full emotional impact may not surface for weeks or months,’ Major Hutson says. The first group of counselors will be in the city for a week.‘Once we’ve assessed the need for these services, we will know what other resources will have to be added,’ adds Major Hutson. Counselors and social workers from Salvation Army centers across New Zealand and Australia will be available if demand dictates, he says.Meanwhile, The Salvation Army is starting to channel food and goods provided by New Zealand companies to its food banks, as demand for food and personal care products climbs. Major Ross says distribution will be through The Salvation Army’s network of Community Ministry centers.The Salvation Army is feeding around 2,000 people a day at two Christchurch welfare centers, 400 of whom have been staying at the centers overnight. The Salvation Army is also feeding people in the outer Christchurch suburb of Rangiora.Local emergency services coordinator Major Rex Cross says those coming to the welfare centers have been frightened and need constant reassurance for the first hour or so. Children are particularly scared and want their parents close at all times.In setting out logistics and protocols around the provision of aid, The Salvation Army in New Zealand is utilizing expertise from the experience of the Australian Salvation Army, gained during that country’s devastating 2009 bushfires.

    Providing Shelter and Meals Ahead of Hurricane Alex

    rong>Dallas, TX: - The Salvation Army in McAllen, TX is providing shelter and food to people as South Texas communities brace themselves for the effects of Hurricane Alex.On Tuesday, June 29, The Salvation Army opened the doors of its shelter in McAllen to residents evacuating ahead of the storm. The shelter accommodated 73 people of which 23 were evacuees. The Salvation Army also provided food support, serving 140 meals, and remains on stand-by should additional support be required at any of the Hidalgo County designated shelters.Mobile feeding units (canteens) are in place and ready to serve in Corpus Christi, Harlingen, McAllen and Laredo. Eight additional mobile feeding units (canteens) have been mobilized to the State Staging Area in San Antonio along with staff and volunteers. The Salvation Army mobile kitchen , capable of preparing 20,000 meals daily, and generator have been made available and are ready for deployment if necessary. The Salvation Army will also provide clean-up kits in the event excessive flooding becomes an issue caused by the first Hurricane of the season.“The Salvation Army is anticipating several days of sheltering and mass feeding along the Gulf Coast area”, said Major Terry Israel, Divisional Secretary in Texas.“ These services will be available at least through Friday, and as long as the need exists.”For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army's emergency relief efforts please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps. For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmy

    Rays of Hope Amongst Dark Clouds

    rong>Louisville, Kentucky – As storms roll through Kentucky and Tennessee, they leave behind pockets of destruction.   The Salvation Army is experienced at picking up the pieces of broken lives and shattered hope and are at work in those communities in times of disaster—like today—and throughout the year.As further storms threaten a large swath of the central and eastern United States, The Salvation Army stands ready and alert to meet impending needs.Help comes in many forms: a cup of water, a nourishing meal, a clean-up kit*; but all of The Salvation Army’s help comes with Hope.   Hope for today, Hope for tomorrow, Hope for the future.Right now, canteens (mobile feeding units) are on alert throughout the Kentucky and Tennessee Division.   Salvation Army personnel are in communication with state and local authorities and are prepared to respond as needed when and where appropriate.Financial donations are always needed to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.YourSalvationArmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most.Text STORM to 50555 to make a $10.00 contribution via your cell phone to The Salvation Army's disaster relief effort.$10 will be added to your mobile phone bill/ deducted from your prepaid account.  Message and Data Rates May Apply.  Reply STOP to 50555 to stop.  Full Terms: mGive.org/T. <

    Reaching the Unreachable: Donated Vehicles Allow Salvaton Army to Expand Tornado Relief Operations

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    Ten military vehicles donated to The Salvation Army have arrived just in time for Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services personnel to begin making house visits to families in remote areas affected by a second round of heavy winds and tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area on Friday, May 31.

    Off-road vehicle maker Polaris provided military ATV, Ranger, and RZR (“razor”) vehicles with tires that will help The Salvation Army cross terrain covered with debris and inaccessible to other vehicles to deliver food, water, and other essential supplies.

    Two different styles of tires will help The Salvation Army in getting relief supplies and workers to survivors and first responders as quickly as possible. The Ranger vehicles are equipped with Run-Flat tires that are designed to resist deflation when punctured so that drivers can keep going without delay to change tires. The ATVs and RZRs feature non-pneumatic, honeycomb tires, which are built to never go flat at all.

    The debris from destroyed homes and businesses is a significant hazard, and the Polaris vehicles are allowing The Salvation Army access to areas where canteens (mobile kitchens) cannot reach.

    “Being able to reach families and deliver a warm meal is critical in the days following a disaster such as this, as people make salvaging personal items from their home a priority,” said Major Tom Louden, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services team.

    Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 44,573 meals, 62,915 drinks, and 54,479 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 3,619 Clean Up and 3,439 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 7,115 persons. More than 11,823 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

    For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

           

    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 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.<

    Ready, Set, Ring — Front Page

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    Ready.gov offers Safety Tips Following a Tornado

    Ready.Gov offers the following Safety Tips following a tornado.

    For more information, please check out FEMA's website: www.ready.gov.

    Remember, safety should be the top priority in the aftermath of any disaster incident.

    After a Tornado

    Injury may result from the direct impact of a tornado or it may occur afterward when people walk among debris and enter damaged buildings. A study of injuries after a tornado in Marion, Illinois, showed that 50 percent of the tornado-related injuries were suffered during rescue attempts, cleanup and other post-tornado activities. Nearly a third of the injuries resulted from stepping on nails. Because tornadoes often damage power lines, gas lines or electrical systems, there is a risk of fire, electrocution or an explosion. Protecting yourself and your family requires promptly treating any injuries suffered during the storm and using extreme care to avoid further hazards.

    Injuries

    Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Get medical assistance immediately. If someone has stopped breathing, begin CPR if you are trained to do so. Stop a bleeding injury by applying direct pressure to the wound. Have any puncture wound evaluated by a physician. If you are trapped, try to attract attention to your location.

    General Safety Precautions

    Here are some safety precautions that could help you avoid injury after a tornado:

    • Continue to monitor your battery-powered radio or television for emergency information.
    • Be careful when entering any structure that has been damaged.
    • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves when handling or walking on or near debris.
    • Be aware of hazards from exposed nails and broken glass.
    • Do not touch downed power lines or objects in contact with downed lines. Report electrical hazards to the police and the utility company.
    • Use battery-powered lanterns, if possible, rather than candles to light homes without electrical power. If you use candles, make sure they are in safe holders away from curtains, paper, wood or other flammable items. Never leave a candle burning when you are out of the room.
    • Never use generators, pressure washers, grills, camp stoves or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage or camper - or even outside near an open window, door or vent. Carbon monoxide (CO) - an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe it - from these sources can build up in your home, garage or camper and poison the people and animals inside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.
    • Hang up displaced telephone receivers that may have been knocked off by the tornado, but stay off the telephone, except to report an emergency.
    • Cooperate fully with public safety officials.
    • Respond to requests for volunteer assistance by police, fire fighters, emergency management and relief organizations, but do not go into damaged areas unless assistance has been requested. Your presence could hamper relief efforts and you could endanger yourself.

    Inspecting the Damage

    • After a tornado, be aware of possible structural, electrical or gas-leak hazards in your home. Contact your local city or county building inspectors for information on structural safety codes and standards. They may also offer suggestions on finding a qualified contractor to do work for you.
    • In general, if you suspect any damage to your home, shut off electrical power, natural gas and propane tanks to avoid fire, electrocution or explosions.
    • If it is dark when you are inspecting your home, use a flashlight rather than a candle or torch to avoid the risk of fire or explosion in a damaged home.
    • If you see frayed wiring or sparks, or if there is an odor of something burning, you should immediately shut off the electrical system at the main circuit breaker if you have not done so already.
    • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, turn off the main gas valve, open all windows and leave the house immediately. Notify the gas company, the police or fire departments, or State Fire Marshal's office and do not turn on the lights, light matches, smoke or do anything that could cause a spark. Do not return to your house until you are told it is safe to do so.

    Safety During Clean Up

    • Wear sturdy shoes or boots, long sleeves and gloves.
    • Learn proper safety procedures and operating instructions before operating any gas-powered or electric-powered saws or tools.
    • Clean up spilled medicines, drugs, flammable liquids and other potentially hazardous materials.
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    Red Kettle Campaign Rings in Christmas Season

    style="text-align: center">The Salvation Army hopes to raise $2.5 million through its best-known fundraiser

    The Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign will be at hundreds of locations in Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Denton, and Ellis Counties. Many of those locations start well before Thanksgiving. The organization is working to secure more companies and churches to volunteer for full days this year. For their first time to participate, First Baptist Church of Arlington has stepped up to cover a red kettle site for 30 consecutive days. Other volunteers groups cover fewer days. One group covers the entire season – six days a week for six weeks.

    Funds raised in the red kettles provide operating revenue for 15 Salvation Army centers across the Metroplex. While many people assume the funds are used only at Thanksgiving and Christmas time, money raised in the red kettles is stretched as far into the year as possible to fund year-round operations.

    WHEN: Friday, November 5 through Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    WHERE: Examples include approximately 76 Kroger stores, 86 Wal-Mart stores, 20 Sam’s Clubs, 103 Walgreens locations, 18 Hobby Lobby stores, several area shopping malls and a variety of other retail outlets. More than 200 locations are available now, and after Thanksgiving 470 total locations will be available.

    CONTACT: Pat Patey 214-637-8222 – W 817-919-4962 – W 214-243-4848 – P

    Reflections In Hope, With Hope Force International

    Marysville, IN (March 30, 2012)—Four weeks ago today, tornados ripped through southern Indiana leaving a trail of devastation and changing the course of lives. I stand amazed and humbly awed by those who quickly and selflessly came to the aid of people in need. While coordinating spiritual and emotional care in the Marysville and Henryville area, it was my pleasure to have a team of responders from Hope Force International dispatched to work with The Salvation Army.

    Chuck Duby, Hope Force Chaplain, served as team leader for the Hope Force group. After working with another international ministry for 17 years in multiple capacities, Chuck joined the Hope Force staff nearly 6 years ago.

    Phil Fenn, a businessman from Nashville, Tennessee, was in California with his wife on business when the tornados hit. He postponed his business activities and quickly returned to the Midwest so he could serve people in need in Indiana.

    Jess, an ER nurse, and Davey Anderson, a personal trainer, are 28 & 29 years old and have been married two years. Following missions training and an outreach to Cambodia, they felt led to leave their home in California to join the Hope Force Staff in Tennessee. They arrived in Nashville Friday evening, March 2, trailing the storms that hit Alabama and Indiana. They were deployed the next day into Alabama, then to Indiana the following Tuesday. By the time I returned to Lafayette, Jess and Davey had spent more time with me than they had in their new home in Nashville.

    Stu and Carla Raynor chose to spend their first wedding anniversary serving the needs of the community in Marysville. Taylor and Marie Perez left their vacation in Florida to specifically to assist with the work in Marysville.

    Lynn Crew, Vice President of BACAR Constructors in Nashville, Tennessee, is a reservist with HFI and has served overseas and in the US extensively in relief work. Glenda and Andrew Bashor, a couple in their mid 50’s have been with Hope Force force full time for about year. Glenda’s reflection on her experience serving with The Salvation Army in Marysville follows below. Marysville, IN Deployment with The Salvation Army, by Glenda Bashor, Hope Force International.

    As we watched the storm progression from our home in Franklin, TN and prepared to hunker down in our own ‘safe place’, it became very apparent we would once again be “on the road” to serving survivors in the aftermath of the widespread storms tearing through the eastern states. Marysville, specifically because the focus had been on other larger communities, was foremost in the heart and mind of Hope Force International leadership. It wasn’t long before our pre-packed bags were being tied down in our trailer and 6 of us were on our way to Marysville.

    Our relationship as a national partner with the Salvation Army opened a door wide for our service in the Marysville area. Following our arrival, introductions and updates about the situation surrounding the small community of Marysville, then a brief survey of the area’s needs, it was determined that our initial plans would be adapted to a specific area of service. The Salvation Army pinpointed a greater need of supporting survivors, utility workers and volunteers through a gathering place for physical and emotional rejuvenation. Thus, overseeing the feeding tent became our focus.

    Hospitality has always been an important component of my husband’s and my life. To serve the needs of those involved in the recovery process through this means was an honor. Connecting with individuals on a personal level (both survivors and volunteers), while fulfilling a basic need of food (something often overlooked in times of stress), was particularly special. Gathering around food often drops barriers and allows for an openness to deeper emotional and spiritual needs of people. To me, this is the heart of hospitality – reflecting the love of God and expressing the value of the individual through a tangible means.

    All the volunteers were so willing, available and capable. “Greg” particularly stands out. Several hours after standing at a menial and seemingly mundane task to which he brought excellence and care, it became apparent this was not what he had come for….he’d been ready to head out to “the fields” with chain saw, shovel and other such tools. BUT, he willingly and cheerfully stood as a sentry over food preparation and holding items when requested to do so. He exemplified the heart of volunteerism ….doing what is necessary, when required, regardless of pre-conceived ideas or expectations.

    The spirit of resiliency in the residents of Marysville was evident in even the elderly of the community. Sisters Marguerite and Cecile were one set of survivors reflecting their faith and hope in a loving heavenly Father, even though their home would have to be leveled. They declared His hand of protection in their lives in spite of the discomfort and displacement they were experiencing. Many others, even though still reeling from the shock of loss of home and possessions and/or reliving memories of the winds tearing through their homes and community, were pressing in to gather up, clean up and determine the next step. A community bonded together through the common ground of recovery and rebuilding.

    Working with Salvation Army members is always an honor as they are often the heart and soul of serving basic needs in local communities.

    Reliant Energy Supports the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Program

    STON ─ Reliant Energy is donating $5,000 to the Salvation Army of Corpus Christi for its emergency disaster services program. The funds will help the Salvation Army in its outreach to residents of the Las Colonias neighborhood who are recovering from a devastating flood that affected nearly 180 homes.The Salvation Army’s effort in Las Colonias began immediately after the flood in late September and continues today.  The group is serving meals and drinks to volunteers and affected residents from its mobile feeding unit (canteen) and providing other types of assistance—cleaning kits, blankets, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance—as necessary.“In times of crisis, the Salvation Army is always one of the first organizations on the scene to help,” said Ruben De Los Santos, Regional Director, Reliant Energy. “We are proud to support their effort to help the Las Colonias residents and the vital work the Salvation Army does all year round.”“We appreciate the support from Reliant and their recognition of the services that we provide to Corpus Christi residents throughout the year,” said Major Daniel New, The Salvation Army. “We know that when there is a need, Reliant Energy will step up to help.”Reliant delivered the check on Oct.12 at the Salvation Army Shelter.For more information about The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program or to support The Salvation Army's emergency relief efforts please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call1-800-SAL-ARMY, or contact your local Salvation Army Corps.  For current information on Salvation Army disaster activities, follow on Twitter @SalArmyEDS<

    Relief Effort Continues After Lewiston, Maine, Fire

    Lewiston, Maine (May 7, 2013)—Fire investigators and residents were busy sorting through rubble Thursday after a fire heavily damaged three apartment buildings and left ten people homeless in Lewiston Wednesday night.

    The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have been assisting residents helping them find temporary shelter and food. Tenants could be seen boarding up windows and removing damaged items from their apartments Thursday afternoon as the cleanup effort continued.

    Salvation Army Lt. Jason Brake says while many residents have already found short term help, the focus now becomes getting tenants permanently back on their feet.

    "When these things happen, people have a lot of things to put back together," Brake said. "We always say if someone has extra things that you don't need, we will take those. We sort through them, and we make sure those who need them get those items. We take monetary donations, clothing donations and furniture donations, and we make sure they get to those who are in need."

    The State Fire Marshal's Office is continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

    For more information about the Red Cross & Salvation Army relief effort contact them at:
    American Red Cross, 1180 Lisbon St. Lewiston, 207-795-4004
    Salvation Army, 67 Park St. Lewiston, 207-783-0801

    Richard LeMieux: Fomerly Homeless Individual

    rong>Richard LeMieux Formerly Homeless Individual Author of Breakfast at Sally'sWhat is the newest issue emerging in homelessness policy? More and more hard-working Americans across the country are finding themselves in the same place I was seven years ago: homeless, living in their car, in the woods, or in abandoned homes, feeling lost and afraid with little or no hope. Families, including women and children who felt they were living the American Dream, are becoming an increasing part of the homeless population, not just in cities but in rural areas. This comes just when it appeared that city, county, state, and national programs were reducing chronic homelessness.This growing tragedy has been a blight on our nation for some time now. I know from first-hand experience. I became homeless in 2002 and spent two years living in my van and another nine months living in a church in Bremerton, WA.Once a vibrant, successful and well-respected businessman, I lost it all during a change in the business world. I made a series of bad business decisions that led to my becoming homeless.During that time I was taught how to survive by chronically homeless men who begged in front of 7-Eleven for alcohol, raided dumpsters at night, and slept in the woods.With no intent to create a book, I began writing “Breakfast at Sally’s,” documenting my journey into homelessness with my little dog Willow. These papers became a full-length book that now allows readers to see what I saw, feel how I felt, and understand how others are living. Many have said to me that “Breakfast at Sally’s” puts a face on homelessness.In the past seven years I have seen homelessness grow daily, especially among the rural population. Unfortunately, the situation has been amplified by a financial crisis that has led to record foreclosures and devastating loss of credit for the families being evicted.Soup kitchens are overwhelmed. So are the food banks and shelters, as people like me, who never dreamed of being homeless, are forced to utilize these services. The newly homeless families who gave to food banks not long before are now in line. And they are finding what I did seven years ago — that there is not enough help. There is food, clothing, and a few dollars here and there, but there is little or no housing when you are homeless and without credit.President Barak Obama has stated repeatedly, “The government in Washington is broken.” It appears that the problem runs even deeper than this. Wall Street, the auto industry, the healthcare industry, and of course, the existence of affordable housing have all degenerated while individuals collect millions in personal wealth.I believe it is time for each American to ask what they can do to make the lives of all Americans safe and secure. Every congressman and corporate leader should put themselves in the shoes of a homeless person and ask themselves if they, their wives, or their children should live like that in this country. Maybe then they will take every step necessary to make sure no American does.What issue in homelessness policy should everyone be reminded of? Many people are becoming homeless; even those that you don’t think could lose their homes.On my 50th birthday, when I was traveling first class in Italy, France, and Paris, the prospect that I would become homeless just eight years later would have caused me to double over with laughter. Even at age 55, with my own business crisis looming, I could not have guessed this would be my fate. I considered myself a self-made man, successful by my own hard work and good judgment. I was confident and believed I had an answer for almost everything.When my publishing business began to fail because my clients began utilizing websites and internet communication, I believed I could succeed by working harder and being more innovative. But soon I was borrowing more and more to survive while living in denial of my steadily increasing problems. Eventually everything caught up to me and I became deeply depressed, stopped answering phone calls, and lost interest in the things around me. It wasn’t long before I lost my three cars, my three boats, my wife, my friends and my children. I had lost my identity and was headed toward self-destruction.I have met so many others with similar stories. They became homeless because of economic, social, or emotional catastrophes beyond their control - former firemen, fishermen, nurses, soldiers and others who led productive lives. They became homeless with no hope of returning to a home and the life they once knew.I was more fragile than I ever thought – something more and more people are discovering — shocked, alone, and lost. I thought I had a safety net for bad times. But I found I did not really have a financial safety net, family safety net, psychological safety net, or spiritual safety net. Now, with our ever-changing economy, even more holes are popping up in the safety nets people thought they had, and many people are falling through those holes into despair and homelessness.How did you start writing about the field of homelessness (or housing)? I had worked to build a dream life for myself and the ones I loved. I never expected to be homeless. When I was 50 I was wealthy, carefree, and surrounded by those who loved me and my lifestyle. But on Christmas Day, 2002, at age 58, I was homeless, alone, and living in my van. I was lost in deep depression and considered jumping off the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State.That night, after failing to end my then miserable existence, I found my way to The Salvation Army (a.k.a. Sally’s) in Bremerton, WA and slept in their parking lot.In the morning I awoke to the sound of people talking. They were in line for breakfast at Sally’s. Still cold and wet from the previous night’s failure, I stepped into line. I, who had been living the American Dream, who had never had a conversation with a homeless person for more than 30 seconds, whose biggest contribution to ending homelessness had been to toss coins into a hat on the pavement, would spend the next three years having many conversations with homeless people at soup kitchens all over town.It was then that my eyes opened, my heart opened, and my mind opened. In time I would learn the events and circumstances that led to these people becoming homeless – sometimes self-inflicted and sometimes caused by others and circumstances they could not control.As one of “them,” I found them confiding in me. They shared meager resources with me, protected me, and respected me.As I learned to live with little or no hope from day to day I found myself entwined in the lives of the homeless people who had befriended me, and soon I began caring about them. I even found myself laughing, something I had not done in a long time.Sitting in my van under a street lamp each night, I began writing down the events of the day. At first I wrote in longhand on scrap paper and paper bags. Later on I began sitting at picnic tables in city parks, typing on a used portable typewriter I had gotten for free from a second-hand store.Six years later I am being told that my book has put a face on homelessness, and that over and over it has changed hearts and minds. I am humbled to hear those words. My book is no longer my book. It belongs to homeless people everywhere.Where do you draw your inspiration? When I lived on the streets I met many “angels” who fed and clothed me and many others like me. I have known groups of women who have walked fearlessly down paths into the woods to bring food to homeless people in camps. Those women took dirty clothes out of the woods, washed them that night, and brought them back the next day with milk for homeless children, diapers for babies, even money for showers at the YMCA and YWCA. Those women took sick homeless people to the ER and arranged for emergency dental work.I have known Salvation Army people, tired from the rigors of the day, somehow finding enough energy at 10 p.m. to open a shelter when the temperature was intolerable and life was at risk.I am inspired by those who understand that homeless people are just people who need help. They look forward, understanding the mistakes of the past but building on the future, investing in people and giving hope to the hopeless in word and deed.I have also been inspired by those homeless people who, despite living a meager existence themselves, find a way to share small resources, smile, and encourage others when times are dark and there is no hope in sight.Without that help from the homeless people I knew, I may not be alive today.Why do you think ending homelessness is possible? I know that it is possible to end homelessness when people invest in people, because I have seen it happen, to me personally and to others.In my case, after nearly two years in my van, I stopped at a local church to ask for gas money. After several days of cold rain my dog and I were wet and shivering. The pastor took pity on us and not only gave us $20 for gas but also money for one night in a motel. The next day I went back to thank him and he told me that I could stay and sleep that night on an old sofa in the hallway until the weather got better.I stayed in the church for nine months. The congregation accepted me and my dog and helped us survive with food, blankets, and other necessities. After those nine months a few people in the congregation helped pay the first and last month’s rent on an apartment and also guaranteed to pay any rent when I could not. Because of my ruined credit they vouched for me. And, while I have worked to finish my book, over 300 people have helped to keep my van running, bought me medicine, and provided many types of aid.And I am not the only one. I know first-hand of people who were homeless who are now safe in a home because of an organized effort to invest in them. I know of a man and woman who, after nine years of living on the street addicted to cocaine, are now free of that addiction, have jobs, and are buying a home because a group of people invested in them.There will always be a small population that wishes to remain homeless. Many times it is because they do not trust anyone to help them or they believe such help will quickly end. They have been burned before. They feel discarded and have found a “family” on the streets that does not judge them.Others prefer the freedom that homelessness gives them to any “restrictions.” They have discovered a simple life that is cheap and requires much less effort than most of us would accept.However, for most of humanity housing is absolutely necessary to preserve sanity, security, and sobriety. I believe that if our government leaders, faith-based leaders, and civic leaders at all levels make ending homelessness a priority there will be no more homelessness in America.We live in what we call the greatest country on earth, yet we choose to let men, women, and children live on the streets, in the woods, and in parking lots as if they were living in a Third World country.Seven years ago I wanted to end my life. Now I want to live until I see every homeless man, woman, and child safe and warm in a h

    Ride The Rockies Crosses The Finish Line, Rallies Community Members’ Support

    Denver, CO (June 14, 2013)—Tomorrow, 2,000 cyclists will triumphantly breeze past the finish line after their week-long Ride the Rockies trek. Their arrival at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs is an incredibly energized event expected to draw quite the crowd. And this year, the celebration will be coupled with an opportunity to rally community members around those impacted by the Black Forest Fire.

    During the afternoon celebration, the event’s host, Cheyenne Mountain Resort, will honor The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts with a special gift designated to aid in the Colorado fires. The gift will be received onstage by Salvation Army Captains Tom Stambaugh and Eric Wilkerson, who are working tirelessly to provide food, hydration and additional aid to those impacted by the wildfire.

    The 3,000 community members present will also be invited to donate their time and resources to The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Care and Share. Since the Black Forest Fire erupted Tuesday, these organizations have continually provided food, hydration, shelter and additional support to first responders and evacuees.

    WHAT: The closing celebration of Ride the Rockies will garner community support for those impacted by the Black Forest Fire and will honor organizations including The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Care and Share.

    WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2013
    1:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Cheyenne Mountain Resort
    3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd.
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906

    Rockets and Levy Restaurants to Serve Up Thanksgiving Meals for 150 Women and Children from The Salvation Army

    Houston Rockets will team up with Levy Restaurants to serve an early Thanksgiving meal to 150 women and children from the local chapter of The Salvation Army. The meal will be prepared by Levy Restaurants chefs and served by Rockets players, coaches, their wives and team executives. Clutch, the Rockets lovable mascot, will also be on hand to provide holiday cheer and entertainment.WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 1:30 PM (following the conclusion of practice)WHERE: Toyota Center 94-95 Room (US Level) **Media should sign in and enter through the Administration Entrance**WHO: Rockets players, coaches, their wives and team executives Rockets mascot Cl

    Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Offers Critical Support to Tornado Survivors Men Recovering from Addiction Help a City Recover

    Oklahoma City, OK (May 24, 2013)—Since Monday men in The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center have worked tirelessly behind the scenes offering critical support to tornado relief efforts. Pallet after pallet of food, bottled water, and other goods have been sorted and placed on trucks for distribution to survivors and first responders.

    "Serving with the recovery effort gives us a chance to give back," said one program beneficiary. "When we were struggling with addiction...with alcohol and drugs...we weren't any good to anyone. Now, we are making a difference and it feels great."

    Currently, 80 men are working toward their recovery in the Oklahoma center. Through life skill classes, counseling, spiritual development and work therapy these men are overcoming their addictions and learning to be the people God intended them to be.

    The Salvation Army's Adult Rehabilitation Center is a place of recovery and healing. Our staff and our beneficiaries are proud to help the people of Oklahoma. Our team will continue serving our neighbors until we are no longer needed," said Major Steve Justice, Administrator of the Oklahoma Adult Rehabilitation Center. As of Friday morning, The Salvation Army had served more than 11,000 meals, 24,000 snacks and drinks, and provided emotional and spiritual care to 1,261 survivors and first responders.

    Those who wish to help the recovery efforts are asked to make a financial donation. Cash donations allow The Salvation Army to purchase product to quickly and efficiently meet the most urgent needs of disaster victims. When possible, the purchases are made near the disaster site to stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery.

    It is easy to give to The Salvation Army:

    • PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • 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.

           

    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.

    Salvation Army Aids Wildfire Responders Across West Texas

    Dallas, TX (April 10, 2011) — Salvation Army locations across West Texas have joined forces to provide aid to the many firemen, policemen, and other first responders of the wildfires spreading rapidly across West Texas. The Salvation Army will continue its efforts to aid responders into next week as needed.

    The Salvation Army is on scene in Guthrie where they served snacks and meals to first responders on Friday and Saturday, April 9-10. On Saturday, this crew served 130 lunches and 135 dinners totaling 265 meals provided.

    Also on Saturday, April 9, Salvation Army volunteers and staff responded to the wildfire south of Post and served 50 meals to responders.

    Salvation Army units in Midland, Big Spring and Odessa have responded by sending 3 Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) each able to supply 2500 meals per day, to support firefighters in the city of Midland. The Salvation Army Disaster Canteen from El Paso will be leaving for Ft. Davis on Monday morning and will be stocked and prepared to stay for several days.

    Individuals can aid The Salvation Army’s effort by volunteering with the Disaster Alert Response Team (DART) by calling 806-765-9434. This team of volunteers goes out to the scene of disasters with Salvation Army staff to assist victims and responders.

    Monetary donations to support The Salvation Army Texas Wildfire Relief can be made by mail to P.O.Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmytexas.org

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

    Salvation Army And Lion Apparel Work Together For Tornado Survivors’ Future

    West Liberty, KY (March 15, 2012)—Recovery after a major disaster requires a number of aspects, among them is the ability to return to work. For residents of Morgan County where tornadoes devastated much of the downtown commercial area, along with numerous homes, this is a significant challenge.

    “The building’s just gone…we couldn’t go to work even if we could get there,” said Tony, a West Liberty resident lamenting the double loss of his automobile and his job. “But we’re lucky, our whole family is safe,” he added, struggling to find a bright spot.

    The bright spot for many Morgan County residents shines on Lion Apparel, the largest non-governmental employer in West Liberty. “We were spared the damage and loss so many others suffered,” said Dorothy Adams, the Lion Plant Manager and life-long resident. “We have dedicated employees; our shifts were full as soon as the lights came back on.” Adams noted that a handful of employees had lost their homes or cars; and all have gone without electricity for several days. “We make protective, ‘turn-out’ gear for firemen all over the world—its important work, but it isn’t easy.”

    Jessica, another Lion employee shared about the importance of morale to an effective workplace and the affect a hot, nutritious meal has on that morale—that’s where The Salvation Army comes in. For more than a week now, as part of the on-going relief efforts for the survivors of the tornadoes, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) canteens (mobile feeding units) have been delivering and serving meals to more than 200 works each shift at Lion Apparel.

    “We know getting back to some semblance of normal is an important step toward recovery,” said Major Darrell Kingsbury, Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s disaster efforts in Eastern Kentucky. “And you can’t have your mind on work when you are trying to figure out what you’re going to eat because you don’t have utilities to cook or to keep food in your house—if you even have a house.”

    Trained Salvation Army EDS volunteers prepare for the lunch break lunch with rows of meals and quickly ladle bowls of cream of chicken soup, thick with protein-packed chicken. ‘Thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’ are repeatedly exchanged along with ‘God bless you’ passed in both directions.

    But ‘Thank you’ in Lion Apparel is more than words—no matter how heart-felt. The employees put their money where their mouth is; giving even through their own loss. They took up a collection as a gesture of thanks; handing over a bag with more than $300 to help with continued relief efforts…along with a hand-crafted note.

    The Salvation Army and Lion Apparel both do important work and both have a part to play in the recovery of West Liberty & surrounding communities; it is only natural that they would be working hand-in-hand as Morgan County comes back together focused on the future…knowing that today’s needs are met.

    For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this disaster, please visit: www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

    You may also help by texting “storm” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation will appear on your next mobile phone bill.*

    * A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

    Salvation Army And Little Caesars Pizza Team-Up For Tornado Response

    West Liberty, KY (March 14, 2012)—A longtime partnership between The Salvation Army and Little Caesars Pizza was on display in Morgan County today. The Little Caesars Love Kitchen rolled into town and fired up their pizza ovens; ready to cook enough Little Caesars famous pizza for 2000 tornado survivors and response crews.

    The Love Kitchen is an award-winning, nationally recognized charitable effort designed to provide the hot, fresh comfort food that is longed for in times of great need, like disasters. The program celebrated its 27th Anniversary last week serving with The Salvation Army response in Southern Indiana. Today and tomorrow Little Caesars and The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services have teamed up to prepare, bake, and deliver more than 750 pizzas to those affected by the recent storms.

    “This is all made possible because of the support of the local franchisees,” said David Fox one of the two drivers of the Love Kitchen. “The truck is based out of our corporate headquarters, but all the supplies and volunteer labor comes from the community’s Little Caesars.”

    “The store here in West Liberty was destroyed by the tornadoes, but fortunately we had supplies we could use in nearby Little Caesars stores,” said Steve Jackson, the local franchise owner and neighbor. “The community has supported our work, we wanted to support the community and this seemed like the perfect way of doing it.”

    The assembly line of workers inside the mobile pizza kitchen were all volunteer, many are Jackson’s family members. As the hot pizzas were boxed, they were placed into one of The Salvation Army’s canteens to be delivered to those still struggling after tornadoes destroyed or damaged most of West Liberty and several of the surrounding communities.

    “This partnership not only provides a taste of comfort for the survivors, but also allows those who have been preparing the hot meals until today to take a much needed break.” Major Darrell Kingsbury, the Incident Commander for The Salvation Army’s response in Morgan County and is based in Ashland, Kentucky. “It’s a win-win.”

    Since the tornadoes ripped through eastern Kentucky, The Salvation Army has been working to meet the ever-changing needs in the wake of a disaster. Working closely with other response agencies to avoid duplication, The Salvation Army response in and around Morgan County has focused on providing hot, nutritious meals. This involves trained, committed volunteers driving canteens (mobile kitchens and feeding units) more than 950 miles a day. Some of the outlying areas are still without basic utilities, and others who live closer to town still lack the resources needed without the assistance of The Salvation Army canteens.

    “Our whole family smiles when we see your truck turn onto our street,” said Abigaile a resident of Crockett, Kentucky. Abigaile’s family home is damaged, but is still livable. However, their only car was destroyed when a tree fell on it during the storm. “We don’t know how we would get out to get food without you all,” she said of The Salvation Army.

    For the latest news about Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services or to make a donation in the support of those impacted by this disaster, please visit: www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

    You may also help by texting “storm” 80888 to make a $10.00 contribution to the relief effort. The donation will appear on your next mobile phone bill.*

    * A one‐time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging & data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.

    Salvation Army Asked to Assist With Wildfire Response

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army has been asked to assist with wildfire response in addition to the continued response in Tushka, Oklahoma. The following is a brief summary based on information known at this time.

    Tushka, Oklahoma — The Salvation Army served 100 meals during breakfast. The Salvation Army is coordinating feeding efforts with American Red Cross and the Choctaw Nation. In addition, at the request of Emergency Management, they helped to facilitate the delivery of seven pallets of tarp material with the assistance of the Red Cross. Additionally, The Salvation Army helped facilitate, with the Methodists, delivery of hammers, nails, and tack strips for tarp needs.

    Currently, an Ardmore crew is serving out of the Tulsa canteen. It is anticipated that feeding service will be discontinued on Monday as electricity is restored to homes and businesses still intact.

    Between Lawton and Duncan, Oklahoma – Captain Hull, Lawton Corps Officer, was activated via emergency management at 1:50 PM this afternoon. He is on his way to a wildfire east of Lawton to assess the situation and needs. Lt. James Biddix, Chickasha Corps Officer, has been placed on stand-by for assistance.

    Stephens County, Oklahoma — The Ardmore, Oklahoma mobile feeding unit is responding to a wildfire in Velma. They have been asked to provide 250 meals.

    Additional information will be provided as it is available.

    Financial donations are needed to support disaster relief efforts. The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate AOK Division April Storms. Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by disaster. Donations can also be mailed to: The Salvation Army, PO Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157.<

    Salvation Army Awards Children for their Winning Art Pieces!

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    On May 12th in Houston, Texas dozens of school-age children, grades 1st to 12th were honored for their participation in The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s 120th Anniversary Citywide Art Contest. First, Second and Third place winners received an award for their achievements and have been invited to celebrate with their families at the Central Library in downtown Houston.

    Through a partnership with the Houston Public Library system, the winning entries will be on display at the Central Library through June 20, 2009. The Citywide Art Contest was open to all school-age children living in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery counties, and was held in honor of the nonprofit organization’s 120th anniversary this year. If you’re in the area, stop by to see the artwork of these talented kids!

    The 120th Anniversary Citywide Art Contest was held in honor of The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command’s first 12 decades of service to the local region and was open to all school-age children living in Harris, Fort Bend, and Montgomery counties. Winners were selected by Salvation Army staff and The Salvation Army Greater Houston Advisory Board.

     

    Salvation Army Begins Service Deployment Ahead of Hurricane Sandy Landfall

    Alexandria, VA (October 29, 2012)—As Hurricane Sandy moves on-shore Monday and into Tuesday, The Salvation Army is already beginning feeding operations at shelters along the East Coast. Additionally, dozens of mobile feeding units, able to serve thousands of meals, are stocked and ready to deploy into the most heavily impacted areas once it is safe to do so in coordination with emergency management officials. Crews will provide food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional and spiritual care.

    “The Salvation Army is mobilized and ready to serve,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our mobile feeding units and staff are strategically positioned and already beginning to serve at shelter locations throughout the East Coast.”

    Specific Salvation Army activities include:

    In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks at 11 shelters in five counties. A full fleet of emergency response vehicles is ready to deploy if needed. This includes 10 fully-stocked mobile feeding units (canteens), two service vehicles, and one mobile command unit. A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State's official search and rescue team, at Lakehurst Naval Base and may travel with them as they are deployed throughout the state.

    In New York, The Salvation Army is coordinating with the local American Red Cross to provide volunteer support for shelters throughout Suffolk County. Eight canteens are equipped and ready to be deployed from the northern and western parts of the state.

    In Philadelphia, PA, The Salvation Army is working closely with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to ready three shelters within the city to help ensure those impacted by Hurricane Sandy will have access to essential services and safety.

    In North Carolina, Salvation Army volunteers worked for 34 hours feeding residents at a shelter in Morehead City. The Salvation Army in New Bern also served evacuees at a local shelter. Eight volunteers and two officers prepared 120 meals.

    In Virginia, The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads has been providing shelter since Saturday evening. A shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits so far.

    In Maryland, The Salvation Army of Salisbury served lunch to more than 200 persons at a shelter on Sunday. The Army is also in assisting with sheltering and feeding activities in Annapolis and other parts of the state.

    The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three-to-five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

    The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.

    In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
    • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
    • Hygiene kits
    • Shower units
    • First-aid supplies
    • Communications support

    The Salvation Army also provides a ministry of presence to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance. The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

    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.

    Salvation Army Begins Service Deployment in Gulf Coast Communities

    Alexandria, VA (August 29, 2012)—As Tropical Storm Isaac slowly moves northward through Louisiana, Salvation Army personnel are in the early stages of deployment efforts throughout impacted regions along the Gulf Coast. The storm, which made landfall as a hurricane last night, has already caused significant flooding throughout the region including in Plaquemines Parish, about 50 miles southeast of New Orleans. The Salvation Army has been providing food and hydration to residents of Florida and will begin deployment of mobile kitchens along the Gulf Coast today.

    The Salvation Army currently has 60 personnel, 24 mobile feeding units, and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen stationed along the coast in Hattiesburg, MS; Baton Rouge, LA and Gulfport, MS – all staged for quick response. In Gulfport, The Salvation Army deployed a mobile kitchen to a shelter at West Harrison High School to provide food to survivors there. These units have a combined feeding capacity of more than 31,000 meals per day.

    “With the amount of rain and flooding that Tropical Storm Isaac has produced in Gulf Coast communities, we expect there to be a high level of need throughout the region,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our mobile kitchens and staff are strategically positioned and already beginning to move into impacted regions.”

    In coastal communities, The Salvation Army is also seeing an increase of homeless people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep due to Isaac. In New Orleans, Pascagoula, MS and Mobile, AL, Salvation Army homeless shelters are filled to maximum capacity. For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings with it memories of previous storms, including Hurricane Katrina.

    For the homeless filling shelters and other community members in need of support, The Salvation Army has personnel onsite, trained to provide spiritual and emotional care on the front lines during and after the storm. The Salvation Army’s ministry of presence provides compassionate care to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance.

    “During a hurricane or other disaster, residents are often looking for someone to talk to or even a shoulder to cry on,” said Major Hood. “We know that our role is not only to meet the needs of the individual physically, but also the emotional and spiritual needs that can come with stressful times.”

    Through combined efforts in the state of Florida, The Salvation Army has already provided 560 instances of spiritual and emotional care, as well as 3,000 meals, 20,000 drinks, 4,000 snacks and 8,000 cases of bottled water. The Salvation Army has a mobile kitchen and truck unit providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors in West Palm Beach.

    Additionally, two mobile feeding are providing hot meals and cold bottled water in the Wellington and Lake Worth communities after Isaac left the areas with flooding and power outages. The Salvation Army is also supporting first responders and survivors with hydration in downtown Tampa and surrounding areas.

    In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide: