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.
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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 is Prepared for Tropical Storm Flossie
Approaching Tropical Storm Flossie has The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services on all Hawaiian islands prepared to respond. The Salvation Army has an established presence on Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai and as such we are in place to respond to the community as needs arise and where the most need. The Salvation Army in Lahaina, Maui County, has had its shelter doors open since 9:00 AM today. Water and food is prepared and ready for distribution to the community, should the need arise. The Salvation Army on Oahu and Kaua`i are currently on standby and ready to respond.
About The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services
“In cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, The Salvation Army is equipped and ready to serve the public in the event of major disasters such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes. The Army has mobile canteens capable of serving hot meals and distributing basic supplies during times of crisis. The canteens also serve as an outreach to feed the homeless and provide not only a hand-out, but also a hand-up to the down-trodden to help them back on their feet.” www.salvationarmyhawaii.org “While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army’s disaster program consists of several basic services. And while these services address many of the typical needs of a disaster survivor, Salvation Army disaster relief is also flexible. Our services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster.”
Mission of The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
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Who will be the next Salvation Army general?
The Salvation Army has gathered The High Council to elect a new General for the worldwide organization. The High Council meets for one purpose: to prayerfully choose the next world leader of The Salvation Army. The 2013 High Council consists of 117 members (64 women and 53 men) made up of all the active commissioners and all territorial leaders (some territories are led by colonels), each of whom was summoned by the Chief of the Staff for the sole purpose of electing a new General. Keep them in prayer!
Apollo 15 Launched, 1971: On This Day In History, July 26
In 1971, Apollo 15 launched as the fourth mission to land men on the Moon. It also was the first mission to use a lunar rover, and ninth manned mission in the Apollo Program. In December 1972, Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot, Colonel James B. Irwin, a Christian and supporter of The Salvation Army, presented Salvation Army General Erik Wickberg a color photo of him at the “Missionary Headquarters on the Moon!”
When Colonel James Irwin took his first steps on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 15 Mission, he was only the eighth man to do so!
Tulsa Salvation Army Serves Neighbors After Storms
Tulsa, Oklahoma (July 25, 2013)—On the evening of Tuesday, July 23, Tulsa Oklahoma was hammered by a thunderstorm with winds up to 76 miles per hour and lightening that started fires across the metro and surrounding areas. With nearly 100,000 households without power, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services responded providing much needed food and hydration in the areas most affected by Tuesday night’s storms. On the first day out the canteen served 319 meals, 441 drinks and 226 snacks. The mobile feeding unit continues to roam neighborhoods in the Tulsa metro area stocked with sandwiches, water/Gatorade, snacks and lawn/debris bags to help bring a little relief to those affected, as well as those who are responding to the emergency.
One special trip was made Wednesday evening to an apartment complex that had been without power for more than 18 hours. A resident called to because the complex hadn’t received help from anyone and that the population was hungry and in need. Although the crew had been dispersed for the day, Major James Taylor grabbed volunteer coordinator, Jenny McElyea, and they headed out to help however they could.
Upon arrival they were greeted with a chorus of “God bless you’s” and appreciative faces, both young and old. “We stayed until we gave away everything we had on the truck,” Major James Taylor said.
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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 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.