California Salvation Army Crew Takes Service South of the Border

The Salvation Army in Southern California released an update about their aid work to communities along the US/Mexico border that were struck by an earthquake Easter Sunday. Below are excerpts of the update, and a full report can be found on The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog.  You can also find the photos from this post and more on their Flickr page here.

Photos: El Centro Salvation Army personnel and volunteers serve up hot spaghetti dinners and distribute needed items to families affected by the recent earthquake in Mexicali.

The Salvation Army emergency disaster vehicles took water, fresh fruit, snacks and spaghetti dinners into Mexico to serve 500 of those hardest hit by Sunday’s 7.2 earthquake.

“Led by Mexican police escorts, we travelled two and a half hours into Baja California, Mexico, around buckled roads, through washes and down dirt paths to an area where we found 500 people gathered on a concrete slab waiting for assistance,” reported Captain Jerry Esqueda who led the trip.  “We fed them a hot spaghetti dinner with bread and apples, prayed with them and encouraged them.”

After the meal, The Salvation Army distributed enough emergency food to last four more days:  canned beef stew, powdered milk, water, Corn Flakes, bread and pasta.  All in all, Captain Esqueda says The Salvation Army supplied food for 6,000 meals.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s efforts, visit our Western Territory’s website or the Sierra Del Mar Division website for the Baja specific relief donations.

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