Aiding Storm Survivors

Thursday, March 1, 2012
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The Salvation Army is providing relief to devastated areas of Kansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois following the severe weather and tornadoes that passed through the mid-west regions throughout Wednesday morning.

At least 16 tornados were reported from Nebraska and Kansas across southern Missouri to Illinois and Kentucky, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. 12 individuals from these areas were killed and many are suffering injuries as a result.

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Providing Relief in Harveyville, KS

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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The Salvation Army is providing support in Harveyville, Kansas following a tornado that ravaged the community late Tuesday night.

Emergency Disaster Service Volunteers from Topeka are on the scene providing meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews via mobile feeding kitchens. The Salvation Army is also offering emotional and spiritual support to those in need.

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Responding in Ukraine

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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Many thanks to Major Bobby Westmorelan of The Salvation Army Ukraine and The Salvation Army, Southern Territory for providing the following information.

Recent temperatures in the Ukraine have reached as low as -36 degrees Celsius: the cause of a reported 135 person death toll. The Salvation Army is responding to the emergency by providing aid to the most vulnerable in all 13 unit locations throughout the country.

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Prepping for Disaster

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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Have you seen advertisements for the show, Doomsday Preppers? The National Geographic Channel’s latest show features members of an American subculture who are preparing for the end of organized civilization as we know it.

No matter how shows like this or the media might try to spin preppers as entertaining “wack jobs” only fit for reality TV, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being prepared for the worst of natural disaster-related events.

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Providing Relief in Alabama

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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The Salvation Army is providing aid to devastated areas of Alabama following the severe weather and tornadoes that struck the area early Monday. The storm’s tear through the southern state resulted in numerous power outages, 100 injured residents and two fatalities.

In response to this disaster, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi divisions of The Salvation Army have deployed five mobile kitchen units to the damaged communities of Maplesville, Centerpoint and Birmingham.

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Haiti 2 Years Later: Build with Us

Thursday, January 12, 2012
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“There is a city to build. There is a country to save. Do not be an observer, become a builder.”

In January 2011, one year after a 7.0 earthquake rocked the country of Haiti, these inspirational words were spoken at a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving in Port-au-Prince. The speaker was Divisional Commander Major Lucien Lamartiniere, himself a victim of the disaster.

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Furniture for Flood Victims

Friday, September 30, 2011

Flood survivors in the Northeast are still struggling to get their lives back on track after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee passed through the region. But thanks to one…

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Flood Relief Work Continues in Tioga County, New York

Friday, September 23, 2011

The relief work continues in upstate New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Thanks to hundreds of volunteers from in and within surrounding areas, Tioga County, one of the hardest-hit areas in the region, is progressing towards recovery.

The Salvation Army of Owego recently partnered with Tioga Opportunities, Inc.- a nonprofit human service agency- to provide disaster relief at Countryside Community Center. Along with assisting victims with clean-up, hot meals are being served daily from 11:30 – 5:00. The shelter is located at 9 Sheldon Blvd., Owego, NY.

The Salvation Army has deployed 1/3 of its officer personnel from The Empire State Division to affected sites. 11 mobile service and feeding units are still in service and have provided more than 15,000 meals and 30,000 bottles of water thus far. 2,800 cleanup kits have been distributed to victims.

If you’d like to help us in our recovery efforts, please visit our website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also donate using your mobile phone by texting the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a quick $10 donation*.

*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.

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Communities Rally in Support of Wildfire Victims

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Salvation Army opened a new Central Texas Wildfire Relief Center in Austin on Friday. The center, located at 12317 Technology Blvd. Suite 300, serves as a distribution point for donated items to wildfire survivors. Families and individuals who lost their homes can select donated items: clothing, shoes, toiletries, water and household items. Additionally, The Salvation Army is providing gift cards to those in need.

Seventy-eight volunteers responded to our appeal for help last week and sorted through the overwhelming number of items received from donations. The KXAN’s “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign brought in several truck loads of items. Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers and staff who helped organize and distribute the donations!

Although the fires in Bastrop County have been mostly contained, the distribution center will remain open this week, Monday-Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Salvation Army mobile feeding units are still active in Bastrop County, providing food and drinks to those in need. Since arriving in Bastrop County, Salvation Army feeding units have served more than 23,500 drinks, 6,000 snacks and 1,600 meals.

For more information on The Salvation Army distribution, please call (512) 476-1111.

If you’d like to donate monetarily, you can do so online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Checks can be sent to:

The Salvation Army
PO BOX 36607
Dallas, TX 75235

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Our Hope is Grounded on God’s Promises

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The following was contributed by Commissioner William A. Roberts, National Commander.

Commissioner Nancy and I visited New York City over the momentous 9/11 weekend, and, as you might imagine, our minds and hearts are filled with reflections and feelings to share with you.

It was a weekend of deep emotion, emotions too profound to reduce to mere words, but too obvious not to notice and consider. But as deep as these feelings may have been, they were not peculiar to me or any one person. They were owned and expressed in community, by the community. And while New York City, and particularly Ground Zero may have been the locus of that, in fact, the community could not be contained or defined by any artificial barriers. Instead, the whole country was present in that community. We were not alone.

As deeply as some may have hurt, and there are many who are still hurting, it was still a weekend of hopefulness. We were privileged to accompany the international leader of The Salvation Army, General Linda Bond, making here first visit to the United States since her election to that office earlier this year. She spoke at a commemorative gathering convened at the American Bible Society offices in mid-town Manhattan, where her message was just that – one of hope. I was reminded that we are a people of hope. Not hope in the sense that ‘I hope I will get over this’, or ‘I hope things will get better’, or I hope it will not rain tomorrow’. Rather it is hope grounded in the promises of an Eternal God, who has always done ‘immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ (Ephesians 3.20). God can be trusted, that is our conviction, even in the darkest of times.

Some may ask where was God then? where is God now? And the response of the faithful is the same now as it was then: God is with us, sharing our grief and pain, helping us, being patient with us, as we go about our foolish ways, letting us do what we think is best, still waiting for us to turn to him, whose plan is perfect, whose love is constant, though his ways may be inscrutable.

The weekend also witnessed the entry of 39 young and younger persons to the New York City School for Officer Training coming from all over the eastern U.S., responding to the Divine call to train to become Salvation Army officers, and spend their lives in service to God and a needy world. It surely is not coincidental that the name of this particular class is ‘Proclaimers of the Resurrection.’ With the thought of death heavy on our minds, we were reminded that the possibility of resurrection still exists, because of the Resurrection of the One, even Jesus, the Son of God, who demonstrated that death need not be nor have the final word. Physical death, spiritual death, emotional death – we need not fear, because God is in control. Martin Luther says it better: ‘Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still, His Kingdom is for ever.’

And, oh, at the conclusion of the American Bible Service service, white doves were released , as a sign of the continuing hope which is ours. A reminder that our best hopes are all found in God, and that our best efforts (perhaps our worst efforts) cannot thwart God’s care and concern for us all.

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