Friday, May 20, 2011
No man is an island…and neither are non-profits. Especially during times of disaster, working together with other organizations means we can have an even greater impact to help those in need.
This week the NBA Players Association (NBPA) and Feed The Children delivered 23 massive truckloads of food and supplies to Salvation Army centers in storm-swept communities across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. Local Salvation Army units who are already a part of these communities are distributing the aid to disaster survivors in the hardest hit areas, like Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Memphis, and more. In Birmingham alone more than 200 families benefited from the donations!
Get the full story here, and watch the above video to see how Tuscaloosa, AL will use their 3 truckloads to support the community.
We’re grateful to work with caring partners like NBPA and Feed the Children. It’s with their help that The Salvation Army is able to serve even more people in need.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Earthquakes. Tornadoes. Floods. Unfortunately, there’s been no lack of natural disasters of late, and The Salvation Army is responding in the US and all over the world. At the same time, we’re very thankful to say there’s no shortage of public support either.
If you scroll through the comments on our blog’s disaster posts or Facebook updates, we get message after message from people wanting to help. While we tell supporters that financial contributions are best, many ask about donating gifts-in-kind, meaning items other than money, such as clothes, furniture, toys, food, etc.
People have asked why we don’t always accept gift-in-kind donations for disasters. Shouldn’t we donate as much as possible to people in need? The aforementioned items are great, but they’re not always what’s needed the most by disaster survivors. Sometimes, they can actually be more harmful than helpful…even when they’re donated with the best intentions.
And that’s what many tornado relief workers are grappling with right now in the southern US, as reported by the Daily Mail: A 3 ft Santa Claus and used underwear: Bizarre donations swamp tornado disaster workers
So how do donors still give generously while making sure their donations go the furthest in serving those in need? Be informed. Reach out to a charity/relief agency to see what it is they need before you donate. And remember, financial donations are the most flexible and portable.
The Salvation Army’s Disaster website has an article on this subject that every donor should be aware of: Why Send Money When I Have All This Stuff I Could Send?
We hope this helps make sense of our donation policies during times of disaster.
P.S. Just because we don’t always accept clothes or in-kind donations for disaster relief, that doesn’t mean your items can’t be put to good use! Donate to our Salvation Army Family & Thrift Stores where they can benefit people in need from your local community.
Monday, May 16, 2011
The southern US has seen much damage from April’s devastating tornado outbreak, but Saturday, May 21 will be a time to celebrate survival!
Several of Nashville’s greatest singers/songwriters, including Jim Parker, Wood Newton, Donny Lowry, and Mark Namore, will perform at the Rodan + Fields Songs for Survivors Concert, hosted specifically to recognize tornado survivors and aid relief efforts. 100% of the proceeds will go to The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Fund and earmarked for April 27 tornado survivors.
Clear your schedule from 7-11pm and head to the new Davidson Center for Exploration at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. Saturday’s event will be chalk-full of great music, plus a delicious southern BBQ dinner and live auction to raise additional money for the relief fund.
Dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields (creators of Proactiv® Solution, whose commercials you’ve probably seen on TV) said a number of their local consultants and families were affected by the disaster, which is part of the reason they’re putting together this benefit.
The Salvation Army is extremely grateful to count them as partners in serving the tornado survivors, along with Lite 96.9 WRSA Radio, FOX 54 and the Huntsville Times, who are helping to sponsor and promote the event. This will be a great way to let community members and businesses get involved in supporting those affected by these devastating storms.
Individual tickets are $80 each, or $150 per couple, while a table of 8 can be purchased for $800. Tickets can be purchased at Lite 96.9 and at the Huntsville Times, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, May 13, 2011
The Telegraph documents the destruction in Lorca, Spain following this week’s earthquake.
The Salvation Army Spain is striking back at the earthquake that hit the town of Lorca in Murcia, Spain on May 11. The 5.1-magnitude quake and 4.4-magnitude tremor killed 9 people and damaged 80% of the town’s buildings.
Salvation Army officers traveled to Lorca to assess the area and spoke with the Spanish military and the Red Cross who are coordinating the emergency response.
As is the case with many earthquakes, people are afraid to be indoors should another quake strike. Many are sleeping in tents put up by the Spanish military while others, including families with small children, are spending the night in the open. Some are even sleeping in their cars.
Lorca citizens are in need of food, hot drinks and blankets, but the main need is for shelter. The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters has provided $10,000 to help meet these needs.
If you’d like to support our relief work in southern Spain, you can click here or visit www.salvationarmyusa.org. Please designate your contribution for “Spain Earthquake” in the Specific Use field. Any and all support is greatly appreciated!
Monday, May 9, 2011
United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited local disaster response personnel in Georgia yesterday.
Among them were Salvation Army personnel who have been providing physical and spiritual assistance to tornado survivors. Secretary Napolitano praised local relief agencies and residents of Catoosa County who have shown great resilience and initiative in rebuilding their community.
Click here to read the full story.
Friday, May 6, 2011
The Salvation Army continues its service across the south in tornado ravaged areas by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storms. This need may come in the form of non-perishable food boxes, toiletries, baby supplise, support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis. In some areas, the Army’s focus has shifted to providing for long-term needs by assisting with social case work.
Below is the latest summary of our efforts. If you’d like to support our relief efforts, you can donate online by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or click here:
* 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.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Interview with Dodger Lance Cormier
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Lance Cormier and his family are from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When his hometown was left severely damaged from recent tornadoes, he organized his teammates to do something to help.
An hour before the game on Sunday and again on Tuesday, Cormier and several of his Dodgers teammates signed autographs for the fans who put money in the kettle to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief work in the Southern states.
Click HERE to find the full story and a photo slideshow at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog.
Special thanks to Kathy Lovin and team for the info!
Clayton Kershaw offers two big thumbs up.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornadoes that struck Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee last week. To date, here is what we’ve done to help meet the needs of survivors:
* Served 86,000 hot meals, 260,000 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
* 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.
* Distributing groceries, baby diapers & formula, and general hygiene products like soap, shampoo, etc.
* Ministered through Pastoral Care to 3,233 individuals.
* Assisting with Social Services Cases.
* Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 10,000+ hours.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Photo from Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA Facebook Album
For real time updates on The Salvation Army’s tornado relief work taking place across the southern US, here are a handful of local units’ social media sites we recommend. They’re posting everything from their service locations to donations needs to volunteer opportunities. Check them out:
Salvation Army Disaster Services:
Facebook: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA
Local Salvation Army Units on Twitter:
Birmingham, AL: @BhamSALVARMY
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division: @salarmyalm
Cleveland, TN: @tsacleveland
Chattanooga, TN: @SalArmyChattown
Southern Spirit: @Southern_Spirit
Salvation Army USA: @salvationarmyus
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Photo from The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division’s Facebook album.
Story originally posted at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
Days after the storms roared through Mississippi and Alabama, The Salvation Army’s Disaster response continues as clean up and recovery swing into high gear.
Sifting through the rubble, many residents are finding hope in the warm meals, drinks, and
encouragement of The Salvation Army. Across Alabama and Mississippi, The Salvation Army is an important connection to cold water, a hot meal, and emotional support for many survivors.
Pratt City resident Connie Pulam, remains vigilant in her desire to rebuild, but also understands the patience and positive attitude required in the recovery process.
“I may be houseless, but I am not homeless as long as I have my head to lay somewhere, I am alive,” she said Monday while sifting through the splinters and rubble that was once her house.
She and her husband were able to get out of the house just before the tornado hit.
“Something told me, I imagine the Holy Spirit, to get out of there, so we got in the car and took off.”
They were able to get a safe distance before everything was gone.
Upon returning, they found the broken pieces of their physical belongings, but a hope only found in faith. Undergirding that faith is The Salvation Army’s presence in Pratt City and the across Alabama. “Now we are just happy to see the help coming, The Salvation Army has been great in this area,” she said.
The Salvation Army has had two canteens in the area since the tornado hit. Residents in Pratt City and all other areas affected have had access to water, food and counseling.
“It is a blessing to have The Salvation Army here. It is just a comfort to know they care.”
Currently, thirty-eight feeding units and one shower trailer are actively serving in Mississippi and Alabama. Since relief work began over 65,000 hot meals and 130,000 drinks have been served and countless more prayerfully encouraged in their journey towards recovery.
Currently, EDS personnel are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual care to storm victims in Alabama and Mississippi. Thousands were served on Friday. Additional resources, such as clean-up kits, are being made available as needed in a number of areas. The Salvation Army has also deployed a four stall mobile shower trailer to Smithville, MS.