National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 23 – May 29 has been designated National Hurricane Preparedness Week in anticipation of the 2010 hurricane season that begins June 1. For now, forecasters predict a more active storm season compared to last year’s generally mild one, but being informed and prepared can help diminish the damaging effects of hurricanes.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has set up a helpful page online about hurricane hazards, preparedness information, and practical ways to plan ahead. Click here or visit http://www.nhc.noaa.gov to learn more. Plus, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a fun page for kids with lots of hurricane background information so that they can be knowledgeable and prepared as well.

And you have probably seen in the news or even been served by The Salvation Army as we provide needed relief following hurricanes and other disasters. In fact, The Salvation Army’s first major disaster response effort in the United States followed the devastating hurricane that destroyed Galveston, TX in 1900, so we have a long history of disaster relief! Our goal is to meet human need by providing material, physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort to survivors and first responders, which could come in the form of a hot meal, a temporary shelter, financial assistance, a shoulder to lean on, and many other things.

Hopefully the referenced links will be helpful as you prepare for hurricane season. We’ll keep you updated on important information and our efforts this season. Be sure to visit our website at www.salvationarmyusa.org, as well as our national Facebook and Twitter pages!

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Hey, Northwest! Here’s Your Opportunity to Help Haiti

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

[Million Meal Event]
Photo: The Salvation Army Western Territory

As The Salvation Army continues our relief work in Haiti following January’s earthquake, we need 2,000 volunteers to help us prepare more meals for earthquake survivors.

The Salvation Army and Numana Inc. will be hosting another Million Meals Packing event next weekend in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 at the Washington State Convention Center.

You and your friends are invited to the packing party, where you will prepare bags of vitamin-fortified rice, beans and vegetables. One bag is enough to feed a family of six! The work required is simple, but it’s a great time and your efforts will go a long way in benefiting the lives of others in need.

*If you’re in the Seattle area and ready to volunteer a few hours of your time, visit The Salvation Army Northwest Division’s registration page at http://www.salvationarmynw.org/haiti for more information.*

For fun photos of past events, check out The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Flickr page here.

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Looking for Volunteers in Chicago

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Salvation Army and Numana, Inc.’s next community meal packing event for Haiti relief will take place in the Chicago, IL area (Melrose Park) this coming weekend on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23rd.

If you can spare just a few hours to help earthquake survivors, register online and come lend a hand! Volunteers across the country have already packed more than 10 million meals for Haiti, and we hope to prepare 1 million more this weekend with your help!

We are partnering with Navistar and will be holding the event at their 10400 W. North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL location.

For more information or to register for the event, visit The Salvation Army Chicago’s website at http://www.salarmychicago.org/volunteer/ or call 773-205-3636.

View the below video from Chicago’s WGN News for information about another Salvation Army and Numana Meals for Haiti event that took place recently in Elgin, IL.

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Update: Nashville Flood Relief Efforts

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Nashville Salvation Army is beginning the second week of its short term recovery phase in response to the historic floods that enveloped inundated Nashville and other parts of Tennessee.

For the most up to date and detailed information, follow The Nashville Salvation Army’s updates on Twitter (@SalArmy), Facebook (The Salvation Army – Nashville), or on their blog at www.salarmynashville.wordpress.com.

Here are a Few Brief Updates on the Recovery Efforts:

Thankful: Four truckloads of supplies, generously donated by Knoxville’s WBIR TV, Food City and FedEx arrived yesterday, as well as 17 volunteers to unload and distribute them throughout the community. An NBC Telethon featuring country music legends also raised $1.7 million for flood relief, the proceeds of which will benefit The Salvation Army and other organizations’ efforts in helping Nashville to recover.

Food and Drinks: Mobile kitchens (canteens) are providing food and water in several of the hardest hit areas. Through Sunday evening May 9th, Salvation Army crews had served almost 9,000 meals and more than 12,000 beverages, as well as provided spiritual and emotional care to about 600 individuals.

Emergency Assistance: Anyone who needs emergency assistance can pick up at designated Salvation Army centers food boxes and comfort kits that include toiletry, hygienic, and cleaning items.

Recovery Action Plan: As The Salvation Army moves into the short term recovery phase, additional clothing will be provided, assistance with rent and utilities, and help with household items and small appliance purchases.

Ways to Help: Monetary donations are the best way to help. Gifts may be made online at www.SalArmy-Nasvhille.org or checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207. You may also make a text donation by texting the word “FLOOD” to 90999 and a $10.00 donation will be made to the local Salvation Army.

The Nashville Salvation Army is also accepting cases of bottled water, NEW socks, underwear, t-shirts, hygiene kits for men or women, and supplies for clean-up kits which include: mop, broom, work gloves, mask, sponge, squeegee, scrub brush, rubber gloves, bleach, all-purpose cleaner, trash bags and paper towels. Please DO NOT drop off used clothing items at this time.

Visit The Nashville Salvation Army’s website at www.Salarmy-Nashville.org for more information about benefit events, drop off locations, and more.

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Salvation Army Responds to Oklahoma Tornadoes

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Salvation Army is responding to the tornadoes that ripped through Oklahoma yesterday. Four fatalities have been reported in Central Oklahoma with 57 injuries, and nearly 37,000 homes are without power. Local authorities are assessing damage and conducting searches for survivors at this time. Searches are expected to continue through the night.

Within The Salvation Army’s Arkansas-Oklahoma Division, mobile feeding units (canteens) and individual officers are providing food and refreshments for first responders and others in the some of the hardest hit areas. An emotional and spiritual care team will also be deployed to support those affected by the storm’s fatalities.

For anyone who would like to help those affected by the tornadoes, please consider donating at www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate your contribution to “Oklahoma tornadoes.” Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.

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Flood Survivors Give Praise In the Midst of Troubles

Thursday, May 6, 2010

About 80 men were rescued by boat from a Nashville Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) when the recent Tennessee flood waters rose so high they reached the first floor of the Center’s ceilings. Since then the men have been staying at a Community Center, and despite the difficulties they’ve faced during the devastating storm, they broke out into spontaneous worship during dinner last night!

From watching this video you’d never guess they just lost their housing and endured such difficult events. This is an encouraging testimony to their enduring hope and what a great ministry the ARC program has been.

More than half the men have already committed to continuing their rehab program with The Salvation Army in Memphis as Nashville recovers from the massive flooding.

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Thank you to Jonathan Haskill from The Salvation Army in Knoxville who shot this video! For firsthand updates of our ongoing efforts in Nashville, visit Nashville’s blog at salarmynashville.wordpress.com.

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Salvation Army Striking Back at Tennessee Floods

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Through relief, support, and hope, The Salvation Army is working to restore some of the massive damage wreaked by historic flash floods in central and western Tennessee.

The Nashville Salvation Army has been persistently posting updates on their social networking sites including their blog (salarmynashville.wordpress.com), Facebook page and Twitter (@SalArmy). Be sure to visit these sites to read firsthand information and learn about how you can provide needed assistance.

We are thankful to the many volunteers have rallied along side The Salvation Army to help prepare meals, distribute food at mass feedings, and collect in-kind donations.

Our crews from the surrounding areas of Knoxville and Winchester, TN and Bowling Green and Madisonville, KY have also joined in the relief efforts. Mobile feeding units (canteens) are set up in multiple locations around Nashville offering food and water to those in the hardest hit areas. As of Tuesday evening, more than 2,300 meals had been served.

Thank you as well to the rescue crews who brought 80 of our Adult Rehabilitation Center clients to safety after the floods overtook our building! We greatly appreciate your help which enables us to help others!

To find out how you can help, whether through monetary or in-kind donations, visit The Salvation Army Nashville’s website at www.SalArmy-Nashville.org.

Through relief, support, and hope, The Salvation Army is working to restore some of the massive damage wreaked by historic flash floods in central and western Tennessee.

The Nashville Salvation Army has been persistently posting updates on their social networking sites. For firsthand information and ways to help, visit their social networking sites:

* Blog – salarmynashville.wordpress.com
* Facebook page – Salvation Army – Nashville
* Twitter – @SalArmy

[Tennessee floods]
Photo: The Nashville Salvation Army

We are thankful to the many volunteers have rallied along side The Salvation Army to help prepare meals, distribute food at mass feedings, and collect in-kind donations.

Our crews from the surrounding areas of Knoxville and Winchester, TN and Bowling Green and Madisonville, KY have also joined in the relief efforts. Mobile feeding units (canteens) are set up in multiple locations around Nashville offering food and water to those in the hardest hit areas. As of Tuesday evening, more than 2,300 meals had been served.

To find out how you can help, whether through monetary or in-kind donations, visit The Salvation Army Nashville’s website at www.SalArmy-Nashville.org.

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10,000,000!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

If you’ve been following The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Haiti you know that we’ve partnered with Numana, a hunger relief organization, and tens of thousands of volunteers from around the country to pack and ship nutritious and simple meals for earthquake survivors.

Here’s some exciting news:

We’ve reached ten million – 10,000,000 – meals for Haiti since January’s earthquake!

This weekend at multiple events around the country, San Francisco, CA saw more than 1 million meals prepared in one day, volunteers in Champaign-Urbana, IL also packaged 1 million meals, and New London, CT put together 269,016 meals ready to be shipped.

That’s amazing, and we couldn’t do it without the help of our volunteers! If you would like to volunteer at upcoming events or learn more information about Numana, visit their website at www.numanainc.com.

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As Oil Spill Nears Coast, Salvation Army Serves Clean-Up Volunteers

Monday, May 3, 2010

British Petroleum (BP) and state and local government entities contacted The Salvation Army this weekend for our help in supporting thousands of volunteers who are responding to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. As the oil approaches the Mississippi and Louisiana coasts, The Salvation Army deployed teams to Ocean Springs, Mississippi and Venice, Louisiana to handout water to the throngs of individuals who are participating in the clean-up efforts.

The Salvation Army is continuing discussions with involved governments and BP to find additional ways to support the clean-up efforts.

Be sure to follow The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Division’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, which they are frequently updating with volunteer information and news of their latest efforts. You can also find more information at their website www.salvationarmyalm.org.

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San Francisco Makes 1 Million Meals for Haiti in Record 15 Hours

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More than 2,000 volunteers turned out to help The Salvation Army and Numana Inc. pack 1 million meals for Haiti last Saturday, completing the extraordinary feat within 15 hours! Our previous events have always been spaced out over 2 days, so thanks to everyone who worked so hard to help us meet this goal.

Salvation Army staff can’t hide their joy after volunteers packed one million meals in less than 24 hours.

With the help of UPS and FedEx, these million meals are in the process of being transported to Haiti where we will distribute them to the tens of thousands of Haitians who are being cared for by our teams.

Read more details about the Million Meals for Haiti event at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog and see recently posted photos at The Salvation Army San Francisco’s Flickr page.

Learn more about how The Salvation Army San Francisco serves those in need by visiting their website at www.tsagoldenstate.org and stay updated through their Facebook page.

More meal packing events will be taking place around the United States, including one in Philadelphia on May 21 and 22, so stay updated through our blog, Facebook, and Twitter page to see when you can volunteer for the next one in your neighborhood.

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