How to Help Those in South Affected by Devastating Tornadoes

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes in Mississippi to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Monetary donations are needed to meet survivors’ most immediate needs. A $100 donation will feed a family of four for two days, provide two cases of drinking water and one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies.

The Salvation Army is currently not accepting donations of clothing and furniture for storm victims. Please forward these donations to The Salvation Army Family Store nearest you.

We are coordinating services with local and state authorities through the state Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Volunteers are asked to visit www.msema.gov to register as a volunteer.

Our teams continue to provide for physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of those who affected by these devastating storms. On Saturday, our Disaster Response teams served more than 830 hot meals and 450 snacks to residents and first responders in Mississippi.
For up to the date information, please visit The Salvation Army Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Division’s website at www.salvationarmyalm.org or visit their Facebook page.

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Salvation Army Continues Relief Efforts at Scene of Tornado Activity

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division is responding to multiple tornado touchdowns across much of Central and North Mississippi. Just after noonm, a strong super cell thunderstorm…

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Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Deployed to Site of Severe Tornado Activity

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is actively involved in responding to severe tornado activity in Mississippi. Two mobile feeding units (canteens) from Jackson, Mississippi have been…

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Seeking an Army of Volunteers in Philadelphia

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia is in need of an army of volunteers – more than 5,000 – to help package 1 million meals for survivors of the Haiti earthquake. That’s a lot of people, but we’re confident Philly will show us why they earned the nickname “City of Brotherly Love!”

We’re partnering with Drexel University and Numana, Inc., an international hunger relief organization, to provide nutritious meals targeted to help the immune system of malnourished people. Your efforts are needed to help assemble and package these meals before we send them to Haiti!

Their dinner was made possible by volunteer efforts.

What Do You Need to Do Next?

Mark off Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22 on your calendars and plan to be at Drexel University’s State Armory in Philadelphia, PA.

Get friends and SIGN UP for a 2 hour volunteer shift at www.saphilly.org.

Raise awareness by SHARING our Philadelphia Million Meals Facebook Event Page.

Check out The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia’s website for more information.

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Volunteer for San Francisco’s Million Meals Event

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Salvation Army of San Francisco and Numana, Inc. will be holding a Million Meals packing event in the Bay Area this Saturday, April 24 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., and they are still looking for plenty of volunteers to lend a hand!

It’s easy to sign up – just grab some friends (the more the merrier) and select volunteer time slots at The Salvation Army Golden State Division’s online registration.

This event will be unique to those previous because they will attempt to pack all 1 million meals in only 1 day! What better way to help those in need in Haiti by contributing a few hours of your time towards reaching this million meal goal? Plus, it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate National Volunteer Week.

For more information about and registration for the San Francisco Bay Area’s Million Meals Event, visit The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division’s website at www.tsagoldenstate.org. You can also raise awareness by sharing their Facebook Million Meals for Haiti event page!

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Prisoners Package Nearly 1,000,000 Meals for Haiti

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Prisoners at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas packaged 93,146 meals  to help with The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Haiti!   It was a huge success. More…

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USA TODAY Poll: Giving – Haiti vs. Chile

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

According to USA TODAY article “Poll: More donated to Haiti than to Chile after quakes,” a recent USA TODAY/Gallop poll found that nearly half (45%) of respondents donated money to Haiti earthquake relief efforts, whereas less than one third (28%) of respondents donated to Chile aid work for the earthquake that struck the South American nation just more than a month later.

The article discusses several possible reasons for the disparity, but according to those who directly donated to Haiti efforts, 87% of them said they gave based on the amount of the country’s damage, and 73% gave based on the island nation’s dire economic state.

What factors affect you when considering donating to a disaster relief? Did you donate to efforts in Haiti or Chile, and why or why not? What do you think about the poll’s direct and implied findings?

The Salvation Army is actively working in the earthquake devastated communities of both Haiti and Chile, serving human need without discrimination. We have been present in Haiti since 1950, operating schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities across the country. The Salvation Army has also been present and active in Chile since 1909, offering educational outreach, childcare programs, skills training, and anti-drug programs.

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California Salvation Army Crew Takes Service South of the Border

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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.

The El Centro Salvation Army has been helping people in El Centro, Calexico, Nyland, Slab City and Bombay, California, but had to wait for a formal request from The Salvation Army in Mexico to begin serving there.

“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.

This past week in Imperial Valley, The Salvation Army has distributed 5,250 bottles of water, 2,892 cold drinks, 2,460 snacks and sheltered 65 people at the El Centro Corps Community Center (for two nights) as well as providing 244 hot meals and 65 sandwiches at that center.

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Supporting Those In Need Following the West Virginia Coal Mine Explosion

Monday, April 12, 2010

With a very heavy heart, rescue crews will continue removing from the mine the remaining victims of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. It was revealed this weekend that the four missing West Virginia miners did not survive.

The Beckley Salvation Army Disaster team continues to offer emotional and spiritual care to families of the victims of one of the worst mining disasters in many years. Also nearly one thousand meals, snacks and drinks were served to fire and rescue personnel.

Thank you for the hundreds of meal items that were donated that enabled The Salvation Army to serve those in need during this extraordinarily difficult time.

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Salvation Army in Brazil Involved in Disaster Relief Following Heavy Rains

Friday, April 9, 2010

Photo: Salvation Army Brazil

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