While the economic recession may have formally ended in June 2009, families across America are continuing their struggle to recover. The U.S. Census Bureau announced in a new…
We got such a kick out of this picture we just had to share! This gigantic kettle bouncer showed up at the Wayne-Westland Salvation Army Corp’s Annual Summer Block Party on August 27. In addition to bouncers, the event included live entertainment from Christian artists, carnival games and fair food. The best part of the day? The local police department donated 30 bicycles to be given to local residents. Read more here.
The event was also a great opportunity to encourage volunteerism and to showcase what The Salvation Army does each year to help down-trodden communities and individuals in need.
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It’s been over a week since the wildfires began, just east of Austin, Texas. On Sunday, President Obama declared the fires a federal disaster in order to increase federal aid for temporary housing repairs. The fires have impacted Bastrop County, exhausting firefighters and leaving many people homeless. 35,000 acres and over 1,600 homes have been destroyed since last Sunday.
Salvation Army staff, relief teams and volunteers are in the region with mobile feeding units, serving the emergency responders with snacks, drinks and meals. Thus far, over 9,000 drinks, 3,000 snacks, and over 700 meals have been served.
Salvation Army relief teams are also assisting at several wildfires in East Texas and in the Houston area.
If you’d like to help The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Texas, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. If you’d like to send payment, please mail checks to:
The Salvation Army
PO BOX 36607
Dallas, TX 75235
Today we reflect with heavy hearts. If you’re like me, you remember where you were standing when you heard the news and what you were wearing. I recall thinking the first plane hitting was merely an accident, a failed engine or other technical problem. When the second plane hit it was declared an act of terrorism, I remember feeling sick with worry, angry about the evil in this world, and overwhelming sadness for the pain and suffering of the victims involved.
This past week The Salvation Army has been using the slogan Remember & Honor. While we remember the events of that day and pray for those still grieving, we honor the servants. Thousands upon thousands of volunteers stepped up to help on the day of the disaster. Emergency response crews from surrounding states rushed to Ground Zero to help. The Salvation Army had 39,000 volunteers help throughout the nine months we were stationed! Surely, we are a nation that knows how to unite for a greater good during times of disaster.
We remember our faith- in both God’s promises and man’s abilities. This spirit of unity, love and compassion is a manifestation of Christ’s presence during times of affliction. We are united through our experiences and through our faith in Christ’s promises. Though we question why these things happen, we give praise that his teachings of brotherly love endure through the sacrifice of others.
We honor the survivors; the victims, policemen, firemen, emergency response crews and volunteers. Though we mourn this day, we know that our nation continues forward stronger, with confidence that our enduring spirit can be tested but it will always empower us. Remembering our faith we thank God for the gifts of unity, compassion, love and strength.
“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18.1-2)