Remember 9/11: Across the Nation

Saturday, September 10, 2011

This weekend The Salvation Army will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11 at locations nationwide. Here’s a list of some of the services and events happening around the country:

Albert Lea, MN: The Salvation Army will be set up at the Moose Lodge by the Legion Color Guard. Events throughout the day will include a remembrance ceremony at 5:30pm CST.

Anchorage, AK: The Anchorage Salvation Army Corps is planning a service of remembrance on September 11 at 6:00pm AKDT.

Denver, CO: A 9/11 remembrance parade in Denver will include Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) volunteers, local FEMA partners, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

Grand Rapids, MI: The Salvation Army will host a day-long remembrance in partnership with the Boy Scouts and other local, state and national organizations for a series of family events at the Gerald R. Ford museum and the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.

Kenai, AK: The Kenai Ministerial Alliance is coordinating a moment of silence for all member churches at 11:10am AKDT. The Salvation Army Corps Community Center in Kenai will show 9/11 videos before and after.

Los Angeles, CA: The Salvation Army will conduct a 9/11 Remembrance Service at the Corps Center in the afternoon and will host a Ceremony of Remembrance & Appreciation at Rose Hills Memorial Park, at 7pm PST.

Minneapolis, MN: The Salvation Army will participate in the “Mass of Thanksgiving & Remembrance” at the Cathedral of Saint Paul starting at 4:30pm CST, with a civic commemoration and Memorial Mass at 5:00pm CST.

Rochester, MN: Mayor Ardell Bredewill honor The Salvation Army with a special award for their services at 12pm CST.

Sacramento, CA: The Salvation Army will partner with The Fish (Christian Radio) and Fox 40 (affiliate) for a shoe drive to benefit clients of the Army’s rehabilitation centers.

Salt Lake City, UT: The Salvation Army will host an appreciation event for neighborhood firefighters and police officers.

Santa Rosa, CA: The Santa Rosa Corps will host a Food Drive and Root Beer Float Social at the Oakmont retirement from noon to 3pm PST on 9/11. The Army is also working with local churches on a one day food drive that day.

San Francisco, CA: The Salvation Army will participate in a morning prayer at Crissy Field in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, hosted by the San Francisco Interfaith Council at 5:47am PST, and a remembrance at Golden Gate Park with the San Francisco Interfaith Council and the San Francisco Opera at 1:30pm. The Opera will perform Mozart’s Requiem, with readings of prayers and passages between each piece.

Wichita Falls, TX: The Salvation Army will dedicate its morning Holiness Meeting in honor of those who lost loved ones on 9/11. The service will include a candlelight vigil.

Update: Salvation Army Disaster Relief

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Salvation Army continues to provide emergency relief services to those struggling with the double blow of Tropical Storm Lee and the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Some areas along the Northeast coast were hit with both storms. Continued flooding and a serious lack of resources have made living conditions extremely difficult for those in the impacted areas.

Within the last two weeks, The Salvation Army has served more than 515,000 meals, snacks and drinks to victims and emergency responders along the East Coast, using 76 emergency response vehicles.

“Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Irene did a one – two punch, severely increasing the need in flood impacted northeastern states. Nevertheless, The Salvation Army is there, serving and providing relief services to all community members in need”, said Major George Hood Community Relations & Development Secretary.

Here are the most recent updates:

In Pennsylvania:

The Salvation Army is feeding at ten Red Cross shelters and has deployed six canteens to assist.

In Vermont:

The Salvation Army is providing meals in the areas of Rutland and Waterbury.

In New York:

The Salvation Army is still feeding evacuees and emergency responders from mobile canteens in various New York towns such as Schenectady, Margaretville, Fleischmanns, Binghamton, Nichols and Sydney.

Salvation Army personnel are stationed at three Disaster Assistance Centers in Delaware, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. Centers are in operation from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

In Amsterdam, a feeding support is set up at the Montgomery County shelter. In Schenectady, a shelter is provided at the Schenectady High School.

In Massachusetts:

The Salvation Army deployed emergency relief teams to the areas of New Bedford, Attleboro and Metro Boston to provide food, drinks and clean-up kits.

The best way that you can help us provide is to donate monetarily. Donations can be made online by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

You can also text the word ‘STORM’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your cell phone.

Checks should be designated “2011 Hurricane Season” and can be sent to:

Disaster Gift Processing Center

PO B ox 1959

Atlanta, GA 30301

Remembering 9/11: A Children’s Edition

Friday, September 9, 2011

It’s often difficult to accurately describe historical events to children without going too far. Parents fear the story’s details might be too severe for the ears of young children. As horrific as the terrorist attacks on 9/11 were, it’s important to recall the silver lining: the servant heart of thousands.

9.11 Helping the Heroes: A Salvation Army Story is the perfect tool for conveying the events of 9/11 to your children and grandchildren. Written by acclaimed children’s writer Linda Carlson Johnson, the book focuses on the volunteer efforts at Ground Zero with emphasis on the unity, love and service that was demonstrated following the horrific events of that day.

Along with over 1,000 volunteers from New York City alone, thousands of volunteers and emergency disaster relief workers nationwide traveled to the disaster site to help.

Such an amazing part of the story!

The Salvation Army was a large contributor to the relief efforts at Ground Zero; providing food, drinks, clothing, blankets, masks, socks, hardhats, gloves, shelter and counseling for the many workers and volunteers.

The illustrations will keep kids captivated. Pick up your copy today!

Remember 9/11: Salvation Army Operations at Ground Zero

Friday, September 9, 2011

The footage in this video gives some deeper insight into The Salvation Army’s role in the months following the September 11 attacks.

Our relief effort called “Compassion Under Fire,” allowed us to control the feeding operation at Ground Zero. The large tent that we set up next to Ground Zero was dubbed the “Taj Majal”. It is here that we were able to serve rescue and response workers looking for food and rest.

Our efforts were supported by several New York City restaurants as part of the Restaurant Revitalization Program. The program allowed for The Salvation Army to choose other restaurants from which to purchase food to serve at the tent.

Additionally, The Salvation Army provided protective gloves, masks, and socks. More importantly, Salvation Army pastoral caregivers were able to pray with and counsel rescue and recovery workers toiling under emotionally and physically draining circumstances.

“In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.” Psalm 62.7