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!
As we celebrate National Salvation Army Week across the country, Detroit has made the annual tradition their own through their unique “Doing the Most Good” Week. Though the campaign is unique to the city, their tips are applicable to any and all social-minded Samaritans.
DMG Week encourages past, present and future do-gooders to do something positive for their community. It’s as simple as opening a door for someone or as involved as hosting a food drive. The bottom line is there’s always an opportunity to help others and serve the disadvantaged.
We’ve listed several ideas offered by The Salvation Army Detroit to help you get started in “Doing the Most Good” wherever you live. And while you’re at it, let us know how you’re having a positive impact! Tell The Salvation Army Michigan on their Facebook wall or @Salmich on Twitter, or share on our national Salvation Army USA Facebook page and @SalvationArmyUS on Twitter.
* When you buy in bulk, share your surplus by dropping off any non-perishable food item to your local Salvation Army.
* Bring flowers to work and share them with your coworkers.
* Volunteer to be a tutor in a Salvation Army after-school program.
* Join The Salvation Army in their visits to sing to seniors and residents of nursing homes.
* Offer a couple of hours of baby-sitting service to friends and family.
* Have a Salvation Army Doing the Most Good Day at work, with employees bringing nonperishable food and toys to donate to the charity.
* Pay a compliment to someone at least once a day.
* “Dial a smile” and call or visit a housebound person or older relative.
* Say something nice to everyone you meet.
* Volunteer at your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center.
* Give the gift of your smile to everyone you meet.
* Do the WRITE thing by sending a few kind words and a cookie or two to our soldiers overseas, especially on May 21, 2011, which is Armed Forces Day.
* Tell your husband/wife or children why you love them.
* Give your stuff a second life by donating old clothes to The Salvation Army Family and Thrift Stores.
* Tell your coworkers that you think they’re doing a good job.
* Give toys to children at a Salvation Army shelter.
* For one week, act on every single thought of generosity that comes in your heart. Notice what happens.
* Get an A for effort by helping The Salvation Army’s after-school programs. By donating as little as $25, you’re helping a child attend an after-school program at one of The Salvation Army’s Corps Community Centers.
* Relinquish a parking spot to someone at the mall.
* Say thank you.
* While in a restaurant, pay for the meals at another table. Instruct the waitress to give you that table’s check, quietly without notice.
* Cut someone’s grass or weed or plant flowers in someone’s garden.
* Drop off a bag of groceries on someone’s doorstep.
* Go to a nursing home and bring an anonymous bouquet of flowers
* Put quarters in expired or about-to-be-expired parking meters.
Have more ideas? Share them with us by leaving a comment.
Did you know that Joan Kroc, widow of McDonalds’ founder Ray Kroc, gave one of the largest charitable gifts in history to The Salvation Army? Click on our National Salvation Army Week ‘Did You Know’ video to find out more!
* Beaumont, TX: The Salvation Army will host the second annual Kids Book Fair on Friday, May 13, at the Point North Housing Complex.
* Modesto, CA: The Salvation Army’s Red Shield youth members will provide a Boxing Demonstration at the Vintage Faire Mall on May 14.
* Nashville, TN: The Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team will host The Salvation Army as Charity of the Night on Saturday, May 14. The Army will host a booth at the stadium featuring activities and giveaways for families and kids as the Sounds take on the Sacramento Rivercats.
How has a crab pot transformed millions of lives? The answer is found in today’s National Salvation Army Week video!
For more information about The Salvation Army, visit our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org. You can also find us on Facebook @SalvationArmyUSA and on Twitter@salvationarmyus.
• San Francisco, CA: The Salvation Army will team up with the Rotary Club of San Francisco, NPS Presidio Park Police and Sports Basement for the third Annual “Bike Build” on May 14 to provide 75 underprivileged children from San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood with new bikes and helmets.
• Tyler, TX: The Salvation Army of Tyler will host the “Doing The Most Good” luncheon, a community fundraiser, on Thursday, May 12. All week, the Army will also be running PSAs featuring advisory board members, employees and others sharing their experiences with The Salvation Army.
• Nashville, TN: The Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team will host The Salvation Army as Charity of the Night on Saturday, May 14. The Army will host a booth at the stadium featuring activities and giveaways for families and kids as the Sounds take on the Sacramento Rivercats.