United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited local disaster response personnel in Georgia yesterday.
Among them were Salvation Army personnel who have been providing physical and spiritual assistance to tornado survivors. Secretary Napolitano praised local relief agencies and residents of Catoosa County who have shown great resilience and initiative in rebuilding their community.
Click here to read the full story.
Today’s no ordinary Monday – it’s the first day of our 58th annual National Salvation Army Week! Every year we use this week to say ‘thank you’ to our volunteers, donors, and beneficiaries who have enabled us to serve in the United States for more than 130 years!
Typically observed in the second week of May, National Salvation Army Week was first declared by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954. In the proclamation, Eisenhower noted: “Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of human brotherhood . . . Their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of us all.”
Everyday this week we’ll post on our national website a Salvation Army “Did You Know video,” and on our blog we’ll list Salvation Army Week events going on around the country. We hope you’ll celebrate this long standing tradition with us and learn something new in the process. Check our blog, website, and social media sites each day for new fun facts!
The Salvation Army continues its service across the south in tornado ravaged areas by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storms. This need may come in the form of non-perishable food boxes, toiletries, baby supplise, support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis. In some areas, the Army’s focus has shifted to providing for long-term needs by assisting with social case work.
Below is the latest summary of our efforts. If you’d like to support our relief efforts, you can donate online by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or click here:
* The Salvation Army has served 165,500+ hot meals, 398,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
* The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
* The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 6,500+ individuals.
* The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.
* Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 40,371 hours.
Interview with Dodger Lance Cormier
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Lance Cormier and his family are from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When his hometown was left severely damaged from recent tornadoes, he organized his teammates to do something to help.
An hour before the game on Sunday and again on Tuesday, Cormier and several of his Dodgers teammates signed autographs for the fans who put money in the kettle to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief work in the Southern states.
Click HERE to find the full story and a photo slideshow at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog.
Special thanks to Kathy Lovin and team for the info!
Clayton Kershaw offers two big thumbs up.