The Salvation Army in New Zealand is responding after the city of Christchurch was struck by a major earthquake today – the second in less than 6 months. At least 65 people are known to have been killed hundreds are trapped in the debris.
By late afternoon The Salvation Army was assisting more than 1,000 people. Locals are being temporarily housed in large marquees that were already on site for a flower show.
Major Rex Cross, emergency services coordinator for The Salvation Army in Christchurch, said that The Salvation Army was calling its emergency response teams together but travel across the city was extremely difficult. Food supplies for approx. 1,500 people were also being organized.
Some Salvation Army buildings are reported to have been damaged by the quake.
This disaster comes as a significant blow, especially as the shock of September’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake is so fresh and reconstruction from that event has not even finished.
The Salvation Army New Zealand has launched a Canterbury Earthquake Appeal in order to swiftly respond to the area’s humanitarian need. If you’d like to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, click HERE to donate.
Read The Salvation Army’s full earthquake report here.
Less than 24 hours to go til race day at Daytona and The Salvation Army will be front and center, displayed on the hood of NASCAR driver Morgan Shepherd’s #89 car. (Haven’t heard about this yet? Get updated at our original blog post here.)
Rumor has it it’s already been nicknamed “The Salvation Army car” at the race!
Plus, two kids from our local Salvation Army programs, siblings Kevante’ and Dijonae, get to attend Saturday’s race as special guests of Morgan Shepherd. Racers are even planning to hold the race for a few minutes so Kevante’ and Dijonae can walk through the track and see the cars. It’s going to be an awesome experience!
Be sure to watch the race and cheer extra loud (even if you’re tuning in from your living room) for Morgan and his Salvation Army car. Check our blog next week for photos and updates about the event, including feedback from Kevante’ and Dijonae.
The Salvation Army wants to say a huge THANK YOU to Morgan for “donating his hood” to us, and we also want to say CONGRATS! He was inducted into the Stock Car Racing Hall of Fame this past Monday.
Good luck Saturday. We’re rooting for you!
We need your help!
USA TODAY has launched the “#KindnessChallenge,” a Twitter campaign for charity. The top charity tweet-getters with the most creative ideas or goals from fans about how they’re supporting their favorite nonprofits will be featured in a story in USA TODAY.
Will you show your support for The Salvation Army? There’s only a few hours left – you have until 6pm ET tonight (Feb 18) – but here’s what you can do:
Finish the following sentence on Twitter:
“My #USATODAY #KindnessChallenge goal is to help (insert full name of charity or that charity’s twitter handle)….”
To support us, tweet:
“My #USATODAY #KindnessChallenge goal is to help @SalvationArmyUS …” and then let the world know what you plan to do! Need a few ideas? How about:
“…feed the hungry by donating food from my community garden.”
“…raise funds be recruiting all my friends to ring at Christmas Red Kettles.”
“…by shopping only at their Thrift Stores for a month.”
Get creative, and you can even have your friends retweet your messages.
For the complete list of rules, visit USA Today’s Kindness Blog here.
Thanks for Tweeting!
Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS
Christine Burton works at the headquarters of The Salvation Army’s Western Territory. Every morning she comes to work looking like she stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine.
She’s always coordinated, accessorized and super stylish. Her look is totally creative and appropriately professional.
How does she do it, you ask? She shops for pieces at The Salvation Army Family Store near her home!
Click here to read more about Christine’s shopping strategy and to see more images of the first outfit featured in the West’s series called “Christine’s Closet.”