Since Japan was struck by disaster just over a week ago, the immediate reaction of so many Americans was, “What can I do to help?” I’ve been wonderfully overwhelmed by responses from blog readers like you, leaving comments and asking questions about how you can show your support.
When people work hard to use their talents and good ideas for the purpose of disaster fundraising, amazing things result. On The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog, they’ve shared some creative efforts going on right now in the San Francisco Bay Area of California!
One involves an 11 year-old piano and singing prodigy Shane Tuner. Another is a local radio station’s “Bid on Britney for Japan Relief” auction – and yes, they do mean Britney Spears.
Read the full story here how some compassionate, creative people are using every opportunity to support Japan.
Thank you to everyone who has supported or is following our ongoing relief efforts in Japan. We’ve received more photos of the response work and have shared them below. Salvation Army International Headquarters also has them posted to their Flickr account here.
A Japanese Salvation Army emergency vehicle en route. Three Salvation Army emergency response teams were sent out from Tokyo to Sendai, Mito and towards the Fukushima area.
One of The Salvation Army Japan’s emergency canteen vehicles, preparing to serve up a fresh batch of hot noodles – very welcome in the cold temperatures.
The Salvation Army’s emergency canteen vehicles have been working hard, serving hot food and drinks to a thousand people at a time.
Poor weather did not deter the crowds, lining up patiently outside The Salvation Army’s corps (church) in Sendai.
The Salvation Army’s corps (church) in Sendai, near the epicentre of the earthquake, is also distributing essential supplies.
Relief supplies, comprising bottled water, biscuits, blankets, towels and diapers were prepared for distribution.
A Salvation Army kitchen in north-east Japan, with officers and members catering for some of the thousands who have been displaced by the earthquake and tsunami.
[Japan – SA Officer Distributing Food]
The Salvation Army’s officers and volunteers in Japan have been distributing packed lunches to evacuees and residents of earthquake-affected areas.
Dirt? It’s not an item you’d expect to be for sale at a Salvation Army Thrift store.
But in Billings, Montana, that’s just what you’re going to find, and The Salvation Army promises it will be “top-of-line” quality.
To be more specific, workers are starting an organic Bokashi composting business and selling some of it to local home gardeners. The rest will go to community and school gardens the Army is helping establish.
The entrepreneurial idea is just in time for the approach of spring!
Plus, The Salvation Army composting business will support nine formerly homeless men who are working on the project. Salvation Army Major Kevin Jackson says their entrepreneurial skills have really shined since the start of the operation. In addition to expanding their business skills, the men are taking educational courses, adding up to great experience and knowledge that will make them competitive in the job market.
Get all the dirty details about The Salvation Army’s compost initiative here at the Billings Gazette.
The Salvation Army will soon be present in 124 countries!
Effective April 1, we’ll be officially working in the West African country of Togo.
In years past, residents of the country and Togolese citizens living in Canada and the US asked Salvation Army International Headquarters to establish work in Togo. In effect, our Ghana Territory sent a fact-finding team to the country.
They were enthusiastically welcomed by established churches and community leaders alike. It turns out that Salvation Army meetings were already being held there. Work among children and young people is also developing well.
Captains Hervé Michel and Naty Dorcas Ahouyanganga, from The Salvation Army in Congo, have been appointed as leaders for our work in Togo.
Read more about the announcement and our growing work around the world at The Salvation Army International’s website.