The Salvation Army is actively serving flooding communities of the northeastern United States that have been inundated with torrential storms the past few weeks. New York City and Boston experienced their wettest March on record, and a state of emergency has been declared in Rhode Island, which is said to have seen its worst flooding in 100 years.
New Jersey was hit with two rounds of flooding, but The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services jumped in to serve thousands of meals to first responders, distribute more than 500 clean up kits, provide clothing, and offer shelter to evacuated families. Our officers are continuing to monitor areas threatened by rising rivers.
Reports indicate local dams were at risk of breach in northern New England, resulting in evacuations for several miles below the dams. Again, The Salvation Army provided help by supplying meals and beverages to 100 first responders, state police, and local and state agencies, with 2 mobile kitchens (canteens) deployed and 6 volunteers and an Emergency Disaster Services staff member on the scene.
In Massachusetts, Salvation Army volunteers worked with the National Guard filling sand bags and loading trucks.
Our team is also at work in southern New England, which includes part of Connecticut and Rhode Island, where they’re in communication with emergency management and serving meals at temporary shelters and through Salvation Army canteens.
To learn more about The Salvation Army’s disaster services and how you can be involved, visit our Eastern Territory’s website here.
Salvation Army officers, church members, and volunteers from Beckley, West Virginia offered their service and support Monday at the disaster scene in the Upper Big Branch coal mine, where a massive explosion is said to have killed 25 miners and trapped several more.
Headed by Captains Robert & Monica Barber, The Salvation Army provided, food, drinks, emotional and spiritual care throughout the night to those affected by the mine explosion and the 150 rescue workers that were present.
Initial relief efforts by the Army have been suspended today while the authorities begin a recovery operation that requires holes to be drilled into the ground to vent the toxic gas that has filled the mine. All site crew, except for state patrol, have been released, but The Salvation Army is expected to return at the request of the state’s Emergency Operations Center.
We will post further updates when they become available. You can also find more information at The Salvation Army’s Southern Territory website.
Please continue to pray for those affected by this tragedy.
There’s an old saying that goes, “A good deed is its own reward.” But who’s to say that you shouldn’t get some extra encouragement for an act of goodwill? Phillips-Van Heusen, one of the world’s largest apparel companies, is partnering with the Salvation Army to recognize your altruistic acts.
For in-kind donations you contribute between April 1 and May 31 to select Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, you will be thanked with a $10 gift certificate to any Phillips-Van Heusen, IZOD, or Bass retail stores. Participating Salvation Army stores will provide you with a dated receipt for your generous donations and a coupon to redeem for your next shopping trip.
The goal of the campaign is to help replenish stock at Salvation Army Thrift and Family Stores, some of which have seen dwindling donations during the economic downturn. Proceeds from sales at these stores directly support The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARCs) where more than 300,000 men and women receive treatment for drug and alcohol addictions each year.
The Salvation Army operates a network of more than 1,300 thrift and family stores nationwide. These stores accept gently used donations of furniture, clothing, household appliances, automobiles and other items which are then re-sold to the general public. All gifts are tax-deductible and go to support Salvation Army programs and services in the local community. For more information or to find your local store, please visit www.satruck.org or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
Aftershocks continue to rattle residents along the U.S.-Mexico border following Easter Sunday’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake whose epicenter was located just outside of Mexicali. Some 20 million people from Tijuana to Los Angeles are said to have felt it.
The Salvation Army is diligently serving in the Calexico and El Centro areas, which were the hardest hit cities within the United States.
Vicky Esqueda, a captain with the Salvation Army in El Centro, says, “El Centro’s main street has a lot of structural damage with fallen brick, busted storefront windows, and garbage everywhere. The hospital set up a triage outside with numerous people coming in with broken bones.”
Her husband was injured during the earthquake. Jerry Esqueda, also a captain with the Salvation Army, injured his arm and knee when he fell during the disaster, but after he was treated at an emergency room, the Esquedas began helping other earthquake victims in El Centro.
“The corps has set up beds for those needing shelter and we are busy feeding and handing out water,” said Vicky.
The Salvation Army is sheltering and feeding at its Community Center in El Centro multiple families whose homes suffered damage from the quake. Thirty individuals were housed last night. Volunteers and staff are busy preparing meals in the center’s kitchen, which will be distributed along with bottled water, fruit and snacks by Salvation Army mobile kitchen units, known as canteens. The Salvation Army now has two emergency canteens in the El Centro and Calexico area, serving first responders as well as those affected by the earthquake.
Other workers and volunteers are helping with clean up as well as assessing damage to Salvation Army buildings and thrift stores.
Those who would like to help with relief efforts may send donations to:
The Salvation Army
(designate Baja/Imperial Earthquake)
PO Box 503580
San Diego, CA 92150-3580
Or CALL 1 866-455-4357
Or donate ONLINE at www.sandiego.salvationarmy.org