The Salvation Army emergency disaster vehicles took water, fresh fruit, snacks and spaghetti dinners into Mexico to serve 500 of those hardest hit by Sunday’s 7.2 earthquake.
The El Centro Salvation Army has been helping people in El Centro, Calexico, Nyland, Slab City and Bombay, California, but had to wait for a formal request from The Salvation Army in Mexico to begin serving there.
“Led by Mexican police escorts, we travelled two and a half hours into Baja California, Mexico, around buckled roads, through washes and down dirt paths to an area where we found 500 people gathered on a concrete slab waiting for assistance,” reported Captain Jerry Esqueda who led the trip. “We fed them a hot spaghetti dinner with bread and apples, prayed with them and encouraged them.”
After the meal, The Salvation Army distributed enough emergency food to last four more days: canned beef stew, powdered milk, water, Corn Flakes, bread and pasta. All in all, Captain Esqueda says The Salvation Army supplied food for 6,000 meals.
This past week in Imperial Valley, The Salvation Army has distributed 5,250 bottles of water, 2,892 cold drinks, 2,460 snacks and sheltered 65 people at the El Centro Corps Community Center (for two nights) as well as providing 244 hot meals and 65 sandwiches at that center.
With a very heavy heart, rescue crews will continue removing from the mine the remaining victims of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion. It was revealed this weekend that the four missing West Virginia miners did not survive.
The Beckley Salvation Army Disaster team continues to offer emotional and spiritual care to families of the victims of one of the worst mining disasters in many years. Also nearly one thousand meals, snacks and drinks were served to fire and rescue personnel.
Thank you for the hundreds of meal items that were donated that enabled The Salvation Army to serve those in need during this extraordinarily difficult time.
Nearly 5,000 meals are served each day to children, adults and seniors by The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Program, which includes Bed & Bread trucks that make stops in metro Detroit’s most depressed areas every day of the year.
This is the latest Salvation Army program that the members of the band Honor Society have taken the time to be involved with as they travel around the country during their national Here Comes Trouble tour. The guys loaded up food in the truck before hitting the streets of Detroit to serve meals and talk to some of the truck’s regular visitors.
We applaud Michael, Andrew, Alex, and Jason for their efforts in helping The Salvation Army do the most good. There are plenty of other ways a popular young band could spend their time as they tour from city to city, but Honor Society has been extremely giving of themselves and taking the opportunity to serve others throughout their stops. Thanks, guys.
If you’d like to learn more about how The Salvation Army is taking compassion to the streets, you can find more information on the Bed & Bread Program at The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division’s website here. You can also catch a glimpse of Honor Society’s experience through the short video below.
A few weeks ago we told you about Noah’s ARC Interior Design Challenge, in which student designers used recycled items to create inspired, themed rooms within several California Salvation Army Family Thrift stores .
Below are a few photos that may look like they’re from a high end home store magazine, but believe it or not, they are some of the amazing rooms the students staged with items they found in the Thrift stores! The contest is running from April 10 to April 24, at the end of which the student team with the most inspired design will be honored, and a silent auction will be held for the furniture and decorative pieces used in the challenge. Proceeds will help financially support The Salvation Army’s local Adult Rehabilitation Center which provides no-cost drug and alcohol treatment for the people who need it.
For more photos and information, visit The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Flickr page here and their Expect Change blog.
And be sure to leave us a comment about which is your favorite design!