Honor Society’s Pillow Fight Against Homelessness

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The band Honor Society’s latest tour stop was Minneapolis MN, last night, but before they performed for thousands of their eager fans, the guys spent their afternoon preparing rooms for the homeless at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Shelter. Michael, Jason, Andrew, and Alex met The Salvation Army staff and laid out and cleaned mats for the hundreds of men and women who would find shelter at Harbor Light that night.

And offering a creative way for their fans to get involved, Honor Society invited concert goers and the general public to donate pillows at their concert held at the Varsity Theater to help replenish Harbor Light’s low supply.

Check out the photos below provided by The Salvation Army’s Northern Division, serving Minnesota and North Dakota. You can find more information and photos at their Flickr site and Facebook page.

Prisoners Package Nearly 1,000,000 Meals for Haiti

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Prisoners at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas packaged 93,146 meals  to help with The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Haiti!   It was a huge success. More…

USA TODAY Poll: Giving – Haiti vs. Chile

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

According to USA TODAY article “Poll: More donated to Haiti than to Chile after quakes,” a recent USA TODAY/Gallop poll found that nearly half (45%) of respondents donated money to Haiti earthquake relief efforts, whereas less than one third (28%) of respondents donated to Chile aid work for the earthquake that struck the South American nation just more than a month later.

The article discusses several possible reasons for the disparity, but according to those who directly donated to Haiti efforts, 87% of them said they gave based on the amount of the country’s damage, and 73% gave based on the island nation’s dire economic state.

What factors affect you when considering donating to a disaster relief? Did you donate to efforts in Haiti or Chile, and why or why not? What do you think about the poll’s direct and implied findings?

The Salvation Army is actively working in the earthquake devastated communities of both Haiti and Chile, serving human need without discrimination. We have been present in Haiti since 1950, operating schools, clinics, hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities across the country. The Salvation Army has also been present and active in Chile since 1909, offering educational outreach, childcare programs, skills training, and anti-drug programs.

California Salvation Army Crew Takes Service South of the Border

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

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.