We’ve been posting a lot recently about our partnering with hunger relief organization Numana, Inc. to host community meal packing events around the country for Haiti earthquake survivors. Yes, even four months after the disaster, much help is still needed and will continue to be needed for a long time.
Today, May 21, and tomorrow, May 22, volunteers will gather in Philadelphia at Drexel University to help The Salvation Army prepare 1 million meals. We we will ship and distribute the food to the 20,000 displaced Haitians that we are caring for in Port-au-Prince. We’re looking for 5,000 volunteers to make this possible, so if you want to get involved, register online at www.SalvationArmyPhiladelphia.org. We need your help!!
And we think it’s pretty cool that the Philadelphia Eagles are partnering with us for this event! This afternoon Eagles guard and Haiti native Max Jean-Gilles, Eagles linebacker Akeem Jordan and Eagles employees will be volunteering in our effort to provide nutritious meals to earthquake survivors.
Come out and lend a hand for a few hours while making a big difference in the lives of those in need. Here are some important links for more information including the event’s address and important FAQ:
* The Salvation Army Philadelphia’s Website -www.SalvationArmyPhiladelphia.org/millionmeals
* Facebook – SalvationArmyPhiladelphia
* Twitter – @SalArmyPhilly
[Million Meal Event]
Photo: The Salvation Army Western Territory
As The Salvation Army continues our relief work in Haiti following January’s earthquake, we need 2,000 volunteers to help us prepare more meals for earthquake survivors.
The Salvation Army and Numana Inc. will be hosting another Million Meals Packing event next weekend in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 at the Washington State Convention Center.
You and your friends are invited to the packing party, where you will prepare bags of vitamin-fortified rice, beans and vegetables. One bag is enough to feed a family of six! The work required is simple, but it’s a great time and your efforts will go a long way in benefiting the lives of others in need.
*If you’re in the Seattle area and ready to volunteer a few hours of your time, visit The Salvation Army Northwest Division’s registration page at http://www.salvationarmynw.org/haiti for more information.*
For fun photos of past events, check out The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Flickr page here.
Theirs is a story that is noble and inspiring, and thanks to the new Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Exhibit, hopefully the tale of the Doughnut Girls will be heard more often. The museum’s new feature was dedicated last week at The Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis, Indiana to highlight the outstanding behind-the-scenes contributions during World War I of these female Salvation Army officers that is a little known, but riveting, part of American history.
Supporters and even relatives of the famed Doughnut Girls turned out at the event enthusiastically dressed in uniform, greeting visitors with coffee and doughnuts. People enjoyed the opportunity to view displays with original utensils, uniforms, and promotional materials. For more information on the event, visit The Salvation Army Indiana’s website (www.saindy.org) for an original article and find photos on their Flickr page.
Not Familiar with the Story of Salvation Army Doughnut Girls?
As young American soldiers faced physical and emotional peril amidst the fighting, female Salvation Army officers had the idea to comfort them with good home cooking, using their limited ingredients to create delicious fried donuts for the boys.
These women, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughnut Girls,” served countless treats to grateful soldiers, traversing through the trenches to bring the men donuts and coffee. More than just filling an empty stomach, these donuts and the joyful presence of the women who worked so hard to make them provided the soldiers with the boost their spirits needed during an extraordinarily difficult time.
We hope if you’re in the Indiana area that you’ll be able to stop by The Salvation Army Doughnut Girl Exhibit. Also, don’t forget to think about us and grab a doughnut on National Doughnut Day, coming up the first Friday of June. Check back at our national website and social media sites for more fun, historical doughnut facts and information about events that will be taking place across the country.
The Salvation Army and Numana, Inc.’s next community meal packing event for Haiti relief will take place in the Chicago, IL area (Melrose Park) this coming weekend on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23rd.
If you can spare just a few hours to help earthquake survivors, register online and come lend a hand! Volunteers across the country have already packed more than 10 million meals for Haiti, and we hope to prepare 1 million more this weekend with your help!
We are partnering with Navistar and will be holding the event at their 10400 W. North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL location.
For more information or to register for the event, visit The Salvation Army Chicago’s website at http://www.salarmychicago.org/volunteer/ or call 773-205-3636.
View the below video from Chicago’s WGN News for information about another Salvation Army and Numana Meals for Haiti event that took place recently in Elgin, IL.