Garbage Bag Gala Raises $13,000 for Homeless in St. Louis

Monday, August 12, 2013
Fashion

Duct tape, used wine corks and trash bags aren’t the typical materials of every day clothing, but with help of designers from The Salvation Army St. Louis’ Garbage…

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Remembering Joplin: 2 Years Later

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Post courtesy of Lt. Jamie Curry – Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army Joplin, Missouri Corps. Today, the city of Joplin recognizes its second anniversary of the devastating tornado that…

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Priceless

Thursday, May 9, 2013
Getting ready in line to "bat" in kickball at The Salvation Army Temple Corps in St. Louis City, MO.

Dana Biermann is the Digital Marketing and Communications Manager for The Salvation Army Midland Division in St. Louis, MO. Dana is an avid fan anything digital and fighting poverty,…

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New $100,000 Canteen for The Salvation Army of Joplin, Missouri

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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Last week, The Salvation Army of Joplin, MO, unveiled a new $100,000 mobile canteen courtesy of Beacon Roofing Supply, a timely donation as the country’s tornado season began…

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Breaking the Poverty Cycle Through The Pathway of Hope

Friday, June 22, 2012
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Imagine this: Growing up, your mom struggled to pay the bills every month. While your dad continued an endless search for a decent paying job, she was constantly…

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A Reason to Hope – Joplin One Year Later

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Courtesy of salvationarmystlouis.wordpress.com.

Every morning since the storm, Doug has gone out to sit on his old concrete porch, all that remains of his former home.

“I don’t think I’ve missed a morning. It’s where I can be by myself, gather my thoughts, plan for my day,” he says.

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Joplin: One Year Later

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
courtesy of www.stlsalvationarmy.org

One year ago today, Joplin, MO homes and businesses were leveled within a matter of minutes when the town suffered a direct hit by a massive EF5 tornado with wind speeds over 200 mph. The storm killed 161 people and left most residents displaced and homeless.

Throughout the day, we’ll be featuring blog posts from Danni Eickenhorst, Communications Specialist from The Salvation Army in St. Louis. She’s in Joplin today taking part in the one year anniversary festivities and the Day of Unity event.

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Maggie: Not Your Normal Disaster Survivor

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Captains Mary Poff and Cyndi Shiels looked around what had been the residence of the Poff family for the past five years. The home, which is the parsonage for The Salvation Army, had fared better than many in the subdivision when the F5 tornado made its way through Joplin, MO. It sustained extensive damage but was still standing.

The two women were prepared for much of what they saw—broken glass and debris everywhere. Adoor had been torn from its hinges and blown down the hallway. Glass shards protruded from the furniture.

Then suddenly, in the middle of all this damage, they were greeted by a dog. She had evidently sought refuge following the tornado, gaining access through the damaged back door. The dog appeared to have sustained no injuries other than cuts on her feet.

The two captains completed their tour of the home and were ready to leave. But what about the dog? Neither of them felt they could leave her there. Feeling a responsibility to care for this animal, Captain Cyndi decided to take the dog home with her until they could find the owner.

The next day, Captains Cyndi and Amos Shiels took the dog to their vet. The vet discovered the dog had a microchip, and the Shiels learned the dog’s name was Maggie. They were eventually able to make contact with the dog’s owner.

The owner, Jennifer, was relieved to learn Maggie had been found and was being cared for. But tears came as she shared that they had not been home when the tornado struck and their house had been destroyed. Jennifer went on to explain that she found herself suddenly unemployed as her workplace had been destroyed, and it would be 6-12 months before they would be able to rebuild their home. In the meantime, she didn’t know where they were going to live and couldn’t take the dog. The Shiels assured Jennifer that Maggie could stay with them for a few weeks.

Jennifer called later to say that a friend had offered to keep Maggie for the next year while her family rebuilds. Soon Maggie will be relocated to her new temporary home in Chicago.

The Salvation Army has been responding to disasters across the country, and around the world, for over 100 years to serve the victims, first responders and volunteers. Finding missing pets has not been one of the services given by the Army, but Maggie was in the right place at the right time and received help from the officers who found her. In turn, her owners received peace of mind about her safety and care during this time of uncertainty as they begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and start over again.

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Raising Up Hope, Every Night of the Week

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Salvation Army
PO Box 21787
St. Louis, MO 63109
Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado”

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Domino’s Pizza Delivers Support for Disaster Relief

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thanks to Domino’s Pizza for making a $6,000 donation to our disaster relief efforts in Joplin.

The Salvation Army has been providing emergency and spiritual care to Joplin families who have lost their homes, possessions and jobs, and Domino’s donation will help us continue our efforts. Presenting the check in front of the tornado-ravaged Domino’s location are (L-R) Max Spencer, volunteer; Jeff Pedrotty, spokesperson for Domino’s St. Louis, Major Jerold Forney, Salvation Army Incident Commander; Gary Bugajski, Vice President Domino’s St. Louis; Chris Moreno, Honorary Fire Fighter and Anthony McBaine, Halltown Fire Chief.

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