Monday, March 5, 2012
The Salvation Army is serving in several states following the weekend’s violent weather that killed 39 people, injured many, and destroyed communities throughout the Midwest and South.
As a reminder that spring has yet to arrive, residents in Indiana and Kentucky – who endured an EF-4 tornado on Friday – are now suffering cold weather and snow while they work to restore what’s left of their homes.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Salvation Army is providing relief to devastated areas of Kansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois following the severe weather and tornadoes that passed through the mid-west regions throughout Wednesday morning.
At least 16 tornados were reported from Nebraska and Kansas across southern Missouri to Illinois and Kentucky, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. 12 individuals from these areas were killed and many are suffering injuries as a result.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Salvation Army is providing support in Harveyville, Kansas following a tornado that ravaged the community late Tuesday night.
Emergency Disaster Service Volunteers from Topeka are on the scene providing meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, survivors and clean-up crews via mobile feeding kitchens. The Salvation Army is also offering emotional and spiritual support to those in need.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The Salvation Army is providing aid to devastated areas of Alabama following the severe weather and tornadoes that struck the area early Monday. The storm’s tear through the southern state resulted in numerous power outages, 100 injured residents and two fatalities.
In response to this disaster, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi divisions of The Salvation Army have deployed five mobile kitchen units to the damaged communities of Maplesville, Centerpoint and Birmingham.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Wait a minute – was that American Idol Ruben Studdard at The Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa, Alabama?
You bet it was!
The singer helped distributed food and supplies to about 200 local families of a community that continues to rebuild following April’s destructive tornadoes. The event was part of the Gospel Music Channel’s (GMC) Uplift Someone America Tour.
The Tuscaloosa News has all the information here.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
On Wednesday, June 29, Buffalo Wild Wings will donate 10% of food/non-alcoholic beverage sales to our tornado relief efforts. More than 400 restaurants are participating nation-wide, which will help The Salvation Army serve even more survivors as they rebuild their lives and homes.
All you need to do is say that you’re dining to support tornado survivors. That’s the easy part. When it comes to choosing between their 14 amazing sauces (Sweet BBQ? Parmesan Garlic? Mango Habanero?), you’ll have to make up your own mind.
Go to www.buffalowildwings.com to find your local restaurant, and visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate directly to our disaster relief efforts.
And be sure to show us how you’re “Doing the Most Good” by uploading and tagging a photo of your dining experience on our Facebook wall @SalvationArmyUSA!
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.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Article published with permission from author Allison Roorda of the Faribault Daily News
Members of the Divine Mercy Catholic School student council, from left to right, Kelsey Novak, Shelby Meyer, Patrick Swenson, Zachary Schwab, Brendan Trump and Garrett Johnson. (Allison Roorda/Daily News)
When the sixth-grade members of the Divine Mercy Catholic School student council in Minnesota set out to raise money for the victims of tornadoes and flooding in the south, their goal was $700.
After several weeks and many different opportunities for fundraising, they ended up with $1,705.11.
“We just decided that it would be cool to help the tornado and flood victims down south,” said Kelsey Novak, president of the student council.
For weeks the six senior student council members worked on a variety of ways to raise the money, said Betsy Thomas.
“One of the reasons was we’ve been praying for these people since those devastating tornadoes hit down south,” said Thomas, who teaches sixth grade and also acts as the student council adviser at DMCS. “They just felt like they wanted to do more than just pray.”
The students were adamant about their contributions.
“As a Christian school, one of our biggest duties as Christians is to help others,” said Shelby Meyer, secretary of the student council. “So when we got the chance, we took it.”
The students got permission to take up collections at student Masses and at the dress rehearsal and performance of the annual school concert.
“It was a long two weeks of raising money,” Meyer said. “I think we spent at least half a day just running around the school, hanging up flyers and stuff.”
One of the major fundraisers ended up being the school’s Dress Down Day.
“We do this all year long,” Thomas said. “For a dollar the kids can be out of dress code. The kids decided they had a $2 dress down fee, and many people donated even more than $2. The class that contributed the most got a dress down pass they can use any time for two weeks.”
Normally, any money collected for DMCS’s Dress Down Days goes to various charities. The student council members decided to donate money they raised with their own Dress Down Day to the Salvation Army, according to Thomas.
Friday, June 10, 2011
The Salvation Army
PO Box 21787
St. Louis, MO 63109
Please designate the gift “Joplin Tornado”
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.