Thursday, June 9, 2011
In western Massachusetts where many communities are recovering from the destructive June 1 tornadoes, the disaster has caused a roller coaster of emotions.
While volunteers walked door to door with hot meals, they reported an elderly individual approached one of them, collapsed in their arms, and sobbed, “I just don’t know what to do.”
Around the same time, a 7 year-old girl walked into one of the local Salvation Army centers to donate an envelope marked ‘Lemonade Stand Money’ with a smiley face, which she said she had earned to “help the people in her neighborhood who got hurt.”
The Salvation Army continues to serve the many needs of these communities and is working closely with the office of the Springfield, MA mayor during this process.
As the transition to the long term recovery phase of this disaster takes place, The Salvation Army will provide vouchers for clothes, groceries, hygiene products, and children’s supplies for those affected. Teams are being sent to help the elderly and disabled who are not able to clear their yards of debris.We’ll also continue to serve those in the disaster area as long as needed to make sure everyone has enough food, water, clothing and shelter.
Since the immediate hours following the western Massachusetts tornadoes, The Salvation Army has:
* Served 16,400 people, including 10,000 hot meals in 29 different locations and these services continue.
* Used 5 emergency feeding vehicles to manage the response
* Provided 100 cots for survivors in shelters,
* Mobilized 85 specially trained EDS volunteers and a handful of officers to serve the 4 hardest hit communities of Westfield, Springfield, Brimfield and Monson.
* Provided emotional and spiritual care to over 1,000 people in the first 48 hours.
To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Massachusetts, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here to donate and designate your gift for “Massachusetts Tornado Relief.” The Salvation Army in Massachusetts says their greatest need is financial donations. They have not expressed a need for clothing donations or volunteers at this time.
Monday, June 6, 2011
The Salvation Army has joined with The Bridge to become a part of the Multiple Agency Resource Center (M.A.R.C.) for Joplin disaster relief. The resource center consists of various charity organizations and local businesses offering services for storm victims. The M.A.R.C. offers the opportunity to access many services at one location including help with: housing, medical needs, debris removal, misc. supplies, counseling, emergency funding, new driver’s license, I.D., car title, unemployment, and much more. According to J.J. Travis of The Red Cross, “There is something here for every person affected by this disaster.”
Upon arrival at the M.A.R.C. survivors will go to The Red Cross to register for needed services. It’s helpful to have a form of identification and the address of the affected residence, but it is not required to receive assistance. Continuing support is available and provided based on the long term needs of individual survivors. The M.A.R.C. is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and is located at 3405 S. Hammonds Blvd, Joplin, MO.
* Housing Assistance
* Debris Removal
* Clothing & Hygienic Supplies
* Drivers License, I.D., Car Title
* Emergency Funding
* Social Security Benefits
* Volunteer Placement
* Educational Resources
* Veterans Affairs
* Disability Services
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
[The Salvation Army's supply center offers baby items and other necessities.]
The Salvation Army’s supply center offers baby items and other necessities.
Many families and individuals affected by the devastating string of tornadoes have lost much, if not all, of their belongings. In Joplin, MO, The Salvation Army offers them a place where they can go to begin to rebuild.
We’ve opened a center at the former Salvation Army thrift store located at 7th & Kentucky where we’re providing survivors with emergency services and supplies.
It’s open daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm to the general public, particularly those affected by the May 22nd tornado. Supplies are rationed based on family size and need, but there is an abundance of supplies, and applicants are involved in picking out what they will be able to use. There are also programs available to find help for those who need medical attention and long term housing.
[Joplin, MO emergency disaster supply center]
There is no set limit for the number of times people may come in for supplies; the process is based simply off of need.
It’s just one way we’re helping those in need get back on their feet and have hope for tomorrow.
If you’d like to donate to The Salvation Army’s ongoing tornado relief efforts, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also click here for more ways to help.
Friday, May 27, 2011
As of 12pm Wednesday, The Salvation Army had served more than 16,000 hot meals to Joplin tornado survivors.
The following information represents The Salvation Army’s efforts in Joplin, as of 12:00 PM Wednesday, May 26:
* Served 16,692 hot meals and 2,566 snacks and 6,170 drinks.
* Provided 6 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), including units from Springfield, Kirksville, and Sedalia, Missouri, Pittsburg and Lawrence, Kansas and Tulsa, Oklahoma,
* A Satellite Communications truck is in place and handling phone, computer and internet communications.
* Delivered emotional/spiritual care to 200 people and prayers have been offered with 36
* Initiated emergency Social Services in multiple locations.
* 8 Salvation Army officers (pastors), 13 employees and 103 volunteers have served 2,002.5 hours.
Locations of feeding stations
Feeding operations are taking place at the following locations:
* The Salvation Army Joplin Corps Community Center, 320 E. 8th Street, Joplin, MO
* St. John’s Hospital at 26th & Maiden, Joplin, MO
* 2502 S. Main St., Joplin, MO. The “Oasis Tent” is meant to serve as a location for community members to come together in a sheltered place and receive “One stop service” with food, water, spiritual and emotional care, minor medical care and other basic services.
Mobile Feeding Sites
Mobile kitchens from the following locations are roving throughout the disaster area, providing—as much as possible—regularly scheduled routes to offer food and beverages to responders and survivors: Kirksville, Sedalia, and Springfield, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas.
Other Emergency Disaster Services Ongoing in Joplin:
* The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services relief teams in Joplin; are recognized by the Federal Government and can access roads and areas currently closed off to the general public.
* The Salvation Army is using an all-terrain vehicle and mobilizing “foot soldiers” to go to the people to minister, provide food and bottled water to those who are in need.
* An Emergency Disaster Services ‘Store’ is now located at the old Joplin thrift store on 7th Street and opened Thursday morning at 9 a.m. After receiving vouchers from on-site social workers, survivors may “shop” for items such as clothing, diapers, toiletries, etc.
* Sprint donated 1,500 prepaid cell phones.
* The Charlie Daniels Band is scheduled to play a concert at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri on Saturday with $5.00 of each ticket sold going to The Salvation Army.
* A Kansas City Advisory Board member secured several generous donations from Sam’s Club including approximately 8 pallets of Gatorade, plus gloves and shopping carts that will be used at the EDS store. Sam’s Club also donated one freezer truck and one 45 foot refrigerator truck.
Kansas City’s Response to Sedalia, Missouri, Tornado
On Wednesday, May 25 a tornado hit the town of Sedalia, Missouri. The Sedalia Salvation Army’s team was already on site in Joplin. Within 1 hour of the tornado in Sedalia, a mobile kitchen from Kansas City was on its way to aid Sedalia.
To donate to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can also find more information about giving here.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Salvation Army has four mobile feeding kitchens serving in Joplin,Missouri, and each is capable of serving thousands of meals per day.If you’d like to donate to our relief efforts, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, or click here.
Take a look at the first photos of a canteen from Tulsa, OK that is serving at St. John’s hospital in Joplin, MO. Your continued prayers for survivors and relief workers are greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We’ve received tons of messages and comments from people wanting to organize donation drives and ship items to recent tornado survivors. If this is you, please read the following important message from FEMA!
Joplin, Missouri is actually overwhelmed with unsolicited donations, like clothes, toys and household items. This can lead to what disaster relief personnel call the “secondary disaster,” in which valuable, life sustaining resources are redirected to sort, transport, store, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of survivors.
Read on to learn how your support doesn’t become “too much of a good thing” for those in need, and please consider giving monetary donations through the options listed here:
KANSAS CITY, MO— To help better manage the outpouring of support for Joplin, Missouri tornado survivors, disaster recovery experts have established some simple ways to help, whether volunteering or donating resources.
The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offer those who are impacted or just wanting to help the following advice:
Volunteer or Donate
The easiest way to help is to call 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri to volunteer time or make a donation. Cash is the best because it offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Confirm what is needed BEFORE taking action!
Donate in-kind goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations. Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
Confirm the needs by contacting the voluntary organization of your choice before starting to collect.
If you have a quantity of a given item or class of item to donate, and you need help in determining which organizations to give to, you can make your offer through http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/fema after this, just click on Missouri.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Kansas City Chiefs are proving they have big hearts for tornado survivors. The team is donating $35,000 to disaster-relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri and Reading, Kansas.
They’re also partnering with us at The Salvation Army to host a bottled-water drive at Arrowhead Stadium. If you’re a Kansas City resident or live nearby, this is a great way for you to help too. Here’s what you need to know:
Kansas City Chiefs Bottled Water Drive for Disaster Relief
WHAT: Donate Cases of Bottled Water, Cash, and Checks (Made out to Heart-to-Heart International)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 12:00am – 7:00pm and Wednesday, May 25, 7:00am – 7:00pm
WHERE: Arrowhead Stadium, Lot C, Kansas City, MO
WHY: Help Support Disaster Relief Efforts in Missouri and Kansas! Financial assistance and water are identified as the greatest need.
All bottled-water donations will be distributed by The Salvation Army at our four mobile feeding kitchens stationed in Joplin. The Chiefs are also accepting financial donations for Heart-to-Heart International for disaster recovery efforts in Joplin and Reading.
We hope you’ll come out to show your support! The Salvation Army would like to offer a huge thanks to The Kansas City Chiefs, their broadcast partners, and the public for all the great ways you’re assisting storm survivors. If you have any questions about the event, learn more at kchiefs.com.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Tornadoes have slammed Missouri and several states in the central US, where need is high and the fatality rate is expected to rise. The Salvation Army is on the scene throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Minnesota, and your monetary donations are vital in making sure we can continue our work there.
To support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts, you can donate:
* Online at www.salvationarmyusa.org. Designate Specific Use for “Joplin Relief.”
* Over the phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
* Via text. Send “JOPLIN” to 80888 to make a $10 donation. Confirm when prompted with “yes.”
Many have asked about donating in-kind items, such as clothes, toys, or furniture. The Salvation Army is not accepting gifts in-kind, as there are not suitable facilities to store these items, and manpower to sort and transfer them are also limited. Monetary gifts are flexible and portable, and they allow our disaster teams to purchase the exact supplies they need, when they need them, in the amounts they need them. Click here for more information on this topic.
The local Salvation Army centers have not expressed a need for volunteers at this time, but you can register your name here in our disaster database should a need arise.
Monday, May 23, 2011
The Salvation Army is responding to tornado and storm activity that struck the central and southern US over the weekend. More information about how you can help is found at the end of this story:
The Salvation Army is supporting relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, which was struck by a deadly tornado Sunday.
An emergency disaster services teams from Pittsburg, Kansas has gone to help Joplin with mass feeding for residents and first responders through a mobile feeding kitchen capable of serving thousands of meals a day. Teams from Kirksville and Springfield, Missouri are also on the way.
Meanwhile, in hard-hit Reading, Kansas, which was nearly demolished by a tornado late Saturday night, two Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens, one stationary and one roaming, served meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 250 people Sunday. They will likely continue service through the rest of the week in Reading.
On Monday, more than a dozen members of a Kansas motorcycle club are volunteering for The Salvation Army from 4:30PM – 8PM to help with clean-up efforts in Reading.
Three Salvation Army mobile kitchens and crews are on the scene in St. Louis Park, Fridley and North Minneapolis to help families and emergency workers after the storms Sunday. Much of the damage caused by uprooted trees is making travel difficult in some areas. One of The Salvation Army’s transitional housing units in Fridley sustained minor damage and none of the four men living at the house were injured.
“I’ve got 24 to 36 hours of back-up volunteers ready to go,” said Drew Hasty, Salvation Army metro disaster manager. “We are prepared to assist city officials with any emerging needs as an emergency shelter is likely to be needed this evening.”
HELP STORM SURVIVORS
Your donations will go a long way in supporting storm survivors and damaged communities. Please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org. All donations for disaster services can be used for a designated purpose by specifying over the phone or in the “Specific Use” field of our online form.
Friday, May 20, 2011
No man is an island…and neither are non-profits. Especially during times of disaster, working together with other organizations means we can have an even greater impact to help those in need.
This week the NBA Players Association (NBPA) and Feed The Children delivered 23 massive truckloads of food and supplies to Salvation Army centers in storm-swept communities across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. Local Salvation Army units who are already a part of these communities are distributing the aid to disaster survivors in the hardest hit areas, like Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Memphis, and more. In Birmingham alone more than 200 families benefited from the donations!
Get the full story here, and watch the above video to see how Tuscaloosa, AL will use their 3 truckloads to support the community.
We’re grateful to work with caring partners like NBPA and Feed the Children. It’s with their help that The Salvation Army is able to serve even more people in need.