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.
Monday, May 16, 2011
The southern US has seen much damage from April’s devastating tornado outbreak, but Saturday, May 21 will be a time to celebrate survival!
Several of Nashville’s greatest singers/songwriters, including Jim Parker, Wood Newton, Donny Lowry, and Mark Namore, will perform at the Rodan + Fields Songs for Survivors Concert, hosted specifically to recognize tornado survivors and aid relief efforts. 100% of the proceeds will go to The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief Fund and earmarked for April 27 tornado survivors.
Clear your schedule from 7-11pm and head to the new Davidson Center for Exploration at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. Saturday’s event will be chalk-full of great music, plus a delicious southern BBQ dinner and live auction to raise additional money for the relief fund.
Dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields (creators of Proactiv® Solution, whose commercials you’ve probably seen on TV) said a number of their local consultants and families were affected by the disaster, which is part of the reason they’re putting together this benefit.
The Salvation Army is extremely grateful to count them as partners in serving the tornado survivors, along with Lite 96.9 WRSA Radio, FOX 54 and the Huntsville Times, who are helping to sponsor and promote the event. This will be a great way to let community members and businesses get involved in supporting those affected by these devastating storms.
Individual tickets are $80 each, or $150 per couple, while a table of 8 can be purchased for $800. Tickets can be purchased at Lite 96.9 and at the Huntsville Times, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, May 6, 2011
The Salvation Army continues its service across the south in tornado ravaged areas by providing for the immediate needs of those affected by the storms. This need may come in the form of non-perishable food boxes, toiletries, baby supplise, support for lost medication, gasoline, and other necessities on a case by case basis. In some areas, the Army’s focus has shifted to providing for long-term needs by assisting with social case work.
Below is the latest summary of our efforts. If you’d like to support our relief efforts, you can donate online by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or click here:
* The Salvation Army has served 165,500+ hot meals, 398,000+ sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
* The Salvation Army has provided 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day, 1 Shower Unit, and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
* The Salvation Army has ministered through its Pastoral Care to 6,500+ individuals.
* The Salvation Army has begun helping with emergency Social Services in several locations.
* Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 40,371 hours.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Interview with Dodger Lance Cormier
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Lance Cormier and his family are from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When his hometown was left severely damaged from recent tornadoes, he organized his teammates to do something to help.
An hour before the game on Sunday and again on Tuesday, Cormier and several of his Dodgers teammates signed autographs for the fans who put money in the kettle to support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief work in the Southern states.
Click HERE to find the full story and a photo slideshow at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s Expect Change blog.
Special thanks to Kathy Lovin and team for the info!
Clayton Kershaw offers two big thumbs up.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Salvation Army responded immediately following major tornadoes that struck Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee last week. To date, here is what we’ve done to help meet the needs of survivors:
* Served 86,000 hot meals, 260,000 sandwiches, snacks & drinks.
* Provided over 54 Mobile Feeding Units (Canteens), is about to deploy 1 Field Kitchen, capable of producing 20,000 hot meals per day; has deployed 1 Shower Unit and 2 Satellite Communications trailers.
* Distributing groceries, baby diapers & formula, and general hygiene products like soap, shampoo, etc.
* Ministered through Pastoral Care to 3,233 individuals.
* Assisting with Social Services Cases.
* Salvation Army officers, employees and volunteers have served a total of 10,000+ hours.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Photo from Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA Facebook Album
For real time updates on The Salvation Army’s tornado relief work taking place across the southern US, here are a handful of local units’ social media sites we recommend. They’re posting everything from their service locations to donations needs to volunteer opportunities. Check them out:
Salvation Army Disaster Services:
Facebook: Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services USA
Local Salvation Army Units on Twitter:
Birmingham, AL: @BhamSALVARMY
Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division: @salarmyalm
Cleveland, TN: @tsacleveland
Chattanooga, TN: @SalArmyChattown
Southern Spirit: @Southern_Spirit
Salvation Army USA: @salvationarmyus