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Coming Soon: “The Christmas Candle” Movie Inspires Service & Goodness

There’s no denying that Christmas is fast approaching; reindeer and pumpkins have been competing for department store shelf space since August. With unrealistic to-dos of spending, buying gifts, baking, attending parties, throwing parties, the “spirit of giving” soon becomes the “spirit of getting it over with”.

Anyone needing a reminder of what makes Christmas truly special should watch The Christmas Candle, a holiday motion picture from EchoLight Studios based on the book by international bestselling author, Max Lucado.

Premiering in theaters nationwide November 22, the film tells of how an angel, every 25 years, visits a 19th century English village called Gladbury and touches a single candle. Whoever lights that candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve.
But when David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. At the beginning of the film, David’s character is seen serving food alongside officers of The Salvation Army, a nice shout-out to the organization’s services for the downtrodden which began in London in 1865.

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The Salvation Army took part in one of the red carpet premieres in Dallas, TX October 21. Photo: https://www.facebook.com/salarmydfw

When the candle eventually goes missing, the miraculous and the human collide in the most astonishing and heartwarming Christmas the village has ever seen.

The Christmas Candle inspires renewed hope in the miracle of Christmas, and reminds us of the wonder and celebration of the season that is often lost in the yearly hustle and bustle.

Check it out for yourself in select theaters November 22, and visit https://www.facebook.com/TheChristmasCandle to learn more. You can also join in the conversation with #ChristmasCandleMovie on Twitter and Facebook.

Posted by Megan on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ·

The Salvation Army in Nebraska and Western Iowa Responds to Friday Tornadoes

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This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website and contributed by Major Von R. Vandiver of The Salvation Army, Sioux City, IA.

“We are here to help—if they need something to drink, to eat, or want to talk…”
(Sioux City, Iowa, October 5, 2013) — The Salvation Army in the Sioux City, Iowa area has mobilized two teams of trained disaster response workers to assist residents and first responders impacted by six confirmed tornados that hit various area communities on Friday evening, October 4th.

On Saturday morning, Salvation Army disaster response units were serving residents and aid workers in Macy and Wayne, Nebraska. Coffee, cold beverages, breakfast items and sandwiches were being distributed in the impacted communities.

The Salvation Army is prepared to meet not only immediate physical needs, but to provide emotional and trauma counseling to those impacted by the storms. Included in the response team is Rob Ouellette, who is employed as a Salvation Army program director in Sioux City and is an experienced crisis counselor. Mr. Ouellette stated, “I went to Wayne State (College, located in Wayne, Neb.), so it is important for me to be able to help this community that is such a key part of my life. We are here to help—if they need something to drink, to eat, or want to talk—we are here for the folks affected by these storms.”

The Salvation Army is coordinating its services with the local governments, the American Red Cross, and other providers, so that the residents of the many communities impacted by the storm receive needed services and support. How to Help:The best way to help is a monetary donation. Donations should be marked “tornado relief” and can be sent to PO Box 783, Sioux City, IA 51102.

At the present time, the Salvation Army is not accepting donations of clothes or other items for the survivors of these storms; however, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
For the latest EDS updates, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

Posted by Jackie on Monday, October 7, 2013 ·

Salvation Army Continues Flooding Relief Efforts in Colorado

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It’s been nearly a week since the severe flooding, caused by an unexpected torrential downpour, began in Colorado.
The relentless waters have spread across 17 counties, destroying over 2,500 homes and killed eight people. Hundreds remain missing.

The Salvation Army is continuing support, having provided more than 20,000 meals and nutritional items and 85,560 drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees.

With the growing need for assistance, The Salvation Army has spread their services to additional flood impacted areas including Weld, Morgan, and Logan counties.

With the threat of more rainfall, The Salvation Army is preparing to provide for additional areas that may be affected. Additional Salvation Army emergency disaster personnel called in to manage increased needs arrived from Utah, Wyoming, Montana, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Washington.

The Salvation Army prepares to move into Disaster Assistance Centers, which is scheduled to be operating in Boulder, Weld, and Larimer Counties in the next 48 hours.

The Salvation Army is currently providing disaster relief at the following locations: Boulder
The Salvation Army is providing meals to newly evacuated survivors at the Coors Event Center and for first responders, law enforcement and rescue workers at the Boulder County Incident Command Post at Linden Avenue and Broadway. Additional support for evacuees is available at the Mapleton YMCA (2850 Mapleton Ave  Boulder, CO 80301)
Ft. Collins

The Salvation Army will continue to serve meals at long-term shelter Timberline Church, where personnel served more than 800 meals yesterday and even cared for evacuees’ pets.
Longmont
The Salvation Army continues to provide support to St. Vrain Memorial Community Center (700 Longs Peak Ave. Longmont, CO 80501) and Mead High School (12750 County Road 7  Longmont, CO 80504)
Jefferson County

The Salvation Army continues to provide support to National Guard at the Arvada Fire Training Center (6651 Indiana Street, Arvada Colorado).
Weld County

The Salvation Army continues to serve first responders and law enforcement at the Miliken Fire Department (101 S Irene Ave  Milliken, CO 80543)
Monetary donations are needed to help The Salvation Army help those affected during the days of storm ahead and during long-term recovery.  The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.

To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate Colorado Floods.”  You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* 

Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Floods” and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304

In–kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area.  However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

For the latest Emergency Disaster Services alerts, visit http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

* A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. **Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.**

Salvation Army Assisting Mass Feeding Efforts For Displaced Residents in Galena, AK

The Salvation Army is providing mass feeding operations to the community of Galena, AK as residents struggle to rebuild from one of the worst floods in the region in over a 100 years.
Spurred by a broken ice dam on May 28, Alaskans have called the Yukon River flooding their “Katrina” as 90 percent of its buildings were destroyed. Houses were toppled or otherwise uninhabitable and roads were gone, creating damage estimated to be above $10 million. Over 10 weeks after the disaster, displaced residents, who were previously housed at the boarding school’s dorms, were asked to move from one temporary shelter to another.

As winter approaches and the community struggles to rebuild from this event, The Salvation Army has joined forces with FEMA, AmeriCorps and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) as part of a Unified Command Team to continue feeding operations for displaced residents at multiple sites throughout the next several weeks. Emergency Disaster Services crews and volunteers are also assisting with addressing the short- and long-term housing and clothing needs of people displaced in flooding.
Feeding team members from AmeriCorps and The Salvation Army.

Currently, Salvation Army teams are camped in tents outside the BLM kitchen. Additional EDS teams are scheduled to deploy from Anchorage on August 21 and September 4.

Monetary donations are the best way to support disaster relief efforts for Galena residents. The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. Please consider donating in the following ways: Online: http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/alaska/flood-reliefBy Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

In-kind donations are not currently being accepted. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

“Daddy’s Home” comic strip raises awareness for Hurricane Sandy relief

Check out the comics section in today’s paper and you might see the latest from the acclaimed comic strip, “Daddy’s Home,” which highlights the still very present need in New York and New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

The comic portrays the iconic Star Jet roller coaster sitting in the ocean in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, perhaps one of the most famous and enduring images from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating sweep along the East Coast last November.

“I want people to be aware that there’s still work to do,” said Tony Rubino, creative director of the syndicated comic alongside illustrator, Gary Markstein, who directs readers to The Salvation Army’s website (www.SalvationArmyUSA.org).

Eight months later, there is indeed a lot to be done for impacted residents. The Salvation Army continues to provide long-term assistance and disaster case management to help survivors find resources for rebuilding their damaged homes, while also providing financial assistance and referral services to residents in the hardest hit areas of Staten Island, Queens and Long Island.

If you would like to make a donation or commitment to volunteer with The Salvation Army, please visit www.SalvationArmyNY.org.
A huge thank you to Tony Rubino and Gary Markstein for supporting our Emergency Disaster Services!

Out-Of-State Salvation Army Teams Arrive To Aid In Colorado Fires

Posted by Megan on Monday, June 24, 2013 ·

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The Salvation Army has been working nonstop to provide for evacuees and first responders of the largest burning wildfire in Colorado’s history. Since sparking by lightning strike on June 5, the wildfire has burned up approximately 140 acres and is now covering 110 square miles of the state’s forests, resulting in thousands of evacuations.

Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams of The Salvation Army are working to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of impacted residents, evacuees and first responders.

EDS teams from New Mexico, California, Wyoming and Montana were called to strengthen The Salvation Army’s services in multiple locations around the state. In just eleven days, EDS teams have provided thousands of meals, snacks and drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees of multiple fires, including the Black Forest, Klinkus, and Royal Gorge Fires.
 
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Today, The Salvation Army begins feeding operations at the West Fork Fire shelter in Del Norte. Teams remain on standby to provide relief in the East peak Fire burning near Walsenburg.

The Salvation Army will continue to meet both short and long term needs as long the organization is called to do so.
Salvation Army disaster services are made possible by monetary donations which allow us to meet the unique, immediate needs of communities in crisis. If you would like to support individuals and families in need of assistance, please visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.*
Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Fires” and sent to:
The Salvation Army
P.O. Box 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304 Information courtesy of http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/. Click here to donate. Filed under Disaster Services · Tagged with Black Forest, Colorado, Donate, EDS, Emergency Disaster Services, relief, The Salvation Army, Western Territory, wildfires

Papa John’s Pizza Delivers Help to Survivors in Moore

One week into relief efforts following tornado activity in Oklahoma on May 19th, and a devastating EF5 tornado in Moore, OK on May 20th, The Salvation Army has provided 19,578 meals, 30,043 drinks, 19,414 snacks, and prayed with 2,564 persons. More than 4,200 man-hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers to support survivors, as well as emergency responders. These numbers are expected to grow over the next several months as families and individuals rebuild, and as others come together to help The Salvation Army meet the need.
For example, Papa John’s, a partnering organization with The Salvation Army, is helping people on the ground while also giving the American public an opportunity to help. In response to the storm, Papa John’s sent a mobile kitchen to Moore to help provide hot pizzas to people who lost their homes. Through the Papa John’s pizza kitchen, the organization has made and delivered more than 1,200 pizzas.
Papa John’s is also facilitating a “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today, May 26th. All day, $1 from every order, big or small, from Papa John’s will be donated to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in Oklahoma.
To help The Salvation Army and Papa John’s support recovery efforts, you can visit www.PapaJohns.com to order your own pizza and contribute to the “Help Oklahoma” fundraiser today – every dollar helps.

Filed under Disaster Services, Doing The Most Good · Tagged with Donate, EDS, Oklahoma, Papa Johns, The Salvation Army, Tornado

The Salvation Army responding at large explosion in West, Texas

txcanteenDallas, TX (April 18, 2013) – The Salvation Army is responding after a large explosion at a fertilizer plant devastated the small city of West, Texas, just before 8:00 PM, Wednesday evening. The Salvation Army quickly mobilized support teams and by midnight had deployed five Emergency Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) to the area.

The massive blast, that measured 2.1 on the Richter scale, was felt as far as 80 miles away in Dallas. It is estimated that between 50-75 homes have been damaged or destroyed including a 50 unit apartment complex. More than 170 people have been hospitalized with multiple fatalities at the scene.

The Salvation Army is providing refreshment and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders at several locations in and around West. Disaster Canteens (mobile kitchens) from Waco, Corsicana, Waxahachie, Fort Worth and Williamson County are all serving at the scene. Major Dan Ford, Commanding Officer of the Waco Salvation Army, is the Incident Commander coordinating The Salvation Army response with city and state emergency personnel.

The temperature has dropped dramatically overnight with heavy rain moving into the area. The Salvation Army has 50 cases of rain suits, jackets and blankets to distribute. This morning The Salvation Army is preparing to serve breakfast to 500 people and as the situation develops will remain ready to serve as long as needed.

The most effective way to support The Salvation Army response in West, Texas, is by making a financial contribution:
• MAIL – please send checks to The Salvation Army, PO Box 36607, Dallas, TX 75235
• PHONE at 1-800-SAL-ARMY
• ONLINE at www.salvationarmytexas.org

For more information about The Salvation Army’s disaster response effort, please go to www.Facebook.com/SalvationArmyTexas, www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or www.salvationarmytexas.org.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Continues Service Following Boston Marathon Tragedy

boston marathonThe Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, following the explosions that occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, which resulted in at least three deaths and left more than 140 people injured.

Four Salvation Army canteens (mobile feeding kitchens) were positioned at various sites throughout the city, including the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center at the Park Plaza Castle, and Kenmore Square. The canteens were mobilized to Boston from nearby Salvation Army locations in Malden, Fitchburg, New Bedford, and Springfield. The Salvation Army will remain on-site at the Family Assistance Center as long as support is needed.

As of this afternoon, 2,229 meals, snacks and beverages were supplied to the survivors, families and first responders. The survivors and first responders also received emotional and spiritual care from 12 Salvation Army officers and 23 Salvation Army staff and volunteers. Eight Salvation Army officers were also deployed to each of the area hospitals where the injured were transported to be on-hand if pastoral care was needed.

The Salvation Army is in constant communication with city and state emergency personnel, and will continue to provide support as needed and requested. The Salvation Army is collaborating with the Office of Emergency Management, the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Police Department, Sparks, the American Red Cross, the Department of Child, Youth and Families (DCYF), Riverside Trauma, and the Boston Public Health Commission.

“The Salvation Army will be on-site for as long as needed to provide support. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and all who were impacted by the explosions,” said Major Ron Busroe, National Community Relations & Development Secretary.

The Salvation Army is extremely gratified for the continued support of the public. At this time, the best way to be of assistance is to make a financial contribution at www.salvationarmyma.org/marathonrelief.

Personnel trained in crisis response are providing service. If you would like to volunteer for future needs or to be trained in disaster response, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Please continue to pray for those so dramatically impacted by this tragedy.

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

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Salvation Army benefits greatly from Empty Bowls Luncheon


TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) – Polly Smith with The Salvation Army in Tupelo cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner there daily to feed 150 people or so.

Smith said, “I serve chicken dressing, greens, cabbage, barbecue, and anything just about.”

Smith uses food that’s been both donated and bought using donations.

Major Sue Dorman says fund raisers like the recent Empty Bowls Luncheon help keep their kitchen and other services going.

Dorman said, “Fifteen dollars can feed our lodge and a person staying overnight for a day.”

The lodge that’s made for 19 currently houses about 25 people nightly.

The food pantry shelves also are able to stay stocked through the annual Empty Bowls donation.

Dorman said, “Our founder, William Booth, had a little slogan: Soup, Soap and Salvation. You feed them, clean them, and then you can talk to them about Christ. Someone hungry is not going to listen to you.”

Back to the kitchen, that’s exactly why Polly Smith says she tries to make the best meal she can for those who depend on it daily.

Smith said, “I try my best to be in a good mood so they can be in a good mood. There are a lot of people who come in who are in a situation. They’re still happy and that makes me happy.”

Because of the generosity of so many during events like Empty Bowls, The Salvation Army says it’s working to make sure no one has to face a day hungry.

Reported by: Robert Byers
Source: WTVA.com