The Salvation Army Persists with Coronavirus Relief

Atlanta, GA: The Salvation Army’s work persists around the globe, even as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts daily life. In the Southern Territory, service continues in varied forms, with communities coming together for the greater good.

With the help of FitTeam Ballpark, Whole Foods and Palm Beach Harvest, The Salvation Army distributed food, using modified safety protocols, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Volunteers were key in the drive-thru food service, including Port of Palm Beach commissioner Katherine Waldron. More than 100 families were served in a single, with the expectation that number will grow in the coming months.

The Salvation Army of Mountain Home, Arkansas recently coordinated with a local restaurant, Mel’s Diner, to deliver a special meal for those in need. The restaurant provided food, with The Salvation Army utilizing a mobile feeding unit to serve the meals in coordinated fashion. More than 130 families were served within an hour and families were greeted with a written devotional and coloring sheets issued for children.

Personal hygiene is key to combating the COVID-19 pandemic and, in Fayetteville, North Carolina, The Salvation Army is partnering with the Cumberland County Department of Public Health and local vendors to provide hand-washing stations. These stations will be available on a 24-7 basis across downtown Fayetteville, including two stations positioned outside The Salvation Army’s homeless shelter in the community.

Continuing a regular Blog Post written by Brad Rowland, Staff Writer, Southern Spirit Newspaper

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Community Comes Together for Salvation Army Drive-Thru Food Pantry in Palm Beach, Florida

The Salvation Army in West Palm Beach, Florida held its monthly food distribution with a few safety modifications to continue service during the coronavirus pandemic.

The drive-through service was made possible through donations to the food pantry from the community, Palm Beach Harvest, Whole Foods, and FitTeam Ballpark.

“We are grateful for the community support of businesses such as the FitTeam Ballpark, who donated food that would have been used for the many Spring Training games that were canceled,” says Major Chip and Leisa Hall, Administrators for The Salvation Army serving Palm Beach County. “We are also grateful for the many volunteers, including Port of Palm Beach Commissioner Katherine Waldron, who withstood the midday sun to help others.”

More than 100 families (327 individuals) were served in one day, with an expectation of that number increasing over the coming months.

The Salvation Army in Palm Beach County is seeing an increase in requests across their three social services offices from individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.

To support The Salvation Army’s efforts, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org/covid19

Original story and additional pictures can be found here.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Focus on Africa and the Middle East

Atlanta, GA: Africa has recorded the fewest cases of COVID-19 to date, but measures for the prevention of the spread of the virus have been implemented in many countries. The risks of disease transmission in countries which do not have a well-developed healthcare system are high. Supported by the International Emergency Services, Mission Support and International Health Services teams at International Headquarters in London, The Salvation Army is responding in numerous ways and supporting the endeavours of national governments in reducing the propagation of the pathogen. 
 
Examples of coronavirus responses include a public awareness-raising campaign in Burkina Faso, which has recorded 261 confirmed cases* to date. The Salvation Army is preparing 10 health information broadcasts for transmission across 26 community radio stations in the Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso areas. The broadcasts are being supported through the distribution of 10,000 flyers and the provision of health kits and hand sanitizer in targeted communities, in liaison with the National Epidemic Management Committee.
 
The 13 Salvation Army healthcare facilities in Ghana are fulfilling an essential role in supporting government efforts in dealing with suspected and confirmed outbreaks of coronavirus. The centers are being provided with personal protective equipment sufficient for their more than 850 professionals and support staff, as well as for healthcare volunteers. Additional supplies of hand sanitizer and handwashing materials are being secured, and the centers will also be issued with non-contact thermometers in order to reduce unnecessary contact between patients and healthcare team members. Health information and educational resources are also being produced and distributed countrywide.  
 
The Salvation Army’s Kenya West Territory is working with the national health ministry and other primary stakeholders at national, county and local levels, as well as the Kenyan Red Cross, National Council of Churches and the media. The project underway endeavours to disseminate information about the coronavirus to communities in Kakamega, Kolanya and Migori. Printed materials will support the government’s health information campaign, and up to 7,500 vulnerable individuals will receive antibacterial soap and gloves.
 
Mass communications are also part of The Salvation Army’s strategy in Liberia, where – through the William Booth Clinic – information leaflets, banners and posters are being printed to convey key hygiene and social distancing messaging. Necessary materials such as buckets, soaps and sanitizers are also being provided, benefiting around 2,500 people in the Montserrado and Margibi counties.
 
In Mali, The Salvation Army is seeking to improve public awareness of COVID-19 and the ways in which the spread can be countered. More than 100,000 people are predicted to see health messaging on five advertising hoardings rented by The Salvation Army. In addition, 12,000 families (60,000 individuals) are being provided with advice and handwashing materials.
 
A social media campaign focused on prevention, testing and treatment information will go live imminently in Nigeria, as part of the COVID-19 response in that country. The Salvation Army aims to reach at least one million people through this initiative, as well as through the distribution of 250,000 health information flyers. Large posters and banners displayed in public places across the country will support the messaging. More than 20,000 units of hand sanitizer are being sourced in order to provide practical assistance in the fight against the virus.
 
In South Africa, which at 1,353* has the largest number of confirmed cases in the continent and is already one week into a national lockdown, The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster team is working relentlessly to feed nearly 1,200 homeless people. The individuals have been assembled into three camps in the Pretoria area and The Salvation Army has been designated as camp managers for these sites, a 24/7 undertaking. Food is provided twice a day – at breakfast and supper time. The meals consist of fresh bread with a filling and fruit for breakfast, with the healthy evening meal including meat, vegetables and maize or rice. Education on coronavirus prevention measures is provided before every meal. 
 
The sacrificial service by every team member as they work long hours was commended by Territorial Commander Colonel Daniel Kasuso, who visited the camps and was part of the serving team together with the Territorial President for Women’s Ministries, Colonel Tracey Kasuso. 
 
The Salvation Army in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, is working in coordination with the country’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. An initial 30,000 individuals deemed to be at high risk of infection have been identified in the Temeke community and will be provided with handwashing materials, including soap, sanitizer and buckets. A public address system will be deployed to share vital healthcare messages, and handwashing facilities will be made available at important locations such as bus stops.
 
Elderly people in the Mbare, Mufakose and Highfield regions of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, are being supported by The Salvation Army. Three hundred vulnerable individuals have been identified by the Department of Social Welfare and will be receiving essential food items so they do not need to venture out into these highly-populated areas. Rice, cooking oil, soya chunks, sugar and flour are being provided, as well as supplies of bottled water and soap. In addition, a further 700 individuals will be receiving soap and advice on good hygiene. Posters will augment the important healthcare messages at 600 locations across the three communities.

Meanwhile, in the Middle East, The Salvation Army in Kuwait continues to distribute essential food items in collaboration with the International Community Centre. This work will develop further as more funds are made available.
 
The Salvation Army is coordinating with other Christian churches in the United Arab Emirates to provide food assistance to individuals and families struggling to make ends meet. For at least the next three weeks, all non-essential businesses in the emirates are closed, while some employees have already been out of work for a month with no income. In Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, The Salvation Army and partner churches have seen a large increase in the number of people requesting food aid. Rent payments have left families with no money to buy food. In order to address this, The Salvation Army has procured supermarket gift cards for around 230 people, which can be exchanged for essential groceries at the businesses permitted to remain open during this period. Hygiene advice will be supplied with the gift cards.
 
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* World Health Organization data current at 9:40am GMT, 1 April 2020

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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The Salvation Army feeds island communities – urgently seeks donations

HONOLULU (April 2, 2020) – The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands today shared details of emergency food basket distribution and meals-to-go locations throughout Hawaii and Guam in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the agency re-affirmed their urgent request for monetary donations to support the food efforts and continued to request donations of hygiene products and PPE. Details are available at hawaii.salvationarmy.org.

“The number of clients we are serving with our emergency food boxes has jumped dramatically in the past two weeks,” said Major Thomas Stambaugh, Micronesia Coordinator and Guam Corps Officer for The Salvation Army. “What we used to see in a month, we are now seeing in a single day. The need is so great, we really need all the support we can get.”

In Hawaii, the various island corps for The Salvation Army are seeing similar, staggering increases in requests for food as more residents become unemployed due to economic impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“Our Salvation Army officers, staff and volunteers are working to meet the needs of our communities even as our budgets are straining without the normal income from our programs and thrift stores that have been cancelled and closed due to COVID-19,” said Major Jeff Martin, Divisional Leader for The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands. “The Salvation Army is pleading for the public’s assistance with monetary donations during this very challenging time as we continue to expand our feeding services in light of ever-growing needs. Additionally, we are seeking personal protective equipment for those who are providing these food and meal services in our communities. Details are available at hawaii.salvationarmy.org.”  

The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division is providing emergency food boxes, meals-to-go, and emotional and spiritual support at a variety of locations including: 

STATE OF HAWAII [by county]

CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU/OAHU

Camp Homelani

68-243 Olohio Street

Waialua, HI  96791  

• Drive-through meals-to-go service on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Kaneohe Corps

45-175 Waikalua Road  

Kaneohe, HI  96744     

• Drive-through Food Pantry with pre-packed boxes of food on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. 

• Delivery of food boxes on Thursdays to at risk/self-quarantined/those without transportation.

Kauluwela Mission Corps

296 N. Vineyard Blvd.    

Honolulu, HI  96817    

• Food Pantry distribution of pre-packed food bags on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

• Community food distribution/outreach on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

• Revolution Hawaii provides meals to go on Sundays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Kroc Center Hawaii

91-3257 Kualakai Pkwy.

Ewa Beach, HI  96706     

• Food bag distribution to West Oahu – ongoing.

• Providing 3,000 meals-to-go per week for West Oahu via a hui of 17 local churches and Rep. Andria Tupola’s office.

• Providing transportation service for senior shopping for Silvercrest residents in Wahiawa

• Providing meals for seniors in Wahiawa on Tuesdays and Fridays.

HAWAII COUNTY

Hilo Temple Corps

219 Ponowai Street   

Hilo, HI  96720                  

• Food Pantry distributes food bags on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

• In cooperation with Boys & Girls Club, providing meals to go on Mondays through Fridays at 5 p.m. 

Kona Corps

75-223 Kalani Street   

Kailua-Kona, HI  96740  

• Food pantry bags distributed Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Meals to go provided Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 p.m.

• Emergency food bags also are available Mondays through Fridays by appointment.  

Honokaa Corps

45-511 Rickard Place   

Honokaa, HI  96727      

• Food bags distributed on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon

KAUAI COUNTY

Hanapepe Corps

4465 Puolo Road 

Hanapepe, HI  96716  

• Food bag distribution on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Meals-to-go on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon.

Lihue Corps

4182 Hardy Street  

Lihue, HI  96766         

• Food bag distribution on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

• Meals to go on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

MAUI COUNTY

Kahului Corps

45 W Kamehameha St.  

Kahului, HI  96732          

• Food bag distribution on Wednesdays. Call 808-871-6270 for an appointment.

Lahaina Lighthouse Corps

131 Shaw Street 

Lahaina, HI  96761       

• Meals to go Mondays through Fridays. Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. and Dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Food boxes distributed Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 808-661-5335 for an appointment. 

• Homeless outreach Mondays through Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Showers, laundry and phone calls also offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. by appointment. 

Molokai Outpost

900 Kalae Hwy          

Kaunakakai, HI  96748  

• Food bag distribution Mondays through Fridays by appointment.

GUAM

Guam Corps

155003 Corsair Ave

Barrigada, GU  96913

• Food bag distribution Mondays through Fridays between by appointment 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

• Providing canned food and bottled water on Mondays and Fridays for Guam’s Nurse Command Center, which is feeding approximately 120 front-line nurses treating and testing COVID-19 patients across Guam.

The Salvation Army announced in March that all Salvation Army officers had been appointed into emergency disaster service roles in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, all Salvation Army facilities shifted to emergency response mode and are being made available to governmental authorities for use as quarantine centers, housing for medically fragile individuals, food distribution locations, coronavirus testing, and any other services as needed. Exact uses will be determined and finalized in the coming days and weeks.

Monetary donations to support the efforts can be made at hawaii.salvationarmy.org or by calling 808-440-1800.

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About The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division

The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division covers the state of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands including Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Federated States of Micronesia. The Division offers a wide variety of programs throughout the islands including: adult day health services; affordable senior housing; at-risk youth services and housing; camp & conference center; family stores; food distribution and feeding programs; homeless services; The Kroc Center – Hawaii’s largest community center; preschools & day care services; social services – emergency assistance; substance abuse treatment; and work therapy & rehabilitation services. For more information, visit hawaii.salvationarmy.org, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs Think Outside the Box

Oklahoma City, OK  (April 2, 2020) – The mission of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oklahoma is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” Which, when you add in a full-blown public health crisis, makes fulfilling this mission look a little more creative.

So, what is a Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club to do when their community has been given a “shelter in place” directive along with guidelines from the CDC that include prohibiting groups of 10 or more?

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Oklahoma, including Lawton, Oklahoma City, and Shawnee, had to think outside the box to continue to serve the “youth who need us most.”

  1. Grab and Go Meals & Activity Bags:  The public schools in the area have done a great job of providing lunches for children, yet dinner was not being provided. Through a partnership with the local food banks, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs began offering grab and go meals and snacks at dinner time via a drive-thru at the clubs. In addition to handing out meals to anyone who has a child in their car, the staff has assembled activity bags to give out and ensures new activities are available daily.  School supplies such as coloring pencils, markers or crayons, a rule, scissors, glue sticks, pencils and erasers for homeschooling are also included.
  2. Virtual Programming: If children and teens cannot be in the Club, then it’s time to take the programming to them. Virtually! Staff created and continues to share, content on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram to provide activities and educational enhancement for the families being served.
  3. Serving Families Facing Homelessness:  Boys & Girls Club staff members are taking programming to the Salvation Army Family Shelter.  Activities and a Club-like experience for the school-aged children and youth residing in the shelter with their families are being offered.

Those “youth that need us most”… The Salvation Army is finding they are everywhere and is doing our best to be a light to them during this uncertain time.

Click here to learn about The Salvation Army’s national response to COVID-19.

If you would like to help support The Salvation Army’s efforts, please go to give.salvationarmyaok.org/COVID-19 or Click here to help The Salvation Army continue meeting needs in your community.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Providing Comfort for Long Haul

HARTFORD, CT – At the end of March, a woman came to The Salvation Army Citadel Corps, located on Washington Street in Hartford, asking for help. Because of the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, she and her family had needs they had never dealt with before. She wasn’t sure what she needed to do to get help; all she knew was her family needed critical food, diapers and baby wipes. 

This working mother of five, who is now staying at home with her children, found hope and sustenance at The Salvation Army’s Curbside Food Pantry program that day.  Within three hours, the Corps had served approximately 80 families with food and other non-food supplies, including 45 first-time, new families. The line for help went down to the corner, and it was growing.

Through a window of the Hartford Corps, Major JR Fritsch asked the mother a few questions and then went to give the food order to his wife Major Candy Fritsch. Majors Candy and JR, along with a handful of staff, had been serving increased numbers of people in need for the last two weeks. The exhaustion was evident, and there was no end in sight. Major Candy bagged together enough food for three days for a family of six, including a gallon of milk, diapers and diaper wipes, which the mother was unable to find in the stores.

Major JR put the bags of groceries on the porch for the mother to pick up, and when she saw what was there for her family, she began to cry. She was so overcome with emotion, she nearly fell to the ground.  “I can’t believe this is all for me,” she said in disbelief. Major JR replied, “Ma’am, this is what we are here for. This is why we do what we do.” In that moment, the two found comfort in the gratefulness of one another. It wouldn’t be the last time she would come to The Salvation Army for help. They both knew that. This would be a long haul for everyone, and The Salvation Army will be there, providing food, providing hope and providing comfort every day.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Providing Comfort for Long Haul

HARTFORD, CT – At the end of March, a woman came to The Salvation Army Citadel Corps, located on Washington Street in Hartford, asking for help. Because of the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19, she and her family had needs they had never dealt with before. She wasn’t sure what she needed to do to get help; all she knew was her family needed critical food, diapers and baby wipes. 

This working mother of five, who is now staying at home with her children, found hope and sustenance at The Salvation Army’s Curbside Food Pantry program that day.  Within three hours, the Corps had served approximately 80 families with food and other non-food supplies, including 45 first-time, new families. The line for help went down to the corner, and it was growing.

Through a window of the Hartford Corps, Major JR Fritsch asked the mother a few questions and then went to give the food order to his wife Major Candy Fritsch. Majors Candy and JR, along with a handful of staff, had been serving increased numbers of people in need for the last two weeks. The exhaustion was evident, and there was no end in sight. Major Candy bagged together enough food for three days for a family of six, including a gallon of milk, diapers and diaper wipes, which the mother was unable to find in the stores.

Major JR put the bags of groceries on the porch for the mother to pick up, and when she saw what was there for her family, she began to cry. She was so overcome with emotion, she nearly fell to the ground.  “I can’t believe this is all for me,” she said in disbelief. Major JR replied, “Ma’am, this is what we are here for. This is why we do what we do.” In that moment, the two found comfort in the gratefulness of one another. It wouldn’t be the last time she would come to The Salvation Army for help. They both knew that. This would be a long haul for everyone, and The Salvation Army will be there, providing food, providing hope and providing comfort every day.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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The Salvation Army Continues to Meet Human Need in His Name Without Discrimination

Atlanta, GA: The Salvation Army continues to meet human need in His name without discrimination, even as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts daily life around the world. The work specifically continues in the Southeastern United States, with targeted service to communities.

In coastal Alabama, The Salvation Army is implementing a new feeding program with the aim of assisting community members who are impacted by COVID-19. Other social service organizations have shuttered during the pandemic, leaving a gap in service delivery, and The Salvation Army is using a mobile feeding canteen to distribute bagged lunches and water. Service occurs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in downtown Mobile.

The Salvation Army also continues to provide youth instruction in several areas, all while ensuring the health and safety of families and staff. In Naples, Florida, that includes daily lessons implemented through The Salvation Army’s Child Development Center. Making use of a Facebook group, families can remain engaged and children continue learning through online instruction on developmentally appropriate programs.

High-risk guests currently residing in The Salvation Army’s shelter in Amarillo, Texas will benefit from a new initiative in partnership with the city of Amarillo and the local HUD office. The Salvation Army, in accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines, secured housing for up to 27 people, with 15 apartment units furnished with donated furniture from its family store. This reduces the active number of shelter residents to approximately 110, which also helps The Salvation Army when implementing social distancing standards.

The Salvation Army has opened a temporary housing center for homeless in Central Virginia, operating in partnership with the Greater Richmond Continuum of care to seek solutions and help individuals through the COVID-19 crisis. The center can house up to 75 adults and features clean bedding, heightened healthcare screenings, shower facilities and daily meal service.

Continuing a regular Blog Post written by Brad Rowland, Staff Writer, The Southern Spirit Newspaper

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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The Salvation Army Coronavirus Response Continues

Atlanta, GA: The Salvation Army’s work persists in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that is impacting the globe. In the Southeastern United States, that work includes a number of outreach initiatives in service to the community.

In Louisville, Kentucky, The Salvation Army’s Christian Joy Center has been converted to an emergency shelter, set up to accommodate up to 100 people who have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. The center, a former Nabisco warehouse, has a large interior with more than 30,000 square feet of space, allowing the implementation of social distancing practices. In conjunction with Phoenix Health Care for the Homeless, The Salvation Army is also helping to provide health monitoring and acute care when necessary, all while preparing nearly 2,000 meals per day for to-go distribution throughout the city.

As part of the “Love Local, Buy Suffolk” community initiative designed to support local businesses, The Salvation Army’s Suffolk corps is morphing into a drive-thru restaurant of sorts on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Local vendors provide nearly 100 meals during each afternoon for residents impacted by self-quarantines and food shortages, with The Salvation Army also delivering activity bags — to go along with food boxes and emotional and spiritual care — to local children forced to stay home due to school closings.

The Salvation Army is delivering food to those in need and shifting its distribution protocols in Greensboro, South Carolina. Following social distancing guidelines, individuals line up, provide their information and emerge with needed supplies on a twice-weekly basis. Demand has increased from individuals that are now without work, and staff and volunteers have been trained on the new guidelines, streamlining the process to help as many families as possible during this critical time.

Coffee ministry has taken hold in Conway, Arkansas, with a case worker for The Salvation Army setting up a service that is available throughout the day. Sanitary guidelines are closely observed, with individuals not only receiving coffee, but also a friendly smile and a listening ear. Food distribution continues in Conway, with The Salvation seeking to help the community in any way possible, but there is a need for donated items, including non-perishable items like peanut butter, tuna, canned meats, rice, pasta and canned vegetables.

Continuing a regular Plog Post written by Brad Rowland, Staff Writer, The Southern Spirit Newspaper

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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Griffin, Georgia Salvation Army Answers Call for Help

GRIFFIN, GA (March 31, 2020) — The novel (new) coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has led to massive lifestyle changes for millions of Americans. From rigorous handwashing, to social distancing, to job disruptions ­– COVID-19’s growing impact leaves no American unscathed.

For elderly and frail individuals, COVID-19 is especially harrowing. The virus’s aggressive spread has left many feeling vulnerable, isolated and scared.

Diane Boyle, 57, is one such individual. During the 1980s, Boyle almost died after the driver of a large, earth-moving machine backed into her car. The car was destroyed, but Boyle – freed from her vehicle with the Jaws of Life® tool – managed to survive.

“I’m a miracle,” she said.

Despite the heroic rescue and lengthy hospital stay, the accident led to a lifetime of health issues for the Griffin, GA-based woman. Today, Boyle lives alone, in her modest home, without the aid of friends or family. When needed, the home-bound woman seeks help from outside sources. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in local business closures – including her church – leaving Boyle isolated and in need of help.

“I had no food,” she said.

Searching for ideas, Boyle turned on her television. There, on the screen, was a Salvation Army public service announcement.

“God wanted me to hear that,” said Boyle, who is a practicing Roman Catholic.

She called The Salvation Army’s 1-800 number and explained her situation. The call led to a visit by The Salvation Army’s Lieutenant Paula Blevins.

Said Blevins, “Visiting with Diane, it was obvious she had significant medical issues – mostly respiratory.  She needed help with food. Diane also needed her prescription medications refilled. Being home-bound, she had no way to get them.”

After assessing her needs, Lt. Blevins delivered food and water to the grateful Boyle.

“She brought me peanut butter, oatmeal, applesauce, cans of soup and canned vegetables,” said Boyle.

Lt. Blevins also offered to pick up Boyle’s medications at the nearby pharmacy.

“You can trust me,” she said to Boyle.

Boyle did, in fact, trust Lt. Blevins. Because she trusted The Salvation Army. As a child, Boyle had listened to her mother recount stories about her maternal grandmother, Lillian O’Leary. According to Boyle’s mother, O’Leary had suffered from spousal abuse while trying to raise eight children in Boston.

“No one, including her church, would help my grandmother. The Salvation Army was the only group to help” said Boyle. “I always try to put something in the kettle.”

Her grandmother’s eldest son was also grateful for The Salvation Army during those difficult times. 

“When my uncle died in Arizona, he wanted to leave everything to The Salvation Army out of gratitude,” said Boyle.

“I can testify for three generations of The Salvation Army ‘Doing the Most Good,’” she said. 

How You Can Help:

The best way to help The Salvation Army is via financial contributions. Monetary donations allow The Salvation Army to meet the immediate needs of individuals who are seeking help from the COVID-19 pandemic.

•   Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org

•   Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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