Nelson Mandela

Salvationists Sing and Pray for Nelson Mandela

Post courtesy of The Salvation Army International.
 

Nelson MandelaOfficers from The Salvation Army’s Southern Africa Territory sang and prayed outside the hospital in Pretoria where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated. The group – which included territorial leaders Commissioners William and Thalitha Langa – lifted up Mr Mandela in prayer, with Chief Secretary Lieut-Colonel Robert Donaldson asking God to ‘bless the former president and his family’.
 

The officers sang ‘In Thee O Lord do I Put my Trust’ after laying flowers at the hospital gates. Territorial Commander Commissioner William Langa addressed the group of onlookers and media, explaining that The Salvation Army wanted to symbolically show its support to the family of Madiba (as Mr Mandela is affectionately known) and to assure them of the prayers of Salvationists. He paid tribute to Madiba’s struggle to bring freedom and peace to South Africa. The commissioner’s message for the ailing anti-apartheid leader was: ‘Lift up your head, look up to God and be encouraged.’
 

The Chief Secretary called out to God in prayer, saying: ‘You have the future in your hands. You have the future of this nation in your hands and you have the future of the leader of this nation in your hands … bring grace to our former president and all his family. Bless them and encourage them Lord, at this difficult time.’

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

The Salvation Army Needs Your Help To Provide Colorado Wildfire Relief

Posted by Megan on Thursday, June 20, 2013 ·

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The Salvation Army has been providing food, drinks and comfort from canteens for evacuees and first responders of the Black Forest wildfire since the disaster sparked on June 11.

This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website and contributed by Courtney Culpepper of The Salvation Army Western Territory. 

Last week, The Salvation Army provided over 1,000 volunteer hours, 25,000 meals and snacks and 27,000 drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees of the Black Forest Fire.  Emergency Disaster Services teams continue to aid those impacted by the fire as they begin returning to the area.

As evacuees begin returning to the area, the need for assistance remains heavy.  The Salvation Army will be there for those who have lost more than 500 homes.  Already, we have given $50,000 to survivors for immediate needs.

Now, we need your help to support those rebuilding from the ground up.

Recovery efforts to counter the Black Forest Fire’s extensive devastation will be long-term, and The Salvation Army plans to be present as long as there is need; however, we cannot do this without the community’s support.

Still today, The Salvation Army continues to provide recovery aid to those impacted by last summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon and High Park fires.  Though this recovery continues, our expenses have far exceeded donations received for these efforts.

Monetary donations are desperately needed to help The Salvation Army help those affected during the long recovery ahead.  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 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 ArmyP.O. Box 60006Prescott, 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.

Salvation Army Continues Black Forest Fire Relief Efforts

Posted by Megan on Monday, June 17, 2013 ·

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Firefighters and residents of Colorado Springs welcomed rain on Sunday that assisted with efforts to combat the area’s Black Forest Fire which has been blazing since June 11. The fire, which has destroyed 14,280 acres and 484 homes, was reported as 65% contained on Sunday.

1001773_648937215133903_1201408954_n[1]Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) crews remain on site providing food, hydration and additional assistance to those impacted by this disaster. An EDS team from Casper, WY continues to assist fire fighters at the Black Forest Fire Station #1 with food and drinks. Other feeding services such as this continue at the Emergency Operations Center, the Penrose Event Center and the Kit Carson Stables.

With the help of other organizations, The Salvation Army is also providing a wide range of assistance, including emotional and spiritual care, at the Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) located at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd. in Colorado Springs between 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The organization’s disaster services advantage is its size and scope. The Salvation Army can be found serving in most communities even before disaster strikes, which makes mobilizing, serving and providing long-term relief that much more efficient.

Still assisting impacted residents of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, The Salvation Army is coordinating with various agencies to discuss plans for Black Forest Fire recovery efforts in the months ahead and will continue to serve Coloradans in crisis so long as we are needed.

To donate, please visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires”.

Visit The Salvation Army Intermountain Division’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/imsalvationarmy.

Filed under Disaster Services · Tagged with Black Forest Fire, EDS, Emergency Disaster Services, The Salvation Army, Western Territory, Wildfire

Ministering in Unusual Places

June 15, 2013 – 10:12 AM EDTKrachel Greenwood[email protected]
Ministering in Unusual Places

“We’ve had some very unusual ministries and frankly, we’re just looking for the ministries wherever we travel,” says Major Don Wildish, an officer with The Salvation Army in Sherman, Texas.

Wildish’s 2-week deployment to Oklahoma has been anything but usual, if there is such a thing.

He arrived on May 31, 2013, with an assignment to offer Emotional and Spiritual Care to those affected by the tornado that touched down in Moore 11 days earlier. The first night in town he and a few others headed out for dinner, but shortly after arriving the tornado sirens began to blare.

“The restaurant invited us to take shelter, but there was no way I was going to take shelter in a place where there was big hot stoves and sharp knives,” Wildish recalls.

So without knowing his way around town, Wildish drove toward the one thing he could see – bright blue skies above the airport.

“But then the skies turned dark and we had to go a different way. We ran from one tornado only to run into another one,” he says.

With the skies turning overhead, Wildish and his group took cover at the next place they saw, a hotel outside of the airport. The staff inside was in the process of asking guests to come down from their rooms and occupy the first floor.

“We gathered into the bathroom and stuffed as many people into the men’s restroom as we could – both women and men. I had an opportunity to have a word of prayer with them and let them know the Lord was with us.”

The storm brewing outside left her mark; the National Weather Service has since marked it as the ‘widest known tornado in U.S. history,’ stretching 2.6 miles at its widest point. With two massive storms less than two weeks apart, Wildish certainly had his work as an Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteer cut out for him.
A few days later he decided to go into Moore.

“I wanted to see if there was any movement. I wanted to see if there was anyone I could serve. When I got into the middle of destruction, a place where there was nothing left at all, I found a woman, an older woman, working outside to trim her hedges. I asked her if she needed help, and she said, ‘Well, there’s a few spots up there that are too high for me to reach’.”

Wildish took the clippers from her and began to trim her hedges. As he finished the area she asked if he could help with a few other spots on the other side.
“Once I finished the second area she told me that we needed to move the clippings to the curb,” he recounts.

“Well we have to take it to the curb,” she explained, “That’s where the collectors come to pick up the trash.”

Wildish looked at the devastation around, but recognized what it meant for this woman to be able to take care of the one thing left standing among all of her belongings.

“…so we climbed over a few piles of debris, in order to place the hedge clippings in a spot where the collector would find them.”

When Major Wildish finished the task he asked the woman if she needed additional help.

“No, I’m just gonna go back and sweep my porch; it needs sweeping,” she answered.

“You’re right,” he said back to her. “It does need sweeping.”

Major Wildish asked the woman if he could pray with her and then was on his way.

Throughout the rest of the day he had other chances to serve.

“My ministry has taken me to places where I don’t even know where I’m at. In Union City, going towards El Reno, we would stop and I would just give a drink and some snacks to the men working on the electrical lines and the other crews that were just working to free up traffic.

Later I found a family who needed help loading a box spring and a mattress into their new home.

Another time we found a house where power lines were down. I could not get to the house. We stood out in front and I yelled, ‘If there’s anyone inside, please step out,’ and a moment later a couple came to the door. I couldn’t get to them, and they couldn’t get to me, because the power lines were down in between us. But we were able to toss them a dozen drinks over the power line into their yard. We got them a large plastic bag of snacks and threw it over the power line too.”

Major Wildish says his assignment is simple, and he’s honored by the chance he has to serve.

“We’ve been in some real peculiar situations out there, but it’s my roll just to bring some comfort, bring some strength to those in need.”

From Joplin, With Love

June 14, 2013 – 8:46 AM EDT
Krachel Greenwood
[email protected]

From Joplin, With Love

“When we heard about Moore, it was déjà vu,” says Lt. James Curry, corps officer for The Salvation Army in Joplin, Missouri.

It was May 22, 2011, when the community of Joplin, Missouri, was hit by an EF5 tornado. One hundred and sixty-one lives were lost; another 1,150 people were injured. The tornado was big, measuring a mile wide in its widest part.

The EF5 that touched down in Moore on May 20, 2013, was wider.

“We started praying immediately,” Curry says. “When I went to work we had a moment of silence.”

Soon after, the community stepped up in a big way.

“We had people dropping off baby diapers, wipes, shampoo and conditioner. People who couldn’t afford to buy hand sanitizer were buying hand sanitizer,” says Ali O’Dell, Volunteer Coordinator for The Salvation Army Joplin Corps.

Along with the diapers, wipes and toiletries came bottled water, and lots of it. Sam’s Club donated 2 pallets of water. Another four pallets came from Tri-State Motor Transit Co. and Downstream Casino Resort.

Beacon Roofing Supply donated a truck to drive the donated goods from Missouri. They also donated hygiene kits, cleaning supplies and other items that can be used for debris clean-up and removal.

Lt. Curry said the citizens of Joplin would continue to keep the Moore community in their prayers.

“This outpouring of love and support for the Moore community is something that the Joplin community wanted to do. We’re here to support the community of Moore until the needs are met.”

While Joplin continues to rebuild, Moore will now begin to heal. The gift of love from a different state will help both communities as they look forward, and remember the past.

The Salvation Army is no longer accepting in kind donations; monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need. Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Salvation Army Serving Colorado Wildfire Evacuees & First Responders

Posted by Megan on Thursday, June 13, 2013 ·

The Black Forest fire burning northa of Colorado Springs has now destroyed at least 360 homes and consumed 15,000 acres. No wildfire in Colorado history has destroyed more homes.

With the help of volunteers, Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams of The Salvation Army are providing meals, snacks and hydration to evacuees and first responders in the affected areas, including locations near the scene of the Klinkus fire in La Veta, CO. EDS teams are also standing ready to serve evacuees of the Royal Gorge fire  near Canon City.

The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations.  Monetary donations help us meet the immediate needs of first responders and evacuees. To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.”

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.

All the Latest Fast Facts on Oklahoma Tornado Relief Operations

All the Latest Fast Facts on Oklahoma Tornado Relief Operations

Moore, OK (June 12, 2013, 5:00 p.m.) –The Salvation Army Relief Center hours have been changed to Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. with an exception Thursday 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The Center will be closed on Sundays. To receive assistance each individual must have photo identification and a Red Cross Disaster Referral Form.

Feeding will continue at the four fixed locations: Westmoore High School, Plaza Mayor at The Crossroads, El Reno, and Little Axe. The roving feeding units will be in the following locations: 35 East and West areas and the El Reno area.  Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 66,718 meals, 101,188 drinks, and 112,293 snacks, 28 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 4,598 Clean-up and 22,005 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 11,766 persons. Volunteers, employees and officers have logged more than 20,360 hours.

UPDATES:
For the latest updates on The Salvation Army’s response to this disaster, there are many options to follow:

• disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org
• www.salvationarmyaok.org
• Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org
• www.youtube.com/salarmyeds
• http://salvationarmytoday.org

UPDATES BY LOCATION
The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors and those impacted by power outages indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Canadian County (El Reno), Cleveland County (Little Axe), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area), and Moore. Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:

  • Clean-up Supplies
  • Hygiene Products
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivor

MARCS (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)
Hours:  Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.

At the El Reno, Little Axe, and Moore MARCs The Salvation Army is providing:
• Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
• Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
• Referrals for Other Services

Canadian County:
El Reno:  Jenks Simmons Field House
214 N. Country Club Rd
El Reno, OK

Cleveland County:
Little Axe: Little Axe Elementary School
  2000 168th Avenue NE
  Norman, OK (Highway 9 and 168th)

Moore: Westmoore High School
  12613 S. Western Ave.
  Moore, OK

Pottawatomie County: (CLOSES 6/14/13)
Shawnee: Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
  1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
  Shawnee, OK
  I-40 and Highway 18
 
IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
Distribution: Monday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Last service appointment accepted at 5:15 p.m.
  7000 Crossroads Boulevard
  Oklahoma City, OK
  (Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

FIXED FEEDING LOCATIONS
• Westmoore High School MARC (Multi-Agency Recovery Center) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.
• Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads Tornado Relief Distribution Center at 7000 Crossroads Boulevard, Oklahoma City.
• El Reno MARC at Jenks Simmons Field House, 214 N. Country Club Rd.


ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:
• At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: 35th East and West areas and El Reno.

NATIONALLY:
• The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
• There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
• These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
• In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up Kits (containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies)
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Household Goods
  • Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
  • Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado Survivors

DONATIONS:
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling
1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
• Checks may be made out to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
PO BOX 2536
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.

In-Kind:
The Salvation Army cannot accept unsolicited in kind donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief operation.
• Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Lanita Lloyd at [email protected] or 404-728-1300 ext. 10680.
• Due to the high expense and time demands associated with delivering your gently used household goods and clothing (gifts-in-kind), The Salvation Army cannot guarantee that any individual gifts-in-kind donated will be sent to the disaster area. In times of disaster, our stores fill these needs from existing, pre-sorted stock. By continuing to donate gently used household goods to your local Salvation Army store, you not only help your community, you help us prepare for future disaster relief needs. To find your nearest drop-off location, please visit www.satruck.org.

VOLUNTEERS:
Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
• Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
• There are some direct-service volunteer opportunities available with The Salvation Army’s Oklahoma tornado response. Individuals or groups interested in helping provide assistance to Oklahomans affected by these storms may view and register for available opportunities by visiting www.VolunteerCentralOklahoma.org. Under “Find Volunteer Opportunities,” search for “The Salvation Army Disaster.” You can reach our Volunteer Coordinator at 405-620-2027 or [email protected]


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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 a broad 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.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & 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. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation 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.

U.S. Army Soldier Serves Oklahoma Survivors Alongside Salvation Army

Posted by Megan on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 · Leave a Comment 

The following was contributed by Krachel Greenwood, E-Communications Manager for The Salvation Army Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Divisional Headquarters. Krachel has been serving with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) teams on the ground in Oklahoma since the disaster struck. 

From the client side of the desk, Gregory Von-Dollen is just another smiling face sitting at the Multi-Agency Resource Center located at Westmoore High School in Moore, Oklahoma.

Von-Dollen, an Oklahoma native, was out of state when tornadoes touched down in May. But he knew he had to help.

“The whole purpose was for me to come out and help my community. Since being wounded it has become my sense of duty to return that service the community has given me,” Von-Dollen explains.

In October of 2009 Von-Dollen joined the United States Army. Thirteen months later he was involved in a motorcycle accident which severely injured his left leg. He broke his hip, received 2-3 fractions in his femur and 25+ breaks in his tibia. He underwent two years of limb salvage, but in June of 2012 an amputation was performed, due to building blood clots in his leg.

Von-Dollen prevailed. He has stayed active duty with the United States Army and is currently receiving treatment at WTB (Warrior Transition Battallion), Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Specialist Von-Dollen knows what it means to be Army Strong; he also knows what it means to be Oklahoma Strong.

“People don’t understand the resiliency Oklahoma has – don’t seem to understand the spirit people here have,” he explains.

When Von-Dollen’s leg was amputated he was pushed to get back in the saddle.

“I’ve been skydiving, rock climbing, fishing, bowling, SCUBA diving and gone on multiple hunting trips,” he says. He’s also taken up hand cycling – and logged his longest ride at 25 miles.

For those stopping by Spc. Von-Dollen’s spot at The Salvation Army’s table, a genuine smile is a welcomed one.

“A lot of people are still at the point of not wanting to share. One woman wasn’t home but her son was. He dove into a small closet and after the tornado passed by a neighbor stopped by and heard him screaming. The neighbor broke through the sheetrock and helped him out,” he says.

Von-Dollen plans to volunteer with The Salvation Army for four days. He looks forward to finishing his leave by spending time with family before returning to Texas.

Salvation Army keeps Phoenix hydrated during hot summer days

One of our Phoenix-area cooling stations

According to The Washington Post, the state of Arizona is in the top 10 fastest warming states since the 1970’s. Every summer, too many of Arizona’s homeless and elderly go without water and necessary items to keep them hydrated and protected from the extreme temperatures. As the temperatures rise, access to clean water and protection from the sun becomes an issue of life or death.

On average Arizona sees 109 days of 100-plus degree temperatures. For many, access to air conditioning, pools and fans is a constant comfort while others are not as fortunate.  Last year, officials estimate that about 100 elderly shut-ins and homeless people died of dehydration.

The Salvation Army’s Heat and Hydration Project Program, in partnership with local police and fire organizations, provides water and other helpful items to Arizona’s most vulnerable—our homeless and elderly.

Last week, 3TV and Safeway collected 92,307 bottles of water and $16,783 during a water drive for The Salvation Army. Currently, local Phoenix Ford dealerships are holding their own water drive continuing into next week.

Water donations are welcome. Every case of water you donate will be distributed through The Salvation Army on heat emergency days at one of our cooling stations.

Find the full article at The Salvation Army Western Territory’s blog, Expect Change, by clicking here.

For more information about donating to this program click here.

To learn more about The Salvation Army visit: www.salvationarmyusa.org