Earthquake in Napa California – The Salvation Army Responds

The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders of a 6.0 earthquake that shocked Northern California on August 24.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) has deployed multiple canteens (mobile feeding units) to the Napa area. Additional teams sent to the evacuation center in Napa are serving meals to displaced residents and first responders. Two other canteens have been stationed in other parts of Napa to also serve meals: the Salvador Mobile Estates and the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park.

The Salvation Army will continue to assess the ongoing needs and how to best assist residents and first responders throughout the response process. Salvation Army personnel and volunteers are trained, and prepared, to provide relief and emotional and spiritual care for as long as needed.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • To support relief and long-term recovery efforts, visit or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) to designate donation for “Napa Earthquake”
  • Text the word “IGIVE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes”*• Donations in the form of checks designated to “Napa Earthquake” may be mailed to The Salvation Army, Del Oro Divisional Headquarters, PO Box 348000, Sacramento, CA 958934
    For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, visit, or

*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 donations must be authorized by account holder. By participating, you certify that you are 18 years or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy:

**Text STOP to 80888 to stop; text HELP to 80888 for help.

**  About The Salvation ArmyThe 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 range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit

Salvation Army Serving Evacuees at San Diego County Fires

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As San Diego County fires continue to burn, The Salvation Army has deployed two mobile hydration units to serve water, electrolyte drinks, coffee and snacks to first responders and those impacted by the fires.

With Salvation Army centers in Oceanside and Escondido, as well as throughout the county, The Salvation Army is prepared to offer increased support as needed.

Dozens of volunteers including short wave radio operators are on notice that they may be needed at any time should the situation become worse and evacuations increase.

“Along with hydration and food, spiritual comfort is our priority,” says Lt. James Parks of the Escondido Salvation Army Corps Community Center. “We appreciate all of our community volunteers and those who give so generously to help those impacted by the wildfires.”

Monetary donations are the best way to help in a disaster. Please designate SD FIRES.

The Salvation Army is helping with immediate assistance and long-term recovery.

To give online:,

By phone: Call  1 800 SAL-ARMY

By mail: Designate check to “SD Fires” and send to
The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters
2320 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101


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Socks from the Heart to the Homeless

Socks from the Heart to the Homeless

“A long time ago, my mom told me about how important it is to help the homeless,” said Matthew Johnson. “She asked me if I wanted to do something and I said yes.”

So Matthew – 8 years old at the time – got busy and created a campaign called “Socks from the Heart to the Homeless” and began collecting socks to give homeless people. In the first three years, he received about 5,000 pairs.

“Each year, we gathered more and more socks, so I wanted to go little crazy,” Matthew said. He turned up the heat on his most recent campaign and in three months, Matthew worked with his school, his church and even with local businesses to hit a big goal: 10,000 pairs of socks!

“When he said 10,000, of course I didn’t want to discourage him,” recalled Luz Johnson, Matthew’s mother. “I told him that we’ll continue to work at it, and it’ll happen.”

Matthew raised a total of 6,000 pairs in those three months. But when Dave Heath, CEO and President of Bombas Socks, heard about his efforts, Matthew got some big-time help from a sock pro.

“Last December, I happened to be in town when a buddy showed me an article about Matthew’s efforts,” said Heath. “We read that he came up a little short and knew we had to get a hold of this kid.” Matthew got a generous donation of 4,000 pairs of socks from Dave Heath at Bombas Socks so now he’s delivering socks to various local charities who serve homeless people in the Sacramento area. The Salvation Army in Roseville is one of the grateful recipients of the “Socks from the Heart to the Homeless” campaign.

“This is such a practical gift to receive from this young man,” said Lt. John Morrow, Salvation Army Roseville Corps Officer (local pastor and ministry leader). “This is a great reminder that you’re never too old or young to make an impact in the lives of others.”

Matthew Johnson, mom Luz, Dave Heath and the good folks at Bombas Socks, THANK YOU for your helpful, thoughtful gift to homeless people. God bless you!

If you’d like to know more about Bombas Socks, please click here for a link to their website. Follow them on Twitter; like them on Facebook, and follow their feed on Instagram.

Click here for a link to the webpage for The Salvation Army in Roseville, California

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