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Salvation Army Support Continues in Greensboro, North Carolina

Greensboro, N.C. (April 20, 2018) – The city of Greensboro, North Carolina is still cleaning up from the tornado that touched down in multiple locations on Sunday, April 15. More than 320 structures were damaged in the storm; more than half of the structures were destroyed or sustained major damage. The Salvation Army of Greensboro continues outreach with meals and emotional and spiritual care support, and standing by to address the unmet needs of the community.

“There is great need of help for the affected families and the community is responding in a wonderful way with resources,â€� said Major Don Vick of The Salvation Army of Greensboro. “The Salvation Army is coordinating with local government officials to ensure quick and effective service to our hurting neighbors.â€� 

The Salvation Army has served more than 1,300 meals, 1,600 drinks, and has provided emotional and spiritual care to twelve people. The Salvation Army is working with government officials as well as other partners to coordinate additional service.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Serving in Greensboro, North Carolina After Tornadoes Rip Through

Greensboro, N.C. (April 17, 2018) – On Sunday, April 15 a line of severe storms moved rapidly through North and South Carolina, knocking down trees, dropping large hail, and causing power outages to more than 75,000 customers. The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado with 135 mph winds touched down in several places in Greensboro, North Carolina.  According to the Greensboro city manager, 20 homes and businesses were destroyed, 80 homes and businesses have been reported with major damage, and another 60 had minor damage. The storms affected a total of 320 structures in Greensboro.

The Salvation Army of Greensboro deployed a mobile feeding unit to one of the hardest hit areas to serve relief workers and families who are searching for personal belongings and clearing property of debris from the storm.  At lunch Monday, 300 meals were served and the numbers were expected to rise for dinner. The Salvation Army is also onsite to provide emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders.

“We are here to meet the needs of the community, whether that need is a meal, a shoulder to lean on, or groceries, clothing, and household items for people impacted by the storms,� said Major Don Vick of the Greensboro Salvation Army. “It’s heartbreaking to see the devastation of the families, but we are honored to be here to offer hope and a hot meal.�

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado and Wind Damage in Virginia

Strong thunderstorms beginning Sunday night have caused tornado and significant wind damage across Lynchburg and Danville in the south central region of  Virginia. The Lynchburg and Roanoke Salvation Army Disaster Teams will be providing nourishment and spiritual support to first responders and residents in the most affected areas. The Roanoke canteen will be deployed to the Elon and Amherst communities, while the Lynchburg canteen will be providing mobile feeding throughout the Lynchburg area.

“Our prayers go out to our community this morning, as it does each day. Our shelter is currently open for those who have been affected by the storms,” said Captain Trey Jones, The Salvation Army of Greater Lynchburg. The Lynchburg Salvation Army is accepting donations of individual sized bottled drinks and non-perishable snack items for canteen, at 2211 Park Avenue. 

Photo Caption: Becky Brandenburger, Roanoke Salvation Army mission specialist, checks canteen inventory, while Jennifer Webb, Roanoke Salvation Army social services, prepares supplies and equipment.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Provides Meals for Students During Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 3, 2018) As many school districts across Oklahoma closed on Monday, and again today, due to a Statewide Teacher Walkout, The Salvation Army was requested by many school boards, other agencies and nonprofits in several communities to ensure students did not go without meals while school is cancelled.   One in four Oklahoma children are food insecure and rely on the Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch program offered at most public schools. 

Salvation Army locations in Bartlesville, Chickasha, Enid, Lawton, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Stillwater and Tulsa are all involved in assisting students while schools are closed. The Chickasha Salvation Army is partnering with First Baptist Church to provide a safe place to go during the day as well as providing breakfast, lunch and snacks.  The Muskogee Salvation Army has sandwiches available for students who are not in school due to the walkout. Stillwater is shuttling students currently registered in their after-school program for lunch to ensure they receive a meal during the day.

The Tulsa Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Clubs has six locations across the Tulsa metropolitan area.  The Clubs are open to members and accepting walk-in students as a safe place for area children and youth while schools are closed.  They are partnering with Tulsa Public Schools to provide breakfast and lunch while The Salvation Army is providing daily snacks, and activities such as crafts, board games, basketball and more.  Captain Ken Chapman, Area Commander for the Metro Tulsa Area Command, states “While not taking political sides with the issues, we are responding to the needs of parents and children who need a safe haven and nutritious meals.  Our resources are stretched, but God will provide!  We are in this for the duration.  If the families need us, we will be here.â€�

The Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Clubs in Lawton, Oklahoma City and Shawnee have also opened their doors to students who need a place to stay and nutritious meals and snacks.   Shawnee is providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and is available to current members of the Boys and Girls Club as well as non-members.  Oklahoma City and Lawton are also providing alternative options for students during the day as well as meals and snacks.

In some areas, such as Bartlesville and Enid, The Salvation Army is utilizing Emergency Disaster Services resources.   Canteens (mobile feeding units) are providing lunch to students affected by the walkout at pre-determined sites.

Additional updates will be provided as necessary.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Opens DMG Foods, Its First-Ever Supermarket

Nearly a quarter of the residents of Baltimore lack adequate access to healthy food. For many, the nearest grocery stores are minimarts with limited produce. And lower incomes affect the ability of people to afford healthier food, according to a study by Johns Hopkins that looked at the regions of the city where the need for more healthy food options is the greatest.

While hunger and access to good food is not a new problem for the city, a longtime religious charity is trying something new to tackle it: The Salvation Army recently opened its first nonprofit supermarket in the country in East Baltimore.

Lawrence Pollard and his wife, Faith, are shopping at the Salvation Army grocery for the first time. The store is called DMG Foods, which stands for the Salvation Army’s motto, “Doing the Most Good.”

Pollard looks around and seems impressed. “So far, so good. It’s clean place,” he says.

The 7,000-square-foot space looks like your average supermarket. The couple admires the stacks of fresh-looking asparagus, juicy Gala apples and a variety of lettuce. Lawrence clutches a paper with the store’s weekly deal.

“I see a couple of deals already,” he says, “especially on the fruits and the salads.”

Now, many supermarkets brag about having the lowest prices, but we checked. The milk, eggs, butter and canned tuna at DMG are 50 cents to $3 cheaper than at the nearest chain grocery.

In addition to offering the usual supermarket experience, DMG Foods also offers nutritional guidance, shopping education, workforce development training, and meal planning.

While the store caters to beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Maj. Gene Hogg, the Salvation Army’s central Maryland commander, says anyone can shop here.

“Our business is not really selling food,” he says. “What we’re in the business of doing is helping and loving people. And the qualifications to shop here is to walk in the door.”

The Salvation Army decided to go into the food business because, Hogg says, it found a niche where many chain supermarkets stores could not survive.

Hogg says the organization did research around what it could do to “sustain a community, rather than entering into it on an as-need basis.”

“This is where we live; this is where we minister,” says Hogg. “Moving into that space, I think we can make a viable impact into the community.”

The DMG store has some help making products available to its customers. Some of the nonperishable food is donated by the Maryland Food Bank, while produce is bought from a large distributor that sells it to DMG at a steep discount. Since the store opened a couple of weeks ago, Hogg says, business so far is good.

He says the goal is to get to 300 customers in one day. To entice more customers each week, the store offers free items for SNAP beneficiaries. This week, it is giving away 10-pound bags of frozen chicken.

The store is an experiment. Hogg says if it makes enough money beyond expenses, proceeds can go to the Salvation Army’s home for survivors of human trafficking. “So not only are you just shopping and meeting your needs for your household, but in the end you could be actually helping someone who could be rescued from human trafficking.”

Over at the cash register, the Pollards are ready to check out. They leave the store clutching three full grocery bags. They’ve spent only about $17.

If the store is successful in attracting enough customers, Hogg says the Salvation Army may be able to expand to other parts of Baltimore. And if that works out, it hopes to open in more areas across the country.

The Salvation Army has high hopes that the Baltimore DMG store will succeed. Hogg says DMG is not just a motto — it’s a promise.

 

Credit: www.npr.org

The Salvation Army Serving in Jacksonville, Alabama Following Severe Weather

Jacksonville, AL – A line of severe storms moved across northern Mississippi and Alabama dropping large hail and spinning up several tornadoes Monday evening. The most extensive damage is in Calhoun County, Alabama where Jacksonville State University received a direct hit.

The Anniston Corps of The Salvation Army has been called to feed lunch and dinner Tuesday for 300 first responders at the Jacksonville Public Safety Complex. The Corps will also provide service delivery to volunteers responding to the area, as requested. The Anniston Corps mobile feeding unit will be supported by 3 additional mobile feeding units from Birmingham and Gadsden. Other resources throughout Alabama are on standby to provide support as needed.   

“There are several buildings with roofs ripped right off,� said Major Eric Roberts, Anniston Corps Officer. “It breaks your heart knowing what these folks are going through, but we are here to offer a little bit up hope and a hot meal.�

Major Roberts and Salvation Army staff are also trained to offer emotional and spiritual care to residents who may have lost their homes and simply need to pray with or talk to someone.

“We want them to know they are not alone in this. They can always come to us for help.� said Major Roberts.

Other Salvation Army local units in northeast Alabama are continuing to assess service delivery needs.

“We are communicating with local and state emergency management officials to determine if there are additional needs in the state.� said Terry Lightheart, Emergency Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. “We will provide service wherever it is needed.�

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Serving Law Enforcement During San Antonio Standoff

San Antonio, Texas (March. 9, 2018) ”“ The Salvation Army San Antonio Area Command Emergency Disaster Services team has spent three days providing food, drinks and support to law enforcement agencies working the scene of a police standoff.

The Salvation Army deployed its mobile feeding unit to the scene in Northwest San Antonio on Wednesday afternoon where they began providing snacks, water, coffee and energy drinks to officers from agencies including the Bexar County Sheriff”™s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Texas Rangers and SWAT team members.

Officers and emergency management officials put in long hours at the scene and frequently expressed their appreciation for The Salvation Army”™s presence citing the relief efforts as just what they needed to give them a boost to carry on their duties.

The Salvation Army went on to provide dinner as well as breakfast and lunch through Friday.  The 26-hour standoff ended late Wednesday; however, The Salvation Army is expected to remain on site serving meals to investigators at least through lunch on Friday.  Other agencies served by The Salvation Army include the FBI and ATF.  San Antonio-based grocery chain H-E-B generously donated food, kitchen supplies and other items to The Salvation Army in support of the relief efforts.

As of Friday morning The Salvation Army has served 264 hot meals, 316 bottles of water, 120 bottles of Gatorade, 84 energy drinks and more than 900 snacks.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Central Arkansas Salvation Army Responds to Flooding in Lonoke County

March 7, 2018 (Little Rock) The Salvation Army of Central Arkansas is responding to the scene of flooding caused by a breached levee in Humnoke, Arkansas, located in Lonoke County. The mobile feeding unit (canteen) will be serving dinner at 12295 US Hwy 65 East, Humnoke, AR 72072.

The Salvation Army dispatched the canteen to provide food and hydration to both first responders and those affected by the flooding.  A team of Salvation Army officers trained in emotional and spiritual care are also en route to the scene.

“We plan to continue to serve the community as long as they need our assistance. Disasters like these can happen at any moment and The Salvation Army is ready to jump in at a moments notice,”� said Major Russell Czajkowski, Central Arkansas Area Commander.

Financial donations are needed to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individual and families affected by the floods to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate to Humnoke flood.  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.  Undesignated donations are assigned by the zip code of the donor to the nearest Salvation Army.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army Provides Aid and Comfort in Dalton,GA After School Emergency

DALTON, GA – The Salvation Army deployed a mobile feeding unit to the Dalton Convention Center to provide hydration and emotional and spiritual aid to first responders, students and family members affected after a high school teacher barricaded himself in a classroom and fired a shot through a window earlier this week.

The students were evacuated to the Dalton Convention Center as part of the high school’s active shooter emergency plan.

“Immediately after we heard about the event, we grabbed all the water stored in the food center, loaded into the canteen, and drove to the Trade Center to serve,” said Major Douglas McClure, the presiding officer at The Salvation Army of the Greater Dalton Area.

According to Major McClure, during their three and a half hours of service, over 400 bottles of water were distributed and 19 individuals received emotional and spiritual care. “Everyone from responding organizations to the school students, faculty and parents were grateful for our presence,” said Major McClure.

The Salvation Army was allowed into the sequestered gym area of the Convention Center by the high school staff and board of education to serve the students. They served bottled water and prayed with students, family, school staff, firefighters, police and EMS units until the high school students were all reunited with their parents.

“Some people think The Salvation Army emergency disaster responses are only for hurricanes and floods. The reality is that The Salvation Army stands ready to serve when any kind of disaster strikes,” said Major McClure. “The impact of this event will be with this community for a long time. And whenever and wherever, we will always be there for them in their time of need with aid, support and comfort.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts.

Preparation and Prepositioning

Louisville, Kentucky – Not expected to crest until late Monday or early Tuesday, rising water is already forcing evacuations up and down the Ohio River Valley.   This month’s extensive rains could bring the highest Ohio River levels since the devastating flood of 1997 and the second highest in more than 50 years.

Led by Bo Sells, Divisional Disaster Services Director, for The Salvation Army’s Kentucky and Tennessee Division, trained staff and volunteers are prepositioning supplies and coordinating with local officials.  Working closely with Emergency Management officials at local, county, and state levels, Salvation Army resources are on stand-by to provide Emotional & Spiritual Care along with feeding services at five emergency shelters already opened for those evacuated from flooded communities.

“Natural disasters can result in extreme distress; The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to respond holistically to the complex needs in a disaster situation,” said Major Jim Arrowood, the Divisional Commander, responsible for the work of The Salvation Army across Kentucky and Tennessee.

In addition to monitoring and coordination with local officials, The Salvation Army is also positioning prepared flood clean-up kits for distribution as soon as the water begins to recede.   These compact kits provide gloves, masks, mops, brushes, and cleaning supplies along with other necessities for those facing the devastation after a flood.

The Salvation Army is already active in response to the rising Ohio River, with a network of strategically placed supplies, equipment, and a host of trained responders ready to respond should the need increase.  Whether the flooding along the Ohio River or after the tragedy in Parkland, Florida the basic needs are the same:  food, water, material support, and The Salvation Army’s specialty – a shoulder to cry on, a hug, a knowing nod, a smile, a prayer and Emotional & Spiritual Care.

Financial donations are the best way to meet the evolving needs and to support relief efforts.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help the individuals and families affected by disaster to visit www.disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY and designate “disaster efforts.”  Monetary donations will ensure The Salvation Army can meet the most immediate needs of those impacted most and support the impacted communities.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 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 to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts.