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Messengers of Compassion called to action

Messengers of Compassion called to action

By: David Ibata

Bringing a message on compassion to the Messengers of Compassion and others at Sunday morning’s Ordination and Commissioning service, Commissioner Willis Howell spoke of the photographer who took the heartbreaking picture of a starving child in Sudan.

In 1993, Kevin Carter traveled to Sudan to photograph the famine. He came upon a little girl too weak to stand, struggling and whimpering as she crawled to where food was being distributed; a vulture lurked on the ground behind her. “If the sight of this child crawling to be fed, if that doesn’t stir the world to action, nothing will,” he thought.

“Once this picture was taken, he stayed there 20 minutes or so, waiting for the bird to fly away,” Commissioner Howell said. “When it didn’t, he finally shooed it away. Once that was done, he sat under a tree, watching this child struggle a little longer.”

The photo won Carter a 1994 Pulitzer Prize. But when word got out that he had done nothing to help the child, “what had been praise and recognition … quickly turned into disbelief, condemnation, scorn.” Less than a month after accepting the prize, Carter committed suicide.

“Is there anyone in this room who thinks Kevin Carter didn’t feel compassion for this girl?” Commissioner Howell asked. “What bothers you and bothers me is that he didn’t do anything. He didn’t act on his compassion.

“Regardless of how strong the feeling may be, compassion that doesn’t lead to action is worthless. I can’t think of the Kevin Carter story without asking a question of myself: How am I different from him when I feel compassion for those who hurt, when I feel compassion for those who ache, when I feel compassion for those who are suffering, and I do nothing about it?”

The territorial commander urged the Messengers of Compassion to not let their session title become just a label. Warning he was about to speak bluntly, he said, “Hell is going to be full of people who felt compassion in their lives. … Feelings alone change nothing of this world’s pain and suffering.

“The world needs people who are actively and intentionally spreading the message of compassion – those who will roll up their sleeves, get their hands dirty, and actually deliver the life-changing, lifesaving compassion of the loving God. Is that you? Is that our territory? Is that our Army? Oh, I wish to God it is. Please, God, make us like you.”

Cadet Lindsey Galabeas, session representative speaker, said, “God’s compassion can burst through the darkness in an instant and remind us we are never alone. This is a transformative power of compassion. One of the great privileges we have as believers we share this power with others by imitating God through acting compassionately.”

“We can all be messengers of God’s compassion by showing kindness to others,” Cadet Galabeas said. “We are compassionate through acts of kindness, service and humility toward others. When we choose to be compassionate, we are sharing light and hope with a dark and dying world. This is what it means to be a Messenger of Compassion.”

In the final gathering of the weekend, the Now Go! meeting Sunday afternoon, Commissioner Howell and Major Ray Cooper announced the 2019 World Services Ingathering, The Salvation Army Southern Territory’s gift to overseas programs: $10,809,525.

Commissioner Howell also presented the second Commissioner Ruth Osborne Fellowship Award, a $2,500 fellowship to encourage leadership development in young adults. The recipient was Emaniel Brifil, missions program coordinator for the Florida Division.

Returning to the theme of the weekend, Lieutenant Cornelius Walton, the session speaker, spoke of a Christian man who forever regretted not having offered a cup of hot coffee to a homeless person he encountered on a cold February morning in Chicago.

“Jesus said in the Book of Matthew that whatever you did for the least of these homeless brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” Lieutenant Walton said. “If God has given us the ability to be his Messengers of Compassion, we cannot ignore the physical and mental needs of others. … Being a Messenger of Compassion requires more than words. It requires actions.”

Lieutenant Walton told those in attendance God had not called them to an easy assignment.

“If we didn’t experience suffering, how can we ever relate with those who are going through it?” he asked. “We have been redeemed by Jesus Christ to let others know there is hope in the midst of their suffering. In this world we will have trouble, but Jesus Christ has overcome the world.”

Commissioner Barbara Howell gave the charge to the newly commissioned lieutenants, Salvationist Services Corps teams heading to summer postings and officers going overseas.

“We serve under our Blood and Fire banner of transformation, believing as this great Army family we are all stronger together, and each of us can be a transformational influence right here where God has placed us,” Commissioner Barbara said. “So, let us march forward with confidence, knowing if we apply the values of the Kingdom we will forge a path to victory.”

She cited 1 John 3:18: Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. “My dear Messengers of Compassion. My dear missionaries. My dear summer service team members. Let’s not just talk about love. Let’s practice real love. This is the only way to show we are living in God’s reality.”

“Go and make disciples. Go and change the world for God. Just go, go and go!”

Source: southernspiritonline.org

The Salvation Army and Texas State Guard Prepare for Future Disasters

Texas City, Texas (June 12, 2019) – Emergency Disaster Services staff and volunteers from The Salvation Army Galveston County Command participated in the Texas State Guard hurricane evacuation drill this week. This event simulates a disaster response effort and agencies practice in real-time preparing their personnel to receive, shelter and provide care to area residents in the event of severe weather evacuations.  The airlift exercise participants included the Texas Department of Emergency Management, the Texas Military Department, the Texas State Guard and the Texas Air National Guard. The Salvation Army prepared and served meals, one of our primary functions during any disaster response, to the participants of the exercise in multiple locations.

Jimmy Stanford, Texas Divisional Emergency Services Manager said, “This event provides The Salvation Army disaster response teams a chance to practice our support services alongside the first responders in a realistic environment. Collaboration between multiple agencies is crucial to the success of any disaster response and training events of this kind enhance the ability of our teams across the state to effectively respond, as and when we are needed.”

The Salvation Army EDS teams in Corpus Christi and Victoria will be participating in the upcoming State of Texas Hurricane Exercise.

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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Florida contingent discovers blessings in Barbados

Florida contingent discovers blessings in Barbados

By: Brad Rowland

In early May, the Florida Divisional Band and Creative Arts groups embarked on a weekend of ministry and mission in the Barbados Division.

“Barbados was a great trip for our Florida Divisional Band and Creative Arts groups,” said Tom Hanton, divisional music director. “We went in the name of the Lord to bless those that would hear the gospel and ended up being blessed right back by the people of Barbados. We were able to enjoy comradery and music together as we joined with members of the Barbados Divisional Band at many of the meetings.”

The journey began with the accompaniment of an advisory board meeting and dinner in the region, as the group’s musicians aimed to support local Salvation Army work. From there, a small ensemble accompanied the reopening of the Speightstown Corps, and the full groups, both band and creative arts, took part in concert settings, ministering alongside soldiers in Barbados.

Sandwiched between artistic endeavors, though, was an important opportunity for service. A project of painting the local corps was undertaken, with dozens from Florida pitching in to accomplish what was a helpful and missional task.

Perhaps the highlight of the weekend was a march of witness and open-air concert in Bridgetown, with ensembles from Barbados taking part in the festivities. A combined praise team worshipped alongside the assembled crowd, with dance and timbrel brigades from the Barbados Division.

“Our trip to Barbados was an awesome opportunity and a humbling experience,” said bandsman Terry Wood. “As we joined in their worship and celebration, I could feel the presence of the Lord with us. The Army is clearly alive and well in Barbados.”

Finally, the group from Florida stood alongside their brethren from Barbados in supporting Sunday morning worship and performed a finale concert on Sunday afternoon, in which Commissioner Devon Haughton, Caribbean territorial commander, delivered the message.

“It was great to hear the territorial commander speak about God’s calling on all of our lives and how we can respond to that call,” Hanton said. “In addition to painting a building, playing for a building dedication, and marching through the streets of Bridgetown, we were really blessed by the worship and grand finale presentations done by the Barbados Salvationists! It was a true privilege to be a part of the 120 years celebration of The Salvation Army in Barbados.”

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center and Center of Hope Assist in Flood Relief Efforts

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 13, 2019) – The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) offers spiritual, emotional, and social assistance to people who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves.  In Tulsa, Oklahoma, beneficiaries of the program recently had the opportunity to give back by assisting in disaster relief efforts after historic flooding.

Dustin, a graduate of the ARC celebrating more than two years of sobriety, is the kitchen supervisor for the ARC in Tulsa. In his hometown of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, hundreds of homes were impacted by the historic rising of the Arkansas River.   For the past week, he has supervised the preparation of hundreds of meals a day to serve survivors and others.  Dustin says, “I just appreciate the opportunity to give back to my hometown.” 

Many of the beneficiaries have volunteered to assist with meal preparation when not in a class, working or scheduled for other activities. Giving back is part of the recovery process and is a new experience for many.  

The Tulsa Center of Hope Shelter also helped prepare meals for emergency disaster service for several days. The shelter is a refuge to 150 people a night and prepares an average of 900 meals daily. Arletta Robinson, executive director of Center of Hope, said, “Our kitchen was happy to prepare the extra meals to help our neighbors during their time of the need. We are blessed to serve.”

From adult rehabilitation programs, providing shelter, fighting human trafficking, empowering the arts, senior services to disaster services and more, The Salvation Army meets human needs at their point of need.

How People Can Help

The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. 

  • Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.  Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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 Participates in Multi-Agency Resource Centers in Northeast Oklahoma

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma (June 12, 2019) – The Salvation Army of Arkansas-Oklahoma is participating in Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) in northeast Oklahoma where thousands of homes have been impacted by historic flooding.   A MARC is a central location for local and state agencies, as well as human service organizations, to answer questions and provide information and disaster-related assistance.

The Salvation Army is just one of the agencies participating in the MARCs established by the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (OKVOAD).   Anyone affected by the recent storms is encouraged to come and check on available resources.

Currently, the following dates and times for MARCs have been announced:

June 12 & 13

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Fort Gibson High School cafeteria

500 S Ross St.

Fort Gibson, OK

June 14 & 15

10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Warner

810 2nd Ave.

Warner, OK

June 14, 15 & 16

10 a.m. – 7p.m.

Charles Page/Sand Springs High School, Ed Dubie Field House

500 N Adams Road

Sand Springs,

Financial donations continued to be the most urgent need.   You can help by

  • Donating Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donating by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.  Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
  • Donating by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donating by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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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Financial planning class helping shelter residents get their affairs in order

Financial planning class helping shelter residents get their affairs in order

By: Emily Fleisher

Every night, over 140 people stay in the emergency homeless shelters at The Salvation Army of Greenville, South Carolina. When these individuals arrive at The Salvation Army, they are likely to feel lost and unsure in their new situations. However, thanks to a dedicated group of women, they may soon find a sense of community.

Since being established in 2014, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Greenville has worked to create a home-like environment for the men, women and children living in the emergency homeless shelters. The women’s auxiliary works with the shelter residents to provide stability and comfort through holiday meals, homemade blankets for the children and educational classes.

One women’s auxiliary member, Laura Cook, volunteers regularly to teach a monthly financial planning class for the women in the shelter. During the class, Cook invites the residents to take notes about the course material and to eat snacks provided by the women’s auxiliary. She also encourages discussions about budgeting, saving and understanding money. Asking questions and sharing experiences can only make financial planning classes more meaningful, she says to the women at the start of the lesson.

Though the class focuses mainly on financial facts and advice, Cook also includes an empathetic and compassionate angle in her teaching. She takes time to reassure residents who may have previously made poor financial decisions or investments.
Everyone makes bad decisions with money, and it’s normal to feel ashamed after that, she says. Start creating a better relationship with money by forgiving yourself and taking advice from others.

“Learn to listen and do better the next time,” Cook told the women at the April 2019 meeting. “But don’t beat yourself up over past mistakes.”

Near the end of the class, the residents begin trading stories with Cook about their very first experiences with money. She says these experiences are likely to shape your entire relationship with money, and by re-examining them, you can help understand your current situation better. Her friendly, calming presence allows the residents to feel comfortable, and soon, the stories quickly have the room laughing about stolen (but returned) quarters and high expectations of the buying power of a single dollar.

Because of these monthly classes, the women in the shelter are able to take advantage of a free educational resource and find community with each other and with the volunteers. The Salvation Army of Greenville is thankful to the women’s auxiliary for planning the classes and to Cook for her willingness to give her time and talent.

Emily Fleisher is the marketing and special events coordinator for the Greenville, South Carolina, Area Command.

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Operation BBQ Relief and The Salvation Army Partner Together

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 11, 2019) – Operation BBQ Relief and The Salvation Army are partnering together to help feed those who are hurting after either being displaced or severely impacted by the Arkansas River flooding.  The partnership brings about a very positive impact on the individuals and families being served.

Operation BBQ Relief is a nonprofit which was founded in May 2011 in response to the catastrophic tornado which struck Joplin, Missouri.  The nonprofit continues to respond and partner with other nonprofits to help feed residents who have been affected by national and other disasters as well as emergency personnel.  Operation BBQ is cooking hundreds of pounds of pork daily to help feed the hungry in Northeast Oklahoma where people are cleaning up their homes after the water has receded.

“It’s awesome that we have this great partnership with The Salvation Army.  I have worked with them in Wilmington, North Carolina, Panama City and Tallahassee, Florida and now Tulsa.  Everyone is always helpful and friendly.  Everyone is in it to help others during their time of need,” says Mike Richter, Territory 2 Director, Operation BBQ Relief.

The Salvation Army continues to serve in Northeast Oklahoma and Arkansas after horrific flooding has occurred.  To date, 14,434 meals, 18,344 drinks, and 11,072 snacks have been served and 825 emotional and spiritual care contacts have been made.  Along with the food and hydration, cleanup kits and hygiene kits have also been distributed.

The Salvation Army continues to meet the immediate needs with the help of donations.  The best way to help after a disaster is to make a financial donation to the charity of your choice. Monetary contributions also support local economies and ensure that businesses can operate when relief supplies diminish.

  • Donate Online: www.helpsalvationarmy.org
  • Donate by Mail: The Salvation Army PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA  30301.  Please designate ‘May 2019 OK/AR Storms’ on all checks.
  • Donate by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Donate by Text: Text STORM to 51555 to receive a donation link for easy mobile giving

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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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Jackson (Tenn.) Corps puts wheels on fight against hunger in community

Jackson (Tenn.) Corps puts wheels on fight against hunger in community

By: David Ibata

Say “food desert,” and the first thing that comes to mind might be an impoverished, inner-city neighborhood in a major metropolitan area. But places where people without transportation struggle to obtain decent, healthy food also can be found in smaller cities and rural areas.

Lieutenants Cheryl and David Moynihan, Salvation Army corps officers in Jackson, Tennessee, received a vision from God last summer about the food deserts in their community.

For residents of one of the low-income areas they serve, Lincoln Courts, “it’s a good hour to an hour-and-a-half round trip walk for people to get to the closest grocery store that sells fresh produce and foods they can make meals with,” Lieutenant Cheryl said.

“Even for those who have been given food stamps, it’s really difficult for them. Many are single parents with young children. The roads don’t have sidewalks, and it’s not an easy trip to get back and forth to the store with kids in tow.”

So, the Jackson Corps applied to West Tennessee Healthcare’s “Well Tank,” a “Shark Tank”-like competition for nonprofits and others seeking to improve health and wellness in their communities.

The corps made its pitch to a panel of judges and last summer was awarded a $10,000 grant for a “ Community Canteen.” An Emergency Disaster Services mobile feeding vehicle, loaded with fresh foods, visits neighborhoods with few easy grocery options.

The corps gets fresh fruit and vegetables, fresh milk, frozen meat and occasional bakery goods through a partnership with the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, Tennessee, and donations by local retailers like Sam’s Club and Target.

The Community Canteen started rolling last August. Since then, it’s distributed 100,000 pounds of food at two sites. Upwards of 1,000 individuals benefit each week, with 275 to 300 families served.“We go out once a week, on Wednesdays,” Lieutenant Cheryl said. “About 11:30 a.m., we head to Lincoln Courts. We’re there for maybe an hour and a half or two hours, giving out food until it’s gone. Then we come back and load up the canteen again and in the afternoon go to Allenton Heights, which is right across the street from our building.”

With children home from school in the coming summer months, the corps also will be starting a sidewalk Sunday school, a ministry to youngsters while their parents are shopping for food. “We are getting partners to adopt a day to do cooked meals for the children,” Lieutenant Cheryl said.

The canteen also ministers spiritually to the grownups.

“We’ve noticed a huge difference in the countenance of the people, the way they respond to us, and their willingness to open up and have conversations,” Lieutenant Cheryl said. “We’ve had probably 100 people pull us aside and ask us to pray with them, or have expressed interest in volunteering.”

The Jackson Corps is starting a media campaign to rally community support. The corps serves a seven-county territory, and the hope is eventually its canteen can visit a different area each week.

“We want people to know we’re out in the community to help,” Lieutenant Cheryl said, “because that’s what Jesus called us to do.”

Source: southernspiritonline.org

Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Support Salvation Army Disaster Relief Efforts

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 8, 2019) – In any circumstance, good or trying, partnerships are vital.  The Salvation Army is grateful during times of disaster strong partnerships exist.  Two such partners, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt generously donated 20,000 lb. of chicken as well as the loan of a refrigerated trailer and transportation to help The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Arkansas and Oklahoma. 

The donation will be put to good use feeding survivors, volunteers, and first responders in areas affected by catastrophic flooding.  Sherri Johnson, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tyson Foods, says “Tyson is proud to support The Salvation Army and the relief it provides to all of those impacted by the historic flood.”

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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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Joy in a Donut

Tulsa, Oklahoma (June 7, 2019) – The Arkansas-Oklahoma Division of The Salvation Army celebrated National Donut Day on Friday, June 7 during disaster relief efforts.   As canteens (mobile feeding units) were loaded with meals, hydration, and snacks, they also received donuts to hand out to flood survivors, volunteers, and those assisting in the affected neighborhoods

American Salvation lassies set sail for France on August 12, 1917, determined to bring comfort to the soldiers in the rain-soaked trenches of France.  The thought was some real home cooking might help.  Unfortunately, most of the supplies had run out, except some flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, cinnamon, and canned milk.  They had everything they needed to make donuts!

It was only a matter of time and a Salvation Army “Lassie” handed the first freshly cooked donut to a homesick doughboy.   Word spread quickly “If you’re hungry or broke, you can go get something to eat at The Salvation Army.  Before too long, 2,500 – 9,000 donuts a day were served to troops on the front lines.  Donuts have been served to servicemen and servicewomen ever since.  

Friday provided a unique opportunity to serve donuts on our modern-day front lines during disaster services.  The difference is those working on the front lines in Arkansas and Oklahoma are doing muck-out and clean-up after devastating floods.

Donut Lassies have been remembered for showing compassion to thousands of troops.  To this day, donuts symbolize The Salvation Army’s readiness to help in times of need in whatever way they can.  Even in the most difficult of circumstances, donuts were handed out today by crews who were there to offer a piece of joy in the form of a donut.  To learn more about the history of National Donut Day, visit salar.my/donut19.

For the latest emergency disaster services news from The Salvation Army, follow the social feed on Twitter at @salarmyeds or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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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