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The Salvation Army Responds to Fire in Franklin County, Florida

EASTPOINT, FL – The Salvation Army Disaster Response Team from Panama City is currently en-route with a mobile feeding unit (canteen) to provide meals and hydration to residents and first responders impacted by severe fires in Franklin County, Florida. 

The fire, presently under control, has impacted a reported 40 homes and conditions warranted a mandatory evacuation of the area.  Residents received little to no notice as flames quickly destroyed more than 950 acres. 

“Our team is prepared to serve meals and snacks and will continue to provide additional services, such as emotional and spiritual care, to help meet the needs of the displaced families,” says Lieutenant Chelsea Fleeman with The Salvation Army of Panama City.

Additional updates will be provided as information becomes available. 

HOW TO HELP:

Sign up to become a trained Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Volunteer: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
Donate: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or www.SalvationArmyFlorida.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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The Salvation Army of McAllen Responds to Severe Flooding in South Texas

Dallas, TX  – The Salvation Army of McAllen serving Hidalgo County is responding to major flooding in South Texas. According to the National Weather Service up to 15 inches of rain have fallen particularly in Donna and Weslaco, TX.

The Salvation Army will be providing meals, water, and emotional and spiritual care at two temporary American Red Cross shelters in Donna and Weslaco. Additionally, The Salvation Army of McAllen has been asked to provide shelter to those affected by the flooding and is offering after-hours intake for individuals or families who have been displaced due to the rising waters.

“The Salvation Army has been faithfully serving Hidalgo County since 1931, and we stand ready to serve in times of disaster,” said Captain Stephen Correira, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army of McAllen.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services of Texas is dispatching a truck filled with feeding supplies, water, and clean-up kits in support of the relief efforts in Weslaco and surrounding towns.

Financial contributions are needed to support relief efforts. If you would like to help, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. Monetary donations allow The Salvation Army the flexibility to quickly and efficiently meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packaging, transporting and distributing donated goods.

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 in Georgia Focused on Irma Long-Term Recovery

Since Hurricane Irma’s high tidal waves and severe winds battered ashore and swept through Georgia in the fall of 2017, The Salvation Army of has been restoring hope, giving strength and providing healing. At the height of Hurricane Irma, The Salvation Army served 57,800 meals, 81,000 snacks, and 47,800 drinks. They also provided emotional and spiritual care for 11,800 individuals, distributed 1,900 food boxes, 900 clean-up kits, and $425,000 in gift cards.

However, those in Georgia impacted by Hurricane Irma have months and even years of recovery ahead. The Salvation Army is helping these Georgians get back on their feet by identifying their needs, developing long-term recovery plans, connecting them with resources that can help and supporting them as they work toward their goals.

“The need throughout many Georgia communities remains great,” said Lanita Lloyd, Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army of Georgia. “People are still coming to our doors as they work to recover from the long-lasting effects of Hurricane Irma.”

According to Ms. Lloyd, The Salvation Army has a number of case workers strategically placed throughout the state to help individuals impacted by Hurricane Irma with the consultation and processing work for long-term recovery. In addition, The Salvation Army continues to work closely with local partner agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations as they support recovery efforts and provide referrals to survivors where appropriate.

“The Salvation Army is committed to being involved and helping Georgians in their long-term hurricane recovery efforts,” says Ms. Lloyd, “And we are working hard to identify all those in Georgia who have been negatively affected by Hurricane Irma and may qualify for relief aid.”

The mission of The Salvation Army is simply to touch human lives at the point of their greatest need. It may be an individual or community that needs help, and the impact may be in the form of a natural or personal disaster. Regardless of the source, scale or scope of human tragedy, The Salvation Army’s goal remains the same; serving the most people, meeting the most needs and doing the most good – 365 days a year.

To apply for hurricane long-term recovery in Georgia, email [email protected] or visit SalvationArmyGeorgia.org/recovery.

For more information on how to obtain required training to serve as a future Salvation Army disaster volunteer in Georgia, or how your business can partner with The Salvation Army of Georgia in disaster relief, please email [email protected] or visit SalvationArmyGeorgia.org/recovery.

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 Support Continues Following Santa Fe, Texas Shooting

Galveston, Texas – The Salvation Army continues to serve in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Immediately following the incident, Captain Patrick Jones, Galveston Commanding Officer, was on-site serving food and water to first responders. A second mobile feeding unit was deployed from Freeport and provided dinner at the Family Reception Center established at the High School. Additionally, four emotional and spiritual care (ESC) officers arrived from the Greater Houston Area Command and were positioned at the Alamo Gym where parents waited to reunite with their children following the shooting. These ESC officers were available to counsel and pray with families, including those who received the devastating news that that their children were lost in the tragedy.

The Salvation Army services were available to first responders and Santa Fe community members throughout the day. “Sad and tragic are words that fall short of describing the tragedy we witnessed today,” said Captain Patrick Jones. “It is our privilege to be a small part of serving the families affected, and the many first responders and emergency workers who were a part of this day.”

Commissioner Willis Howell, Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army Southern Territory, shared his sympathies on social media, saying, “Our hearts go out to the Santa Fe community, friends, and families forever impacted by this tragedy. The Salvation Army stands with you, prays for you and is available to you.”

Salvation Army staff are liaising with Santa Fe city officials and the IMT established at the High School in order to ascertain the need for additional support. Salvation Army units and officers remain available to serve survivors, families and law enforcement in the coming days.

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 Active Shooter Incident in Santa Fe, TX

Galveston, Texas (May 18, 2018) – This morning, in response to an active shooter incident in Santa Fe, TX, The Salvation Army Galveston County immediately deployed a mobile kitchen to Santa Fe High School.  The Salvation Army is on-site providing water, food, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders. “Our hearts go out to all those who are suffering through this tragedy and we are here to help in any way we can,” said Captain Patrick Jones, Commanding Officer of The Salvation Army Galveston County.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team in San Antonio is on standby and prepared to respond as needed. Four emotional and spiritual care (ESC) personal have been requested from Greater Houston Area Command to aid the hurting community, provide comfort and if needed, prayer.

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 Helps Oklahomans Rebuild & Prepare 5 Years After Tornado Outbreak

With response and recovery efforts complete, Oklahomans can now focus on being prepared for future storms

MOORE, Okla. (May 15, 2018) – The Salvation Army continues to be a source of hope, stability and service to Oklahoma residents five years after spring storms ravaged the state. For three days in 2013 – May 19, 20 and 31 – an onslaught of powerful tornadoes brought loss of life, property and basic needs. Today, The Salvation Army is a leading partner in helping rebuild and restore the communities and prepare Tornado Alley residents and response teams for future outbreaks.

The tornadoes, reaching up to two and half miles wide, set records for devastation in impacted areas of Oklahoma City, Moore, Carney, Shawnee, and El Reno. Forty-nine people died, and more than $2 billion in damages were reported.

As an existing community member and partner – The Salvation Army has a presence in every ZIP code in America – the organization was uniquely prepared to respond immediately when the tornadoes struck. With the deployment of local and regional trained Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services staff and volunteers, survivors and first responders received food, hydration, emergency supplies, and emotional and spiritual care. Immediately after the outbreak, The Salvation Army provided:

  • 389,037 meals, drinks and snacks
  • 28,891 hours of employee and volunteer service
  • Emotional and spiritual care to 14,728 individuals
  • Emergency financial aid to 3,681 families (31,208 individuals)

Service delivery was supported by the deployment of 28 mobile feeding kitchens and the opening of a 100,000-square-foot distribution center.

“We were prepared to respond to the unprecedented events thanks to an innate knowledge of the community and trained disaster personnel,” said Major Ben Lawrence of The Salvation Army. “It was a challenging time for the community, but also one of hope, resilience and togetherness.”

You can watch stories of The Salvation Army’s impact here.

Thanks to a historic $23 million donated to The Salvation Army to meet the short and long-term needs of impacted communities, The Salvation Army has helped residents rebuild and replace homes, replaced vehicles and transportation, provided furnishings and household goods, offered utility assistance, met medical needs such as providing eyeglasses, supplied gift cards to meet daily needs, and provided Christmas assistance.

Often the first direct-service organization in and the last one out, The Salvation Army has a role in long-term recovery and rebuilding that is critical to restoring self-sufficiency to those in need. In July 2013, The Salvation Army’s response efforts transitioned into long-term recovery planning. In cooperation with government and municipal authorities, Oklahoma Emergency Management, and Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, a multiagency effort met the needs of those whose lives had been affected by the tornadoes. The Salvation Army was also a founding and participating member of the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project, a partnership that served more than 4,000 families with long-term recovery planning and assistance.

The exceptional generosity of the public enabled The Salvation Army to provide more than $13.3 million in direct services to survivors of the three tornadoes for both emergency and long-term recovery needs. Remaining disaster funds have been and will continue to be used for:

  • Mitigation projects and preparedness investments. Projects have included assistance for residential storm shelters, providing preparedness bags, supplying weather radios and increasing the availability of mobile feeding units. Since 2013, The Salvation Army has positioned new mobile kitchens in Oklahoma City and Ardmore.
  • Services to meet the needs of survivors of future disasters in the area, including tornadoes (Oklahoma has experienced more than 350 tornadoes since the start of 2013), wildfires, earthquakes and storms. Since the May 2013 tornadoes, The Salvation Army of Arkansas & Oklahoma has provided services in more than 25 additional disasters.
  • Preparations to help future responders, including training, investments in equipment and infrastructure, and increased post-deployment follow-up services for disaster workers. Since 2013, The Salvation Army of Arkansas & Oklahoma has offered more than 90 certified disaster training classes and added GPS-based tracking on all mobile feeding units in the two states as part of a pilot program to increase food accessibility in future emergencies.

“The Salvation Army has been part of this community for more than 100 years, and we’ll continue to respond and rebuild when disaster strikes – no matter how big or small,” said Major Lawrence. “We may not know what lies ahead, but we’re prepared to serve.”

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 Salvation Army Director to be Honored at Governors Hurricane Conference

Photo: Mr. Kevin Smith (left) of The Salvation Army meets with Mr. Bill Johnson, Program Committee Chair of the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference.

West Palm Beach, FL – Mr. Kevin Smith, State Director of Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army, and resident of Land O’ Lakes will be honored this week at the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference (GHC) with the Distinguished Service award.

According to the GHC conference website, this award is given “to an individual or organization that has made cumulative outstanding contributions to some aspect of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery, mitigation or research in the State of Florida.”  Mr. Smith has worked within the emergency management profession for twenty-two years, twenty of which have been with The Salvation Army.  His disaster experiences range from the ValuJet  plane crash in the Florida everglades in 1996 to most recently leading The Salvation Army’s initial response to Hurricane Harvey in Houston and then returning to Florida to lead the organization’s response and recovery efforts to Hurricane Irma.

Mr. Smith’s dedication to serving survivors of disasters and caring for emergency responders extends beyond Florida with disaster deployments across the United States and the Caribbean.  He served as the Deputy Incident Commander in New York City following the terrorism attacks of September 11, 2001 and as The Salvation Army’s United Nations Liaison in Port Au Prince, Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Mr. Smith’s distinguished service includes building the capability of non-profits and government emergency management at the local, state and federal levels.   The Salvation Army is proud to stand with the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference in recognizing Mr. Smith with this prestigious award.

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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Ford Motor Company Donates Vehicles for Salvation Army Disaster Relief Efforts

Houston, TX – On Friday, May 11, The Salvation Army, along with seven other local nonprofits, joined Houston-area Ford dealers at the Houston Food Bank for a “Texas is Family” community event to mark Ford’s continued support of ongoing recovery efforts in southeast Texas.  The Ford Fund granted The Salvation Army a total of $500,000, which enabled us to purchase five Ford Edges and four Box Trucks in support of the on-going work of The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services in Texas.

FORD EDGES BRING CASE WORKERS DIRECTLY TO SURVIVORS

The Ford Edges are being used by Salvation Army caseworkers who travel across the state to provide assistance to individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

After experiencing the damaging effects of Hurricane Harvey in Port Arthur, TX, the Johnson Family were at wit’s end. They had lost their home, which led them to move into a trailer. “Though we had the dwelling, we didn’t have the essential items,” said Marion Johnson, mother of four. Fortunately, with the help of The Salvation Army and Ford Motors the road to recovery for the Johnson Family will not be as challenging.

Marion connected with The Salvation Army and one of our regional recovery managers who helped provide basic-items for their new home. “When I saw the Ford Edge stop in front of my home I was excited,” said Marion. The vehicle was filled with household items such as linens, dishes, bedding, and much more. “It was jam-packed from top to bottom, and front to back,” she said. The Ford Edge gave The Salvation Army manager the capacity to transport much needed household items straight to her home.

Our regional managers travel across the state to work with local community groups and churches to assist families impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Ford’s donation allows The Salvation Army the flexibility to meet with clients such as Marion.

FORD BOX TRUCKS AT DISASTER WAREHOUSES

The Box Trucks are assigned to Salvation Army distribution centers, which receive and deploy donated food and products to affected communities. The Salvation Army responded to Hurricane Harvey with mass care and bulk distribution in 35 Texas Counties, serving over 900,000 meals with 105 canteens (mobile kitchens) in operation during the response phase. The added Ford Box Trucks now give the department the ability to dispense to the 9 distribution centers located in the affected areas of Hurricane Harvey.

Currently, more than 16 caseworkers have seen 16,000 clients and have provided more than $6,146,000 in direct assistance.

Thank you, Ford Fund, for your support of The Salvation Army and our on-going relief and recovery efforts.

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 Supports Emergency Management Exercise in Virginia

Volunteers and a mobile feeding unit from the National Capital Area Command were deployed to the annual Virginia Emergency Support Team Exercise (VESTEX) in Stafford County, Virginia, yesterday. According to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the exercise is intended to prepare the Commonwealth of Virginia for potential threats by measuring current capabilities, policies, and procedures against the requirement to properly mitigate, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural disasters.

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), FEMA Region III, FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the annual statewide drill simulates a response to a large-scale disaster. The drill included the participation of local governments, affected state agencies, public utilities, law-enforcement agencies, and other entities as determined by the Governor.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services canteen and a team of volunteers served breakfast and lunch during the full scale VESTEX exercise. The team was led by The Salvation Army Fairfax Va. Corps officer Major Donald Wilson and The Salvation Army National Capital and Virginia Division’s new Emergency Disaster Director John Conklin, who were onsite for the Stafford County emergency management exercise.

According to the 2017 report, the exercise seeks to capture areas of strength and improvement that will be used to improve state, local, and regional response plans, policies, and procedures and develop future training and exercise efforts in Virginia.

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 Elberton Crew Brings Relief to Savannah

Savannah, GA – As military investigators continue to seek the cause of the crash of an aging C-130 cargo plane in Savannah, Georgia, The Salvation Army of Georgia has been on site since day-one providing food, drinks, snacks and emotional and spiritual care to responders and military officials.

Saturday, The Salvation Army sent their Elberton, Georgia canteen, complete with a crew of six Emergency Disaster Services trained volunteers, to help in response relief at the crash site. The Salvation Army of Georgia’s Elberton team relieves the Savannah Corps canteen team, which has served meals non-stop since the plane crash occurred last Wednesday. An SUV will provide additional mobile support for the Elberton canteen delivering food, snacks and drinks wherever needed.

“It’s pretty somber being this close to the actual crash site, because you really start thinking about what happened. But serving people in their time of need is what we do at The Salvation Army, whether it’s giving a bottle of water, feeding people or offering encouraging prayer and spiritual or emotional support,” said Linda James, Business Director of The Salvation Army of Savannah

The Elberton canteen team started on site relief work today providing meals and drinks to responders and military officials. They will serve in two shifts of three people working 12-hour shifts.

“We see how the community is affected by this tragedy – the sorrow and pain, and we grieve with them,” said Major Swyers, presiding officer at the Salvation Army in Savannah. “We are here to help the responders and the community in whatever capacity is needed, for as long as 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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