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Salvation Army OK Tornado Relief Will Soon Enter Third Week

Salvation Army OK Tornado Relief Will Soon Enter Third Week

June 7, 2013, 9:00 a.m. (Moore, OK) –The Salvation Army sees our Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) as a ministry, a means of expressing God’s love to those in need.

The need in Oklahoma following the May tornadoes and flooding is great—and will not be met overnight. The Salvation Army is actively monitoring the needs of the communities around Oklahoma City that were impacted by the May tornadoes and will adjust services and service locations to provide the best possible short- and long-term care to those affected.

Via the Carney and Shawnee Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs), The Salvation Army is referring impacted community members to local Salvation Army facilities for assistance.

Storm-impacted residents nearest the Little Axe MARC should visit the Westmoore High School MARC at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.

El Reno-area residents impacted by the storms should visit the MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House at 214 N. Country Club Rd. Salvation Army disaster relief services at that location include financial assistance to tornado survivors, Salvation Army Family Stores clothing vouchers to tornado and flooding survivors, and referrals for other services as well as a fixed feeing site.

To better serve community needs, including survivors who have returned to work and cannot visit the Disaster Relief Center during traditional business hours, The Salvation Army continues to provide assistance at our Disaster Relief Center from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Each day, the last service appointment of the day at the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Center will be accepted at 7:15 p.m.

Salvation Army EDS teams have been serving and ministering to survivors of the Oklahoma tornadoes that impacted multiple communities around the Oklahoma City area since May 19.

Due to the devastation and loss caused by the May tornadoes, The Salvation Army expects increased requests for all types of financial and material assistance, not only in the next few months but also through the holidays and into the new year. Serving Oklahomans for more than a century already, The Salvation Army is committed to serving Oklahomans’ unmet needs indefinitely.

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

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

Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 54,583 meals, 79,678 drinks, and 78,845 snacks, 23 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 4,062 Clean-up and 6,622 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 9,816 persons. More than 15,260 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

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

Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:

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

MARCs (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)
Hours: Dooors Open at 9:00 a.m.
At the El Reno and Moore MARCs The Salvation Army is providing:
• Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
• Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
• Referrals for Other Services

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

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

At the Carney, Little Axe, and Shawnee MARCs The Salvation Army is providing referrals to other Salvation Army locations for services.

Lincoln County:
Carney:
Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
304 S. Carney Road
Carney, OK

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

Pottawatomie County:
Shawnee:
Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
Shawnee, OK
I-40 and Highway 18

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.

Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
Distribution 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

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


ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:
At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: Will Rogers Airport, Moore, Southeast and Southwest 59th Street areas of Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Dell City, Union City, El Reno, Little Axe, Moore.

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

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

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

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

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

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

VOLUNTEERS:
Those interested in volunteering with The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

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


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Soldiers on Wheels

June 06, 2013 – 4:51 PM EDT
Krachel Greenwood
[email protected]

Soldiers on Wheels

A Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) canteen is a mobile kitchen, a “free” store on wheels, a light in the darkness for a disaster victim or a first responder looking for some renewed strength and energy during a troubling time.

Since tornadoes first touched down in Oklahoma on May 19th, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 51,000 meals, 74,000 drinks, and 69,000 snacks from a total of 22 canteens. It’s a feat that couldn’t be accomplished without the help of volunteers.

Chris Fineout, the Canteen Coordinator, traveled to Oklahoma from Yankeetown, Florida. He begins his morning by gathering all canteen drivers and debriefing before deploying. Some canteens park in a designated area and serve crowds in populated places, providing a “fixed feeding site.” Others roam a specific area, providing “roving feedings” and aiding those across the Oklahoma countryside.

“We’ll have 12 canteens out today,” he explains, “with 36 volunteers divided among them.”

Supplies are counted and loaded. Lt. Maxie DeBlanc, from Houston, and volunteer James “Jim” Brown of Kingston, Ohio, discuss strategy before pulling out. For Lt. DeBlanc, the call to serve on an EDS team came at a time when she was feeling down.

“I came here broken, but I’ve learned to say ‘yes’ to God,” she said. “In ministering to others after Friday night’s latest round of storms, I have been ministered to myself. And when I go home, I go home knowing there is a God who loves me.” 

Volunteer Jim Brown calls this trip a vacation. Now retired, when he heard of the need for help in Oklahoma, he cleared his calendar for two weeks and headed south.

At the next canteen down, Robert Mattingly, who hails from Ponca City, Okla., loads a set of cambros into his assigned Canteen. A cambro is an insulated box that can keep hot food hot or cold food cold for 8 hours. At 10 pounds each when they’re empty, these containers are the real deal.

“We can put approximately 150 meals in one cambro,” explains Capt. James Spencer, Oklahoma EDS Operations Chief. Several cambros are placed on each canteen, separating the main dish of meat or stew from side dishes usually consisting of veggies. A fruit bowl or pudding cup makes a warm meal complete.
 

Today Fineout asks crews to take more meals than they took yesterday. With continued flooding in the area and power lines still down, many remain in need of a warm meal and fresh drink of water.

Fineout understands firsthand: “I’ve been involved with The Army since I was 14 years old. I have been the person getting a meal as opposed to giving,” he says. “This is the least I can do to help.”

Salvation Army Response to May Tornadoes Enters Day 19

Salvation Army Response to May Tornadoes Enters Day 19

Moore, OK – (June 6, 2013, 9:00 a.m.) – Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) staff and volunteers act as a means of expressing God’s love to those in need. The need in Oklahoma following the May tornadoes and flooding is great—and will not be met overnight.

The Salvation Army is actively monitoring the needs of the communities around Oklahoma City that were impacted by the May tornadoes and will adjust services and service locations to provide the best possible short- and long-term care to those affected.

As of today Little Axe-area residents impacted by storms should visit the Westmoore High School Multi-Agency Relief Center (MARC) at 12613 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City.

El Reno-area residents impacted by the storms should visit the MARC at Jenx Simmons Field House at 214 N. Country Club Rd. Salvation Army disaster relief services at that location include financial assistance to tornado survivors, Salvation Army Family Stores clothing vouchers to tornado and flooding survivors, and referrals for other services as well as a fixed feeing site.

To better serve community needs, including survivors who have returned to work and cannot visit the Disaster Relief Center during traditional business hours, The Salvation Army continues to provide assistance at our Disaster Relief Center from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Each day, the last service appointment of the day at the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Center will be accepted at 7:15 p.m.

One of the nation’s largest federally recognized emergency disaster services agencies in the U.S., The Salvation Army provides relief to 1-2 million disaster survivors and first responders each year and is well-versed in transitioning personnel and resources from initial relief operations—such as providing food, hydration, and initial emotional and spiritual care—to long-term recovery operations that help disaster survivors to re-establish their households and daily lives.

Salvation Army EDS teams have been serving and ministering to survivors of the Oklahoma tornadoes that impacted multiple communities around the Oklahoma City area since May 19. Our disaster relief operations will continue as long as needed.

The Salvation Army expects to announce our long-term recovery plan in the near future. We understand that because so many Oklahomans have lost so much–their homes, their cars, their businesses, their jobs—The Salvation Army will experience increased requests for all types of financial and material assistance, not only in the next few months but also through the holidays and into the new year. Serving Oklahomans for more than a century already, The Salvation Army is always prepared to extend a helping hand to our neighbors in need. We are committed to serving Oklahomans’ unmet needs indefinitely.

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

Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 48,201 meals, 70,675 drinks, and 62,431 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 4,049 Clean-up and 6,504 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 9,501 persons. More than 14,094 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

Updates by Location
The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado and flooding survivors and those impacted by power outages indefinitely. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas including:
Canadian County (El Reno, Mustang, Union City), Cleveland County (Little Axe), Lincoln County (Carney), Pottawatomie County (Shawnee and surrounding area), Henryetta, and Moore.

Overall, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration, as well other items including:

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

MARCs (Multi-Agency Resource Centers)
Hours:
Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
The Salvation Army is providing:
· Financial Assistance to Tornado Survivors
· Salvation Army Family Stores Clothing Vouchers to Tornado and Flooding Survivors
· Referrals for Other Services

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

Lincoln County:
Carney:
Carney High School – Rooms 5, 6, 7
304 S. Carney Road
Carney, OK

Pottawatomie County:
Shawnee:
Gordon Cooper Vo-Tech (Sky Labs 1 & 2 and Dining Facility)
1 John C. Bruton Boulevard
Shawnee, OK
I-40 and Highway 18

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

IN KIND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE (Bulk Distribution) of In-Kind Gifts
At this location, The Salvation Army is providing water, food, hygiene items, and clean-up kits for anyone affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding.
Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads:
Distribution 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
7000 Crossroads Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK
(Located on SE Corner of mall in former JC Penney store)
Directions: Use I-240 entrance. Drive behind the AMC Theatre and park at the JC Penney Entrance.

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


ROVING FEEDING FROM CANTEENS:
At 10 a.m. Salvation Army canteens began patrolling the following areas, offering food and hydration as well as spiritual and emotional care by trained counselors: Will Rogers Airport, Moore, Southeast and Southwest 59th Street areas of Oklahoma City, Midwest City, Dell City, Henryetta, Union City, El Reno, and Mustang.

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

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

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

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

Your donations make a real difference.
· A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
· A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
· A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
· A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
· A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

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

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


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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Friday is National Donut Day: Celebrate With Us Today & Tomorrow!

Friday, June 7 is the 76th annual National Donut Day, a holey day for sweets lovers and an essential holiday for The Salvation Army.

Started as a fundraiser by The Salvation Army in Chicago during the Great Depression, National Donut Day honors our military veterans and commemorates the work of Salvation Army volunteers who used the tasty confection to comfort American soldiers in France and Germany during World War I.

These female volunteers, earning the nickname “Doughnut Lassies” and “Doughtnut Girls,” fried the donuts in solders’ helmets, and served countless treats to grateful troops. The donut has since been a long-standing symbol of the services and comfort The Salvation Army provides. To this day, The Army continues to provide comfort with coffee and donuts to survivors and emergency responders who need support on the scene of disaster.

In celebration of the year’s sweetest holiday, our friends at Entenmann’s Bakery, famous for the Rich Frosted Donut, are donating $1 to The Salvation Army for every person who “likes” the Entenmann’s Facebook page (find it here: https://www.facebook.com/Entenmanns) – up to $30,000 – until June 15!

In advance of the big day, we invite you to Madison Square Park in New York City TODAY from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for a special National Donut Day celebration with Entenmann’s and The Salvation Army. If you’re in the area, stop by for goodies, surprises and special guests. And make sure to join in the conversation with us on Twitter as we share pictures using #NationalDonutDay.

You can also celebrate with us on Friday by stopping by one of these participating donut stops for some deals:

  • On the West Coast, more than 1,000 of the independent shops who use BakeMark baking supplies – a national baking supply company – will have this poster in their window. Every donut you buy on June 7, 2013 from one of their shops will help The Salvation Army serve veterans through a generous donation from BakeMark. Yes, eating donuts can be an act of patriotism.
  • Krispy Kreme is offering a free donut to everyone on Friday with no purchase necessary.
  • Dunkin Donuts will offer a free donut with the purchase of a beverage on Friday.
  • LaMar’s Donuts is giving away free donuts Friday with no purchase necessary, and a portion of this week’s sales are being donated to The Salvation Army.
  • Tim Hortons is offering a free donut with any purchase on Friday if you print this Facebook coupon.
  • Or make your own with the original doughnut recipe used by Salvation Army Doughnut Lassies!

However you choose to celebrate, we wish you a Happy #NationalDonutDay!

Polaris gets Salvation Army Off-Road Ready

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Polaris gets Salvation Army Off-Road Ready!

The Salvation Army is debuting 10 newly branded off-road vehicles donated by Polaris for Emergency Disaster Services.

The ATV, Ranger and RZR vehicles feature a Salvation Army logo on both sides and the front.

Proper identification allows first responders to know The Salvation Army has joined the effort.

It also shows those we serve that no matter the weather, the time or the terrain, The Salvation Army will always be there to serve those affected by a disaster.

Click Here for more information on our Disaster Services

or visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

Salvation Army San Francisco Awarded $10,000 Grant from Charles Schwab Corporation

Last week, we asked Facebook users to vote for The Salvation Army of San Francisco in the Charles Schwab Community Services Contest, which welcomed four non-profits to submit videos in competition for a generous $10,000 grant from the Charles Schwab Corporation (CS&Co). Each video submission described the mission and service of the participating non-profit.

We are thrilled to announce that The Salvation Army won the grand prize of $10,000, all thanks to your votes! A huge congrats to The Salvation Army in San Francisco. Check out the winning video below:

“We’re so excited that CS&Co gave us the opportunity to share our mission with thousands of viewers who may not have known about The Army and the myriad of ways we help people in need every day,” Laine Hendricks, Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army Golden State Division said. “Telling the story of changed lives is just as valuable as the top prize itself.”

In addition, The Salvation Army of San Francisco welcomed Charles Schwab Corporation volunteers at three different locations during the 10th annual Schwab Volunteer Week which included service projects in 82 cities across the U.S., with the help of 3,200 employees.

As part of their week of service, volunteers assembled almost 3,000 sandwiches for The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center Homeless Outreach, a program which coordinates the delivery of food, socks, hygiene kits and other donated goods to people living on the streets of San Francisco.

“We are so humbled to be included among other worthy non-profits doing great work across America and we hope all the videos inspired viewers to give back to their local community through volunteering or donating,” Hendricks said.

We give thanks to partners like CS&Co who help enable The Salvation Army’s service to communities in need. For more information on The Salvation Army’s services, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

Salvation Army Statement on Building Collapse in Philadelphia

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“At this time, we are gathering information about the details of the building collapse at 22nd and Market Street in Philadelphia today.

Our number one concern is for the safety of our customers and the employees who were involved. We are coordinating with the Police and Fire Department and local authorities. Also, we have sent our own disaster response team to the site to serve survivors and first responders. We ask for the public to pray for those involved.”

A thank you to our generous partners

Since May 19, thanks to the generosity and sacrifice of our partners, supporters and countless volunteers, The Salvation Army has been able to provide 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks to tornado survivors in Oklahoma.

This kind of service is made possible in large part by The Salvation Army’s corporate partners. We would like to extend our sincere to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Little Ceasers, Chick-Fil-A and Papa John’s Pizza who have helped us feed survivors, volunteers, first responders, and other emergency personnel via donations and mobile kitchens.

Last Sunday, our friends at Papa John’s- called upon pizza lovers across the country to support the communities of Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma in their recovery from the destructive storms by asking customers to donate $1 of every food order, towards The Salvation Army’s recovery efforts. We are thrilled to announce that $400,000 was raised that day in support of our relief efforts in Oklahoma.

Additionally, the company’s mobile pizza kitchen, served over 10,000 pizzas to the survivors and first responders. They were also kind enough to deliver hundreds of pizzas from local franchises to residents and aid workers.

Thank you, America, for teaming up with Papa John’s Pizza to make this donation possible! We are beyond thankful to everyone’s continuous generosity, support and partnership in Doing The Most Good.

To learn more about The Salvation Army, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

To donate to our relief efforts or to learn more about The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please visit disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

Evergreen, Co The Salvation Army Continues to Support Bluebell Fire’s First Responders


The Salvation Army Continues to Support Bluebell Fire’s First Responders
Provides meals, snack and hydration throughout the day

Evergreen, CO (June 4, 2013)— The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services team continues to provide meals and hydration to first responders of Evergreen’s Bluebell Fire that broke out yesterday afternoon. The volunteer team responded to a request from Jefferson County to serve dinner to approximately 150 firefighters last night after the first, long day of battling Bluebell’s flames.
The volunteer crew continued its service providing 70 breakfast meals and 170 lunches to firefighters today from their mobile canteen.  Additional Emergency Disaster Services teams from The Salvation Army are on standby and prepared to assist when called.
The Salvation Army is so grateful for partners that enable our crews to continue caring for the needs of the Bluebell Fire first responders.  We are distributing bottled water donated by Evergreen’s WalMart and Home Depot locations and will feed Jefferson County firefighters dinner this evening provided by Subway locations in Evergreen and Conifer.

Monetary donations are the best way to help us meet the immediate needs of first responders to this wildfire.

Donors are encouraged to give online at www.imsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designating your gift to the Bluebell Fire.

Checks may be made out to:
The Salvation Army
POBox 60006
Prescott, AZ 86304
Please designate “Bluebell Fire” on all checks.

In-kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the wildfire area.  However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army.  To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

OETA Telethon Raises Funds for Salvation Army OK Tornado Relief

June 04, 2013 – 4:35 PM EDT
Jeanean Castle
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OETA Telethon Raises Funds for Salvation Army OK Tornado Relief

June 4, 2013 (Oklahoma City, OK ) – On Sunday, June 2, OETA broadcast a special night of programming with a companion telethon to raise more than $7,000 for The Salvation Army to help those affected by the tornadoes that have cause such devastation across the Oklahoma City area.

The evening’s host, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb said, “Even in the face of tragedy, I’ve never been more proud of our state. Witnessing Oklahomans helping Oklahomans, neighbors helping neighbors, strangers helping strangers–all without expecting anything in return, has been truly inspiring. The people of Moore continue to prove, they have that great Oklahoma spirit. But there are many other areas of our state which were affected by tornadoes, and they too are showing the true meaning of ‘The Oklahoma Standard.’ The Salvation Army is working with each of these areas to ensure that critical needs are met.”

“We are grateful to all OETA viewers who called or texted in their financial support Sunday evening to help the Salvation Army raise funds to benefit victims of the recent tornado disasters in Oklahoma,” said Dan Schiedel, OETA Executive Director. “Our viewers are extremely generous, and we cannot thank them enough for their support and the love they have shown to our Oklahoma families and friends.”

Callers donated more than $6,800 and $650 was raised by 65 viewers who texted STORM to 80888 for a $10 gift for a total of $7,450.

More than 20 Salvation Army officers and volunteers answered calls from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. during programming on the history of Moore, Okla., and an hour-long show featuring Oklahoma’s deadliest storms including the recent May 20th EF5 tornado.

“Communities are coming together and organizations like the Salvation Army are supplying storm victims with the most urgent needs, and soon, we will recover from this natural disaster, back and better than ever,” said Lt. Gov. Lamb. “As Oklahomans, our spirit is strong and our communities are resilient. Together, we will remain Oklahoma strong. May God bless you–and God bless the State of Oklahoma.”

Since May 19, 2013, The Salvation Army has provided 44,878 meals, 63,678 drinks, and 55,867 snacks, 22 Canteens (mobile feeding units), 3,668 Clean Up and 5,052 Comfort (hygiene) kits, and prayer with 7,218 persons. More than 12, 084 hours have been logged by volunteers, employees and officers.

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

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

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

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

Your donations make a real difference.
• A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.
• A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies.
• A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster.
• A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours.
• A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day.

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

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

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About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.