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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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The Salvation Army Continues Service at Savannah Plane Crash Site

The Salvation Army continues to provide food, hydration and spiritual and emotional care to responders and military officials on scene in Savannah, Georgia where a WC-130 military cargo plane crashed Wednesday afternoon, killing all nine people aboard.

The Salvation Army Savannah Corps canteen (mobile feeding unit) on scene has served approximately 600 meals a day non-stop since Wednesday. To help in the response effort, local businesses were quick to partner with The Salvation Army.

“The outpouring from the community has been tremendous and many local business have graciously donated various food, snacks, drinks and other supplies to responders through The Salvation Army,” said Major Philip Swyers, presiding officer for The Salvation Army in Savannah.

Some of the businesses donating food and supplies include; Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, Zaxbys, Home Depot, Krispy Kreme, Shell House, Krystal, Texas Road House, Olive Garden, Papa Johns, Little Caesars, Marcos Pizza, Publix, Tijuana Flats and Republic Waste.

The WC-130 was flying from Savannah to Tucson, Arizona, when it crashed. According to reports, the plane was at least 50 years old and was flying to Arizona to be decommissioned. It was used last year during Hurricane Irma to rescue US citizens from the British Virgin Islands.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the National Guard Bureau and the Air Force. It is unknown how long the investigation will take to complete.

“Prayers continue to go out to the families of all on board the plane and those impacted by this tragic event,” said Major Swyers. “The Salvation Army is here on scene, and will continue to provide help and hope for as long as is needed.”

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army of Texas Recognizes Keller Williams/KW Cares Harvey Support

Dallas, Texas – The Salvation Army of Texas made a “Hurricane Harvey Partners Award” presentation to Keller Williams and KW Cares at their Corporate Headquarters in Austin on April 27. This award recognizes the dedicated and selfless work of Keller Williams employees and agents during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and the company’s ongoing commitment to serve those in need.

On August 25, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) immediately responded when Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coastline, providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders. At the peak of service 103 Salvation Army mobile feeding units were working in affected areas delivering more than 950,000 meals, 33,000 food boxes, 92,000 comfort kits and 15,000 cleanup kits in the months that followed. This overwhelming scale of The Salvation Army relief efforts, not seen since Hurricane Katrina, would not have been possible were it not for the support of partner agencies like Keller Williams and the KW Cares team.

The Salvation Army has been privileged to work with Keller Williams on collaborative efforts to better serve those affected by disasters, including most recently, Hurricane Harvey. “During Hurricane Harvey we participated in daily conference calls with the KW Cares team in Austin as well as their representatives on the ground,” said Alvin Migues, EDS Director for The Salvation Army in Texas. “KW Cares enlists the aid of thousands of their agents and employees who volunteer to assist in times of need.”

At the height of Hurricane Harvey response Keller Williams had their Mega Camp scheduled in Austin. This annual four-day training event brings together thousands of their agents from around the globe. In light of the fact that a large-scale disaster response was taking place along the Texas coastline, as well as in their own community, Keller Williams chose to forego their normal activities. Mega Camp became operation Mega Relief!

“As we were talking to the Austin Convention Center representatives about the possibility evacuees would be housed there, it became clear to us that doing what we could to help those affected by the storm was more important, and we made the decision to pivot our focus on the relief effort in our own backyard,” said Darrell King, Keller Williams’ COO.

Instead of the scheduled real estate training workshops and panel discussions, Keller Williams agents worked in Austin with local emergency managers and local businesses to gather supplies and raise money to support relief efforts. Additionally, Keller Williams bused more than 3,000 associates and family members from Austin into the affected communities along the coast to work on relief projects and assist with the grueling task of clean-up and home mud-outs.

“Looking forward, we are developing a plan for local Keller Williams teams to come alongside The Salvation Army EDS teams to support logistically and as a force multiplier in our response efforts,” said Migues. “It has been our distinct pleasure working with a group of people as dedicated as the KW Cares team and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

Pictured left to right: Major Andrew Kelly, Salvation Army Austin Area Commander; Jennifer Lane, Salvation Army Texas Corporate Relations and Development Manager; John Davis, CEO and President, Keller Williams; Kelly Perkins, Salvation Army Austin Development Director; Alvin Migues, Salvation Army Texas Emergency Disaster Services Director.

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 C-130 Crash in Savannah, GA

The Salvation Army responded to a call from Chatham County Emergency Management Agency to provide food and hydration to approximately 175 first responders, including local public safety, FBI, GBI and military officials on scene of a crashed Air National Guard WC-130 near Savannah, Georgia. According to the U.S. Airforce, the C-130 was from the 156th Airlift Wing in Puerto Rico and was on a training mission when it crashed.

The crash occurred a few miles away from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, off state Highway 21, and five miles away from The Salvation Army Savannah Garden City Family Store.

“During this difficult time, The Salvation Army is offering prayers and support to those on site, the communities affected, and to the families of those suffering loss,” said The Salvation Army of Georgia Emergency Disaster Services Director, Lanita Lloyd.

Highway 21 was severely damaged and officials say it will be shut down for an undetermined amount of time. “The Salvation Army will continue to provide feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual care for as long as needed,” said Linda James, Business Administrator for The Salvation Army of Savannah, Georgia.

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 Assists Communities Affected by Devastating Wildfires

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (April 24, 2018) – In Dewey and Woodward counties in western Oklahoma, wildfires have burned more than 349,000 acres destroying nearly 100 homes, hundreds of miles of fencing, an estimated 30,000 head of cattle, hundreds of bales of hay, as well as, numerous outbuildings, farm equipment and machinery.  A State of Emergency remains in effect for 52 Oklahoma counties due to ongoing wildfires and fire conditions.

The Salvation Army is participating in the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARC) in Taloga and Woodward at the request of emergency management officials, along with other agencies affiliated with the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and other public agencies.   This past Sunday and Monday, The Salvation Army was in action at the MARC in Taloga, providing financial assistance, in the form of gift cards, to residents impacted by the fires.  A mobile feeding unit (canteen) from The Salvation Army of Enid was deployed to provide lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks to visitors, volunteers and workers at the Taloga MARC, providing food for the body and soul.

“During disaster service, we address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people who need us most,� said Steven Hartsook, Divisional Director of Emergency Disaster Services. “A smile, a shoulder, a good meal, or a cold drink. Simple but impactful ways to share the love of Jesus Christ with survivors, volunteers, and first responders.�

Mike Miles, Woodward County Case Manager, and Shirley Logue, Divisional Director of Service Extensions, worked The Salvation Army’s booth at the MARC in Taloga.   Shirley states “A couple of individuals I worked with were moved to tears by the assistance.  One lady even asked for our names and the address of the office so she could send a thank you note.  Everyone who came through seemed to be grateful, appreciative to see their neighbors and in overall good spirits considering what they have just gone through.â€�

The canteen will also be on site at the Woodward Conference Center this Friday and Saturday to once again provide food, snacks and hydration to those visiting the MARC.  The Salvation Army of Woodward County will also be on hand to provide gift cards to those who have been affected by the wildfires. 

The Salvation Army will continue to work with Emergency Management and VOAD to ensure the response is closely coordinated.   Further updates will be provided as necessary.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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Salvation Army Support Continues in Greensboro, North Carolina

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

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

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

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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

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

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

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

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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The Salvation Army Responds to Tornado and Wind Damage in Virginia

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

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

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

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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