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The Salvation Army Meets Material, Emotional and Spiritual Needs of Storm Survivors

April 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Atlanta, GA – For the third straight day, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) personnel are actively serving storm survivors across the southeastern United States.

Mobile feeding units staffed by trained Salvation Army officers, staff members, and volunteers are offering critical food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support to the thousands whose lives have been forever changed by one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in United States history.   Please donate and help those affected by the recent natural disasters.

 To date, 318 people have lost their lives.

EDS crews are currently serving residents of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.  Additional Salvation Army EDS teams are on standby throughout the South and will be deployed as needed.

Alabama – EDS teams have distributed approximately 4,650 meals at multiple locations across the state.  Additionally, a trained Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care team has been deployed to Marion County to assist with the tragic loss of life. 

Service locations include:

Franklin County, Phil Campbell, AL – 300 meals
Marion County, Hackleburg, AL – 250 meals
Jefferson County, Birmingham, AL – 1200 meals
Lawrence County, Molton, AL – 500 meals
DeKalb County, Rainseville, AL – 500 meals
Marshall County, Guntersville, AL – 500 meals
Tuscaloosa, Greensboro, AL – 750 meals
Bibb County, Eloine, AL – 250 meals
Madison County, Huntsville, AL – 400 meals

In support of relief efforts, The Salvation Army of Florida has deployed ten mobile feeding units staffed by volunteers and EDS personnel to Alabama. 

Mississippi – Mobile feeding units are currently serving residents of Kemper County, Webster County, and the city of Oxford.  As of Friday morning, teams had served approximately 650 meals and offered critical emotional and spiritual support.

Georgia –Griffin,GA has five mobile feeding units addressing basic human needs in Sunny Side, Vaughn, Barnesville, and the surrounding areas.  As of Friday afternoon, EDS personnel had provided 1,960 meals, 2678 bottles of water, 48 clean-up kits, and 62 snacks.

As of Friday morning,Rome,GA, mobile feeding units had provided 230 meals, 600 bottles of water, and offered emotional and spiritual support to 10 survivors.  EDS personnel anticipate that 500 meals will be served this evening.

Additional teams from the Kentucky/Tennessee Division are providing food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support to various locations in Georgia including the hard-hit town of Ringgold.

TennesseeNumerous locations across Tennessee are reporting moderate to severe tornado, water, and hail damage.  EDS crews are offering food, beverages, and emotional/spiritual support in the following areas:Chattanooga,Cleveland,Murfreesboro,Union City,Clarksville,Greenville, and Memphis.  Over the last several days, thousands of meals have reached survivors. 

Kentucky – Salvation Army EDS personnel continue to meet the needs of storm survivors in Paducah,Henderson, and Louisville through food distribution and emotional and spiritual care.  At present, the greatest danger to Kentucky residents is the potential for flooding in the coming days.  EDS personnel are evaluating these risks and making preparations should a response be required.

The Salvation Army is grateful to the public for their continued support.

The best way to help tornado survivors and rescue workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.  The Salvation Army asks those who want to help to visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate their gift “April 2011 Tornado Outbreak.”  Checks may be made out to:

The Salvation Army Disaster Relief

P.O. Box 100339

Atlanta,GA 30384-0339

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted outside the disaster area.  Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident.  However, these gifts are vitally important in supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau.

The Salvation Army Chattanooga EDS were on Alert for Wednesday’s Storms

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Chattanooga, TN The Chattanooga Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Canteen was stocked and ready to roll.  As dangerous thunderstorms with related tornado watches and warnings hit the Great Chattanooga Area Wednesday, a Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team was placed on immediate alert.

With more than 70,000 homes without power and severe damages reported in Tiftonia, Middle Valley, Hixson, Cleveland and other local sites, The Salvation Army’s Canteen—a mobile kitchen—was stocked with food and water.  Its team is now ready to go into action. 

A primary role of The Salvation Army in disaster relief is to provide food, hydration and spiritual comfort to disaster victims and relief workers.  The Salvation Army also teams with the Chattanooga Red Cross Chapter to assist as needed with serving at Red Cross shelters.

As storm damage is assessed, the Emergency Disaster Services Team awaits direction to the location of most need.  Salvation Army officers and staff are praying for our neighbors affected by these storms and encourages all in our community to pray for their needs as well.  A third round of storms with possible “super cells” is expected to go through the area early this evening. 

 About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau

The Salvation Army Disaster Teams Responding Throughout the South

April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Jackson, MS – Even as storms continue to hammer the region, The Salvation Army has deployed disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to multiple locations throughoutLouisiana andAlabama. On Tuesday evening a strong thunderstorm system began moving across the region, spurning tornadoes. Extensive power outages, structural damage, and injuries to residents have been reported.

Mobile feeding units will be present throughout the evening to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to residents ofNatchitoches,LAandMarshallCounty,AL.

Mobile feeding units and pastoral care teams fromGadsdenandHuntsvilleinAlabamaand the Natchez Community nearNatchitoches,LAwill work to ensure that residents of storm ravaged areas can focus on recovery, while The Salvation Army meets their physical and emotional needs.

Units will be available at the following locations:

           Guntersville,Alabama: Lowe’s Parking Lot andGuntersvilleRec.Center

           Natchez,Louisiana:Bermuda Roadbehind RDS Construction

Beginning the evening of April 23, 2011 a strong super cell thunderstorm began dropping severe weather on a line stretching throughout the south. The Salvation Army responded immediately to multiple sites damaged by reported tornadoes to asses need.

 “The Salvation Army will be providing care and compassion to residents affected by these storms. We eagerly desire to reach out to the hurting residents of storm ravaged areas providing care and comfort, and the hope of a brighter tomorrow.” stated Bill Feist Divisional Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. Please visit: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose.  For additional updates please follow us at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Information provided by The Salvation Army Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi Division and Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau

Governor McDonnell Declares State of Emergency for Severe Weather

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Eight Killed by Possible Tornadoes

 

RICHMOND – Thursday morning, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather that affected the commonwealth yesterday and this morning. The action authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the impact of possible tornadoes which ripped through the state late Wednesday and early Thursday.

With the state of emergency, the state can quickly make resources to county and local governments. The Governor’s emergency declaration insures a fully coordinated state response to support local initial recovery efforts. A declaration also decreases time and paperwork needed to get personnel, equipment and supplies on scene.

Severe storms that spawned possible tornadoes struck several areas including the counties of Goochland, Halifax, Shenandoah and Washington among others. Seven fatalities in Washington County and one in Halifax County have been confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

State agencies are assisting by:

• The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state’s response with increased staffing.

• Regional emergency coordinators with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management are on scene working with local responders and emergency managers.

• Virginia State Police are assisting with traffic control and security.

• Chainsaw crews from the Virginia Department of Forestry are assisting with debris removal.

• Virginia Department of Transportation crews are clearing debris and ensuring roads are safe for travel.

• Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are assisting with chainsaw crews.

For information on preparing for severe weather in Virginia, go to www.vaemergency.com and www.ReadyVirginia.gov

Great Things for the Month of May

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Your Salvation Army is planning some great things coming up in May for the National Capital Area.  If you’re not receiving our tweets (www.twitter.com/salarmydc) or our posts (www.facebook.com/salarmydc), you may very well miss out.

The Salvation Army Alexandria Citadel Corps Civic Dinner – Saturday, May 7 at 5:30 pm

 This year, the local observances of National Salvation Army Week is kicking off with the Alexandria Annual Civic Dinner at the Carlyle Club.  The venue is located at 411 John Carlyle Street in Alexandria, just minutes from Old Town.  The theme is “March On! Achieving Greatness Together.” The evening’s special guest is Vince Lombardi, Jr., son of the late football legend Vince Lombardi.  Come hear him speak about what made his dad so great.  Tickets are $100 per person. To reserve a seat call 703-836-2427.

The Salvation Army of Washington Mother’s Day Luncheon and Pampering – Sunday, May 8 at 11:30 am

The Salvation Army of Washington is planning to Celebrate the Beauty of Mom with a truly special Mother’s Day treat for area women in need.  About 100 women from several programs will take part in the 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon that is being held at Harbor Light Center on New York Avenue, NE. This year’s event has been specially tailored for moms from The Salvation Army’s Turning Point and Harbor Light programs, and those similar offered by other area groups. Moms are receiving a delicious meal and some much deserved pampering.

Following a short program, volunteers will serve lunch in the Harbor Light Center’s cafeteria.  The women will dine on Barbequed Boneless Chicken Breast, Honey Baked Ham, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Petite Whole Green Beans, a garden salad, rolls and beverages; and the moms will have a choice of three cakes for dessert-Chocolate, Carrot or Lemon Pound cake.

In addition, each mom will receive their choice of a manicure or chair massage beginning at 1:00 pm. 

The mothers are invited to bring their children 12 and under.  The kids will have the opportunity to work on special crafts for their mom while the pampering is happening.

Note: All  slots for the Mother’s Day Luncheon and Pampering are gone. However, there is still a need for volunteer manicurists and licensed massage therapists.  Please call Pamela Handon at 202-756-3918.

National Salvation Army Week from May 9-15

Established during the Eisenhower administration, National Salvation Army Week is a time set aside to educate the community about the work of your local Salvation Army Corps and facilities.  The National Capital Area Command is planning to thank members some very special people including veterans, major stakeholders and an army of volunteers.

Donor Appreciation Reception – Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 pm in Arlington, VA. This event serves to educate donors not only about recent activities, but the William Booth Society, a Salvation Army major donor program.  The National Capital Area Command 2010 Annual Report will also be released to the public at this event.

Military Appreciation Visit – Thursday, May 12, 11:00 am at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (formerly Old Soldier’s Home) in NW Washington. Disabled and senior veteran residents of the home will have the opportunity to visit and chat with Salvation Army Officers, listen to musical entertainment being provided by the National Capital Brass Quartet and enjoy delicious donuts and piping hot coffee compliments of Dunkin’ Donuts of Washington.

Volunteer Appreciation Barbeque – Saturday, May 14, 11:00 am at Kennedy Recreation Center and Park in NW Washington. The Salvation Army is inviting volunteers from across the National Capital Area to come out to the park to fellowship and participate in a friendly, but competitive, game of kickball.  Staff will serve grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings to attendees.  Georgetown Cupcakes is donating tasty, delectable cupcakes for dessert.  All attending volunteers will receive a t-shirt.  The outing promises loads of fun for everyone.

The Salvation Army Alexandria Citadel Corps Women’s BBQ Dinner – May 21 at 5:30 pm

The Corps is located at 1804 Mt. Vernon Avenue Alexandria VA, in the heart of Del Ray. Tickets per adult are only $10.00 for Over the Hill Farm’s Freshly barbecued Pulled Pork, Baked Beans, Macaroni Salad, Corn Bread, Beverage and Dessert. Children eat for $5.00 each and their meal consists of a hot dog, chips and a beverage. Anyone showing a Military ID at the door will receive a 10% Discount in honor of Armed Forces Day. Food is by Myron Spaulding’s Over the Hill Farm, ranked 5th in the nation for bbq’n whole pigs. 

Tickets are available through Auxiliary Members or calling TSA at 703-836-2427.

THE SALVATION ARMY AIDS FIRST RESPONDERS IN VILONIA, ARKANSAS

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Little Rock, AR:- In response to the tornadoes that tore across Arkansas Monday evening, The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command has dispatched its mobile canteen feeding unit to Vilonia to aid victims and first responders. “We are stocking the unit to serve about 1,000 meals, breakfast and lunch,” said Major Jim Taylor, Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Commander.

Salvation Army Captain Ben Walters was on the scene by 9:00 PM to assess the need for relief supplies. “I arrived with three coolers of ice water. It’s all been depleted. I would estimate that there are about 150 first responders at work performing search-and-rescue operations and clearing debris.”

The Salvation Army’s Fort Smith Corps also has a mobile feeding unit en route to the scene to provide additional support. The Salvation Army Central Arkansas Area Command will coordinate additional relief services with the Pulaski County Office of Emergency Management.

About The Salvation Army USA

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 129 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest 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 spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org

Report provided by The Salvation Army Arkansas/Oklahoma Divisional Public Information Officer and released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau. 

THE SALVATION ARMY IN 3RD DAY OF RESPONSE IN GLOUCESTER

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army Continues Work with Displaced Families

 

Gloucester, VA – In the third full day of storm response, Salvation Army teams of caseworkers and spiritual counselors are working in Gloucester, Virginia.  Since Sunday The Salvation Army has been serving meals and drinks and has served lunch from 11-2 and dinner from 4-6. It was totaled that 132 lunches were served on Sunday and 150 were on Monday.

The Salvation Army partnered with Providence Baptist Church on Tuesday to put together bagged lunches to hand out to the workers and residents in the affected communities. All of the major roads surrounding the damaged neighborhoods are shut down to thru traffic with the exception of volunteers from The Salvation Army and Providence Baptist Church who are working together to make sure that everyone is getting the basic necessities in that specific area.  Providence Baptist Church is the closest location to the most damaged residential area, from which The Salvation Army is continuing to serving lunch and dinner from.

As of today 100 HBA (comfort) kits were made and personally handed out to residents. Each of the kits includes: a bar of soap, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and baby wipes. Also given to the residents with the kits are grocery bags that consist of “pop-top” cans of food.

With the rise of displaced families in the damaged areas getting greater every day The Salvation Army is deeply concerned with finding immediate and permanent shelters for those people. The Salvation Army has been able to make additional room in their shelter to accommodate displaced families and individuals.

Children from Page Middle School will be re-starting school tomorrow at Peasley Middle. The Salvation Army, starting Wednesday April 20, will be supplying at least 580 book bags full of supplies to those children.

The local radio station, 99.1 FM, is running donation ads throughout the day. They are aware of where The Salvation Army is set up and what the Army is in need of. In the past 24 hours there has been a great response to the radio ad and donations have been pouring in. The Salvation Army is still asking for the following donations: clothing, blankets, bathroom goods, pop cap canned food and bottled water. Any other donations are of course gracefully welcomed.

Donations can be made at the local Salvation Army in Gloucester between the hours of 9:30 AM-4:30 PM.  Though the office was initially planned to be closed on Good Friday the decision was made to stay open and to extend business hours on Saturday April 23 as well. Donations are to be taken through the front door at the Gloucester Salvation Army. Donations are being collected at the Virginia Peninsula Command during the hours of 9 AM-4:30 PM.  To make a monetary donation, please all 800-SAL-ARMY.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest 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 spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

 Released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau