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In Japan, The Salvation Army is Crafting Long-term Response

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army in Japan believes funds already available in-country will cover the costs of the current response and that money raised from around the world will enable a medium to long-term response.  Additionally, The Japan Territory  is continuing to provide vital supplies such as food and water to support survivors of the devastating 9.0 earthquake in northeastern Japan.

  • Emergency teams and relief efforts in Japan have reached most areas in need of assistance including Sendai and Yabuki-cho, where they are providing vital supplies like food and water. Yabuki-cho appears to be one of the few areas not yet reached by government help.
  • The Salvation Army World Services Organization (SAWSO) in the U.S. is currently organizing a delivery of blankets and has arranged for samples of food packages to be sent to territorial leaders who will then have the option to order any if needed.
  • The Salvation Army’s Korea Territory arranged for K-Water Corporation to provide 100,000 bottles of water to be sent to Japan. 

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Japan since 1895 and is beginning to consider medium and long-term recovery plans, such as the provision of cooking equipment when people return to their communities.

  • The Salvation Army Japan Territory is considering building temporary accommodation and providing household goods and equipment but plans are still in early stages.
  • Funds already available in Japan will cover the costs of the current response while donations from the United States and other countries will enable a medium to long-term response.
  • Two experienced International Emergency Services workers have flown to Tokyo from International Headquarters in London to assist their Japanese colleagues.

The Salvation Army is calling on everyone to pray for the survivors and victims of the Japan earthquake.

  • Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
  • These funds offer the greatest flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.
  • Corporate partners are also contributing to relief effort in Japan:
    • Koch Industries of Wichita, KS donated $500,000 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts.
    • FedEX Corp. and the UPS Foundation will both donate $1 million in cash and in-kind transportation to relief organizations including The Salvation Army and the Red Cross

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

  • Text the words “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
  • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • On-line at:  https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org
  • By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to
    • The Salvation Army World Service Office
    • International Relief Fund
    • PO Box 630728
    • Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods or household items (gifts-in-kind) from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. 

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity that has already poured in to help us meet both immediate and long-term needs.

  • Donation Update (3/24/2011)

TOTAL:    $4,003,445 million

ONLINE: $3,321,710

TEXT TO GIVE: $142,210    

1800-SAL-ARMY: $82,000

MAIL: $457,525 (3/24/2011)

Donate at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org

*Note the mail figures reflect donations received up to 3/24, the other numbers from 3/21.

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.

Source: International News, Southern Territory Communications Bureau

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UPDATED: The Salvation Army Responds to Devastation in Japan

March 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Monetary Donations Encouraged

JapanEarly Friday morning, a tsunami slammed Japan’s eastern coast following a large earthquake which rocked the region.  Early reports indicate extensive damage to property and significant loss of life.

Salvation Army personnel are assessing the damage and initiating recovery efforts.  Word has been received from Japan’s Territorial Commander, Commissioner Makoto Yoshida.  The Commissioner writes,

“It is reported that there are more than 60 dead confirmed so far and many more missing. The number of houses destroyed are not yet known.

The most damaged city is Sendai which is about 400 km away from Tokyo. Still our building swayed tremendously. It was hard for us to keep standing. Many of us were really frightened.

We are sending a team to Sendai tonight and start tomorrow providing the basic necessities as well as assessing the level of damages and what we can do from now on.

Even in Tokyo the whole public transports stopped and many a commuters could not go home. We opened our hall on the ground floor of THQ building to those who could not go home. We were able to serve them with hot drinks and packed meals.

Thank you for your interest and prayers.”

Currently, those interested in aiding the relief effort are encouraged to give monetary donations.  Monetary funds offer great flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

  • Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
  • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • On-line at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
  • By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to

The Salvation Army World Service Office

International Relief Fund

PO Box 630728

Baltimore, MD 21263-072800

 

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. 

Bear in mind, it will be extremely difficult and expensive to ship in-kind donations overseas from the United States to Japan.  It is more efficient for disaster relief agencies to purchase needed resources locally and for immediate distribution with the disaster area.  The best way for U.S. donors to help Japanese disaster survivors is to make a cash donation.  Please note that your local The Salvation Army continues to accept donations of used clothing, furniture and other items to support local programming.  Please consider donating your used items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Since 1895, The Salvation Army has provided emotional, spiritual, and physical care to individuals and families in need throughout Japan.  Currently, 81 active officers and 1,068 employees operate 57 church and community centers (Corps), 12 small social service stations (outposts), 2 hospitals, and more than 20 institutions serving children, seniors, the addicted, and other at-risk populations.  Due to the Army’s extensive presence, it is unlikely that volunteers from the United States will be needed for initial recovery operations.

The Salvation Army in Haiti One Year Later, the Work Continues

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army in Haiti One Year Later, the Work Continues The January 2010 earthquake in Haiti spurred The Salvation Army’s largest disaster relief effort since the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2005. During the past 12 months, The Salvation Army has provided the following services to the people of Haiti:

  • 7.9 million meals
  • 1.5 million gallons of fresh water
  • 83,000 mosquito nets
  • 27,000 clinic visits
  • 8,100 cots
  • 8,000 cleaning kits
  • 7,600 personal hygiene kits
  • 4,000 tarps
  • 4,000 solar lights
  • More than 5,000 tents
  • 606 transitional shelters

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the support of a generous public which has enabled us to provide this ongoing service.

To date, The Salvation Army has raised:

  • $29 million from domestic sources
  • $10.8 million through international affiliates
  • Approximately 50 percent of this money has already been utilized on immediate response efforts
  • The remaining funding will be allocated to long-term recovery projects

The Salvation Army has maintained a significant presence in Haiti since 1950 and has a number of long-term earthquake recovery projects planned for the next 3 to 5 years. For the latest updates on these and other programs, please visit http://www.salvationarmyhaiti.org/. The following long-term programs will be funded primarily through donor support. Some are already funded, while others are contingent on future giving.

School Repair and Construction – Rebuilding and renovation of more than 40 school buildings including upgrading facilities for handicap accessibility.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $6 million

Integrated Family Support – Providing support to impacted families through psychological/social counseling, vocational training, livelihood support grants and possibly permanent housing. The planned project will target Port-au-Prince and five other communities.

  • Duration of the program: 5 years
  • Cost: $3 to $6 million (dependent on funding grant)

Primary Health Care and Clinic – Rebuilding destroyed Salvation Army clinic in Port-au-Prince and support for expanding service.

  • Duration of the program: Determined by donor support
  • Cost: $1.75 million

Community Capacity Development – Intensive training for community leaders throughout Haiti to develop disaster response and project development skills.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $1.5 million

Psychological/Social Support for Children and Adolescents – Opening of nine multi-purpose units throughout Haiti to help young people manage emotional stress following the earthquake. Individual and group activities will include music and recreation programs.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $1.3 million

Vulnerable Children Support – Support for 300 children, some former residents of the destroyed Salvation Army children’s home in Port-au-Prince,through financial assistance to families.

  • Duration of the program: Determined by donor support
  • Cost: $200,000 annually

Temporary Classrooms for College Verena – Providing temporary facilities for 1,500 students in Port-au-Prince while damanged/destroyed buildings are reconstructed.

  • Duration of the program: 1 month
  • Cost: $192,000

Emotional/Spiritual Support for Women – Support groups for women to assist in managing the trauma of the earthquake and the continued emotional strain of living in poverty.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $156,000

Internally Displaced Persons Camp – The Salvation Army managed a camp of 20,000 survivors since the earthquake until the end of October when the primary camp management was turned over to a committee of residents. Financial support for the camp continues.

  • Duration of the program: 3 years
  • Cost: $50,000 annually

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

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. Throughout the nation, 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.

To DONATE and for more information, go to www.salarmydc.org.

SALVATION ARMY PROVIDES MEALS FOR STRANDED GREYHOUND PASSENGERS

January 11, 2011 1 comment

Atlanta, GA:- Monday’s record breaking winter storm forced school and road closures throughout metro Atlanta, and left over 150 passengers stranded at Greyhound’s Forsyth Street Station in Atlanta. Since Monday evening, at the request of Greyhound and City Officials, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Team has been providing meals and warm beverages to the hungry travelers.

According to The Salvation Army officials, Greyhound and City Officials reached out to The Salvation Army after icy roads, and road closures forced the shut-down of bus and restaurant service at the Station.

“When we arrived the passengers were hungry, and understandably frustrated with the weather and their situation,” says Janeane Schmidt, Executive Director of The Salvation Army Red Shield Shelter in Atlanta. “We immediately began handing out hot meals and beverages for dinner, and we returned Tuesday morning with breakfast.”

The Salvation Army will again provide dinner service on Tuesday evening, and will continue assisting until restaurant and/or bus services are restored.

For more information, or to make a monetary donation to The Salvation Army  visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Originally released on 1/11/11 by The Salvation Army Southern Territory

THE SALVATION ARMY FIGHTING CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN HAITI

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Haiti – As the cholera death toll in Haiti approaches 3,500 people, The Salvation Army continues to provide treatment to those who have been infected and prevention support to the wider community.

Hygenic and disinfectant supplies, essential in the fight against cholera, are being given out.  There’s more on The Salvation Army National Capital Area website.

2010 RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WRAP-UP

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Campaign ended 25% short of target as need remains critical moving forward into New Year

 

WASHINGTON, DC, December 31, 2010 –Major Steve Morris of The Salvation Army National Capital Area is releasing the final report on the 2010 Red Kettle Campaign.  This year’s campaign went from Nov. 12, until Dec. 24, 2010, a 38 day period.

Total 2010 Target Difference in $ Difference in % Difference vs. 2009
$1,191,594 $1,600,000 $408,406 25% 11% ($152,139)

 

Major Morris said, “The funds received will take care of The Salvation Army’s cost to provide holiday assistance for Christmas 2010.  The Army served more than 33,000 individuals during November and December including providing more than 5,400 meals for Thanksgiving and assuring 13,406 kids with gifts to open on Christmas morning.  We are very thankful that those in the Greater Washington area continue to support us with overwhelming enthusiasm.”

 

Red Kettle funds play an important role in helping the needy at what’s usually a difficult time of year.  Throughout the Command, Alexandria, Montgomery and Fairfax counties were among the hardest hit areas of the campaign where kettle giving was down by as much as 26%.    

 

Major Morris expressed concern, “We will have to see where this shortfall leaves us and how it will affect us moving forward.  Our hope is to maintain the same level of service and programs in 2011 since we know how vitally important it is to our clients.”

 

Morris extended his gratitude to The Salvation Army’s community partners. 

 

Morris said, “I’d like to thank every one of our community partners for giving The Salvation Army the opportunity to ring our bells in front of their establishments including Safeway, Wal-Mart, JC Penney and Giant.”

 

The Salvation Army received $270,000 in Red Kettle donations standing in front of area Giant Food Stores down nearly 60% from the $667,000 brought in from the bell ringing effort last year.

 

The Salvation Army is asking everyone planning to make a year-end gift to do it quickly as the need for donations remains critical and 2010 is nearly over.   Donating now will help to lessen the deficit leftover from the Red Kettle Campaign. 

 

Ways to Give

 

Here are some last minute giving options:

 

  • ·         SalArmyDC.org and click DONATE
  • ·         Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY – designate your gift for any National Capital Area Salvation Army location (i.e., Montgomery County, Fairfax County or Alexandria)
  • ·         Locally, call 202-756-2600 and ask for Area Command Donor Care
  • ·         Mail a check to:

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

2626 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20037

 

All Checks must be postmarked by no later than Dec. 31

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assists individuals and families throughout the year by providing a diverse range of social services in Washington, DC and Alexandria, and Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.  Our services include providing food for the hungry, disaster relief, assistance for the disabled, an outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress or Picasa at keyword SalArmyDC.

Red Kettle Campaign in Final Days, Please GIVE!

December 20, 2010 Leave a comment

URGENT: Please GIVE at the Kettles, Online or by Text; $755,000 away from $1.6M target

 

WASHINGTON, DC, December 20, 2010 – National Capital Area Commander Major Steve Morris is appealing to the public for additional support during the final days of the 2010 Red Kettle Campaign by giving as generously as possible in hopes of reaching The Salvation Army’s $1.6 million target.        

 

The campaign ends on Christmas Eve and donations remain far behind; about 24% lower when compared with previous years at the same time during a campaign.   The Salvation Army has raised $845,304 so far leaving a shortfall of nearly $755,000. 

 

According to Major Steve Morris, “The need is critical.  We need as much help as possible if we are going to reach this year’s target (of $1.6 million).  That’s the reason we are appealing to the public for additional assistance, in the hopes of narrowing the gap that currently exists.  We are over $750,000 away from reaching our target.  That’s money we’ll need for 2011.” 

 

Additionally, Major Morris said, “The Salvation Army assisted more than 83,000 people in 2009 including 25,000 who came through our doors for the first time.  Their personal stories may be different, but their needs are very similar.  Most of them are hard-working women and men who became casualties of the country’s long lasting recession and still tough economy.”  

 

Late last week, the DC Angel Tree opened on time at its temporary headquarters in Hyattsville.  A total of 6,000 DC kids are receiving a Merry Christmas because of the program which is partially funded by Red Kettle donations.  In total throughout the entire National Capital Area, 13,400 children are being assisted through the Angel Tree Program.

 

The Salvation Army is Doing the Most Good by providing individuals and families with grocery, utility or clothing assistance in communities all over the National Capital region.  Through the rental assistance program, 1,172 evictions were prevented last year.  A portion of Red Kettle Campaign funds is used for this program.  In the end, The Army is able to prevent a family from becoming homeless.

The Salvation Army’s Call to Action

Major Morris is asking everyone to continue to pray for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign as it draws to a close in a few days and, most of all, give a little extra when you come upon a Red Kettle during these last days of the campaign. 

“If you see a Red Kettle, please give.  Whatever anyone can give adds up.  Go online to SalArmyDC.org and make an Online Red Kettle donation.  Try text giving; using your mobile phone.  Simply text ‘GIVE’ to 85944 and The Salvation Army will receive your $10 donation.  There are people in need here in the Greater Washington Area who are counting on all of us,” said Major Morris.

 

About The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assists individuals and families throughout the year by providing a diverse range of social services.  They include feeding for the hungry, disaster relief and assistance for the disabled, elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. To receive help or make a donation, please visit SalArmyDC.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.  Visit us on Picasa, WordPress, YouTube, Twitter or Facebook at keyword SalArmyDC.