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THE SALVATION ARMY RESPONDS TO SEVERE FLOODING IN WEST VIRGINIA

May 11, 2009

Charleston, WV: The Salvation Army is serving the flooded area of West Virginia (Mingo and Wyoming Counties). There is a mobile feeding unit (canteen) stationed at the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department in Hanover West Virginia, a canteen at the Larry Joe Harless Community center in Gilbert, West Virginia, and a further two canteens roving the counties. Each of these canteens are serving meals to victims and relief workers. In addition we will also be giving away Clean-up Kits (broom, mop and other cleaning supplies), Comfort Kits (toiletries) and food boxes.

The Salvation Army Went into Hanover WV at 7 PM on Saturday evening and have been feeding the public, providing cleanup supplies, and offering spiritual care to the victims of the devastation, On Saturday morning at 3:30 AM the creeks around the southern part of Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming counties left their banks. The run-off waters around these communities rolled through the town of Hanover, taking everything in its wake. In the words of one survivor “in a split second I grabbed my mother and we got out as water rose chest high.” If he had hesitated, his mother would not be here today.

The Salvation Army was in communication with the 911 director of Wyoming County staged in Pineville early Saturday afternoon. The Army’s Beckley disaster team arrived in Hanover early Saturday evening. The only route not cut off by water was through Welch. On Saturday night the Salvation Army’s Disaster team served 120 people, many of whom had nothing to eat since 3 am that morning.

On Sunday the Salvation Army served breakfast lunch and supper to more than 500 people, and delivered 143 Clean-up Kits to the victims of flood water in and around Hanover WV.

In conjunction with the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) the Army will continue to feed and also provide further Clean-up Kits and supplies to the flood victims.

In addition the Salvation Army is providing for one family a much needed refuge in a local hotel, having lost their home entirely in the flood waters.

Donation of supplies can be brought to the Hanover VFD. Monetary Donations can be sent to The Salvation Army Po Box 1573 Beckley WV 25801. Donations can also be made by calling 1 800 SAL ARMY, or www.salvationarmy.org designating your donation Salvation Army Disaster Relief West Virginia Floods.

The Greatest need is cleaning supplies and drinking water as well as monetary donations to assist with service to the victims of the Mothers day Weekend Flood.

The Hanover VFD is providing clothing to the victims of the flood. No further donations of clothes are necessary at this time.

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CANDY DONATIONS, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP CHILDREN OF RED RIVER VALLEY
The Salvation Army, Minnesota Vikings creating Easter baskets April 8

April 4, 2009

Roseville, MN: Volunteers and candy donations are needed to help The Salvation Army package up to 10,000 Easter baskets for children of the Red River Valley through the organization’s Easter Cheer Rolls to Red River effort.

Donated candy will be packaged into baskets by 150 volunteers on Wednesday, April 8 at Grace Church in Eden Prairie. The Easter treats will be delivered up and down the Red River Valley with the help of Kids to the Rescue, a grassroots organization created by two little girls during Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

“Although Easter is a time when there is much reason to celebrate, this is a difficult time for many of our friends along the Red River,” said Lt. Colonel Daniel Sjögren, Salvation Army Divisional Commander. “Handing out these Easter baskets will reassure flood-affected children and their families that The Salvation Army and our many friends in the Twin Cities will be at their side for as long as needed.”

The public can participate in two ways: donating and volunteering. To donate, drop off individually wrapped Easter candy or a chocolate bunny on Monday or Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N. in Roseville, or at Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Rd.

Volunteers are needed to bag the Easter gifts at Grace Church on April 8 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Volunteers MUST preregister online at www.thesalarmy.org, or by calling 651-746-3400. Minnesota Vikings players will be on hand at Grace Church from 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

A “Cheer Caravan” will leave the Twin Cities with the Easter baskets on Thursday, April 9 and distribute them to several communities along northbound Interstate 94. The Salvation Army will continue its distribution Friday and Saturday at various locations and times. For details, visit The Salvation Army’s website at www.thesalarmy.org.

Transportation to the Red River Valley is made possible by KLK Productions, a Minneapolis-based event services and transportation company. Additional corporate donors include Cub Foods, Warner Press, the Minnesota Wild and Heartland Candies.

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THE SALVATION ARMY RAMPS UP FLOOD RESPONSE ACROSS NORTH DAKOTA
"The minute we get totally worn out and disheartened, The Salvation Army shows up."

April 1, 2009

Roseville, MN: The Salvation Army has ramped up its flood response across North Dakota after late season snowstorms have put the cities of Jamestown, Fargo, Bismarck and Grand Forks on high alert.

Teams deployed from Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota.

On Thursday, the Jamestown Salvation Army will begin providing food, hydration, and emotional/spiritual care to legions of sandbaggers at more than 15 sites around the city, including the Jamestown Civic Center. These services will be carried out for days via two mobile feeding units and three cargo vans, one of which is en route from Peoria, Iowa.

In the Fargo/Moorhead area, 73 staff and volunteers have spent the last 10 days serving more than 75,000 meals, 150,000 drinks and 150,000 snacks to local and outlying residents via eight feeding units, including one from Decatur City, Iowa.

“The minute we get totally worn out and disheartened, The Salvation Army shows up,” said Carol Lovejoy of Argusville, N.D., one of several communities north of Fargo to which The Salvation Army has been making regular visits.

The Fargo Salvation Army is also distributing disposable cameras that community members can use to document their belongings should they lose anything to the flood.

Eighty miles north of Fargo, the Grand Forks Salvation Army is stocking up on cleaning kits, bottled water and food that will be distributed should the Red River rise above the city’s $400 million-plus dike system, built after the devastating 1997 flood. Two of three mobile feeding units on hand are from the Minnesota cities of Duluth and St. Cloud.

“In the next week we’ll be feeling the punch of what Fargo is feeling right now,” said Major Ed Wilson, administrator of the Grand Forks Salvation Army.

In Bismarck, staff and volunteers have spent more than 1,100 hours serving nearly 5,100 meals via mobile feeding units from Iowa (Waterloo, Cedar Rapids), Minnesota (Austin) and Illinois (Quad Cities). These services continued Monday despite a blizzard that blanketed the city in more than a foot of snow.

“If the weather holds we will be able to scale down our response and begin moving into the recovery phase,” said Major Lee Morrison, administrator of the Bismarck Salvation Army.

In all of these cities, The Salvation Army is prepared to offer social services – hygiene kits, food and gas vouchers, clothing, more – as money allows.

Flood survivors needing assistance can call their local Salvation Army, or The Salvation Army Northern Division office at 651-746-3574.

Twin Cities ACE Hardware stores are collecting cleanup and food items for The Salvation Army to distribute to flood survivors. To view a list of items and ACE locations click here.

To donate, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or send a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113. All donations should be designated “Minnesota and North Dakota Disaster Relief.”

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QUAD CITIES OFFICERS DEPLOYED TO BISMARCK, ND
Quad Cities Salvation Army Officers and Volunteers Watching and Waiting as the Blizzard Passes

March 31, 2009

Bismarck, ND: Quad Cities Coordinator, Major David C. Luft, Heritage Temple Moline Corps Officer, Lt. Ronnie Amick, and Family Service Center Director, Charlie Farrell are stranded in Bismarck as they watch and wait for the blizzard to pass. They deployed, along with Pekin, Illinois Corps Officer Captain Peter Mount, Josh Amick of Moline, Illinois and Matt McClure of Decatur, Illinois, Saturday afternoon from Davenport, and arrived in Bismarck on early Sunday evening to assist in the preparations for evacuees from neighboring towns and communities just ahead of the oncoming blizzard.

The Bismarck Convention Center is set up to house the evacuees of neighboring Fargo and Jamestown, if the levees break. With the 650 cots set up and ready, but the work came to a standstill on Sunday when the blizzard began.

Back in Fargo, before the blizzard, The Salvation Army transitioned to 24-hour emergency operations, providing food, hydration, clean-up kits and emotional/spiritual support to those displaced and those fighting to save the city from mass devastation. Salvation Army staff and dozens of volunteers are serving food at the Fargodome 24 hours a day, until the 500,000-sandbag quota is made. The sandbags are used to shore up any leaks in the nearly 50 miles of dikes guarding the Fargo/Moorhead area.

Thousands are preparing to evacuate Fargo, many ready to seek shelter in Bismarck or the Twin Cities due to limited local shelter. Already, three neighborhoods—approximately 300 homes—have been destroyed and one hospital closed, with patients transferred elsewhere. In addition, The Salvation Army"s Fargo facility is being threatened by flood waters, which could force staff and volunteers to move their disaster operation elsewhere.

The Salvation Army is doing everything possible to help area communities. Three stationary feeding sites and ten mobile feeding units (canteens and vans) are providing nourishment to Fargo residents and volunteers. To date, more than 65,000 meals have been served, along with nearly 300,000 snacks and beverages. More than 500 Salvation Army volunteers have served alongside dozens of staff. Together they have put in 4,272 hours responding to this disaster.

Fargo, a city of 90,000 and North Dakota"s most populous, began preparing for evacuation when crest predictions grew and temperatures plummeted, severely testing volunteers" stamina and raising concern that cold weather might jeopardize the stability of sandbag piles, causing them to slide out of place. Authorities are also concerned that dikes that hold for a few hours may break after a few days.

The Salvation Army is diligently serving in all thirteen North Dakota and Minnesota counties effected by flooding, and will provide critical assistance to impacted communities for as long as needed.

To donate, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or send a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113. All donations should be designated “Minnesota and North Dakota Disaster Relief.”

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LITTLE CAESARS TO SERVE PIZZA AT BISMARCK SALVATION ARMY APRIL 2

March 30, 2009

Bismarck, ND: The Little Caesars "Love Kitchen" will roll into The Salvation Army in Bismarck on April 2 to provide fresh Little Caesars pizza to about 1,000 community members working on flood relief. Pizza will be served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bismarck Salvation Army, located at 601 S. Washington.

“The Love Kitchen was created to provide quality meals for people who need them. I’m excited to support this program with food and staff to provide a quality meal for people who may not get one,” said Randy Rhone, Little Caesars local franchise owner.

“This is an opportunity for those affected by the flood, and volunteers who have been working so hard to help their neighbors, to take a break and relax for a moment or two.” said Bismarck Salvation Army administrator Major Lee Morrison.

The Salvation Army continues to provide hot meals for those affected by the flood and will continue to provide assistance as the community begins its recovery phase. Clean up kits and personal care kits are available at the Bismarck Salvation Army. To volunteer for The Salvation Army in the Bismarck area, or to make a donation, please call 701-223-1889.

To donate, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or send a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113. All donations should be designated “Minnesota and North Dakota Disaster Relief.”

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SALVATION ARMY ON SCENE AFTER LEVEE BREAKS
Staff, volunteers continue serving 24/7

March 29, 2009

Fargo, ND: Last night when a levee gave way at Oak Grove Lutheran High School, a Salvation Army volunteer crew served refreshments to 125 people desperately working to maintain security for the homes surrounding the school. While the leak was not able to be contained, a contingency dike erected earlier managed to save the other surrounding homes. Salvation Army volunteers worked for nearly four hours as they gave rest to 20 workers at a time before they were rotated back into the recovery effort.

The windy conditions have been trouble for the volunteer-constructed dikes. The longer the river water remains above flood stage, the longer it will challenge the fortification. The Salvation Army's six mobile kitchens (canteens) continue to serve the dike walkers and others working to maintain security and safety. To date, more than 65,000 meals have been served, along with nearly 300,000 snacks and beverages. More than 500 Salvation Army volunteers have served alongside dozens of staff. Together they have put in 4,272 hours responding to this disaster.

A crew of two Salvation Army staff and dozens of volunteers are serving food at the Fargodome 24 hours a day, until the 500,000-sandbag quota is made. The sandbags are used to shore up any leaks in the nearly 50 miles of dikes guarding the Fargo/Moorhead area.

At the same time as disaster volunteers serve meals to area workers, the Fargo Salvation Army engages in its daily services to the community. One such service is outreach to the homeless and needy. On Sunday evening, a hot meal of ham and scalloped potatoes will be served to an expected 140 people at the Salvation Army service center on Roberts street. Each month 7,000 hot meals are served from the center.

To donate, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org or send a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN 55113. All donations should be designated “Minnesota and North Dakota Disaster Relief.”

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THE SALVATION ARMY FLOODING ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI WITH SUPPORT
Efforts continue in Dothan, AL, Biloxi and Carthage, MS.

March 29, 2009

Jackson, MS: Throughout the night on Friday and into the morning Saturday strong winds and torrential rains soaked portions of South Mississippi and South Alabama. With streams and rivers already swollen from three previous days of strong storms, flash floods and high water have begun to force evacuations to homes and businesses in low-lying areas.

The Salvation Army in Dothan, Ala. has responded to provide snacks and drinks at a temporary shelter at the First United Methodist Church in Dothan housing residents of several neighborhoods inundated with rising water.

On the Mississippi Coast, where high waters have forced evacuations in parts of six counties, The Salvation Army is providing feeding support at shelters in Harrison, Stone and Jackson Counties. Feeding support is also being provided to the Emergency Operations Center for Harrison County.

“We are continually in contact with local and county Emergency Operations Centers offering The Salvation Army’s continued presence and support to communities affected by last nights heavy rains, stated Major William Cundiff of The Salvation Army’s South Mississippi Metro Area Command.

When a tree fell through the roof of 71 year old Carthage, Miss. resident James Gray’s home, his neighbors contacted The Salvation Army for help. Responding immediately, The Salvation Army began coordinating community efforts to remove the tree and repair the roof of the home left uninhabited by the felled tree. In addition, The Salvation Army is providing temporary shelter for James Gray at a local motel.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in these areas may do so by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or by contacting their nearest Salvation Army Corps.

For up to the minute updates on Salvation Army services please visit www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

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THE SALVATION ARMY'S DISASTER RELIEF TEAMS SERVE SIMPSON COUNTY
Over 700 meals served on Thursday in Simpson County. Feeding will end Friday.

March 27, 2009

Magee, MS: The Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief team continued their response to residents of Simpson County cleaning up after Thursday mornings tornado. On Friday, over 700 meals were served at breakfast and lunch. In two days of disaster response The Salvation Army served over 2,500 meals and drinks.

By mid afternoon on Friday power had been restored to a majority of homes and businesses in Simpson County. As power came back online, The Salvation Army began wrapping up feeding services and has begun the transition to recovery. The Salvation Army will discontinue feeding services on Friday evening.

With more severe weather forecasted for Friday night across Mississippi and Alabama, The Salvation Army is prepared to respond immediately if called upon. Residents are reminded to be weather aware throughout the night on Friday.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts in these areas may do so by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by visiting www.salvationarmyusa.org or by contacting their nearest Salvation Army Corps.

For up to the minute updates on Salvation Army services please visit www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

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WE ARE NOT AFRAID!
Salvation Army serves 24/7 as Fargo prepares for the worst

MARCH 27, 2009

Fargo, ND: When announced yesterday that swelling Red River waters could crest at 42 feet this Saturday—the highest level in history—the city of Fargo began emergency evacuation and sheltering. Immediately, The Salvation Army transitioned to 24-hour emergency operations, providing food, hydration, clean-up kits and emotional/spiritual support to those displaced and those fighting to save the city from mass devastation.

Thousands are preparing to evacuate Fargo, many ready to seek shelter in Bismarck or the Twin Cities due to limited local shelter. Already, three neighborhoods—approximately 300 homes—have been destroyed and one hospital closed, with patients transferred elsewhere. In addition, The Salvation Army’s Fargo facility is being threatened by flood waters, which could force staff and volunteers to move their disaster operation elsewhere.

The Salvation Army is doing everything possible to help area communities. Three stationary feeding sites and ten mobile feeding units (canteens and vans) are providing nourishment to Fargo residents and volunteers. To date, The Salvation Army of Fargo has spent 2,800 hours serving more than 43,900 prepared meals, 116,600 snacks and 106,500 drinks to more than 138,000 people.

Fargo, a city of 90,000 and North Dakota’s most populous, began preparing for evacuation when crest predictions grew and temperatures plummeted, severely testing volunteers’ stamina and raising concern that cold weather might jeopardize the stability of sandbag piles, causing them to slide out of place. Authorities are also concerned that dikes that hold for a few hours may break after a few days.

The Salvation Army is diligently serving in all thirteen North Dakota and Minnesota counties effected by flooding, and will provide critical assistance to impacted communities for as long as needed.

“We are not afraid,” Fargo Salvation Army administrator Captain Adam Moore said this morning during a meeting with 50 staff and volunteers. “While we are indeed concerned about this flood and what it could do to our own facility, this community and the families that are losing their homes need us. We will stand by their side every step of the way.”

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 651-746-3574. To volunteer in the Fargo area, please call FirstLink at 701-476-4000.

So far, The Salvation Army has spent more than $148,500 on this effort. Donations to The Salvation Army can be made by calling 800-SAL-ARMY, online by clicking HERE, or by sending a check to The Salvation Army, 2445 Prior Ave. N., Roseville, MN. 55113. All donations should be designated “Minnesota/North Dakota Disaster Relief.”

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