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Local Salvation Army Officer responds to severe weather in Pensacola, the Florida Panhandle

 

West Palm Beach, Fla. (May 1, 2014) - The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has deployed one local officer, Captain Pierre Smith, commanding officer for Palm Beach County, to the Pensacola area after significant amounts of rainfall caused major flooding and roads to collapse.

"Right now Pensacola is devastated and The Salvation Army needs resources and additional personnel to help their communities," said Captain Pierre Smith. "I'm honored they have contacted me to serve and am confident that The Salvation Army will be able to assist where the need is the greatest."

The Salvation Army Florida Divisional headquarters in Tampa placed additional mobile canteens and personnel on deployed status yesterday and is mobilizing them to Pensacola and neighboring cities. The Salvation Army urges citizens to be "weather aware" and to heed local emergency managers' advice of "Turn Around, Don't Drown."

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

Since the severe weather hit over the weekend, The Salvation Army has served more than 11,00 meals, sheltered nearly 150 people and distributed more than 125 clean up kits and dispatched 20 mobile canteens.

The Salvation Army will be sending resources such as water and clean up kits to Pensacola, however in-kind donations are not needed.

If you would like to donate or learn how to volunteer with The Salvation Army in Pensacola please go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org

In addition to feeding, The Salvation Army is prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene kits
  • Drinking water
  • Shower units
  • First-aid supplies
  • Emotional/spiritual care

The Salvation Army encourages all residents as we are about to enter hurricane season to prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed to all warnings. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each individual of your family as well as flashlights, medication, and battery powered radio.

For more information on how The Salvation Army of Florida is responding to the storm, follow @salarmyfla and on Twitter, search for "Salvation Army Florida Division" on Facebook or go to our website, www.salvationarmyflorida.org. You can also go to www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org other ways The Salvation Army is helping residents recover from a disaster.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by *text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, "Yes." Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief and can be sent to your local Salvation Army in Florida. Please designate "2014 Disaster Relief" on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. 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 Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.

In the short-term aftermath of a storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on the immediate needs of disaster survivors and first-responders, providing food and hydration for impacted individuals and families.

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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.

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

The Salvation Army of Florida sends crews to tornado-ravaged Oklahoma

(May 22, 2013 - 2:46 PM EDT by: Dulcinea Cuellar Kimrey).

Fourteen Salvation Army pastors and staff from throughout Florida are traveling to Oklahoma to help those in need in Moore and the surrounding area. Five Salvation Army emotional and spiritual care providers are expected to leave today (Wednesday). They will be on the ground providing direct comfort to those impacted by the tornado. The officers will join 20 other Salvation Army Emotional and Spiritual Care personnel already in Moore, Oklahoma. Those Salvation Army officers leaving today are: *Capt. Kelly Durant, Miami *Major Marion Durham, Bradenton *Major Ron Mott, St. Augustine *Capt. Chris Farrell, Lake Worth *Lt. Michael Missey, Naples.

The emotional and spiritual care officers' duties will be to comfort survivors and first responders who may need someone to sit and talk with. For current information on support and services in Oklahoma visit our disaster website at http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org Please note the fast facts scrolling across the top of the Disaster website:

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The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County Responds to the Deadly Tornado in Oklahoma

Manpower from Lake Worth, FL en route to Affected Areas 

West Palm Beach, FL (May 21, 2013) - Salvation Army personnel throughout Oklahoma are responding to the devastation left by Monday's tornado. Currently, The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has one local officer that has been called to active duty to provide emotional and spiritual care.

CaptainFarrell

Captain Chris Farrell, Corps Officer in Lake Worth, FL was called to active duty this afternoon and will be en route to Moore, OK Wednesday morning. Captain Farrell expects to be in Oklahoma for two weeks where he will attend to the emotional and pastoral needs of disaster workers and survivors. "Often individuals affected by overwhelming events like this need someone to listen to them and as ministers of The Salvation Army, this is one of the best things we can do to help them out at this time," says Captain Farrell.

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the tornado, Salvation Army officers and staff will focus primarily on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

Canteens (mobile feeding units) involved in the current response from Oklahoma include Central Oklahoma Area Command (Oklahoma City), Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, McAlester and Muskogee. Also, initial disaster response teams from Pine Bluff, Jonesboro and Hot Springs, Arkansas to assist in response.

The best way to help survivors and relief 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 people who want to help those affected by Oklahoma Tornado to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, "Yes." Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 12600, Oklahoma City, OK 73157. Please designate Oklahoma Tornado on all checks.

* A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day

* A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

* A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

* A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

* A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. 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 Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org, and follow www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo.

FillTheTruck

Local Walmart Hosts Red Kettles & "Fill the Truck" Toy Drive to Support The Salvation Army

Initiative to Help Provide a Cheerful Christmas to Local Children

West Palm Beach, Florida (December 3, 2012) - Walmart and The Salvation Army announced today that they are partnering this Christmas season to help provide new toys and coats to local children on Christmas as part of the 122nd Annual Red Kettle Campaign. The "Fill the Truck" toy drive will be hosted at:

- Walmart Store # 1589 (16205 S Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484)

- Walmart Store # 2176 (2144 W Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33458)

- Walmart Store # 5882 (2765 10th Avenue N, Palm Springs, FL 33461)

along with more than 2,500 other Walmart stores across the country, on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

In addition, Walmart and Sam's Club stores will host The Salvation Army's iconic red kettles and bell ringers this holiday season from Friday, November 23 to Monday, December 24, to collect much-needed funds to support the Army's social service at Christmas and year-round. Last year in Palm Beach County, Walmart and Sam's Club stores helped The Salvation Army raise $305,000 locally, and more than $46 million nationally-nearly one-third of the record $147.6 million raised. All donations made to the red kettles will remain in Palm Beach County, and help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to thousands of people a year.

The "Fill the Truck" event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 8, and is open to the general public who would like to donate new toys and coats to children who take part in The Salvation Army programs year-round. Upon arrival, shoppers will receive a list of suggested gifts to help fill the truck at the store. Once the donation receptacle is full, The Salvation Army will bring the donations to West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Boca Raton and distribute the gifts to local children in need. The collection is expected to provide gifts to more than 6,000 children.

"This holiday season, we're proud to work with The Salvation Army and help provide basic need items like food and clothes to our neighbors in need,", Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. "With strong support from our generous shoppers, we know we can bring smiles to more children this Christmas."

This year, the Walmart Foundation also made a $1 million donation to The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. The donation will be split among the four Salvation Army Territories and support feeding programs, including meal programs for youths. Last year, The Salvation Army helped serve more than 125,000 meals to local children and adults in need.

Notably, 81 percent of Salvation Army programs saw an increase in need from families with children due to the recession in 2011, according to "Growing up in a Downturn," a Salvation Army report from earlier this year. The report also found that 56 percent of Salvation Army youth programs were operating at or beyond capacity, which includes feeding, education, athletic, artistic and religious programs. As a result of the recession's lingering impact, The Salvation Army expects the need to continue with this Christmas season.

"The Salvation Army is excited to partner with Walmart. Each year, Walmart is there to help us meet demands and provide a special Christmas to families and individuals who may not otherwise have a Christmas to celebrate," said Major Thomas McWilliams, Area Commander for Palm Beach County.

From its humble origin as a fundraiser started by a Salvation Army captain in San Francisco in 1891, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells daily and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2011, the campaign raised more than $147.6 million nationwide, a new record supported by the public's nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, and credit cards (and the occasional diamond ring or gold tooth) all collected and used to help people in the communities where they were raised. Last year, the funds helped The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, toys and other assistance to 30 million Americans in need.

THE SALVATION ARMY IS INTENT ON MAKING THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON A JOYFUL ONE

19 November 2012 (West Palm Beach, FL) - The Salvation Army is issuing an urgent call to residents of Palm Beach County, not to forget to respond generously to the needs of the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Army is making a plea for immediate donations of cash and nonperishable food, as well as volunteers to help during this holiday season.

The organization will be providing Thanksgiving dinner to the community on Wednesday, November 21st at its Northwest Community Center located at 600 North Rosemary Avenue from 1:30pm -3:30pm.

On Thanksgiving morning, The Salvation Army will also be taking out their mobile feeding kitchens, or disaster canteens, to feed the homeless in Palm Beach County. The Salvation Army has been working with community donors and corporations whom are generously donating turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets to assist our clients seen through social services.

"We are so grateful to those friends in our community who have stepped forward with faithful support for families and individuals struggling to make ends meet," says Palm Beach County Area Commander, Major Thomas McWilliams. "But unfortunately, the number of people needing help keeps escalating, and the amount of public support is just not keeping pace. It's particularly sad to see those families with children who've lost their homes due to the mortgage crisis."

This year's economic factors...the dramatic increase in prices, home foreclosures and the credit crisis...have contributed to the local shortfall in donations too. Consumer confidence has been dropping. Discretionary income has been adversely affected, reducing the dollars available for organizations like The Salvation Army. And some who have been generous supporters in the past are now in need of help themselves.

Although many struggling members of our society might feel forgotten and depressed as they approach this Thanksgiving season, The Salvation Army believes the community will once again pull together and lend a helping hand to those who need it most. "We've been doing this work for over 100 years so we're not going to turn away any deserving neighbor now," says Major Thomas McWilliams. "The Salvation Army plans on doing as much as possible with the gifts we receive to help those in real need in Palm Beach County."

For more information about The Salvation Army programs, please call the County's Administrative Offices at 561-686-3530, visit our local website at www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org, or stay up to date with our Facebook page The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, FL.

HURRICANE SANDY INFORMATION          OCTOBER 30, 2012

The Salvation Army USA National Fact Sheet - Hurricane Sandy

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army's response to this disaster, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter and Facebook

Updates: The Salvation Army is prepared for a long-term disaster response and recovery operation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Feeding has already begun at shelters in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and mobile canteen units will deploy to the areas of greatest need as damage is assessed in the coming days.
  • In New York City, officials from the Office of Emergency Management have appointed The Salvation Army as the lead agency for the City's Food Access Plan, to coordinate feeding at city shelters. For the next few days The Salvation Army will be serving food at Seward High School in lower Manhattan where 1,000 people are being fed breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Salvation Army personnel are beginning to assess damage today and will move to the areas of greatest need in coordination with Emergency Management personnel.

Current Salvation Army activities in other impacted areas include the following.

In New Jersey:

o    The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks to hundreds of evacuees at 11 shelters in five counties.

o    While serving meals at a shelter in Union Beach, a Salvation Army canteen and a volunteer vehicle were flooded when waters rose unexpectedly. Despite the loss of these vehicles Salvation Army volunteers continued to serve meals to both displaced residents and first responders.

o    Local senior citizens found refuge from Hurricane Sandy at The Salvation Army building in Red Bank.

o    In Montclair, The Salvation Army is operating a "charging" center for members of the community needing to charge their phones, computers, or other electronic devices.

o    A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State's official search and rescue team.

Elsewhere in New York:

o    The Salvation Army provided food and shelter assistance at two locations in Albany as Sandy impacted that area last night.

o    On Long Island, The Salvation Army is assisting the American Red Cross with redistribution of supplies to eight shelters.  

In Pennsylvania:

o    The Salvation Army is serving approximately 1,000 meals per day in nine shelters throughout the Philadelphia area.

o    In Lehigh Valley and West Chester, the Army is providing meals at three shelters.

In Stamford, CT:

o    The Salvation Army has served more than 400 meals and will serve 650 dinners tonight using supplies collected for this year's Thanksgiving meal.

Nationally:

  • The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
  • There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.
  • These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
  • In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
    • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
    • Hygiene kits
    • Shower units
    • First-aid supplies
    • Communications support

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word "Yes."*
  • Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.
  • At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).
  • Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate "2012 Hurricane Season" on all checks.
  • Corporations, foundations and others interested in donating to The Salvation Army response effort should contact Jaime Joswick, Director of Brand Management for The Salvation Army, at Jaime_Joswick@usn.salvationarmy.org.

Your donations make a real difference.

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

The Salvation Army is one of the nation's largest providers of disaster service and responds to hundreds of disasters across the country each year.

  • Hurricane Katrina (August 2005): The Salvation Army provided more than 5.6 million meals to survivors and first responders of Hurricane Katrina, and 2.5 million people were assisted with emergency food, casework, emotional and spiritual care.
  • Haitian Earthquake (January 2010): The Salvation Army packaged and delivered more than 10 million meals to Haiti, and more than 27,000 survivors were treated at Salvation Army medical facilities. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributed approximately 8,000 hygiene kits.
  • U.S. Tornado Outbreak (April & May 2011): The Salvation Army served nearly one million meals and distributed 50,000 hygiene kits, and more than 10,000 people received emotional and spiritual care.

Salvation Army Statements

Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary

  • "It's clear now that Hurricane Sandy was and continues to be a major and historic storm impacting millions of people."
  • "Residents of the impacted areas can rest assured that The Salvation Army will be with them for the long-haul - providing practical, physical and spiritual support at the areas of greatest need."

John Berglund, Emergency Disaster Services Director, Greater New York Division

  • "All of our Emergency Services vehicles are on standby and being deployed as necessary."
  • "We're currently assessing the needs of the 2,000 people we serve in our Social Services programs as well as the extent of the damages to our property."

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

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

OCTOBER 29, 2012

Salvation Army Begins Service Deployment Ahead of Hurricane Sandy Landfall
Mobile Feeding Units Serving at Shelters; Prepared to Serve Thousands of Meals in Wake of Historic Storm

Alexandria, Virginia (October 29, 2012) - As Hurricane Sandy moves on-shore Monday and into Tuesday, The Salvation Army is already beginning feeding operations at shelters along the East Coast. Additionally, dozens of mobile feeding units, able to serve thousands of meals, are stocked and ready to deploy into the most heavily impacted areas once it is safe to do so in coordination with emergency management officials. Crews will provide food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional and spiritual care.

"The Salvation Army is mobilized and ready to serve," said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. "Our mobile feeding units and staff are strategically positioned and already beginning to serve at shelter locations throughout the East Coast."

Specific Salvation Army activities include:

In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks at 11 shelters in five counties. A full fleet of emergency response vehicles is ready to deploy if needed. This includes 10 fully-stocked mobile feeding units (canteens), two service vehicles, and one mobile command unit. A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State's official search and rescue team, at Lakehurst Naval Base and may travel with them as they are deployed throughout the state.

  • In New York, The Salvation Army is coordinating with the local American Red Cross to provide volunteer support for shelters throughout Suffolk County. Eight canteens are equipped and ready to be deployed from the northern and western parts of the state.
  • In Philadelphia, PA, The Salvation Army is working closely with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to ready three shelters within the city to help ensure those impacted by Hurricane Sandy will have access to essential services and safety.
  • In North Carolina, Salvation Army volunteers worked for 34 hours feeding residents at a shelter in Morehead City. The Salvation Army in New Bern also served evacuees at a local shelter. Eight volunteers and two officers prepared 120 meals.
  • In Virginia, The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads has been providing shelter since Saturday evening. A shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits so far.
  • In Maryland, The Salvation Army of Salisbury served lunch to more than 200 persons at a shelter on Sunday. The Army is also in assisting with sheltering and feeding activities in Annapolis and other parts of the state.
  • The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm's path to stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three-to-five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.

In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

  • Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene kits
  • Shower units
  • First-aid supplies
  • Communications support

The Salvation Army also provides a ministry of presence to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance. The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm's path to stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).  Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, "Yes."* At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army's preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus

OCTOBER 28, 2012

The Salvation Army USA National Fact Sheet - Hurricane Sandy

For the latest updates on The Salvation Army's response to this disaster, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Blog.SalvationArmyUSA.org, Twitter and Facebook.

Updates: The Salvation Army is preparing for Hurricane Sandy as it makes its way up the eastern seaboard with potentially devastating impacts to millions of people.

  • Salvation Army assets are on standby from the Carolinas to Maine, ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.
  • The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization.
  • There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and more than 600 units nationwide.
  • These units are able to serve thousands of meals and drinks per day when operating at full capacity.
  • In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:

Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies. Hygiene kits Shower units First-aid supplies Communications support

Specific Salvation Army mobilization activities to date include:

** Throughout Maryland:

  • In response to a request from the Wicomico County Emergency Management, The Salvation Army of Salisbury served lunch for more than 200 persons at the shelter on Sunday.
  • The Salvation Army is assisting with sheltering activities at Salisbury Bennett High School in a community where residents have been asked to evacuate.
  • In Annapolis, The Salvation Army is serving meals at Annapolis High School, where an emergency shelter opened Saturday evening and will continue to do so until that shelter closes.
  • The Salvation Army in Baltimore is in close contact with the Baltimore City & County Emergency Operations Centers and has been asked to feed neighborhoods that lose power should the need arise.

** In Virginia and the District of Columbia:

  • All Salvation Army units across the Commonwealth and District are on stand-by status. Mobile feeding kitchens are stocked, and Salvation Army officers and volunteers are ready to deploy as needed and requested by Emergency Management personnel.
  • On Saturday evening, The Salvation Army Men's Hope Center Shelter in Norfolk, VA sheltered 60 people. In coordination with the Office to End Homelessness, the Men's Hope Center is prepared to transport to area city shelters if asked to evacuate due to potential flooding.

** In New Jersey:

  • The New Jersey Division currently has its full fleet of emergency response vehicles ready to deploy if needed. This includes 10 fully-stocked canteens, two service vehicles, and one mobile command unit.
  • Atlantic County has requested The Salvation Army provide feeding at its operating shelters.
  • The Salvation Army Red Bank Corps will receive evacuated nursing home patients on Sunday and Monday.
  • The Salvation Army is calling on all residents of the potential impact zones to be prepared with an emergency disaster plan. Critical decisions need to be made ahead of time, before the storm makes landfall.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

You can also text the word "STORM" to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word "Yes."*

Those interested in volunteering should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

Your donations make a real difference.

A $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day.

A $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

A $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

A $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

A $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

The Salvation Army is one of the nation's largest providers of disaster service and responds to hundreds of disasters across the country each year.

• Hurricane Katrina (August 2005): The Salvation Army provided more than 5.6 million meals to survivors and first responders of Hurricane Katrina, and 2.5 million people were assisted with emergency food, casework, emotional and spiritual care.

• Haitian Earthquake (January 2010): The Salvation Army packaged and delivered more than 10 million meals to Haiti, and more than 27,000 survivors were treated at Salvation Army medical facilities. Additionally, The Salvation Army distributed approximately 8,000 hygiene kits.

• U.S. Tornado Outbreak (April & May 2011): The Salvation Army served nearly one million meals and distributed 50,000 hygiene kits, and more than 10,000 people received emotional and spiritual care.

Salvation Army Statements: Major George Hood, National Community Relations & Development Secretary

  • "The Salvation Army is mobilized and ready to serve."
  • "Our emergency disaster response teams will continue to closely monitor the storm track and utilize our resources to reach survivors and first responders."

The Salvation Army Continues Response to Tropical Storm Isaac

Emergency Disaster Service Teams Meet Immediate Needs in the Acreage and Loxahatchee

Feeding

West Palm Beach, FL (29 August 2012) - Salvation Army personnel throughout Palm Beach County are responding to Tropical Storm Isaac which has left significant flooding in its passing. Currently, The Salvation Army has 1 mobile kitchen and a truck unit providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to survivors. Thus far The Salvation Army has provided 411 hot meals and 312 cold drinks to first responders and residents impacted by the storm.

"The Salvation Army is humbled to serve as an instrument of hope to those impacted by this flooding," said Palm Beach County Area Commander, Major Thomas McWilliams. "In the past five years, I do not recall a flooding situation of this magnitude and longevity."

Relief efforts will extend throughout the impacted region. In the short-term aftermath of the storm, Salvation Army officers and staff will continue to focus on immediate needs providing food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care to impacted individuals and families.

Salvation Army mobile feeding units are currently positioned in the following areas:

-The Acreage Community Park, 6701 140th Avenue North serving lunch and dinner

-Intersection of Okeechobee Blvd & Seminole Road at in Loxahatchee serving lunch and dinner

"Today as I drove west I was not prepared to see the amount of water covering the streets, roadways no vehicle should pass through with clients walking in water almost up to their waist. This is day two with little recidivism and addition rainfall did not help," stated Tara Holcomb, Public Information Officer for The Salvation Army.

The best way to help survivors and relief workers is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.

Canteen

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by Tropical Storm Isaac to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, "Yes." Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, 2100 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33409. Please designate "2012 Hurricane Relief" on all checks.

* $10 donation feeds a disaster survivor for one day

* $30 donation provides one food box, containing staple foods for a family of four, or one household cleanup kit, containing brooms, mops, buckets and other cleaning supplies

* $100 donation can serve snacks and drinks for 125 survivors and emergency personnel at the scene of a disaster

* $250 donation can provide one hot meal to 100 people or keep a hydration station operational for 24 hours

* $500 donation keeps a Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding unit) fully operational for one day

At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. 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 our local Salvation Army Family Store.

For the latest emergency disaster services news, please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org and follow the EDS team on Twitter @SalArmyEDS. Interested parties may also visit www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org and follow us at www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo.

About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County: The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1922, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 89 years. Over 19,000 Palm Beach County residents 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 our local communities. For more information, go to www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org & www.Facebook.com/SalArmyPBCo

VISIT OUR DISASTER SERVICES PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, NEWS AND UPDATES.

The Salvation Army receives a new mobile feeding unit (canteen) & prepares personnel for disaster response.

West Palm Beach, FL (11 July 2012) - Whether it be a local incident or a major disaster, The Salvation Army is the first on the scene and last to depart; honoring a century old commitment to serve those in need, at the time of need, and place of need. Currently providing social and spiritual guidance in over 130 countries, The Salvation Army continues to be a beacon of compassion; of immediate aid, psychological support and spiritual counsel to individuals and families whose lives have been disrupted or shattered by either disaster or pure circumstance.

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County is ensuring its personnel's skills are up to date should local residents be impacted by natural or personnel disaster.

This Saturday, July 14th from 9am - 2pm, The Salvation Army Area Command will hold an Introductory Course to Emergency Disaster Services as well as debut its new mobile feeding unit or canteen.

The course will provide participants with an overview of The Salvation Army's mission and its role within disaster work. Participants will also be taught how to prepare and equip them for a disaster deployment should any portion of Florida be devastated. In addition, the state of the art mobile feeding unit is the newest unit for The Salvation Army in the state. This unit is prepared to produce 3,000 full meals per day and can sustain itself for days without being resupplied. The new mobile feeding unit is built with environmental and logistical considerations being given to its efficiency and impact on any given disaster scenario.

The Salvation Army Emergence Disaster Services seeks to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort in times of disaster. Our disaster personnel are trained to assist in all kinds of emergencies by providing food, clothing, shelter or financial resources to those affected by such tragedy. Most commonly known for our mobile feeding units, "Canteens," these units are a welcome sight to firemen and policemen as well as survivors when serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and even complete meals.

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About The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County: The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County has been serving residents since 1922. The Salvation Army is an international movement and an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible and its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Click HERE to visit our Disaster services page on this website.

REPORT: 38% OF AMERICANS HAVE RECEIVED HELP FROM CHARITY

Report Highlights Importance of Giving Back During 59th Annual National Salvation Army Week.

West Palm Beach, FL May 16, 2012 - The American public is largely sympathetic to people in need, but drastically misunderstands the causes of poverty, according to a new report, "Perceptions of Poverty: The Salvation Army's Report to America," released today by The Salvation Army. Among other eye-opening statistics, the report showed that while 38 percent of Americans have received assistance from a charitable group in their lifetime, another 27 percent of Americans believe that laziness is a root cause of poverty. Still, an overwhelming majority continues to donate to charities to help others in need.

The report was based on a survey of more than 1,000 Americans, conducted in February 2012 by a third-party research firm in advance of the 59th annual National Salvation Army Week, celebrated this year from May 14-20.

"This report highlights the critical issue of poverty at a time when many Americans are struggling to get by," said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. "It is more important than ever to raise awareness of not only the public's perception of poverty, but also the programs available to those in need. With the public's support, The Salvation Army will continue to provide assistance."

According to the survey commissioned by The Salvation Army and conducted on Vision Critical's Springboard America panel, nearly 40 percent of Americans have requested help, including housing, food, financial and other assistance, from charitable organizations at some point in their lives. In particular, Americans with lower household incomes are much more likely to have experienced a lack of shelter, or a need to request assistance from a charitable group.

*  Thirty-eight percent of Americans have received assistance from a charitable group, including food from food banks or financial assistance/housing support.

*  Thirteen percent of Americans reported having spent a night in a shelter or on the street due to a loss of housing.

Additionally, a majority of Americans believe people living in poverty deserve a helping hand, and sympathize with the challenges that people living in poverty face on a daily basis.

*  Eighty-eight percent of Americans believe people living in poverty deserve a helping hand.

*  Eighty-four percent of Americans believe it is almost impossible to survive on your own on minimum wage.

*  Seventy-five percent of Americans believe helping poor families sets up children from those families for success.

*  Sixty percent of Americans believe it is difficult to escape poverty once becoming poor.

However, there are a significant minority of Americans who are skeptical of the realities and reasons for poverty. Notably, the further a person is from poverty, the less common he or she believes poverty is in society.

*  Forty-nine percent of Americans believe a good work ethic is all a person needs to escape poverty.

*  Forty-three percent of Americans believe people living in poverty can always find a job if they really want to work, with twenty-seven percent of Americans reporting that people are poor because they are lazy.

*  Twenty-nine percent of Americans believe poor people usually have lower moral values.

*  In total, Americans believe approximately thirty-four percent of the general population is living in poverty. However, Americans who earn less than $25,000 a year believe forty percent of the population lives in poverty, while Americans who earn at least $50,000 a year believe twenty-seven percent live in poverty.

The Perceptions of Poverty report, which can be viewed on The Salvation Army's website at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org (also attached), comes as The Salvation Army celebrates the 59th annual National Salvation Army Week with a variety of events and activities to honor donors, supporters and beneficiaries of Salvation Army programs. President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the first National Salvation Army Week in 1954, proclaiming, "Among Americans, The Salvation Army has long been a symbol of wholehearted dedication to the cause of brotherhood. In time of war, the men and women of this organization have brought to those serving their country far from home, friendliness and warm concern. In the quieter days of peace, their work has been a constant reminder to us all that each of us is neighbor and kin to all Americans, giving freely of themselves, the men and women of The Salvation Army have won the respect of all."

"We are proud to celebrate our donors, volunteers and supporters, not only during National Salvation Army Week but every day throughout the year," said Major Hood. "As President Eisenhower recognized nearly sixty years ago, The Salvation Army is dedicated to serving our neighbors, families and friends in communities throughout America, and we want to take this time to give thanks to each person who makes this possible."

Since The Salvation Army began its social service work in the United States in 1880, the organization has grown into one of the largest social service providers in the country. Each year, The Salvation Army directly supports 30 million Americans through a variety of programs including transitional and family shelters, feeding programs, senior centers, adult rehabilitation, education, athletic programs for kids and more.

Though the dates have changed since the first National Salvation Army Week, the work of The Salvation Army has not. The Salvation Army is calling upon all Americans to consider donating money or volunteering time to charities and organizations fighting poverty in local communities. Donors and volunteers can learn more about The Salvation Army, including further information regarding the Perceptions of Poverty report and National Salvation Army Week, by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

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About The Salvation Army:  The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 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 support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

THE SALVATION ARMY IS INTENT ON MAKING THIS THANKSGIVING SEASON A JOYFUL ONE

22 November 2011 (West Palm Beach, FL) - The Salvation Army is issuing an urgent call to residents of Palm Beach County, not to forget to respond generously to the needs of the less fortunate this Thanksgiving. The Army is making a plea for immediate donations of cash and nonperishable food, as well as volunteers to help during this holiday season.

The organization will be providing Thanksgiving dinner to the community on Wednesday, November 23rd, at its Northwest Community Center located at 600 North Rosemary Avenue from 12pm -2pm. The Salvation Army has also been working with community donors and corporations whom are generously donating turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets to assist our clients seen through social services.

"We are so grateful to those friends in our community who have stepped forward with faithful support for families and individuals struggling to make ends meet," says Palm Beach County Area Commander, Major Thomas McWilliams. "But unfortunately, the number of people needing help keeps escalating, and the amount of public support is just not keeping pace. It's particularly sad to see those families with children who've lost their homes due to the mortgage crisis."

This year's economic factors...the dramatic increase in prices, home foreclosures and the credit crisis...have contributed to the local shortfall in donations too. Consumer confidence has been dropping. Discretionary income has been adversely affected, reducing the dollars available for organizations like The Salvation Army. And some who have been generous supporters in the past are now in need of help themselves.

Although many struggling members of our society might feel forgotten and depressed as they approach this Thanksgiving season, The Salvation Army believes the community will once again pull together and lend a helping hand to those who need it most. "We've been doing this work for over 100 years so we're not going to turn away any deserving neighbor now," says Major Thomas McWilliams. "The Salvation Army plans on doing as much as possible with the gifts we receive to help those in real need in Palm Beach County."

For more information about The Salvation Army programs, please call the County's Administrative Offices at 561-686-3530, visit our local website at www.salvationarmypalmbeachcounty.org, or stay up to date with their Facebook page The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, FL.

At-Risk Youth Share Talents at Annual Event

(West Palm Beach, FL) - On Thursday, October 13, 2011 The Salvation Army Northwest Community Center will held their seventh Annual Luncheon to share with local donors the progress of their After School Tutorial Program. Jennifer Prior Brown, member of the Palm Beach County School Board delivered her remarks on the benefit of reinforcing education in at-risk communities.

The event began at 12 PM at 600 North Rosemary Avenue in West Palm Beach, FL. Guests will be greeted by the Northwest Community Center Staff and guided on a tour of the facility before a catered lunch is provided by Park Avenue BBQ. Other attractions included artistic performances by local children who are enrolled in the After School Tutorial Program at The Salvation Army Northwest Community Center. The event acts as a fundraiser for The Salvation Army while also allowing them to highlight one of many services they provide to Palm Beach County.

The Salvation Army After School Tutorial Program began 2008 and is a licensed After School Program according to the Palm Beach County Health Department. The program caters to local youth in Kindergarten thru 8th grade and has a primary focus on math and reading. The After School Tutorial Program has a 98% success rate for promotion to the next grade and has helped on average 34% of enrollees improve their grades by one or two letters over the course of a year, while the other 66% maintain their grades.

Sponsors of the event included; Underwriter, Angelo Masi; Principal Sponsors, Ackerman, Link & Sartory, P.A. and Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith LLC; Teacher Sponsors, First Presbyterian Church; Student Sponsors, Mary Hulitar and Tylander's Office Solutions.

The Northwest Community Center opened in April of 2000 due to a collaborative effort between the City of West Palm Beach and The Salvation Army. The Northwest Community Center located on Rosemary Avenue, was developed to serve the residents of West Palm Beach by offering recreational, educational, social and community development activities for the uplifting and improvement of the overall quality of life. The facility includes a full state of the art gymnasium, a large community room, a stage and a full kitchen. There are two full sized activity rooms, a weight room and a computer lab. The center has a large fenced in sports field for outdoor activities. Current programs available include: Friday Night Live, Summer Camp, Young Ladies of Grace, Athletic programs, After School Tutorial and Music Program. Membership to The Salvation Army Northwest Community Center is available for $20 and covers the entire family. Membership ensures you or your child's participation in programs held at the facility. For more information on th

 


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