The Salvation Army Responding to New Years Eve Storms

Jackson, Mississippi – The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson, Miss. is responding to multiple tornado touchdowns across much of central Mississippi.  Beginning around 5:00 P.M. a strong super cell thunderstorm began dropping severe weather on a line stretching across the state striking the metro Jackson, Mississippi area.

One mobile feeding unit from The Salvation Army of Metro Jackson has been deployed to provide mass feeding, hydration, and pastoral care to Byram, Miss south of Jackson. The unit will be staged at the Command Post at the corner of Terry Road and Siwell Road.

A second mobile feeding unit is responding to the suburb of Pearl, Miss. just east of Jackson. Early reports indicate severe damage and power outages, as well as the roof of a movie theater being ripped off.

With widespread damage and power outages coupled with the continuing severe weather throughout the evening, The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division has placed all disaster units on alert for possible response. All units in the three states are prepared to respond as needed throughout the evening.

“The New Year will find The Salvation Army providing care and compassion to Mississippi residents just as we did in 2010. We will continue to provide an act of God in serving the residents of Central Mississippi,” stated Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army in Jackson. “Our hope is that through the love of Christ the emotional and physical scars can begin to heal.”

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

A Gift of Love

Growing up in Waco, Texas, Rita Arnold* can remember how tough life was for her family. As a child, she can recall hearing her tearful mother pray that God would send food for their family. During one particular Christmas, the hard-working family was struggling to make ends meet and did not have enough food to make it through the holidays.

Her mother’s desperate prayers were answered on a late December morning by a knock at the door. Someone had passed their names on to The Salvation Army, who delivered a basket filled with food and toys. Mrs. Arnold says, “It was incredible to think that someone cared enough about our family to help us in that way.” The basket provided food for the holidays and toys for each of the six children. Mrs. Arnold, who was 4 years old at the time, remembers receiving a doll on Christmas morning. “I named him Timmy, and he was my favorite toy and really made my Christmas that year,” she says.

Many years later, while living in Houston, Mrs. Arnold decided it was time to do some spring cleaning. She cleaned out her closets and garage and filled several bags, which were placed outside ready for the next day’s trash collection. “Timmy,” the doll she had received as a child from The Salvation Army, was one of the items to be thrown away. That night, she tossed and turned in bed and couldn’t sleep. Eventually, she got out of bed in the middle of the night, went outside and retrieved the doll from the trash. “I just couldn’t throw Timmy away,” she says, “Timmy represented God’s love for me, which was shown to me as a child through The Salvation Army.”

Now a pastor of a church in Waco, along with her husband of 38 years, Mrs. Arnold still treasures Timmy and has told the story to her 14 grandchildren about the time The Salvation Army reached out and helped her family at Christmas. “I was recently talking to my sister and we were joking that Timmy is now 50 years old! He may have only one leg and have lost an eye along the way, but Timmy reminds me and my family of the love that was shown to us by The Salvation Army at our time of need,” she says.

Mrs. Arnold concludes, “People need to realize that no matter how difficult their circumstances in life may seem today, there is always a hope and future for them and that God loves them.”
Timmy The Doll

Major George Hood Appears on NPR

Here is an interview between NPR’s Diane Rehm and The Salvation Army’s National CRD Secretary, Major George Hood, conducted this morning.  The two discussed trends in giving this holiday season.

http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio-player?nid=13508

2011 High Council Website Established

The Salvation Army International Headquarters has established a website page at the following address for the 2011 High Council.

If you click on the link below it will take you to the web page. Once there you will find links to various items relevant to the High Council. This will be constantly updated as the High Council commences and progresses.

www.salvationarmy.org/highcouncil2011

Front Page — Every Life Is Meant To Shine

Video: Things Found In Red Kettles

Did you miss the story about unusual things found in red kettles on the NBC 5 news last Friday night? If so, see it here ….

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local-beat/See_What_s_on_the_Salvation_Army_s_Donation_Wall_of_Fame_Dallas-Fort_Worth-111714064.html

Daily Cup Social Justice App

Version 1.0 of the app has launched and been well received by the public and media. We are excited to see its impact in the coming weeks and months.

To view the iPhone version please visit http://m.magmito.com/tsa/dailycup If you experience a blank app navigation screen due to high traffic or a bad connection, please restart the program. If the problem persists, please go to the settings tab, scroll down and select Safari, scroll down and click on ‘Clear History, Cache and Cookies,’ close the settings app, and then re-launch the app icon on your homescreen. Our app designers are currently working on a fix to streamline the experience for iPhone users.

Ashlyne Huff – All I Want For Christmas

I teamed up with the Salvation Army and was lucky enough to record my version of Mariah Carey’s classic, “All I Want for Christmas.” We had a blast putting this together and hope you enjoy it!

Please help me in supporting the Salvation Army and their Red Kettle Campaign to raise money for those who are in need so everyone can have a happy holiday. Text GIVE to 85944 to donate $10.

Thank you so much and happy holidays!

(Directed by Matt Alonzo/Skee.TV)

The Salvation Army Now Working in 122 Countries

General Shaw Clifton has approved the official commencement of the work of The Salvation Army on the Turks and Caicos Islands, as of 1 January 2011. This means that the Army will now be officially at work in 122 countries.

The Turks and Caicos Islands consist of 40 islands and cays (low banks of reef, rock or sand), eight of which are inhabited. The islands are located to the east of Cuba and the island of Hispaniola, which is split between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The Army has had a presence in the islands since 2007, under the supervision of the Caribbean Territory. There has been a developing expression of social service, and local relationships have been steadily developed.

USA Southern Territory officers Captains Matthew and Rebecca Trayler, were appointed as Development Officers for the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2008 and have been resident there for some time.

A number of mission teams have visited the islands in recent months, stimulating the development of evangelistic outreach in the islands, through visits to schools, open-air meetings, etc.

A local lawyer has donated the use of premises for Sunday worship and there is a positive response to meetings that are being held.

The General asks Salvationists around the world to pray for God’s continuing blessing upon this new outreach. God bless The Salvation Army on the Turks and Caicos Islands!

Unexpected Gift to The Salvation Army to Bless Thousands

Shreveport, LA – On Wednesday, December 08, 2010, The Salvation Army of Shreveport-Bossier received an anonymous check totaling $100,000 in one of its red kettles.

This generous gift will help The Salvation Army continue to aid residents of the Shreveport-Bossier area. The gift will provide for continued service in some of the following ways:

• 10,000 nights of lodging for housing women, children, veterans and men ($10 per night per person)
• 5,000 families for four days each ($20 will serve a family of four for four days)
• 100,000 pairs of socks to seniors in nursing ($1 a pair)

“No matter what size the gift, $1-$100,000, The Salvation Army is thankful for the continued generosity of our donors in the Shreveport-Bossier area,” stated Major Mark Smith of the Salvation Army. “While this donation is significant, the need still exists in Shreveport more than ever. Please continue to support those familiar red Kettles through Dec. 24, 2010.”