Chattanooga Salvation Army Again Called To Readiness For Disaster Relief To Local Residents

Chattanooga, TN – For the third time in six days, the Chattanooga Salvation Army is preparing its Emergency Services Canteen to respond to a call for disaster relief. This time, The Salvation Army Disaster Response Team based in Cleveland is awaiting word on the extent of damages and services needed following a severe thunderstorm that left thousands without power in the Chattanooga Area.

Salvation Army Spokesperson, Kimberly George, said, “We are waiting for the call from Hamilton County Emergency Management. We’ve been told twenty-thousand to thirty-thousand local families are without power due to the storm. Our team and canteen, really a mobile kitchen, are ready to go.”

The Salvation Army mission during a disaster is to care for the hydration and food needs of those affected including the emergency rescue and recovery workers. The Disaster Response Team also ministers to the spiritual and emotional needs of those at the emergency site and provides clean-up kits if these are needed.

In Chattanooga last Wednesday, The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team was called to assist at the Jaycee Towers because a downtown water main break left residents without water service for several hours. The Army Team served nearly 600 bottles of water to the affected residents. Then, on Friday, the Emergency Services Canteen was placed on standby to go to the site of expected severe weather along the Tennessee-Kentucky state’s line north of Crossville.

To donate to the relief efforts of Chattanooga Salvation Army Disaster Services, you may go online to www.csarmy.org or send your tax-free gift to The Salvation Army, 822 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37403.

The Salvation Army Responds To West Texas Wild Fires

West Texas – The Salvation Army provided assistance and relief to residents and first responders across West Texas as numerous grass fires fueled by high winds scorched more than 120,000 acres of dry grassland.

It is reported that 80 homes were destroyed as several cities were under evacuation orders throughout an area that stretched from Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle to Midland, almost 250 miles South in the Permian Basin.

In Amarillo, The Salvation Army went on alert Sunday afternoon to provide basic needs for families affected by the raging fires. The Disaster Canteen was on standby to support first responders with water and snacks and the emergency shelter began to accept families needing housing. Donations of clothing and household items are being accepted at all Salvation Army facilities.

The Rapid Response Unit and Disaster Canteen from Lubbock drove two hours east to serve people in the cities of Matador and Dickens. Salvation Army staff and volunteers provided more than 60 meals in Matador, while 30-40 firefighters and policemen who had been fighting the blaze for more than five hours received water and food from the Disaster Canteen in Dickens.

The Salvation Army will continue to provide support as long as is needed. Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Chattanooga Salvation Army Remains on Standby for Disaster Duty

Chattanooga, TN – The Chattanooga Salvation Army remains on Standby for emergency disaster relief following its assistance at the Jaycee Towers Wednesday evening due to a broken downtown water main that interrupted service.  This time, however, the local Army’s disaster response team and its Emergency Canteen are on Standby as severe storms threaten South-central Kentucky and North-central Tennessee.

Severe weather including possible flooding is expected along the Stateline into the weekend, and the Kentucky-Tennessee Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Office has called on the Chattanooga first responders to be ready to go again to help those affected by disaster.

In Chattanooga on Wednesday evening, The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Team was called to assist at the Jaycee Towers because a downtown water main break resulted in extremely low water pressure, and residents were without service for several hours.  The Army Team served nearly 600 bottles of water and several dozen cups of coffee to the affected residents.

Incident Commander at the Chattanooga emergency site, Kimberly George said, “We try always to be ready to go to do the most good when we’re called on.  This is a highlight of The Salvation Army’s mission to ‘serve people in need in Jesus’ name without discrimination.”

The Chattanooga Area Command is part of The Salvation Army’s Kentucky-Tennessee Division of the Southern Territory.

The Salvation Army Preparing for Severe February Storms–32 Units on preparedness alert for potentially powerful storms

Jackson, MS –  With strong storms expected to crawl across northern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama on Thursday, The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division has placed 32 Disaster Response units on standby. Additionally, The Salvation Army’s Disaster Warehouse in Jackson has resources ready for deployment to support any response once the storms pass.

FEMA and the National Weather Service recommend residents prepare for severe weather with the following steps:

  • Check weather radios for working batteries.
  • Review your family emergency plan.
  • Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case you are without electricity for an extended period of time.

“The Salvation Army has been blessed with the resources to respond to natural and manmade disasters. We are ready and willing to serve as the need arises,” stated Bill Feist, Divisional Disaster Services Director for The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army will continue to monitor reports of inclement weather across the region and respond in coordination with local and state authorities.

Donations are always needed to offset the costs of services to storm victims. To learn more about The Salvation Army or to donate please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose. For up to the minute updates please follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/salarmyalm.

Salvation Army Sets Red Kettle Record For Sixth Straight Year–Americans Continue To Donate Despite Lingering Recession Giving $142 Million to Support People in Need

Alexandria, VA – Through strong support of U.S. donors and a united front of traditional red kettles and virtual bell-ringers, The Salvation Army raised a record $142 million during the 2010 annual Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. The increase of just over two percent from 2009’s record of $139 million raised reflects the continued determination of every American to support their neighbors during challenging economic times. The Salvation Army’s 2010 campaign employed traditional efforts with volunteers, celebrity endorsements and corporate partners such as Walmart and Sam’s Club, along with new technology and social media tools to set a campaign record for the sixth year in a row.

“We’ve all witnessed the extreme demands the economic recession has placed on Americans during the past three years,” said Commissioner William Roberts, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “This record-breaking year stands as a testament to the generosity of our neighbors, but more importantly it demonstrates the spirit of the One whose birth we celebrated. We are thankful to all those who supported the campaign for enabling The Salvation Army to continue its mission of meeting human needs.”

For the 14th consecutive year, the Dallas Cowboys hosted the National Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff at Cowboys Stadium with a live performance by country superstar Keith Urban during their nationally televised Thanksgiving Day football game that reached more than 31 million Americans. In keeping with The Salvation Army’s continued efforts to reach young and aspiring American philanthropists, the Red Kettle Campaign was also celebrated with the first ever “Rock the Red Kettle” concert in Glendale, CA on December 15. The event, in partnership with Sky Blue Group and Caruso Affiliated, featured up-and-coming performers, including Emily Osment, Ashlyne Huff, New Hollow and Honor Society.

Throughout the campaign, bell-ringers manned Red Kettles at store fronts and in shopping malls at approximately 25,000 locations nationwide. Red Kettles located at Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations raised $37 million and $5 million respectively, or 30 percent of this year’s total raised in the kettles. These donations and others support a variety of programs and services including providing food, shelter, rent assistance, summer camps and Christmas assistance to the nearly 30 million Americans served by The Salvation Army each year.

The Walmart Foundation also made a direct donation of $1 million to The Salvation Army, as part of its effort to support hunger relief throughout America. The donation was used in part to support Salvation Army food service programs, which have seen an increase in demand and flat donations that has left shelves bare in some cities according to Army’s recently released report “Feeding the Need 2011.”

“The Salvation Army offers an unparalleled breadth of programs and assists millions of people every year. We are proud to support their efforts during the holiday season and year-round,” said Margaret McKenna, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Through donations from our customers and the Walmart Foundation’s support of local food service programs, we know we are able to reach those who need our help most.”

Sam’s Club and The Salvation Army also partnered with Off the Field, a professional football players’ wives association, to host the fourth annual Dream Drive on December 16. Through their efforts, 10 needy families in 10 cities across the country, received $1,000 worth of food and holiday gifts, including clothes, personal items and toys from their local Sam’s Club to help provide a brighter Christmas. The donation totaled $100,000.

Kroger and its family of store banners hosted Red Kettles at nearly 2,000 store locations across the country in 2010, raising $11.8 million, or 8 percent of the campaign’s total. Donations at more than 800 Big Lots stores raised $1.3 million or approximately 1 percent of the campaign’s physical Red Kettle total.

“We are ever grateful for the charitable support and compassion of all our corporate partners,” said Commissioner Roberts. “Through their big-heartedness, along with the generosity of the millions of Americans who gave, The Salvation Army is able to continue their work to help those in need.”

Utilizing various high-tech platforms, The Salvation Army also engaged virtual bell-ringers during the Red Kettle campaign to raise awareness, volunteerism and fundraising during a time of great need. For the sixth year in a row, donors could raise money with family, friends and colleagues through The Salvation Army’s Online Red Kettle (www.onlineredkettle.org). Nearly $1.6 million was donated through this method. Other online donations in November and December, not through the Online Red Kettle system, totaled $13.7 million, a 19 percent increase over the $11.5 million raised in 2009.

The Salvation Army also developed free applications for the Apple iPhone including an all-new Online Red Kettle iPhone app and, for the second year, a virtual Red Kettle bell app that allowed users to share in the tradition of the Red Kettle Campaign by ringing a virtual bell on their phone.

In addition, The Salvation Army launched its first national text-to-give program to support the red kettles, which ran from November 21 to December 24. The program raised $25,000 and allowed donors to text “GIVE” to 85944 to make a $10 donation to the Red Kettle Campaign.

Corporate partner JCPenney helped raise more than $3 million in red kettle donations across its stores. In addition, the 2010 holiday season marked the second year that JCPenney hosted The Salvation Army Angel Giving Tree online at jcp.com/angel. As the exclusive online destination for adopting Salvation Army Angels, customers could adopt, shop and ship their gifts through the ease and convenience of jcp.com. Nearly 70,000 children and seniors in need were adopted in time for Christmas – an increase of over 40 percent from when the program first launched the year before.

The Salvation Army also partnered with Hanes®, America’s No. 1 Sock Brand, to deliver 1 million socks to people in need via Facebook. For every person who “liked” Hanes on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/Hanes) and clicked “Help Hanes Donate,” the Hanes® donated one pair of actual socks toward its overall donation goal of 500,000 pairs (one million individual socks).

“In the 21st century people are looking for new ways to support and interact with the charities that are important to them. The Salvation Army is keeping pace so donors have a variety of options to give,” said Commissioner Roberts. “The Red Kettle Campaign incorporated several aspects of the changing face of giving by raising awareness through social media and allowing the next generation of donors to give online or through their phones.”

The Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money for those who need it most in communities nationwide – providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. From its humble beginnings 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 outreach efforts in the United States.

2010 Salvation Army Red Kettle Fact Sheet

30-year Partnership Marked by Construction of New School in Port-au-Prince

Port-au-Prince, HAITI – Kindernothilfe (KNH) has signed on as the sponsor for the reconstruction of College Verena on The Salvation Army’s Delmas 2 compound.

In April 2011, the Army will celebrate 30 years of partnership with KNH, a German organization dedicated to supporting the development of children and young people. “I am really very happy that we have advanced to this step in our collaboration,” said Dr. Jürgen Thiesbonenkamp, chair of the KNH board of directors, during a recent visit to Port-au-Prince.

Thiesbonenkamp, along with his colleagues and the director of KNH Haiti, had the opportunity to tour the Delmas 2 compound and see the progress that has been made in preparation for demolition set to begin March 1. College Verena now occupies two temporary classrooms. When construction is finished there will be separate buildings for kindergarten, primary and secondary school children with age-appropriate classrooms. College Verena administrator, Major Sylvaine Maegli, and HRD Construction Manager, Major Jean Volet, have been working closely with architects to ensure the new school will be a safe, child-friendly space that promotes learning.

Measures, including the construction of a separate entrance specifically for school children and fencing around the demolition and construction areas, have been taken to ensure the safety of all College Verena students and teachers during the construction process. “It is very important for children to live and study in security,” said Dr. Thiesbonenkamp.

Prior to the earthquake, KNH partnered with The Salvation Army to support programs of La Maison du Bonheur children’s home as well as College Verena and The Salvation Army’s school at Fort National. KNH maintains its commitment to both the education of young people and its partnership with The Salvation Army in undertaking this invaluable post-earthquake construction project.

For more information on KNH, visit www.kindernothilfe.org.

For photographs, visit:

http://sahaiti.smugmug.com/Schools/College-Verena/KNH-Visit-before-construction/15883711_yTpCM#1191161888_MthYj

NASCAR’s Morgan Shepherd Invites Kids To Tour Pit Row

Daytona Beach, FL – NASCAR’s 69-year-old veteran driver Morgan Shepherd invited Kevante’ Caldwell, 10, and Dijonae Smith, 12, to tour Pit Row with him and meet the crew and drivers during Saturday’s race. The kids are members of the Volusia and Flagler Salvation Army’s children programs, something Shepherd is passionate about. Additionally, The Salvation Army’s Red Shield Logo will be seen zooming around the World’s Most Famous Track this weekend, painted on Shepherd’s #89 car hood as a donated sponsorship, calling his race car a “ministry on wheels”.

Locals of Daytona, Kevante’ and Dijonae, have always been NASCAR enthusiasts, but never had the opportunity to attend a race. Now their first race will be a VIP experience, with Shepherd being their tour guide, taking them through pit row and introducing them to NASCAR Champions. “I’ve seen every race, I know all the drivers and their stats, and I can’t wait to go under the tunnel to experience it all,” Kevante said.

“He’s wanted to be a NASCAR driver since he first learned about stock car racing”, said his grandmother, Renese Hogg.

“This is a real honor to represent The Salvation Army and give these kids an opportunity,” said Shepherd. “The economy is tough right now. We’re a small race team without a major sponsor and it’s difficult to compete, but at least we have food, clothing and a roof over our head. There are millions in our country right now who have lost their jobs, their homes, and their spirit. We’ll do the best we can to promote The Salvation Army, and educate people on what The Salvation Army really does to assist the poor and the hungry.”

To learn more about The Salvation Army, go to www.salvationarmydaytona.org, or call 386-236-2020. To read more on the partnership with Morgan Shepherd and The Salvation Army go to www.RACEWITHFAITH.com.

Giant Food Donates $75K to The Salvation Army

Landover, MD – Last week, Giant Food of Landover, Md. began a year-long celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary. In 1936 despite difficult economic times, N.M. Cohen and Samuel Lehrman together opened the first grocery store in the nation’s capital. In honor of Giant Food’s 75th anniversary, the company presented a $75,000 check Wednesday to The Salvation Army at National Capital Area Command headquarters in Washington, D.C. The donation will help further the work of Salvation Army divisions and corps across Giant’s operating area in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Delaware.

“The Salvation Army is thankful to Giant Food for this gift and congratulates them on their 75th anniversary.  Giant’s commitment and partnership helps The Salvation Army to continue Doing the Most Good for people in need throughout the National Capital area and beyond; and for that, The Army is grateful,” said Captain Vance Murphy representing The Salvation Army.

“Giant Food supports The Salvation Army’s efforts to help our neighbors in need and is pleased to make this gift as we begin our 75th anniversary celebration,” said Jamie Miller, manager of public and community relations for Giant Food.

Giant will continue to support The Salvation Army and hundreds of additional community partners throughout the anniversary year and in the years ahead.

The Salvation Army Provides Water and Snacks To Crews Battling Craig Country VA Fire

ROANOKE, VA – Tuesday afternoon The Salvation Army of Roanoke, VA delivered snack foods and bottled water to the responders working the fire burning on Nutter Mountain in Craig County. The U.S. Forest Service tells The Salvation Army that responders needed bottled water and portable snack foods to carry with them while they are working the fire.

Items delivered include:

  • 40 cases of bottled water
  • 192 boxes of oatmeal creme pies
  • 12 cases of pudding
  • 3 boxes of dried fruit

Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Arkansas-Oklahoma Provided Services Throughout The Second Winter Storm of the Season

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Many are calling the most recent snow storm that impacted Arkansas and Oklahoma the Record Setting Winter Storm II of 2011.    Last week, between Tuesday and Thursday, records setting low temperatures were set as well as record levels of snow fall.   On Thursday morning, lows in Arkansas and Oklahoma were reported from 4 to -31 degrees (without wind chill).   Also, near Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma, 25 inches of snow was reported.   Fayetteville had close to 20 inches of snow.   Tulsa, Oklahoma has had the snowiest season on record since records have been kept.

During the most recent winter storm that began on February 8 and heavily affected the area until February 10, the following was reported (these numbers could go higher once all reports are in):

  • Approximately 4,300 meals served
  • Approximately 1,600 nights of lodging provided
  • 1,047 drinks served
  • 601 snacks served
  • Multiple showers, blankets, articles of clothing, and personal comfort kits provided
  • Warming Centers reported numbers close to the lodging numbers for clients staying in out of the weather

As a result of the storm, across Arkansas and Oklahoma, many of The Salvation Army shelters are in need of bulk food items, food items for food baskets, as well as coats, gloves, and blankets.   Monetary donations are welcome and can be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.