Boston Marathon Response Canteen

Salvation Army Providing Support in Boston, MA

Boston Marathon Response Canteen

Boston, MA (April 15, 2013) – The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, after two explosions occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line this afternoon. The blasts caused at least two deaths and dozens of injuries for runners and spectators.

Salvation Army officers and volunteers are en route to the scene with two canteens (mobile kitchens) to provide spiritual and emotional support; one to the staging area for emergency responders, and one where families are gathering. In addition to food and beverage services, officers who are trained in crisis counseling will be at the relevant locations to provide emotional and spiritual care.

The Salvation Army is in constant communication with city and state emergency personnel, and will be providing support as needed and requested.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and all who were impacted by the explosions.

To support The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services, please visit


The Salvation Army Responds to Van Buren County After Tornado

Conway, AR (April 11, 2013)—The Salvation Army is responding to those affected by the tornado that struck Van Buren County in Arkansas yesterday evening. Lt. Russell Clay, Conway Commanding Officer, is being assisted by Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff Commanding Officer.

At the request of Emergency Management, The Salvation Army is serving lunch to those affected and first responders. Meals, drinks, and emotional and spiritual care are being provided at this time.

Additional information will be shared as it is available.

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


The Salvation Army Is Providing Emergency Assistance In Galveston County

The Salvation Army is providing emergency assistance to residents of Hitchcock and Santa Fe, in Galveston County, who are recovering from Tuesday nights storm that battered the area with baseball size hail. The Salvation Army is providing food and refreshment, bedding, and blankets.

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Flood in Argentina

Salvation Army Responds to Devastating Floods in Argentina

Flood in Argentina

Buenos, Aires, Argentina (April 5, 2013)—The Salvation Army in Argentina is responding after storms and flooding caused devastation around Buenos Aires, with the city of La Plata being particularly badly hit. Latest reports say that 57 people have been killed in the disaster – 51 in La Plata – and that more than 100,000 homes have been made uninhabitable.

The Salvation Army has joined forces with a local food bank to serve the population that is suffering the consequences of the storm, especially in the Villa Elvira neighbourhood, where The Salvation Army was already present.

The Salvation Army property in Villa Elvira has served as an emergency shelter for 100 people since Tuesday 2 April, and 200 people were provided with food. So far, seven tonnes of food and water have been distributed to community members, along with other essentials such as mattresses and bedding.

Colonel Susan McMillan (Territorial Commander, South America East Territory) reports: ‘The Buenos Aires Divisional Emergency Team is working hard and will continue to do so.’ A group of officer-cadets has also helped the team. The colonel adds: ‘Communications have been difficult as the area is without power, water, telephone service and even cellular phone service.’

She concludes: ‘We would appreciate your prayers for our people – that God would give them wisdom, multiply their resources and keep them safe.’

Donations to support The Salvation Army’s disaster response in Argentina can be made online at <a href=”” target=”_blank”></a>.

*Image courtesy of the Associated Press

President Eisenhower: Featured Image

On This Day In History: April 5

1953, in Washington, D.C., President Dwight D. Eisenhower inaugurated the ‘Presidential Prayer Breakfast.’ It was later changed to the “Annual National Prayer Breakfast.” As President one year later, he declared a week for The Salvation Army, known as “National Salvation Army Week,” which is now recognized every year in May.

President Eisenhower

The Salvation Army: United States Virgin Islands

On This Day In History: April 3

In the month of April in 1917, The Salvation Army began work in the Virgin Islands. Today, it is part of the Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division in the USA Eastern Territory of The Salvation Army. This year they will celebrate their 96th anniversary of Doing The Most Good in the Virgin Islands!

The Salvation Army: United States Virgin Islands

Spanish Shield: Featured Image

On This Day In History: April 2

In 1989, The Salvation Army began work in El Salvador. El Salvador is part of the Latin America North Territory, where The Salvation Army has had a presence since 1904!


Salvation Army Today: March 28

See how The Salvation Army is supporting direct trade coffee, children’s programs in Haiti, and more in today’s episode.

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On This Day In History: March 27

In 1973, Marlon Brando declines the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Godfather”. Before this nomination, Brando starred in the 1955 musical film “Guys and Dolls” as Sky Masterson. This is one of the most famous films to depict The Salvation Army and its officers. In the film, The Salvation Army is referred to as ‘Save a Soul Mission’ with Jean Simmons as Sgt. Sarah Brown, Brando’s love interest. Check out the costumes that so closely resemble The Salvation Army uniforms!

Guys and Dolls


On This Day In History: March 26

Kenny Chesney was born in 1968. Last year, Kenny Chesney kicked-off The Salvation Army’s 122nd annual Red Kettle Campaign with a live performance during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game! Happy Birthday Kenny Chesney, and thanks for Doing The Most Good!!

Kenny Chesney Kickoff