The Salvation Army Responds to Fires in Washington and Idaho

August 19, 2015(SEATTLE) – The Salvation Army is assisting as the fast-moving fires sweep through Washington and Idaho.

The National Interagency Fire Center (www.nifc.gov) reported today that there are currently 18 wildfires impacting more than 270,000 acres in Washington, and none are contained yet. In Idaho, 15 fires have burned 378,000 acres, with one fire contained thus far.

The impact ranges from damaged to destroyed homes and businesses. Many families have [READ MORE]

Greek Salvation Army caring for unprecedented number of refugees

For months the news has been reporting the heartbreaking story of migrants arriving in Europe from the Middle East and Africa, fleeing atrocities for an opportunity for something, anything, better. For those who arrive safely across the Meditteranean – 2,000 or more drowned in transit this year – the welcome is not always warm. Countries across Europe are struggling to assimilate the newcomers in what The Guardian calls the “world’s biggest refugee crisis since the second world war.” None more than the country of Greece, already strained by staggering debt and loss.

Salvation Army Supports Search for Suspected Killer in Southern California

WELDON, CA (August 8, 2015) The Salvation Army will resume feeding operations in support of the law enforcement personnel engaged in a massive manhunt in eastern Kern County, about two hours north of Los Angeles.  At least eight agencies – from county Sheriff’s Departments to U.S. Marshalls – are staged near the community of Weldon and carefully searching a five-square mile area for a man suspected of murdering David Louis Markiewitz of Tehachapi and kidnapping three [READ MORE]

Texas Baptist Men Provide Specialized Water Filtration System

Dallas, TX – August 4, 2015, Texas Baptist Men provided a new specialized filtering system for The Salvation Army water tanker. This system purifies water with a combination of UV Light and five different filters, which will allow The Salvation Army to provide filtered water to any disaster response resource. This cooperative effort illustrates the value of having strong partnerships during disaster and non-disaster times. 

The Salvation Army Texas Division’s 3,250 gallon [READ MORE]

Cell phones can be a lifeline for homeless people

There was a recent story in Portland, Oregon about the prosecution of two homeless individuals who stole power from a street outlet to charge their cell phones. The community was outraged at the move because of the cost of the hearings and the injustice of it all. The Salvation Army, on the other hand, heard the story and got to work creating a phone charging station in the entryway of their women’s shelter. It was exactly the right response and it’s been met with lots of gratitude. Here’s a link to the story.

Salvation Army continues to respond to Trinity Fire near Hayfork, CA

Redding, Calif. (Aug 8, 2015)—The Salvation Army of Redding is still in need of food and hydration product donation as it continues to serve Hayfork residents who have been impacted by the recent wildfires.  Non-perishable food, fresh produce and bottled water are items that are most needed.

The Salvation Army will also assist first responders near the fire line with electrolyte beverage products and snacks. 

Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation [READ MORE]

Florida Salvation Army Deploys Reinforcements For Pasco County Flooding

Lutz, Fla. (August 4, 2015) – The Salvation Army of Florida is sending additional teams of volunteers and canteens, or kitchens on wheels, to help assist first responders and survivors after this weekend’s record rainfall.

Along with deploying its eight-unit shower truck to the evacuation shelter at First Presbyterian Church, 7540 Ridge Road in Port Richey, The Salvation Army has also gathered more than two dozen volunteers to help.

Jeanne Coulter, social services [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Responds to Record Flooding in Pasco County, Fla.

Lutz, Fla. (August 3, 2015) – The Salvation Army of Florida is responding to local record flooding in Pasco County and the surrounding areas. The Salvation Army is deploying a shower unit to an evacuation shelter at First Presbyterian Church at 7540 Ridge Road in Port Richey to help flood evacuees.   The shelter is one of several American Red Cross shelters opening to house people under mandatory evacuation orders across Pasco County.

In Hillsborough county, [READ MORE]