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.

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.

School supplies can help low-income kids make lasting change

Every day, Salvation Army do gooders – whether they work here full time or support our mission in their spare time – dream up ways to create good and lasting change for people in need. We’re always working on new and existing programs, bright ideas and special projects to give people opportunities they don’t know how to make on their own. One of our favorite ways to create good and lasting change is to make sure kids from low-income families are excited about school and have everything they need to succeed.

Salvation Army hosts Special Olympics athletes for breakfast in LA’s South Bay

Forty athletes from Haiti, Benin and Suriname will be guests of The Salvation Army in Redondo Beach for breakfast this week in the lead up to the Special Olympics’ opening ceremony on Saturday, July 25th. The athletes range in age from 16 to 40 years old are are staying at hotels in the Redondo Beach area. Each morning they’ll be shuttled to The Salvation Army on Beryl Street for scrambled eggs, waffles, bagels and cream cheese, and fresh fruit!

Unpaid tickets – often the 1st stop on the road to financial ruin

What happens when someone can’t afford to pay their tickets? If they can’t pay the fine, their unpaid tickets mount up and their license is suspended or their car is towed to an impound lot. Sadly, for many low-income or working poor people, getting their car towed sets off a string of events that can lead to financial disaster.

CommuniGift platform makes birthday’s special for low-income kids

Harry’s mom and dad are hard working and loving parents. They can afford to give him the basics but sometimes the extras many of us take for granted are beyond their reach. Like a birthday party with his friends, complete with cake and gifts.

Thankfully, that’s where our favorite new online do-gooding platform comes in handy: CommuniGift!