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Salvation Army opens assistance center for wildfire survivors in Weed, CA
September 18, 2014 – | No Comment

In coordination with the City of Weed, CalFire, and local law enforcement, The Salvation Army opened a center for survivors of the Boles Fire where they can receive clothing, food, household goods, and other items. The address of The Salvation Army’s assistance center is:
550 Park Street
Weed, CA 96094-2358

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Liberian Salvation Army delivers supplies to help stop spread of Ebola
September 10, 2014 – | No Comment

Liberian Salvation Army officer delivers sanitation supplies to help stop spread of Ebola

Liberian Salvation Army officer delivers sanitation supplies to help stop spread of Ebola

Every day that the Ebola crisis continues to make news, I’m sure you feel as I do and pray for a permanent solution. Until that time comes, I’m grateful that our Army is there offering help in the form of sanitation supplies to medical facilities, food relief to affected families and even operating its mobile clinic.

See below for more details from our International Headquarters in London…

LIBERIA is facing a ‘serious threat’ from the Ebola virus which is ‘spreading like wildfire’ according to the country’s defense minister Brownie Samukai in an address to the UN Security Council.

The Salvation Army has joined the fight against this deadly disease through a number of initiatives in the West African nation, where 2,000 people have been diagnosed.

Forty volunteer workers have been recruited to bolster The Salvation Army’s mobile medical clinic team in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned that at present ‘the number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them’ and there is currently no vaccine available to combat the disease. Prevention is therefore key to the emergency response.

Sanitiszer, gloves and mouth guards to protect against the virus have been distributed in 17 communities where Ebola is prevalent. Residents in these areas are particularly susceptible to the disease due to poverty and unhygienic living conditions. Food packages – including rice, beans and cooking oil – have also been offered to families in particular need.

Some 6,500 individuals have benefited to date, including inmates at the national Monrovia Central Prison, where The Salvation Army was requested to extend its distribution by the local authorities.

Additionally, disinfectant and protective clothing has been supplied to medical practitioners tackling the epidemic. This is important in order to ensure their safety as they carry out their duties.

:: Click here to make an online donation to The Salvation Army’s ongoing disaster relief work in Africa.

From the wheel of his trash truck, this do gooder found a way to care
September 5, 2014 – | No Comment
From the wheel of his trash truck, this do gooder found a way to care

There are literally countless ways of being a do gooder. Right now you could look in any direction and find something or someone that needs a touch of your attention and kindness. Thankfully, Arnold Harvey and his wife Theresa didn’t wait to be asked before they pitched in as do gooders for people in need.

Salvation Army serving up meals and calm in quake-rattled Napa
August 26, 2014 – | No Comment
Salvation Army serving up meals and calm in quake-rattled Napa

The Salvation Army is providing food, shelter, water, and emotional and spiritual care to survivors and first responders of a 6.0 earthquake that shocked Northern California on August 24.

#InvestInFutures by supporting quality after school programs
August 22, 2014 – | No Comment
#InvestInFutures by supporting quality after school programs

Some kids spend the hours between the end of their school day and the end of mom and dad’s work day getting into unproductive behaviors. The Afterschool Alliance advocates for quality programs that guide and mold kids during those crucial hours. Use the zip code finder in the upper right of this page to find the nearest Salvation Army character building program, day camp, music and arts program, or youth ministry.

Help #LevelThePlayingField for at-risk kids this Back to School season
August 13, 2014 – | Comments Off
Help #LevelThePlayingField for at-risk kids this Back to School season

In communities across the United States, Salvation Army officers and staff are helping folks put food on the table and keep a roof over their families’ head. Just like you and me, many of them started to think about Back to School weeks ago. But for some of those we serve, their thoughts aren’t always happy ones.

Help The Salvation Army in Hawaii prepare for Hurricanes Iselle & Julio
August 7, 2014 – | One Comment
Help The Salvation Army in Hawaii prepare for Hurricanes Iselle & Julio

As Hurricane Iselle prepares to make landfall on the big island of Hawaii with Hurricane Julio close behind, The Salvation Army is making preparations to serve impacted communities on Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai.

The first-ever Salvation Army band started in the 1880s “by accident!”
August 5, 2014 – | Comments Off
The first-ever Salvation Army band started in the 1880s “by accident!”

Salvation Army bands are not just part of our culture, they’re part of yours too. With references to the band in works by Bill Cosby, 80s’ folk group Dream Academy, and in dozens of films such as Seabiscuit, It’s a Wonderful Life and even Three Days of the Condor, the Army is almost as well known for its bands as it is anything else!

Salvation Army helps in wildfire-ravaged central Washington
August 1, 2014 – | Comments Off
Salvation Army helps in wildfire-ravaged central Washington

Wildfires continue to blaze in Washington state. Officials estimate that more than 400 square miles have already burned, four times the size of Seattle. The Salvation Army is still working in the impacted area to provide immediate relief now, and will stay in the area for as long as needed.

#InvestInFutures – Help your kids be friend-makers for Back-to-School
July 30, 2014 – | Comments Off
#InvestInFutures – Help your kids be friend-makers for Back-to-School

Back to School can be a stressful time of year for everyone, but especially for the kids who struggle to navigate the social world around them. And, all while breaking in a new backpack, notebooks and calculator! Some of the best advice parents can give their children is about how to get along well with others. Here are three great ways to help your kids make friends this school year.

We’re using @CommuniGift to kick off Back to School in SoCal!
July 22, 2014 – | Comments Off
We’re using @CommuniGift to kick off Back to School in SoCal!

Do you remember the excitement of the first day of school? Wearing a new outfit, equipped with new notebooks, pencils, backpack and unlimited possibility! Share that memory by assisting an in-need child get ready for the upcoming school year.

Salvation Army Kroc Center member gets life-changing gift from employee
July 15, 2014 – | Comments Off
Salvation Army Kroc Center member gets life-changing gift from employee

People join a Kroc Center to find community and meet their health and fitness goals in a supportive, friendly environment. Lewis Williams got that and much, much more. He is a member of our Kroc Center in Suisun City, California.

A kindly volunteer, Salvation Army, & Mexican consulate help a man find his home
July 8, 2014 – | Comments Off
A kindly volunteer, Salvation Army, & Mexican consulate help a man find his home

Last week my colleague Kevin White called with an incredible story. He works at The Salvation Army in Orange County, California and was able to witness a small miracle come together. Here’s what he told me.

Phoenix-area cooling stations help locals beat the extreme heat
July 2, 2014 – | One Comment
Phoenix-area cooling stations help locals beat the extreme heat

It gets dangerously hot during the summer months in the Phoenix area. So hot that people without a cool home or office to go to are at significant risk of exposure and dehydration. That’s why our staff in the aptly-named Valley of the Sun work with Safeway stores and Arizona Family’s 3TV to collect bottles of water to distribute throughout the season at our local cooling stations.