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Update: Salvation Army’s efforts to slow spread of Ebola virus in Africa
October 20, 2014 – | No Comment

The Salvation Army is supporting 5,000 people with food since many who have recovered from Ebola often return home to find their possessions removed to ward off further infection. And teachers from The Salvation Army’s 12 schools in Liberia are being trained to provide Ebola awareness and hygiene education in the communities around the schools.

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Great California ShakeOut reminds us all about earthquake preparedness
October 15, 2014 – | No Comment

Drop Cover Hold OnOctober 16 is the Great California ShakeOut!

People all over the state will practice their “drop, cover and hold on” technique and turn their minds to the many things that can be done to prepare for earthquakes.

:: Click here to learn more about “Drop, Cover and Hold On”

Here’s a list of 10 things we can all do to be prepared to survive – and thrive – during an earthquake.

1) Stock up on three day’s worth of food, water, clothing, medical supplies and pet food for each member of your household.

2) Decide when and where your family / household will gather if an earthquake happens when you’re away from home.

3) Choose a person outside the immediate area to contact if family members are separated. Long-distance service will probably be restored more quickly than local service.

4) Locate the shutoff valves for water, gas and electricity. Learn how to shut off the valves before a quake. If you have any questions, call your utility company.

5) Conduct Earthquake: Drop, Cover & Hold On drills every six months with your family. See above for more.

Be a do-gooder and help a single mom or senior citizen in your neighborhood create an earthquake survival kit and safety plan!

6) Make copies of vital records and keep them in a safe deposit box in another city or state. Make sure originals are stored safely.

7) Know the policies of the school or daycare center your children attend. Make plans to have someone pick them up if you are unable to get them.

8) It’s difficult to move from one room to another during an earthquake so find the safest spot in each room of your home. And, etablish all the possible ways to exit your house. Keep those areas clear.

9) Keep extra cash and change. If electricity is out, you will not be able to use an ATM.

10) Contact The Salvation Army in your community to find our more about how to prepare for disasters of all kinds!

Did you know the Cubs honored a Salvation Army officer during the ’32 World Series?
September 29, 2014 – | No Comment
Did you know the Cubs honored a Salvation Army officer during the ’32 World Series?

The Chicago Cubs didn’t end their 2014 season on top but in 1932 they played against the New York Yankees in the fall classic. During that fourth game one of the Cubs’ most ardent fans ended her own season.
Her name was Eliza Shirley.

Salvation Army opens assistance center for wildfire survivors in Weed, CA
September 18, 2014 – | Comments Off
Salvation Army opens assistance center for wildfire survivors in Weed, CA

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

Liberian Salvation Army delivers supplies to help stop spread of Ebola
September 10, 2014 – | Comments Off
Liberian Salvation Army delivers 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 also there offering its 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…

From the wheel of his trash truck, this do gooder found a way to care
September 5, 2014 – | One 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 – | Comments Off
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 – | Comments Off
#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 – | Comments Off
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.