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They Lost Everything But Their Compassion for Others

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 09:13
St. Marys, GA (September 17, 2017) - An elderly couple tossed a ruined family photograph on to the growing piled of their flood-wrecked possessions. They lost everything when Hurricane Irma swept into their single story home. During the storm they stayed up all night fruitlessly attempting to sweep the water out with brooms. Then, exhausted and drenched, they surrendered their belongings to 12 inches of dirty water and retreated to higher ground. When [READ MORE]

Hurricane Survivors Find Comfort in Christ

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 08:57
Brunswick, GA (September 17, 2017) – “I have been trying to find something else to focus on so I can forget all of this,” said a Hurricane Irma survivor. First a family member got cancer, then the death of a loved one, and then her mother began the long road of Alzheimer’s. Add to that Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma. This woman survived one calamity after the other. Now, at the end of her emotional rope, she was ready [READ MORE]

My Wife and I Have Cried a River in the Past Few Days: Finding Hope after Irma

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 19:45
Middleburg, FL (September 16, 2017)—Sam walked up to The Salvation Army canteen parked on the main road that runs through Middleburg, Florida. He looked hot, tired, and was covered from head to toe with dirt. “I’m glad you are here. Can I get something to drink and take one back for my wife? We have been working on our house since this morning,” he said. Sam lives a quarter mile [READ MORE]

Always Enough Room on the Ark

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 19:30
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2017) – Most would think that already hosting in a 2 bedroom apartment  14 bodies looking for a place to lay their heads, 14 stomachs waiting for a nutritious meal, and 14 minds needing to be calmed amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Irma was enough but most are not Hilda Martinez. For her, there is always enough room on the ark.  Hilda, along with her husband, Jose, happened upon one of The Salvation Army’s [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Serves Over 3,000 meals Saturday Across Highlands County, FL

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 16:35
(Sebring, FL) – Word has spread in Sebring, Florida and across Highlands County, when you see The Salvation Army canteen in front of the Family Store, food is ready. It’s relief for many residents and families. Taina Mirio, stopped by with her daughter to pick up meals for her whole household. “It’s been very bad,” said Mirio. “I’ve thrown [READ MORE]

Age has no limits for Salvation Army volunteers

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 15:40
(Fort Myers, Fla.) Sept. 16, 2017 -  Lamar Aplin could be doing a lot of things on a stifling Saturday afternoon in southwest Florida. The 70-year Dothan, Alabama, retiree chose to be a days’ drive from home, checking his Salvation Army canteen and readying for dinner service in Lee county. Alpin has been serving on a disaster canteen since he retired from his insurance job more than 15 years ago.

“Alabama tornadoes, Gustav, Katrina, [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Harvey Update Houston, Saturday, Sept. 16

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 12:56
Houston, Texas (September 16, 2017) - Salvation Army workers from across the United States and Canada continue to serve in Houston supporting efforts in the area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Twenty-one (21) mobile kitchens and response teams, with an average individual capacity to each serve 1,000 meals per day, continue to provide hot meals, snacks, and hydration to Hurricane Harvey survivors, in addition to clean-up kits and other supplies. [READ MORE]

What Do You Save? Emotional Care After Hurricane Irma

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 12:08
Jacksonville, FL (September 16, 2017)--Max Keltner lost everything to Hurricane Irma. When the storm swept through Middleburg, Florida, rising waters forced him to evacuate without time to gather more than the clothes on his back. “It looked like the Mississippi River coming through there instead of the creek. Total wreck of the house, swamped my refrigerator, swamped my generator, six foot of water inside the house.”  Sitting in [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Turning the Tide on Tybee Island After Hurricane Irma

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 10:55
SAVANNAH, GA (September 16, 2017) - Tybee Island is a barrier island 18 miles from Savannah, Georgia. It’s a place where the sand, sea, and salty breezes have a charm all their own. People from all over come to Tybee Island to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the easy-going coastal life for a while. Forty-seven years ago, Charles Kirk came to Tybee Island and liked it so much, he stayed. Since then, he [READ MORE]

Officer's Prayer Bracelets Open Conversation Leading to Salvation

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 08:47
Sebring, FL – Emotional and spiritual care during disaster and emergency situations is why The Salvation Army stands out after the unthinkable happens. Not only do survivors need their physical needs taken care of, but just having someone to talk to can make all the difference. Meridian, Mississippi Corps Officer, Major Young Soon Kim, on deployment in Sebring, Florida, takes a unique approach. She makes prayer bracelets from yarn and hands them out [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Speaks Hope to Tragedy

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 20:30
Brunswick, GA (September 15, 2017) – Tragedies have a tendency to pile up. Just three months ago a mother of three attended her husband’s funeral. He was only 43. When the mayor ordered an evacuation for Hurricane Irma, she spent her rent money taking her children to safety. When she returned home she had 42 cents and a landlord demanding payment.  She had never asked for help before, but she didn’t know what to do. The [READ MORE]

Crossroads Residents Learn the Value of ''Others''

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 19:53
(Fort Myers, Fla.) Sept. 15, 2017 - It’s hard to explain the calm inside The Salvation Army shelter on Sunday morning as Hurricane Irma lashed Fort Myers.

Fifteen men in The Salvation Army Fort Myers’ Crossroads program, staff and their families had a short devotional in the morning and spent the rest of the day waiting out the storm.

Crossroads is a  corps salvage rehabilitation center (CSRC), which helps [READ MORE]

Bringing Smiles Back: One Little Girl at a Time

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 19:18
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2017)  - There are many things a kindergartner could be doing on a September evening – playing with dolls, riding her bike, chasing the ice cream truck, even, practicing her ABCs. Translating for her mother who wants to know if she is allowed to get food from The Salvation Army canteen should not be one of those things.  Yet, this was what precious, six-year-old Carmen found herself doing, while her anxious mom held her five-month-old sister [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Expands Services in the Florida Keys

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 17:58
Florida Keys, FL (September 15, 2017) - On Friday, The Salvation Army amplified support and services to hurricane survivors in the Florida Keys. With flights from AERObridge, The Salvation Army began flying additional supplies and personnel directly to the Summerland Key Cove Airport in the Florida Keys. "The Florida Keys are in need of immediate and long-term recovery assistance," said Major Barry Corbitt of The Salvation [READ MORE]

'The Salvation Army are Like Angels'

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 17:09
SAVANNAH, GA (September 15, 2017) - As evacuees from across Georgia return to rebuild and refurbish their homes, The Salvation Army of Georgia continues to assess and redeploy its disaster relief operations for the most effective service of people impacted by Hurricane Irma. As power is restored to increasing areas, many Salvation Army service locations in the northern and central parts of the state have been concluded. Earlier this week, [READ MORE]

Six from Kroc Center Hawaii's EDS team deploy to Texas for hurricane recovery

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:49
HONOLULU (Sept. 14, 2017) – Six members of The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center Hawaii Emergency Disaster Services [EDS] Team will deploy to Beaumont, Texas, to assist in recovery efforts following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The two week deployment will be from Saturday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Sept. 30.  “The team’s initial assignment will be to serve in one of the EDS distribution warehouses,” [READ MORE]

Central FL Residents Grateful to See Salvation Army, Thankful for Food, Drinks

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 14:07
Avon Park, FL  – In Avon Park and much of Highlands County power has been out since Hurricane Irma blew through taking many power lines and poles with her. Residents spend their days outside their houses simply because it gets too hot. Ice is over an hour away, and many don’t have money to spend on gas to drive back and forth. So, they wait. “Right now, everything is happening in other places,” said Stacy Teague, Avon [READ MORE]

Golden Triangle Community Grateful for Salvation Army Support

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:56
Beaumont, Texas (September 15, 2017) – Something as simple as a clean shirt can mean so much in a time of crisis. The Salvation Army staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly in the Golden Triangle area of southeast Texas where need has been great following extensive flooding. Responders continue to touch lives every day through the delivery of hot meals, emotional and spiritual care, and the provision of essentials to people facing all kinds of challenges. “We [READ MORE]

Boys Home Reaches Out to Salvation Army for Help in Northeast Florida

Salvation Army - Disaster Services - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:43
Jacksonville, FL (September 15, 2017) - When Hurricane Irma blew through Jacksonville, Safe Harbor Academy lost power. Four days later, they were still without power and running low on food they could prepare for the 20 boys who call Safe Harbor home. The school reached out to The Salvation Army for help. Safe Harbor is a Christian boarding school for at-risk boys ages 14-17 years old. Each boy in the program lives on his own donated boat [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Provides Essentials to Flood-Hit Communities in Bangladesh

Salvation Army - International - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:41
Salvation Army emergency responders in Bangladesh are providing practical and emotional support to people affected by flooding in Jessore District websa@salvationarmy.org 2017-09-15T12:41:39Z
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