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Midwest Food Bank Key Partner for The Salvation Army

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:27
Fort Myers (September 22, 2017) - The Salvation Army in Fort Myers has an ongoing partnership with Midwest Food Bank which has the ability to supply food on an ongoing basis. Midwest Food Bank has been an extraordinary partner as they’ve been able to provide a large number of food boxes that The Salvation Army will be distributing to families in affected areas. Currently, 720 boxes are staged and ready to go. Several more are in the pipeline and will [READ MORE]

Many Hands Make Light Work

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:20
Collaboration helps The Salvation Army and its partners Do The Most Good in the wake of Hurricane Irma Fort Myers, FL  – Bethany Quisenberry, Principal of Franklin Park Elementary School in Fort Myers, Florida stands in the school cafeteria abuzz with parents, children, and families enjoying a hot meal in the cool air conditioning and selecting non-perishable food items to take home.  “Having [READ MORE]

One Stop Shop Serves Fort Myers Hurricane Irma Survivors

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 10:46
ONE STOP SHOP SERVES FORT MYERS HURRICANE IRMA SURVIVORS U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s Staff Hosts Irma Recovery Assistance Centers

FORT MYERS, FL – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s staff hosted a comprehensive recovery assistance center in Fort Myers on Thursday, September 21st to help residents affected by Hurricane [READ MORE]

Bonding, Blessings and Bracelets in Port Aransas, Texas

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 21:36
Port Aransas, Texas (September 21, 2017) - “When the hurricane hit there was no media here to let people know how badly we got hurt and how devastated our community was,” said 66-year-old Port Aransas resident, Bonnie Schmolbach. Bonnie and her husband were preparing to live out their retirement in Lorida, Florida. They had recently remodeled their Port Aransas home to sell and were just two weeks away from moving when [READ MORE]

Doing Good for Others - One Meal at a Time

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:36
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 21, 2017) – As a professional chef in luxury hotels for over 20 years, James Monahan is used to cooking with the finest ingredients for a clientele that enjoys the finer things in life.  Today, he may not be cooking in a luxury hotel with the finest ingredients but he is putting his professional skill set and compassionate heart to good use as a volunteer chef for The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Irma relief effort in Collier County. [READ MORE]

From The Classroom To Field Service: The Salvation Army Cadets arrive in Houston

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:59
Houston, Texas - Only a few short weeks ago, a group of Salvation Army Cadets went about their normal routines at The Evangeline Booth College for Officer Training (EBC) in Atlanta, Georgia with little thought of severe weather, disaster recovery, or Texas.  Today, these same Cadets are serving on the front lines in the Houston Area Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.  While we all pray that Emergency [READ MORE]

Don't Know What We Are Going to Do, But I'm Glad We Have This Meal

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 07:14
Palatka, FL (September 21, 2017) - The first shooting star Jacob Wills ever saw was on the fifth night the power was out. Hurricane Irma plowed through his town days before, knocking down trees and ripping shingles off roofs. The night was a hot one, but the mosquitos were not out and it felt cooler outdoors. “Alex and I were outside looking at the stars and I started naming the constellations for him,” said [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army: Here to Serve

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:54
Disaster does not choose who it strikes. It affects the rich, the poor, the old, the young. Since Hurricane Irma barreled through Florida, The Salvation Army has served more than 18,000 meals to people in the northeast part of the state. But 18,000 is just a number; there is a story behind every meal. Perhaps it fed a first responder keeping communities safe during the storm. Or a storm survivor, digging through the ruins of their home. Or maybe it fed a person in a forgotten community [READ MORE]

Emotional and Spiritual Care: An Essential Need in Disaster Response

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:55
Victoria, Texas (September 20, 2017) - After a disaster strikes, The Salvation Army is immediately on the scene to provide food and shelter for first responders and survivors. In addition to the survivors immediate needs, the Army also focuses on the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of those impacted. Trained emotional and spiritual care staff and volunteers are often dispatched to work alongside The Salvation Army mobile feeding units as they minister in hurting [READ MORE]

MPOWERD and The Salvation Army Partner to Provide a Light in the Darkness

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:45
Corpus Christi, TX (September 20, 2017) Just as The Salvation Army prepared for the anticipated response which would be needed following landfall of Hurricane Harvey, other organizations and corporations prepared to help with relief efforts.  MPOWERD, along with its generous corporate partner Direct Energy, headquartered in Houston, donated thousands of Luci EMRG solar lights to be distributed in the hardest hit areas where power will take quite some time to restore. “Our [READ MORE]

In The Face of Utter Destruction, Faith Stands Tall in Texas

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:56
Victoria, Texas (September 20, 2017) - In the most rural outset of Victoria, Texas, George and Andrea Zdansky, 85 and 75 respectively, huddled together in their living room as Hurricane Harvey unleashed its fury, breaking tree limbs and claiming parts of the home for its own. During the storm, part of the roof over the living room flew off forcing the couple into the office until the chimney collapsed through the roof. Then they took refuge under the few stable [READ MORE]

Reaching the Unreachable - No One is Ever Forgotten

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 17:59
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2017) – When you still have critical needs more than a week after the storm has passed, when you feel like you're one of the last ones to have your power restored, and when you feel like the last one to be asked "how are you doing," you grow used to feeling forgotten. So, when you hear the sound of a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) making its way down your narrow street, which is partially hidden by tree [READ MORE]

Salvation Army Harvey Update Houston, Tuesday, Sept. 19

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 16:26
Houston, Texas (September 18, 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]

Bonita Springs Receiving Much-Needed Help

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:50
(Bonita Springs, FL) - The Salvation Army has been serving lunch and dinner to residents in Bonita Springs who have traveled in thigh-high water, some in boats, to receive a hot meal and hydration. A number of blocks in the area are still without power. Don Manley, Estero, FL resident and member of the local Rotary Club was in the area to lend a helping hand. After Don Manley and his wife finished working in the shelters in Lehigh [READ MORE]

Martin County Salvation Army happy to help wherever needed across wide area

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:14
Fort Pierce, FL. – Four short months ago, The Salvation Army of Martin County, Florida’s service area was enlarged, adding St. Lucie County to the north. Corps Officers, Captains Samuel and Christine Kim knew their lives would be busier than before. Little did they know Hurricane Irma would have something to say about that. Luckily for the Kims, Stuart, Florida where their Corps is located received very minimal damage. They’ve [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Prepares for Impact of Hurricane Maria

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:36
(West Nyack, NY) - Families and individuals in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are having to face another round of potential devastation, threatened by Hurricane Maria. The Salvation Army continues to provide food and hydration to the affected residents. To ensure the charity is prepared to serve following Hurricane Maria, The Salvation Army is working with local and national partners, like UPS, to send containers of water, food, and vital supplies [READ MORE]

Care Will Continue After the Last Canteen Rolls Away

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 06:27
Middleburg, FL (September 19, 2017)— Vernon is 79 years old and a veteran who spent two years in Vietnam. His eyes are clear blue and his smile is wide. He is a widower who lives alone on Black Creek in a single-wide trailer on the lot he and his wife bought 40 years ago. A long dirt driveway leads to his house which is partly hidden by trees. Wide wooden stairs lead up to the house and lattice skirts the ten-foot gap between his home-on-stilts and [READ MORE]

The Salvation Army Comes Full Circle for Port Aransas Resident

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 23:17
Port Aransas, Texas (September 18, 2017) - “My house is pretty much at a total loss,” said Hurricane Harvey survivor David Beane. Like many other Port Aransas residents, the storm tore off the roof of David’s home and caused severe water damage. “I’m actually in the water damage business,” said David, "so I’ve kept pretty busy taking care of everybody else.” [READ MORE]

Piercing the Darkness: Shining a Light into the Community

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:22
Naples, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Clervania Lahens wasn’t expecting much for her birthday gift – perhaps some dark chocolate or a lovely bouquet of wildflowers.  She would have even settled for a few moments of peace and quiet, especially since she shares her home with her husband and two sets of twins ages 3 and 15, as well as her other children ages 5, 11, 17, and 20. Never in her wildest dreams would she have believed her birthday gift would [READ MORE]

Volunteer Discovered Passion to Serve Others at The Salvation Army

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:01
Dallas, Texas (September 18, 2017) – Staci Forester watched the forecast and reality of Hurricane Harvey unfold from her home in Ohio, as the storm caused devastation along the Texas coastline. The impact and catastrophic effect on Texans struck home with Staci, as she grew up in Fort Worth and has many family and friends living in the Lone Star state. Staci is a nurse with a background in emergency medical services, and first [READ MORE]