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A Family Store Fire
Contra Costa, California (September 9, 2013)—The Salvation Army Concord deployed its canteen (mobile feeding unit) to the Morgan Fire burning near Mount Diablo State Park in Contra Costa County. Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services personnel are there to serve meals, snacks and water to first responders and those impacted by the fire.
Last night, The Salvation Army served 375 dinners to the first responders on the fire lines and an additional 35 meals to local evacuees. Earlier this morning, the canteen moved to Camp Parks in Dublin to assist with the feeding of the incoming strike teams. At the request from fire incident command, The Salvation Army prepared and served 400 breakfast meals.
Denver, CO (August 19, 2013 6:00 PM)—Salvation Army emergency disaster response personnel have responded to a request from Jefferson County to support field operations in the Glencoe Valley Fire that erupted this afternoon near Golden, Colorado.
The Salvation Army’s Denver Metro disaster services team arrived on-scene at 8300 Glencoe Valley Road in Golden to provide hydration and nutrition items for sixty firefighters from a mobile feeding truck. Teams remain prepared to provide additional support as the situation develops.
This evening, Salvation Army teams continue their legacy of supporting the community during Colorado’s fire season. Over the course of this summer, The Salvation Army has provided disaster relief to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees of wildfires across Colorado. Today, The Salvation Army provides recovery assistance to those impacted by multiple Colorado fires including the devastating Black Forest Fire that burned more than 500 homes and small businesses.
Courtney Culpepper, Public Relations & Special Events Director
Office: (303) 860-5460 Cell: (720) 402-4449
Idyllwild, CA (July 19, 2013)—The Salvation Army ramps up Mountain Fire relief as the rapidly growing Mountain Fire nears Idyllwild and Palm Springs, increasing both its on-the-ground efforts and its preparation for long-term assistance.
The Army has command posts in Hemet and Cathedral City so it can provide relief and support to evacuees and first responders at both the front and back end of the fire. Relief canteens (mobile feeding units) and trucks are handing out water and snacks at the turnaround points law enforcement has set up to keep people out of potentially dangerous areas. Mobile units are roaming to assist stranded motorists or any one else needing hydration.
Both the Hemet and Cathedral City Salvation Army Corps Community Centers have large kitchens where volunteers can prepare meals as needed. Dozens of volunteers including short wave radio operators are on notice that they may be needed at any time should the situation become worse and evacuations increase. Units from San Bernardino, Riverside, Moreno Valley and Murietta are on alert to join The Salvation Army in Hemet and Cathedral City.
The Salvation Army Family (thrift) store in Perris is preparing vouchers to help those who will need clothing as well as household items for long term assistance in rebuilding.
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the wildfires, followed by our hands,” said Lt. Tony Poe of Hemet. “Our Salvation Army officers are ordained ministers who can provide emotional and spiritual support as well as those tangibles such as water, snacks, a good meal.”
“When we serve the adults and children, uncertainty and fear shows in their eyes despite their brave smiles. Along with hydration and food, spiritual comfort is our priority. We appreciate all of our community volunteers and those who give so generously to help these folks who clearly are hurting,” says Lt. Sean Kelsey of the Cathedral City Salvation Army in the Coachella Valley.
Monetary donations are the best way to help in a disaster. Please designate MOUNTAIN FIRE RELIEF.
The Salvation Army Dick and Beverly Davis Corps Community Center
30-400 Landau Boulevard, Cathedral City, CA 92234
The Salvation Army Pearl E. Rogers Corps Community Center in Hemet
340 S. Palm Avenue, Hemet, CA 92543
** We are expecting minimum recovery/relief efforts for the evacuees.
The massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone (Florida Division) that destroyed the camp’s largest building—its dining hall—on Saturday did not prevent various summer camp programs from continuing.
The Florida Fire Marshal’s office, which is still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, says the three-alarm fire started in the laundry area of the building and caused an estimated $3 million in damage.
More than 300 campers and staff were sleeping when a Bradford County deputy discovered the fire about 2 a.m. Two-dozen fire crews from Bradford and Clay counties and the city of Starke assisted in fighting the massive overnight fire at Camp Keystone that destroyed the building.
Those campers in a cabin closest to the dining hall were evacuated. No one was injured in the fire. The dining hall, originally built in the mid 1970’s, has undergone renovations in the last few years, but is now a charred shell.
The annual Music Conservatory final concert went ahead as planned with a capacity audience from parents and friends around the division. One counsellor was reported to say to the media “They were singing & dancing in the tabernacle just like nothing ever happened.” On Saturday morning breakfast consisted of Pop Tarts and juice. The counsellor also stated “so the day is going on fine.” The Jacksonville Area Command canteen arrived and served through the weekend.
Later on Sunday, a 53 ft mobile feeding kitchen rolled into Camp from the Divisional Emergency Disaster Services base in Tampa. The kitchen, having seen service at hurricanes, floods and tornadoes, will now provide meals for campers and staff for the remainder of the camping season.
Please pray for Captains Platt the newly appointed Divisional Youth Secretaries; Tony & Pam Bellis, camp caretakers, staff and campers at Keystone.
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Phoenix, AZ (July 12, 2013)—The Salvation Army continues to provide assistance in Yarnell for Fire Survivors. Since the relief effort began, The Salvation Army has served more than 9,000 meals, 20,000 beverages, and 5,000 snacks. The majority of the meals were served to the incident personnel planning the memorial service and funerals of the 19 fallen firefighters. On the day of the memorial service, The Salvation Army was privileged to serve breakfast and lunch to more than 900 Honor Guard members.
“Many thanks to The Salvation Army for the meals they provided,” said Mark Hart, Information Officer, Arizona State Incident Management Team. “It kept us going as we were working 12-hour days. We also want to thank The Salvation Army for making signs to welcome back the fallen firefighters on Sunday. The signs were a focal point at the courthouse, and the community was able to write messages of support.”
The Salvation Army has been providing support and relief to the community of Yarnell in addition to the efforts in Prescott. The Salvation Army has been serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Yarnell since Monday. Assistance, which includes utility support, food boxes, gift cards for groceries, clean-up kits, fan boxes, miscellaneous other requests, and emotional and spiritual support, has been provided to more than 120 individuals and families. The Salvation Army actively seeks out those needs that are often overlooked. As a result, one five-year-old girl received a bicycle to replace the one she lost in the fire.
“The Salvation Army is grateful to our donor and volunteers,” said Lt. Elaine Mansoor, Prescott Corps Officer for The Salvation Army. “Businesses and individuals from the community have embraced us and helped us in countless ways. The people in Yarnell have a long road to recovery but they have joined together to rebuild. The Salvation Army is here to provide long-term recovery support.”
To Donate to The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. In-kind donations are not currently being accepted. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army has been serving the Southwest since 1893. Through a broad array of programs the centers provide services to the homeless, working poor, children and youth, addicted, elderly, and abused. The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. For more information, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Phoenix, AZ (July 02, 2013)—The Salvation Army disaster team expands as the Yarnell Hill Fire grew past 8,400 acres and remains zero percent contained.
On Tuesday, July 2, The Salvation Army began providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner to first responders and survivors. Salvation Army canteens are en route from Henderson, NV, and Flagstaff AZ, to expand meal service. Currently meals are being provided at the shelter located at Yavapai College and for the staff at Yavapai County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
To assist with the feedings, Fry’s Food Stores provided a large refrigeration truck. They also donated two pallets of water, one pallet of energy drinks, and one pallet of granola bars. Fry’s Family Stores has also promised to donate water for the duration of the disaster response.
To donate, visit: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/southwest/Yarnell-Fire or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “AZ Fires.” Checks can also be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 80066, Prescott, AZ 86304. Please designate “AZ Fires.”
You may also text IGIVE AZ to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. No donations of material goods are being collected at this time.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army has been serving the Southwest since 1893. Through a broad array of programs the centers provide services to the homeless, working poor, children, youth, addicted, elderly, and abused. The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. For more information, please visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.
Phoenix, AZ (July 01, 2013)—The Salvation Army has responded to a request for aid in the Yarnell Hill Fire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters. The blaze grew past 8,300 acres as temperatures were expected to reach 100 degrees. The Salvation Army is providing various forms of recovery assistance to those affected by the fire. The Salvation Army in Prescott is doing social service intake for families affected by the fire to provide for immediate needs and offer spiritual support. In addition, The Salvation Army in Wickenburg is providing intake as Route 89 is closed and many evacuees cannot get to Prescott.
Beginning Tuesday, July 2, The Salvation Army canteens will begin providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for up to 100 people. Recovery efforts are expected to be long-term and The Salvation Army plans to be present as long as there is a need.
To donate, visit: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/southwest/Yarnell-Fire or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “AZ Fires.” Checks can also be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 80066, Prescott, AZ 86304. Please designate “AZ Fires.” No donations of material goods are being collected at this time.
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army has been serving the Southwest since 1893. Through a broad array of programs the centers provide services to the homeless, working poor, children, youth, addicted, elderly, and abused. The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church.
Denver, CO (June 23, 2013)—As fires continue to erupt across Colorado, The Salvation Army calls in Emergency Disaster Services teams from New Mexico, California, Wyoming and Montana in response to requests for aid in multiple locations around the state. The Salvation Army’s Colorado teams have worked non-stop since the Black Forest Fire began burning nearly two week ago. In just eleven days, these teams have provided nearly 13,000 meals and more than 50,000 snacks and drinks to first responders, law enforcement and evacuees of multiple fires.
Salvation Army disaster services personnel continues to provide food, hydration and emotional care to Black Forest Fire evacuees as they return home through the Vollmer Road re-entry point located at School in the Woods. Tomorrow, The Salvation Army will begin feeding operations at the West Fork Fire shelter in Del Norte. Teams remain on standby to provide relief in the East Peak Fire burning near Walsenburg.
Monetary donations are desperately needed to help The Salvation Army meet the immediate needs of those affected by the wildfires, as well as plan for long-term recovery efforts. The Salvation Army uses 100% of your disaster donations in support of local disaster relief operations. To give, visit www.imsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) and designate “Colorado Fires.” You may also text GIVEHOPEIM to 80888 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army.* Donations by mail may be designated “Colorado Fires” and sent to: The Salvation Army P.O. Box 60006 Prescott, AZ 86304 In–kind donations are not currently being accepted outside the disaster area. However, these gifts are vitally important to your local Salvation Army. To give items locally, visit www.SATruck.com or call 1-800-SA-TRUCK.
Public Relations & Special Events Director
THE SALVATION ARMY I INTERMOUNTAIN DIVISION
1370 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, CO 80203
Office: 303-860-5460 I Mobile: 702-402-4449