Salvation Army Ramps Up Mountain Fire Relief In California

Salvation Army Ramps Up Mountain Fire Relief

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.

Donors can give online:

Donors can give by mail:

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.

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San Francisco Salvation Army Receives Special Delivery from FedEx

San Francisco, CA (May 21, 2012)—FedEx Corp. made a very special delivery last Friday to The Salvation Army, Golden State Division during National Salvation Army Week. As part of the company’s commitment to supporting disaster relief efforts around the world, FedEx donated a custom Disaster Response Unit (DRU) to The Salvation Army, the first vehicle of its kind to be used in San Francisco. The new canteen will help Salvation Army workers and volunteers better serve the community by providing meals to needy and displaced residents during and after natural disasters.

“At FedEx, we are fully committed to disaster relief and recovery through our transportation network and are known for making critical deliveries in times of need,” said Rose Flenorl, manager, Global Citizenship, FedEx Services. “Through the donation of this new Disaster Response Unit, we hope to help The Salvation Army continue to deliver much-needed food and aid to San Francisco-area residents in times of need.”

The co-branded DRU, valued at $100,000, is one of 15 units that FedEx has donated to The Salvation Army global fleet during the past five years. It is outfitted with the latest equipment and technology to assist disaster response personnel in helping community members during and after emergencies such as fires, earthquakes, floods or other weather-related disasters.

The custom-designed and built unit features a fully functional kitchen where workers and volunteers can prepare meals and feed approximately 2,500 people per day. It is also outfitted with a GPS tracking device which keeps Salvation Army commanders aware of the unit’s exact location at any given time. In addition to assisting personnel during disaster situations, the unit will participate in The Salvation Army’s street outreach program, which serves approximately 750 unsheltered people per week.

“Mobile feeding units are the main pillars of The Salvation Army’s disaster response capability and other local feeding efforts,” said Major Wayne Froderberg, emergency disaster services coordinator, The Salvation Army’s Golden State Division. “These Disaster Response Units, like the one donated by FedEx, allow our responders to be among the first on the scene of a disaster and help ease the devastation experienced by so many involved.”

The canteen donated for use in the San Francisco area represents over $1.5 million dollars in vehicles that FedEx has donated worldwide in the past five years. In addition to the donation last week, units have been presented to the following U.S. cities — Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Memphis and Boston — and are in use abroad in San Juan, London, Mexico City, Sydney and Winnipeg.

About FedEx

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established 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 the broadest 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 spent is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to