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Food Boxes From Mississippi To New Jersey With Love

Gulfport, MS (November 15, 2012)—On August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Mississippi Gulf Coast. While the damage to the coast was catastrophic and overwhelming, what happened in the weeks and months to follow was even more amazing. Thousands of relief workers from all over the country flooded into Mississippi and Louisiana to provide aid to the storm ravaged communities. Police, National Guard troops, healthcare workers and numerous other specialty support personnel from other states deployed for weeks at a time to help those affected begin the recovery process.Mississippians were the beneficiaries of the largest deployment of disaster resources and responders in our nation’s history. Millions of dollars were donated to relief organizations to support the relief and recovery efforts. To this day, Mississippians and The Salvation Army remain aware of the sacrifice of so many who came to our aid following Katrina.

When Super storm Sandy roared ashore in New Jersey and New York, residents of Mississippi began asking what they could do to repay the generosity bestowed upon them seven years prior.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) began a dialogue with counterparts in New Jersey and New York to offer support. Bryant deployed Emergency Management and Public Safety personnel to New Jersey to support relief efforts. Remembering Katrina and wanting to do more, Governor Bryant contacted The Salvation Army in Metro Jackson to collaborate on a food drive to support intermediate recovery efforts in the northeast as the Holidays approach.

“I turned to The Salvation Army to help provide food boxes during the holidays to the thousands along the East Coast who remain in need. Now is our time as Mississippians to give back and remind the thousands of residents that we are praying for them and supporting them this holiday season,” stated Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi.

Utilizing The Salvation Army Southern Territories’ Disaster Services Food Box Program, the partnership hopes to complete over 1,000 food boxes between November 15 and November 18. The program was designed to provide an outlet for organizations and businesses to have hands on experience in disaster support, while also managing the donations of bulk gift in kind items. This week’s undertaking is the first time the Food Box program has been deployed in response to a Natural Disaster.

Participating groups and businesses are provided Salvation Army branded boxes and a list of items needed to complete a food box that feeds a family of four for four days. Items include canned food items, rice, beans and other non perishable food items. Once packaged in the food box, boxes are then palletized in bulk and shipped to a pre designated site for distribution.

“Mississippians who have been on the receiving end of disaster generosity so many times before, are happy to be sending these food boxes to our neighbors in the Northeast,” stated Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army in Jackson.

For more information regarding The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service program please visit www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by the 2012 Hurricane Season to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text* messaging the word “Storm” to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word,“Yes.”

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

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 128 years in the United States. Nearly 29 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. About 83 cents of every dollar raised is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The Salvation Army Continues to Support Residents of New Jersey in Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Union, NJ (November 1, 2012)—In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, The Salvation Army is providing life sustaining services throughout New Jersey in 10 of 11 counties by supporting 15 shelters.

As of October 30, 2012 The Salvation Army of New Jersey has already provided:

• 2,255 breakfast meals
• 4,512 lunch meals
• 5,770 dinner meals
• 26,967 snacks
• Over 26,420 bottles of water
• Countless cups of coffee for first responders and shelter residents
• 560 changes of clothes
• Hundreds of hours of emotional and spiritual care to comfort shelter residents

It is through the generous donations of the people of New Jersey that services such as these can be provided not only in times of crisis, but year round.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

About The Salvation Army
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 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to
 www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

Salvation Army Begins Service Deployment Ahead of Hurricane Sandy Landfall

Alexandria, VA (October 29, 2012)—As Hurricane Sandy moves on-shore Monday and into Tuesday, The Salvation Army is already beginning feeding operations at shelters along the East Coast. Additionally, dozens of mobile feeding units, able to serve thousands of meals, are stocked and ready to deploy into the most heavily impacted areas once it is safe to do so in coordination with emergency management officials. Crews will provide food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional and spiritual care.

“The Salvation Army is mobilized and ready to serve,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our mobile feeding units and staff are strategically positioned and already beginning to serve at shelter locations throughout the East Coast.”

Specific Salvation Army activities include:

In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks at 11 shelters in five counties. A full fleet of emergency response vehicles is ready to deploy if needed. This includes 10 fully-stocked mobile feeding units (canteens), two service vehicles, and one mobile command unit. A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State’s official search and rescue team, at Lakehurst Naval Base and may travel with them as they are deployed throughout the state.

In New York, The Salvation Army is coordinating with the local American Red Cross to provide volunteer support for shelters throughout Suffolk County. Eight canteens are equipped and ready to be deployed from the northern and western parts of the state.

In Philadelphia, PA, The Salvation Army is working closely with the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management to ready three shelters within the city to help ensure those impacted by Hurricane Sandy will have access to essential services and safety.

In North Carolina, Salvation Army volunteers worked for 34 hours feeding residents at a shelter in Morehead City. The Salvation Army in New Bern also served evacuees at a local shelter. Eight volunteers and two officers prepared 120 meals.

In Virginia, The Salvation Army in Hampton Roads has been providing shelter since Saturday evening. A shelter in downtown Norfolk has served 350 meals and distributed 70 hygiene kits so far.

In Maryland, The Salvation Army of Salisbury served lunch to more than 200 persons at a shelter on Sunday. The Army is also in assisting with sheltering and feeding activities in Annapolis and other parts of the state.

The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three-to-five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

The Salvation Army maintains a fleet of disaster vehicles and supply warehouses across the United States to enable speedy mobilization. There are more than 300 emergency response vehicles in the eastern and southern United States alone and nearly 600 units nationwide.

In addition to food, hydration, and emotional and spiritual care, The Salvation Army is also prepared to provide:
• Clean-up kits containing brooms, mops, buckets and cleaning supplies
• Hygiene kits
• Shower units
• First-aid supplies
• Communications support

The Salvation Army also provides a ministry of presence to residents looking for hope in the midst of turmoil. Pastoral care is available for all those impacted, but is not a prerequisite for receiving assistance. The Salvation Army encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to stay informed of and heed all warnings and evacuation orders. Disaster response professionals recommend having a three to five day supply of food and water for each member of your family as well as flashlights, medication and battery powered radios.

The Salvation Army asks people who want to help those affected by this disaster to visit www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

Donors may also contribute $10 via their phone bill by text messaging the word STORM to 80888, and confirming the donation with the word, “Yes.”*

Checks may be made out to The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Season” on all checks.

At this point, in-kind donations, such as used clothing and used furniture, are not being accepted for hurricane relief. However, these items are vital to supporting the day-to-day work of your local Salvation Army. Please consider giving these items to your local Salvation Army Family Store or dial 1-800-SA-TRUCK (1-800-728-7825).

For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit the blog, or at:   Salvation Army US  Salvation Army USA .

About The Salvation Army
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 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to  www.salvationarmyusa.org.

*A one time donation of ($10) will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to (80888) to stop; Text HELP to (80888) for help.

The Salvation Army of New Jersey Honors Those Lost on 9/11

Liberty State Park, NJ (September 11, 2012)—On this day of remembrance, in Liberty State Park, The Salvation Army was privileged to serve breakfast to the New Jersey State Police and approximately 150 family members of the victims of 9/11. They then traveled by boat to take part in the remembrance ceremony at Ground Zero.

For Stephanie Baker and her mother Cindy South, serving breakfast to the families of the victims on this day has become a solemn tradition. Stephanie and Cindy have volunteered to serve in this way for the last ten years.

“We are honored to be here with The Salvation Army providing this outreach in memory of those who were lost and to support their loved ones left behind,” said Stephanie.