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IRA Charitable Rollover Extension

January 7, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Good news for seniors 70 and above: Included in the Tax Act last week, the IRA Charitable Rollover provision has been reinstated for 2012 and extended through 2013. This means that taxpayers can benefit their favorite charities like the Salvation Army and potentially reduce their income taxes!

There are at least three ways you can use your IRA to support the important work of charity in 2013.

1. Continuation:
The new law continues the IRA rollover for 2012 and 2013.

This means that if you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make gifts to charity directly from your IRA in 2013. Your gift will help you meet your annual distribution requirements and you will not have to pay tax on the amount given from your IRA to charity.

2. Catch-Up:
The new law has a special provision that allows you to make catch-up gifts from your IRA to charity n January 2013.

You can make a catch-up gift by making a gift directly from your IRA to charity in January 2013. Catch-up IRA gifts will be treated as if you made the gift in 2012. Catch-up gifts must be made by January 31, 2013.

3. Conversion:
The new law also contains special provisions that may allow you to convert a taxable distribution from your IRA to a a non-taxable distribution.

For more information please visit: http://myplan2give.org/?pageID=158 or email Jo Ann Remender.

IRA Charitable Rollover Extension

January 7, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Good news for seniors 70 and above: Included in the Tax Act last week, the IRA Charitable Rollover provision has been reinstated for 2012 and extended through 2013. This means that taxpayers can benefit their favorite charities like the Salvation Army and potentially reduce their income taxes!

There are at least three ways you can use your IRA to support the important work of charity in 2013.

1. Continuation:
The new law continues the IRA rollover for 2012 and 2013.

This means that if you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make gifts to charity directly from your IRA in 2013. Your gift will help you meet your annual distribution requirements and you will not have to pay tax on the amount given from your IRA to charity.

2. Catch-Up:
The new law has a special provision that allows you to make catch-up gifts from your IRA to charity n January 2013.

You can make a catch-up gift by making a gift directly from your IRA to charity in January 2013. Catch-up IRA gifts will be treated as if you made the gift in 2012. Catch-up gifts must be made by January 31, 2013.

3. Conversion:
The new law also contains special provisions that may allow you to convert a taxable distribution from your IRA to a a non-taxable distribution.

For more information please visit: http://myplan2give.org/?pageID=158 or email Jo Ann Remender.

Defend IN: 2012 World Record Bell Ringing Contest

November 27, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Last year, Caleb Stokes and Leilan McNally made bell ringing history. The men rang the iconic bells outside of the Emmis Communications Building on Monument Circle for 60 straight hours.

The World Record of Bell Ringing was put on by The Salvation Army’s National Headquarters as part of a national effort to celebrate and recognize 120 years of The Salvation Army Red Kettle. Now we celebrate 122 years!

2011 started with 24 contestants across the country. By 10 PM on Saturday there were only 3 contestants left. Leilan, Caleb and Darrell Tureskis, another contestant from Springfield IL, crossed the 60 hour mark and set the new world record. Contestants were required to stand the entire time and were allowed a 10 minute break every four hours. They also could not eat anything and could only drink water or sports drinks.

So who will beat that record this year? Will someone step up and defend Indiana as reigning champ?

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Current Record Stands at 60 Hours
  • Entry Deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • Rules of the contest include, but are not limited to:
    Contestants must stand the entire time
    Contestants must ring the bell continuously
    Contestants must be Army bell ringers
  • This year, contestants may eat and drink non-alcoholic beverages, but only during approved breaks.
  • The contest is open to Salvation Army bell ringers nationwide.
  • Entry deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Contestants must sign-up as bell ringers with their local Salvation Army unit

 

Background: The annual Red Kettle Campaign was started as a fundraiser by Salvation Army Captain Joseph Mcfee in San Francisco in 1891. Since that time, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army workers and volunteers spread throughout the country to ring bells daily and solicit spare change donations to the iconic red kettles from holiday shoppers. In 2011, the campaign collected a record $147 million nationwide, supported by the public’s nickels, dimes, quarters, dollars, credit cards and helped The Salvation Army serve 30 million people in communities where the money was raised.

For updates on the World Record contest as it takes place, please visit www.facebook.com/SalvationArmyUSA or www.blog.salvationarmyusa.org.

Week 2: Salvation Army Continues Service In NY and NJ

November 6, 2012 by · Comments Off 

From SalvationArmyUSA.org

The Salvation Army continues to serve hundreds of thousands of storm survivors following Hurricane Sandy. The most heavily impacted areas include New York and New Jersey where The Salvation Army remains committed to providing food, shelter and emotional and spiritual care.

In New Jersey, The Salvation Army is serving first responders and survivors at 16 shelters throughout the area and has been serving meals in 12 counties. In New York City, The Salvation Army – as the lead agency for the City’s Food Access Plan – is working with partners from across the city to coordinate the distribution of badly needed water and food supplies to 17 sites in Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

These locations include:

Staten Island

  • Parking Lot – Corner of Mill Road & New Dorp Lane
  • Midland Beach – Father Capodano Boulevard and Hunter Avenue

Queens

  • Conch Playground – 51st Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard
  • Hammel Playground – 84th Street & Rockaway Beach Boulevard
  • Red Fern House Playground – Redfern Avenue & Beach 12th Street
  • Breezy Point Parking Lot – Highland Park (between Rockaway Pt Blvd and East Market Pkway)
  • St. Francis De Sales – 129 Rocky Beach Blvd

Brooklyn

  • Coney Island – Surf Ave Playground – West 25th Street & Surf Avenue
  • Red Hook – Coffey Park – 85 Richards Street

Manhattan

  • Chelsea Park: West 27th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues
  • Lower East Side: Vladic Playground – East 10th Street, between C & D Avenues
  • Lower East Side: Al Smith Playground – Catherine Street, between Cherry & Monroe Streets
  • Lower East Side: Hamilton Fish Playground – Pitt Street & East Houston Street
  • West Village: Washington Square – 3 Washington Square Village, #1A, entrance at Bleeker
  • Financial District: PS 234 ­–   295 Greenwich, between Warren and Murray
  • Grand Street Settlement Houses (Water Only) – 413 Grand Street
  • Confucius Plaza on Division Street

In Nassau County, NY, meals ready to eat provided by the state and 1,000 blankets provided by The Salvation Army are currently being distributed to residents of Island Park, one of the hardest hit areas. And in nearby Suffolk County, NY, The Salvation Army is working to distribute in-kind donations for Sandy survivors.

The Salvation Army is so thankful for your continued support. If you would like to make a donation towards our relief efforts along the East Coast, please visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. You can also donate via text message: simply text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone.To donate by phone, please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate over the phone.

*Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

To send a check by mail, please designate the check “2012 Hurricane Season” and send to:

The Salvation Army Disaster Services Center
PO Box 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301

For more updates, please visit our Facebook page (Salvation Army USA), Twitter page (@SalvationArmyUS) and Emergency Disaster Services website: www.Disaster.SalvationArmyUSA.org.

Salvation Army Ramps Up Deployment Efforts in Sandy’s Wake

October 31, 2012 by · Comments Off 

New York City Officials Appoint Salvation Army to Coordinate Feeding at City Shelters

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As Hurricane Sandy barreled up the East Coast, leaving mass destruction and power outages in its wake, The Salvation Army prepared  for a long-term disaster response and recovery operation. Feeding has already begun at shelters in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, and mobile canteen units will deploy to the areas of greatest need as damage is assessed in the coming days. Crews will provide food, hydration, clean-up kits as well as emotional and spiritual care.

New York City
In New York City, officials from the Office of Emergency Management have appointed The Salvation Army as the lead agency for the City’s Food Access Plan to coordinate feeding at city shelters. For the next few days, The Salvation Army will be serving food at Seward High School in lower Manhattan where 1,000 people are being fed breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“It’s clear now that Hurricane Sandy was and continues to be a major and historic storm impacting millions of people,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Residents of the impacted areas can rest assured that The Salvation Army will be with them for the long-haul — providing practical, physical and spiritual support at the areas of greatest need.”

Current Salvation Army activities in other impacted areas include:

In New Jersey:

  • The Salvation Army is serving meals, snacks and drinks to hundreds of evacuees at 11 shelters in five counties.
  • While serving meals at a shelter in Union Beach, a Salvation Army canteen and a volunteer vehicle were flooded when waters rose unexpectedly. Despite the loss of these vehicles, Salvation Army volunteers continued to serve meals to both displaced residents and first responders.
  • Local senior citizens found refuge from Hurricane Sandy at The Salvation Army building in Red Bank.
  • In Montclair, The Salvation Army is operating a “charging” center for members of the community needing to charge their phones, computers or other electronic devices.
  • A canteen is embedded with Task Force 1, the State’s official search and rescue team.

Elsewhere in New York:

  • The Salvation Army provided food and shelter assistance at two locations in Albany as Sandy impacted that area last night.
  • On Long Island, The Salvation Army is assisting the American Red Cross with redistribution of supplies to eight shelters.

In Pennsylvania:

  • The Salvation Army is serving approximately 1,000 meals per day in nine shelters throughout the Philadelphia area.
  • In Lehigh Valley and West Chester, the Army is providing meals at three shelters.

In Stamford, CT:

  • The Salvation Army has served more than 400 meals and served 650 dinners Tuesday night using supplies collected for this year’s Thanksgiving meal.

The Salvation Army’s Emergency and Disaster Services System

  • 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.

How you can help:

  • 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.” *
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • For more information on The Salvation Army’s preparation and response to Hurricane Sandy, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.
 *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

October 30, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Mobile Feeding Units Serving at Shelters; Prepared to Serve Thousands of Meals in Wake of Historic Storm

From WISH TV

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — 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 provides compassionate care 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.” * 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 Tropical Storm Isaac, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

*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 Supports Isaac’s Forgotten Population

October 17, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Homeless Shelters full of needy and fearful people

Jackson, Miss. (August 28, 2012) – Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are actively serving residents of Hurricane Isaac impacted areas.

In New Orleans, Pascagoula, Miss. and Mobile, Ala. Salvation Army Homeless Shelters are filled to maximum capacity.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is already seeing an increase of people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

“Scared,” explains one man waiting outside The Salvation Army. “I’ve been through seven hurricanes, and I’m scared.”

With tropical storm conditions forecasted overnight, The Salvation Army is expecting more people to line up looking for shelter. Those numbers could swell even higher because the Waterfront Rescue Mission has closed through Thursday, due to its location.

“In emergency situations, we will open our doors to as many people as possible who are in need of a safe place to sleep. We will continue to provide shelter to the homeless throughout storm,” said Major Mark Brown, Coastal Alabama Area Commander.

For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings back anxious memories of previous storms. Herman Southland was living in Bayou la Batre when Hurricane Katrina hit. He woke up in the middle of the night to find his home flooded. Southland and his wife cut through their ceiling and spent two days on their roof, waiting for rescue. Now he’s homeless, and worries that he could get stranded again.

Another man explains that without a shelter like The Salvation Army, he is forced to sleep in parking garages during a storm.

The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in New Orleans continues to make accommodations for the influx of homeless seeking shelter from the storm. Already near capacity prior to Hurricane Isaac, the homeless shelter has now begun placing temporary cots around the building to handle the overflow.

In Pascagoula, Miss. fifty-five men, women and children enjoyed a hot lunchtime meal  and will ride out the storm.

The Salvation Army Homeless and Emergency shelter operates 365 days a year, providing shelter, feeding and emotional support.

“The Salvation Army shelter in Pascagoula runs like a well oiled machine,” stated Major Terry Ray, Area Commander for The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast Area Command. “They are always ready to take in those in need and share the love of Jesus with all.”

Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast continue to mobilize to respond to Hurricane Isaac, as it moves inland tonight. Army units in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and one fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response.  Additionally, The Salvation Army is prepared to supplement Gulf Coast states with canteens from inland states, as was necessary in response to Hurricane Katrina.

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 encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed of 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 Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” 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 Isaac, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

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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 Supports Isaac’s Forgotten Population

August 30, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Homeless Shelters full of needy and fearful people

Jackson, Miss. (August 28, 2012) – Salvation Army personnel throughout the central Gulf Coast are actively serving residents of Hurricane Isaac impacted areas.

In New Orleans, Pascagoula, Miss. and Mobile, Ala. Salvation Army Homeless Shelters are filled to maximum capacity.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama is already seeing an increase of people in the area looking for a safe place to sleep because of Tropical Storm Isaac.

“Scared,” explains one man waiting outside The Salvation Army. “I’ve been through seven hurricanes, and I’m scared.”

With tropical storm conditions forecasted overnight, The Salvation Army is expecting more people to line up looking for shelter. Those numbers could swell even higher because the Waterfront Rescue Mission has closed through Thursday, due to its location.

“In emergency situations, we will open our doors to as many people as possible who are in need of a safe place to sleep. We will continue to provide shelter to the homeless throughout storm,” said Major Mark Brown, Coastal Alabama Area Commander.

For many of the homeless, the threat of Isaac brings back anxious memories of previous storms. Herman Southland was living in Bayou la Batre when Hurricane Katrina hit. He woke up in the middle of the night to find his home flooded. Southland and his wife cut through their ceiling and spent two days on their roof, waiting for rescue. Now he’s homeless, and worries that he could get stranded again.

Another man explains that without a shelter like The Salvation Army, he is forced to sleep in parking garages during a storm.

The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope in New Orleans continues to make accommodations for the influx of homeless seeking shelter from the storm. Already near capacity prior to Hurricane Isaac, the homeless shelter has now begun placing temporary cots around the building to handle the overflow.

In Pascagoula, Miss. fifty-five men, women and children enjoyed a hot lunchtime meal  and will ride out the storm.

The Salvation Army Homeless and Emergency shelter operates 365 days a year, providing shelter, feeding and emotional support.

“The Salvation Army shelter in Pascagoula runs like a well oiled machine,” stated Major Terry Ray, Area Commander for The Salvation Army MS Gulf Coast Area Command. “They are always ready to take in those in need and share the love of Jesus with all.”

Salvation Army personnel throughout the Gulf Coast continue to mobilize to respond to Hurricane Isaac, as it moves inland tonight. Army units in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi have 24 mobile feeding units and one fully-equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate response.  Additionally, The Salvation Army is prepared to supplement Gulf Coast states with canteens from inland states, as was necessary in response to Hurricane Katrina.

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 encourages all residents of areas in the storm’s path to prepare an emergency supply kit and stay informed of 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 Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” 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 Isaac, please visit http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa or www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

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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.

More on Isaac From SA USA

August 29, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Tropical storm conditions forecasted to start overnight. At least 93 people are sleeping here tonight, because of Isaac. That number is expected to increase throughout the night. (courtesy of The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama)

Hurricane Isaac: Landfall Expected Wednesday Morning, 7 Years After Katrina

From Salvation Army USA

Residents of New Orleans may feel tropical storm force winds by midnight Monday in anticipation for Hurricane Isaac’s landfall on the Gulf Coast early Wednesday morning, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

In preparation for the storm, The Salvation Army is gearing up response teams and supplies in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, among other states, to provide food and hydration as well as emotional and spiritual care to all who may be impacted by the storm.

“We are taking every precaution to make sure that anyone who is impacted by Tropical Storm Isaac – resident or emergency responder – has all they need to make it through the storm, physically and spiritually,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations Secretary for The Salvation Army in the United States. “Our personnel are taking the storm very seriously and will be ready to respond and move into impacted areas to provide needed support.”

We continue to closely monitoring the storm track, with 24 mobile feeding units and a fully equipped 54-foot field kitchen ready for immediate deployment to the affected communities in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Each canteen, currently staged in Hattiesburg, MS, can serve 22,000 meals per day.

In addition to feeding 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
•        Emotional/spiritual care

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 Relief, PO BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301.  Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.

*Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Updates courtesy of The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services website – click here to get the latest news on all of our disaster relief efforts.

Tropical Storm Isaac: Serving, Monitoring and Preparing

August 28, 2012 by · Comments Off 

Courtesy of accuweather.com

From Salvation Army USA:

As of 8 a.m. this morning, Tropical Storm Isaac was picking up strength in the Gulf of Mexico and moving about 180 miles west of Fort Myers, FL towards Louisiana and Alabama.

The storm, which tore through the Florida Keys on Saturday and Sunday, is expected to hit as a Category 2 hurricane somewhere along the stretch west of New Orleans, the same area Hurricane Katrina struck seven years ago on Wednesday.

6,000 Florida residents are without power while many are suffering flooding in low-lying areas. The Salvation Army continues to serve meals and offer emotional and spiritual care to storm survivors in downtown Tampa and surrounding areas. Additionally, we are also preparing to open a disaster warehouse in Panama City.

Yesterday, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll toured The Salvation Army of Florida disaster warehouse in Tampa where she received an in-depth look at our disaster response operations from where mobile kitchens, equipment and supplies are dispatched.

Additionally, The Salvation Army is preparing to provide clean-up and hygiene kits, water, shower units and first-aid supplies.

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 Relief
PO BOX 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301. Please designate “2012 Hurricane Relief” on all checks.
At this point, in-kind donations are not being accepted. Used clothing and used furniture are seldom required during an incident. However, these gifts are vitally important in 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 all disaster-related updates, please visit The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services page at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.

*Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

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