GREAT blog about recovery efforts in Joplin!
Archive for May, 2011
“I PROMISE YOU NOTHING!”
When President Wilson declared war against Germany on April 7, 1917, Americans were psychologically unprepared to participate in the “war to end wars,”
Evangeline Booth(USA National Commander 1904-1934) summoned a Salvation Army National War Council and created a National War Board to meet the needs of American soldiers. She appointed national, territorial, and provincial war secretaries so that the entire Salvation Army was placed on a war-service basis.
The Army set up service centres, hostels, adjacent to United States military camps. But Evangeline wanted to do more than serve military in the United States. “American boys are going to France,” she said. “We must go with them.”
She sent Lt. -Colonel William S. Barker to France to find out how The Salvation Army could best serve the American troops. Barker found that American Expeditionary Forces, upon landing in France, did not go to the front at once.
Soldiers who had expected to be participating in great battles found themselves drilling in mud from morning to night. An epidemic of homesickness spread through the troops.
Barker cabled: “SEND OVER SOME LASSIES.” Evangeline determined to send only the very best. “I felt it was better to fall short in quantity than to run the risk of falling short in quality,” she stated. ” Quality is its own multiplication table. Quality without quantity will spread, whereas quantity without quality will shrink.”
The first group of 11 officers (a married couple, 4 single women and 5 single men) sailed on August 12, 1917. Evangeline charged them: “You are going overseas to serve Christ. You must forget yourselves, be examples of His love, willing to endure hardship, to lay down your lives, if need be, for His sake. In your hands you hold the honour of The Salvation Army and the glory of Jesus Christ…. Anyone failing will be shot! She concluded, “I promise you nothing. I don’t know what you will get into, it may be life, it may be death; it may be sickness, it may be loss – I promise you nothing!”
By October, 1917, ensigns Helen Purviance and Margaret Sheldon had been appointed to the First Division, at Montiers-sur-Saulx. After 36 days of steady rain, with a blanket of depression hanging over the whole area, they agreed that “we ought to be able to give them some real home cooking, “but supplies had run out and were difficult to buy locally. The only things they could purchase were flour, sugar, lard, baking powder, cinnamon, and canned milk. “What about pancakes?” “No good cold, or without syrup.” “Doughnuts?”
the ‘Lassie’ who fried the first doughnut in France
The first doughnuts were patted out by hand. A small wood fire was coaxed in a low, pot-bellied stove. A frying pan was used and the first doughnuts were fried “seven at a time.” The tempting fragrance of frying doughnuts drew the homesick soldiers to the hut, and they lined up in the rain, waiting for a taste. The word went around. “If you’re hungry and broke, you can get something to eat at The Salvation Army.”
refreshments in the trenches
The doughboys noticed that Salvationists catered to their needs rather than hobnobbing with officers. As instructed by Evangeline, none went near an officers’ mess. They trudged through the sticky mud to the chow line to get in line with their “boys.”
The doughnut girls saw death frequently. During major engagements, they often worked in field hospitals. Soldiers who had died during the previous twenty-four hours were buried each afternoon. Sometimes only a few people could be present.
USA Doughnut Girls – Ansauville c.1918
The girls would always attend the burials, singing, praying and leaving wild flowers at the graves. Off to one side, the Germans were buried. When the simple services for American soldiers were over, the girls would say, “Now friends, let’s go and say a prayer beside our enemy’s graves.”
Disaster Response doesn’t take a holiday – Salvation Army continues clean up response in multiple statesPosted: May 28, 2011 in Disaster Relief, How We Help, News, Uncategorized, Volunteerism
The Salvation Army is still actively serving storm victims in Arkansas and Oklahoma from severe storms earlier this week as well as continued flooding.
In the last two days, The Salvation Army has provided food and hydration to responders and survivors in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Since mid-April, The Salvation Army has provided over 25,000 meals to those affected and responding to floods, tornadoes and wildfires.
Storm survivors and responders are being served in Etna by Lt. Josh Robinett and volunteers from Russellville. Several hundred meals and over a thousand drinks have been handed out. Additionally, Feed The Children delivered a truck load of supplies this morning to The Salvation Army to help with disaster response efforts across the state.
In Fort Smith, The Salvation Army continues to provide lodging, food, and hydration for those without electricity at 301 N. 6th Street. Approximately 42 nights of lodging and over 300 meals have been provided in the last two days to those affected by the Tuesday storms.
The Salvation Army continues to serve National Guard Troops in McGehee. They have now served over 7,000 meals and volunteers have provided close to 1,500 hours of service. Jason Martin, McGehee Salvation Army, and Captains David and Joanna Robinson of Pine Bluff have been very involved in the service. Three meals a day are being provided as well as snacks and hydration.
The Salvation Army deployed units from Enid, Lawton, Oklahoma City and Ponca City as well as personnel from Chickasha, El Reno and Stillwater. Services were provided in Blaine, Canadian, Delaware, Grady and Payne counties to responders and survivors of the tornadoes that struck on Tuesday, May 24.
In Chickasha service continues from the Chickasha Corps and the Lawton Canteen will return on Saturday to provide additional meals.
In El Reno, The Salvation Army’s Teen Center turned into a shelter and a “gathering” place for information for people affected by the tornado. Meals, hydration, and some social service assistance have been provided.
Captain Warren Jones and the Tulsa canteen continue to serve in Joplin, Missouri where the devastating tornado struck on Sunday, May 22. The team deployed from Tulsa has been on site since Monday morning and will be replaced today with a team from Arkansas, including Lt. Philip Canning, Corps Officer fromFayetteville.
The Salvation Army depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters can make a donation to support Salvation Army Disaster Services. These gifts make it possible for The Salvation Army to provide food and hydration, emotional and spiritual care, and other assistance to disaster survivors.
Visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose
The Salvation Army in Arkansas and Oklahoma is active in disaster response to several areas as a result of weather related events.
A strong storm system crossed Oklahoma and Arkansas on May 24 that developed multiple thunderstorms and tornadoes across the division.
The Central Oklahoma Area Command has been dispatched to a location West of El Reno to support search, rescue and recovery efforts. The command post is being operated by El Reno Fire Department at Highways 66 and 270. Lunch and dinner will be served to responders at the command post as well as storm survivors.
The El Reno Service Center continues to act as a shelter for those who lost homes. It has also become an information center for residents. The command is also providing transportation for supplies being delivered to Delaware County to assist with response efforts in that area as a result of storms on Sunday.
The Enid canteen continues to serve responders and storm survivors in Woodward County. Damage assessments are still underway in the area.
The Lawton canteen provided breakfast to the shelter at Bible Baptist Church in Chickasha (Grady County) this morning. The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross on shelter operations.
Captain Ernest Hull, Lawton, and Lt. James Biddix of Chickasha are assessing the damage in Grady County and working with emergency management to see if there are further needs.
The Ponca City canteen completed service late last night as search and rescue efforts near Stillwater were completed. Missouri Captain Warren Jones, Sapulpa, and a volunteer continue to be on the scene in Joplin, Missouri where a devastating tornado hit on Sunday evening. They arrived at 3:30 Am on Monday morning.
The canteen, capable of 2,000 meals per day, is now located near St. John’s hospital supporting numerous responders.
Captain Jones said, “On Monday, the faces of the residents were in total shock. It was difficult to even serve a bottle of water or cup of coffee as they didn’t even know they needed it.”
Additionally, flooding still continues to be an issue in both states due to previous storm systems. Arkansas Lt. Josh Robinett, Russellville, will be serving lunch from the Little Rock canteen in Denning (Franklin County) today. Denning was struck by a tornado late last night.
The Salvation Army is working closely with American Red Cross and local emergency management to ensure the immediate needs of responders and survivors are met.
In McGehee (Desha County), The Salvation Army continues to support National Guard troops working on levees along the Mississippi river. Jason Burns, McGehee Service Center, as well as numerous volunteers have served 5,752 meals over 13 days.
Captain David Robinson, Pine Bluff, is also on sit3. Volunteers from Desha and Chicot counties have provided 1,343 hours of service.
The Salvation Army needs financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters can make a donation to support Salvation Army Disaster Services.
These gifts make it possible for The Salvation Army to provide food and hydration, emotional and spiritual care, and other assistance to disaster survivors. Visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate. All donations for disaster services will be used for the designated purpose.
In times of disaster, we see the true spirit of mankind.
We see our nation come together to reach out to those who are hurt and suffering, to ease the pain of losing everything they own or, worse, a loved one.
From sports teams to businesses to an individual, everyone wants to be able to help. Everyone wants to be part of an effort to mend their community.
In response to the tragic tornadoes that touched down in Joplin, Mo. and Reading, Kan. this weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs will donate $35,000 to disaster relief efforts. Additionally, they and their media partners are teaming up with The Salvation Army Midland Division to hold a bottled water drive at Arrowhead Stadium for Kansas City residents to assist victims.
How can you help? Most importantly, pray for those affected. Your prayers have more power than you think.
Secondly, volunteer. In affected communities across the south, volunteers are needed with The Salvation Army to help hand out food, water and comfort. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to find contact information for your area.
Third, donate to the effort. Disaster response is a major undertaking that requires hundreds of hours of manpower and tons of supplies. Food, water, clean up kits, toiletries are all items that do cost money, and The Salvation Army supplies those needs daily to thousands of victims and rescue workers.
No donation is too small. It’s easy these days to donate as well. Text the word “JOPLIN” to 8088 to make a $10 donation to The Salvation Army relief efforts in Joplin or “STORM” to 8088 to donate to relief efforts throughout the south, i.e, Tennessee, Arkansas and Tuscaloosa, Ala. Yes, we’re still in those communities too, helping with ongoing disaster relief.
As always, you can also call 1-800-SAL-ARMY to donate or donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org.
This has been a deadly spring. The Salvation Army is there to help and will continue to be there as long as we’re needed.
The Salvation Army Supports Tornado Relief Efforts in Joplin, Missouri Mass Feeding Efforts Continue in Hard-Hit Reading, KansasPosted: May 23, 2011 in Disaster Relief, How We Help, News, Uncategorized, Volunteerism
The Salvation Army is supporting relief efforts in Joplin, Missouri, which was hit by a deadly tornado Sunday.
A Salvation Army emergency disaster services team based out Pittsburg, Kansas has been deployed to Joplin to help carry out mass feeding for residents and first responders through a mobile feeding kitchen capable of serving thousands of meals a day.
Teams from Kirksville and Springfield, Missouri are also en route. Meanwhile, in hard-hit Reading, Kansas, which was nearly demolished by a tornado late Saturday night, two Salvation Army mobile feeding kitchens, one stationary and one roaming, served meals, snacks and cold drinks to more than 250 people today.
The canteens will be back in operation tomorrow and will likely continue service through the rest of the week in Reading.
Tomorrow, more than a dozen members of a Kansas motorcycle club are volunteering for The Salvation Army to help with clean-up efforts in Reading. The motorcycle club will be working from about 4:30 pm until 8 pm.
Financial donations to The Salvation Army disaster relief efforts may be made by texting the word ARMY to 90999 for an automatic $10 donation.
To make a credit card donation, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or go to http://www.salvationarmy.us. Checks may be mailed to The Salvation Army, 3637 Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64111.
Last week, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma tried something a little bit new. Because our facilities are so close to the Oklahoma City Arena, where our very own Oklahoma City Thunder basketball games are held, we thought we’d try to raise funds by parking cars.
For $5, visitors to the game could park at our lot on SW 4th between Harvey and Hudson Ave. For $10, they could park and get a ride to the arena.
What a success!!! We parked 60 cars and raised $300 to help purchase basketball jerseys for the youth program at the Canadian County Salvation Army Service Unit. What’s more, the Oklahoma City Thunder donated $1,500 from their auction proceeds to help us meet our goal of $1,800 for jerseys!
Needless to say, we were ecstatic and so thankful for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the fans for helping us buy jerseys for youngsters in Salvation Army programs.
Well, it worked so well, we’re doing it again.
On Saturday and Monday both, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will again open its parking lot for $5 parking or $10 parking and shuttle to the game. A shuttle will not be available after the game, however.
This time, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club will be the recipients of the money raised. So if you are looking for an affordable place to park and want to help kids at the same time, please park at The Salvation Army lot, located on SW 4th between Harvey and Hudson Ave. Parking begins at 6 p.m. both nights.
National Salvation Army Week in Central Oklahoma means big announcements, fun activities, volunteer thanksPosted: May 12, 2011 in How We Help, News, Success Stories, Uncategorized, Volunteerism
Wow, what an exciting week it has been for The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma!
Not only did we unveil plans on Monday to relocate from our current location, where we’ve been for a half century, but we also announced an amazingly generous gift from Chesapeake Energy Corp. of $5 million to build The Salvation Army Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope!
Our new location will be a 26-acre campus located at NW 10th and Pennsylvania Ave., where the old AMC Flea Market now stands.
Although Chesapeake’s gift gets The Salvation Army’s Capital Campaign off to a good start, we must raise $10.3 million total to meet our goals. As we thank donors this week for their past and current support of the Army’s mission to help all those in need, we will also rely on their support even more.
On Tuesday, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command helped to host a Planned Giving seminar for the public, featuring national speaker and author, Conrad Teitell.
The seminar for the public included practical talk combined with a healthy dose of humor as he gave guidelines for sound estate planning –– from avoiding unnecessary taxes to keeping a plan up to date.
On Thursday morning, The Salvation Army officers and staff from throughout Oklahoma held a Legislative Breakfast to meet and greet our state representatives and senators. Lt. Governor Todd Lamb was our special guest.
On Friday, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma will host a very special volunteer appreciation breakfast. Without the dedication and bravery of our hundreds of volunteers, our mission of “DOING THE MOST GOOD” would be much more challenging.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of what the Army does in each community. THANK YOU!
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command unveiled plans today to relocate and rebuild its facilities, expanding its service to the community by building a “Center of Hope” at its new property at the corner of NW 10 and Pennsylvania Blvd.
The announcement was made on the first day of National Salvation Army Week, May 9 – 15. In addition, Chesapeake announced a major gift of $5 million to The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Campaign.
Due to Oklahoma City’s Core to Shore redevelopment initiative, The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will be required to relocate from its 50-year-old location at 311 SW 5 St.
“This opportunity to relocate will allow the Salvation Army to upgrade our programs and services to better serve a growing and dynamicCentral Oklahoma,” said Central Oklahoma Area Commander Major Dan Proctor. “The Salvation Army never closes and operates in Central Oklahoma 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, providing spiritual and social services for over 160,000 people a year.”
The new Salvation Army Center of Hope will combine all the Army’s family, community and social services in one 26-acre campus. Included will be a Family Service Center, the Red Shield Kitchen and public Dining Room, Emergency Shelters, Transitional Family Residences and an Operating Endowment.
The Salvation Army’s goal is to raise $10,325,000 for the first phase of the project. Chesapeake’s lead $5 million gift will kick off the Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma’s Center of Hope Capital Campaign.
“This is an exciting time of growth, increased diversity, civic beautification and urban renaissance for Oklahoma City,” said Chesapeake CEO Aubrey K. McClendon.
“For more than 120 years, the Salvation Army has been a part of the city’s story, building on the values that have made Oklahoma City the great city that it is today. As the city landscape changes before our eyes, the Salvation Army must change with it. Chesapeake is proud to be a part of the Salvation Army’s future, helping provide better facilities and program delivery for the less fortunate in our community.”
Major Proctor said the lead gift from Chesapeake is a blessing to the communities that The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma serves.
“We are honored by and grateful for the generosity and community spirit that Chesapeake has shown in helping bring the future of our services to reality in Central Oklahoma,” he said. “With this gift, The Salvation Army will be able to continue and expand our efforts to help families fight hunger, despair and homelessness. Chesapeake helps bring hope to those who suffer in our community.
Martha Burger, Sr. Vice President – Human and Corporate Resources atChesapeake, said the programming offered by The Salvation Army is vital to the community.
“It is an honor for Chesapeake to help this outstanding organization adapt to the changing needs of the community,” said Burger.
“The vision for the Center of Hope is an exciting opportunity for growth and is essential to provide vital programming in our growing community. By centrally locating services in a comprehensive facility, clients will be provided more efficient and effective access to a wide range of Salvation Army services.”
The Salvation Army Oklahoma City Center of Hope’s one-stop location will combine a comprehensive network of family and homeless services, including: shelter, emergency provision of food, clothing, utility assistance, prescription medications, rent assistance, emergency weather relief, disaster relief, rehabilitation referrals, personal finance classes, parenting and life skills classes and other forms of help.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will host nationally-recognized speaker, author, lecturer and law professor Conrad Teitell for two workshops – one for professionals and one for the public – on choosing the best charitable life-income plan and estate planning on Tuesday, May 10.
The event, “Choosing Wisely Among Charitable Life-Income Plans,” is geared for professional and technical advisors. The event will be held from 8:30 to 1130 a.m. on Tuesday. A second seminar for professionals will be held Wednesday, May 11 at the Double Tree Hotel in Tulsa. Both qualify for Continuing Education Credit.
The public workshop, “SMART ESTATE PLANNING… For Yourself, Your Family and The Salvation Army,” will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd. The Tulsa workshop will be 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 11 at the Southern Hills Country Club, 2636 E. 61st St.
Teitell is a popular lecturer, practicing lawyer, writer and professor. He is known throughout the United States for his ability to translate complicated laws into understandable English. He has been featured on televisions programs on taxes and estate planning, and he joined Warren Buffett in testifying at the U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing on the federal estate tax revision.
The seminar for the public will include practical talk combined with a healthy dose of humor as he gives guidelines for sound estate planning –– from avoiding unnecessary taxes to keeping a plan up to date. Estate planning involves much more than passing property on to others at death. He will also talk about how to provide for yourself, your loved ones and The Salvation Army, as well as the latest estate, gift and generation-skipping tax laws.
Participants can register online at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Glenda or Michelle at 1-800-227-2156