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Pendel Expands Support to Flood Ravaged Communities Across 4 Counties

IMG_9711(Tuesday, August 14, 2018) In response to devastating flooding this week across eastern and central Pennsylvania, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) continues to provide crucial support to first responders and impacted residents.  This is all possible through a coordinated partnership with The Salvation Army’s Corps Community Centers, Service Extension Units and volunteers across the region. Continue reading “Pendel Expands Support to Flood Ravaged Communities Across 4 Counties”

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EDS Responds to Flooding in Eastern and Central PA

37802804_10156199862039473_8869171607281598464_nThe Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) activated teams in Pine Grove and Tremont, PA on July 24, 2018 – in response to significant flooding in Schuylkill County that occurred earlier that week.

EDS deployed staff and volunteers to Pine Grove to provide food, water, comfort and care to displaced local residents and first responders assisting with evacuations. They prepared over 200 meals to people at a temporary shelter at the Pine Grove High School. EDS delivered 300 clean-up kits to residents who are in need of cleaning their homes damaged by the flood. EDS crews also provided feeding support for flood victims at an emergency shelter in Tremont.

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Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria Relief: Philadelphia and Beyond

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Displaced Families Receive Christmas Assistance at The Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters In Philadelphia on December 21

Hundreds of families displaced by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico have relocated to Philadelphia with little more than the clothes on their backs. The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is among several agencies in the city who are assisting these families as they rebuild their lives.

In response to the influx of Puerto Ricans evacuating to Philadelphia following Hurricane Maria, the city established a Disaster Assistance Service Center (DASC), located at Rivera Recreation Center at 5th Street and Allegheny Avenue.   The Salvation Army has provided $97,600 of assistance to 424 families seeking assistance at the DASC in the form of $100 gift cards to Target (up to $300 per family). Continue reading “Hurricane Maria Relief: Philadelphia and Beyond”

Hurricane Maria

Pendel Deploys Additional Personnel to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria Relief (video)

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Residents Line Up for Meals at a Corps Community Center in Puerto Rico

As the island of Puerto Rico slowly starts to recover from Hurricane Maria, The Salvation Army remains steadfast in its efforts to provide food, essential supplies, comfort and care to tens of thousands impacted by the storm.  Additional personnel from the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware (Pendel) Division deployed this week to aid in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

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Hurricane Maria

Your Generosity Generates Hope in Puerto Rico and USVI (with photos & video)

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The Salvation Army in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria

It has been eight days since Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The islands also endured significant damage from Hurricane Irma just two weeks earlier.

With your generous support The Salvation Army has been able to provide essential food, comfort and care to thousands of hurricane survivors.

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Hurricane Irma

Reaching the Unreachable

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~Captain Tawny Cowen-Zanders, Public Information Officer, Naples Incident Command

When you still have critical needs more than a week after the storm has passed, when you feel like you’re one of the last ones to have your power restored, and when you feel like the last one to be asked “how are you doing,” you grow used to feeling forgotten. So, when you hear the sound of a utility terrain vehicle (UTV) making its way down your narrow street, which is partially hidden by tree branches and lined with deep holes, you are surprised – very surprised. Continue reading “Reaching the Unreachable”

Hurricane Harvey

The Salvation Army is Making a Difference

HOUSTON-Nabors_Conroe-ESC-29~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

As my time in Houston comes to a close, I am overwhelmed with a range of emotions. The last two weeks have been inspiring, heartbreaking and exhausting.  When I first got to Houston, driving across town it wasn’t obvious at first if the passing neighborhoods had endured any flooding. But as the days went by and people had the opportunity to start cleaning, mounds of trash started emerging along the streets – evidence of how Harvey had ruined their homes and impacted their lives. Continue reading “The Salvation Army is Making a Difference”

Hurricane Harvey

Volunteers and Canteens: Partners in Serving with The Salvation Army

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Sandy Marshall of Georgetown, Texas with the Williamson County canteen serving in Houston

~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

The blazing sun in the cloudless Houston sky brought no relief to the residents cleaning out their Hurricane Harvey ravaged homes. But amidst the piles of dry wall, furniture and refrigerators along Seeker Street, a Williamson County (TX) Salvation Army mobile kitchen stood out like a beacon.

“We’ve been pushing out 1,000 meals over the last couple of days,” said Mike Marshall, a Salvation Army volunteer from Georgetown, Texas. Continue reading “Volunteers and Canteens: Partners in Serving with The Salvation Army”

Hurricane Irma

The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Deploys to Florida for Hurricane Irma Relief (Photos & Video)

21728135_10212346604212723_644584910783584305_nIn the wake of Hurricane Irma, The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is sending aid to Florida in the form of disaster relief equipment and a team of local disaster relief responders. Four food and hydration mobile feeding units and a crew of eleven EDS staff and volunteers departed from Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, September 12.  An additional six EDS staff members are deploying today, September 13, to provide command and leadership support to other Salvation Army EDS crews that are currently on site in Florida, as well as crews who are arriving from across the nation.  The local EDS teams and equipment plan to be in Florida for approximately 14 days.  Hurricane season 2017 is The Salvation Army’s largest natural disaster response to date. Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Deploys to Florida for Hurricane Irma Relief (Photos & Video)”

Hurricane Harvey

Hope and Healing in Houston

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Emotional & Spiritual Care teams deliver cleaning kits to families impacted by Hurricane Harvey

~Alexandra Ferber, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE’s Public Relations Manager, is in Houston, Texas assisting a national communications team with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.  She is on the front lines, telling the stories of Houstonians impacted by Harvey and how The Salvation Army is helping them put their lives back together.

The Incident Command center is a bee hive of activity with a team of Salvation Army staff and officers who are planning and executing disaster relief and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

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