BEHIND THE BELL – Eighth Day of Ringing


Observations from 12 Days of Ringing the Kettle Bell for The Salvation Army
My eighth day of ringing the kettle bell brought a story shared with me from a kettle contributor. I researched her story and I’m sharing what I found from The Salvation Army website.
We started chatting as my new friend was making her contribution. She told me about her daughter and family who live in New Jersey. She explained that help was very slow to come following Hurricane Sandy…except for The Salvation Army. They landed and began helping within hours of the storm hitting the East Coast. And, The Salvation Army is still there, more than one year later.
The Salvation Army website adds the following details:
“In the immediate aftermath of the storm, EDS (Emergency Disaster Services) canteens were dispatched to the hardest hit areas up and down the coast. With the help of staff and volunteers, meals, drinks, clothing, blankets and toiletries were distributed to victims and first responders. As part of a long-term recovery effort, the Army provided gift cards and in-kind products such as heaters, food, clothing, toys, diapers, linens, boots, and facemasks.
People had lost their homes, their memories, and things you simply can’t replace.
But one year later, signs of recovery remain as residents along the Coast work to rebuild their lives through service organizations like The Salvation Army.
“The goal of our Disaster Case Management process is to provide support, advocacy and connect residents with as many possible resources available to them without adding additional work and confusion to their already challenging process,” says Brenda Downing, Director of Social Services at The Salvation Army Southern New England.
Restoring normalcy in the lives of survivors is the Army’s primary objective.
With the support of donors and partnering organizations, affected individuals and families are being met with financial assistance, rebuilding and repair costs, and in-depth case management to address unmet needs.”
Do you have a Salvation Army story to share? Please comment below – I love hearing from you.
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“In the USA, The Salvation Army’s first major forays into disaster relief resulted from the tragedies of the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The Salvationists’ nationwide appeals for financial and material donations yielded tremendous support, enabling the Army to provide assistance to thousands. General Evangeline Booth (daughter of the founder), when she offered the services of Salvationists to President Woodrow Wilson during the First World War, thrust Salvation Army social and relief work to newer heights.” (Wikipedia)


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