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The Salvation Army Raises Over $650,000 for Alberta Fire Response

Edmonton, May 13, 2016 The Salvation Army has now raised $651,524 for the Alberta fire response efforts. While The Salvation Army is still serving food to some of the first responders, we are experiencing increased demand for our assistance from Fort McMurray evacuees across the province. Our community and social service programs are distributing food, clothing and other items to help people with immediate and pressing needs. If people require assistance, The Salvation Army is available to help based on people’s needs and our capacity to serve.

Our thrift stores in Alberta are also giving out clothing to people from Fort McMurray. Due to depleting stocks of inventory, we are now requesting donations of clothing, bedding, linens, furniture and household goods at our thrift stores in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary. This is to replenish supplies given out to Fort McMurray evacuees.

The public can still help with relief efforts through monetary donations. Donations can be made atSalvationArmy.ca/albertafires or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. A $10 donation can be made by textingFORTMAC to 45678.

The Salvation Army has operated our community and social programs in Fort McMurray since 1979 and will continue to be an active and supportive presence in the city. Given the harrowing and traumatic experiences that many Fort McMurray residents have gone through, we encourage all Canadians to continue keeping this community in your thoughts and prayers in the days and months ahead.

Photo credit: Larry Wong, staff photographer/photojournalist, Postmedia Network

For further information please contact:

John McAlister
National Director of Marketing and Communications
The Salvation Army
Phone: 416-467-3186
Email: John_McAlister@can.salvationarmy.org

Captain Pam Goodyear
Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and Development
Alberta and Northern Territories Division
Phone: 403-410-1115
Email: Pam_Goodyear@can.salvationarmy.org

Original post: http://www.salvationarmy.ca/blog/2016/05/13/the-salvation-army-raises-over-650000-for-alberta-fire-response/

Local Salvation Army helps out in Fort Mac

Brian Beveridge (left), Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Coordinator, Alberta & Northern Territories, serves hot dogs and coffee to people on Alberta Highway 63 on May 5, 2016. An out-of-control wildfire covering over 10,000 hectares of forest has forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, the fourth largest city in Alberta. Over 80,000 residents of the northern Alberta city have been evacuated as fire threatens to consume the city and surrounding area. A provincial state of emergency has been declared in Alberta. (PHOTO BY LARRY WONG/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

Brian Beveridge (left), Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Coordinator, Alberta & Northern Territories, serves hot dogs and coffee to people on Alberta Highway 63 on May 5, 2016. An out-of-control wildfire covering over 10,000 hectares of forest has forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, the fourth largest city in Alberta. Over 80,000 residents of the northern Alberta city have been evacuated as fire threatens to consume the city and surrounding area. A provincial state of emergency has been declared in Alberta. (PHOTO BY LARRY WONG/POSTMEDIA NETWORK)

While the fires in Fort McMurray have attracted global attention, it’s the response of Albertans that have caught the hearts and minds of the nation.

With relief flooding into the area from all over, it was only natural that Grande Prairie would find a way to help our neighbours to the northeast. That help came in the form of Maj. Brian Beveridge of the local Salvation Army, who is currently stationed on the frontlines of the disaster.

“He’s up with a crew of other Salvation Army personnel from around the province and they’re feeding first responders using our mobile food trucks,” said Maj. Edith Beveridge, Brian’s wife.

Brian flew out of Grande Prairie on May 4 but wasn’t able to enter the Fort McMurray area until May 5 because the highway was too dangerous to drive through.

Brian couldn’t be reached for an interview, but Edith did share that her husband hasn’t spoken to her about the mindset or moral of the 500 people he and his crew of 12 are serving, as everyone is too busy to slow down and talk.

“They have pretty primitive conditions. They’re staying at a college there – as there’s a dining room – and that’s where they prepare the food in the trucks and then take it inside to feed the first responders. He was saying that they are just staying in a communal room on cots in the college and there’s no power or water in the building, just port-a-potties. It’s a little primitive, but that’s OK he’s done it before,” said Edith, adding people are also wearing masks because the smoke is settling.

The Beveridges are no strangers to wildfire disasters as the couple provided relief and counselling during the 2011 Slave Lake fire, which caused more than $750 million in damages and displaced hundreds of people.

“He said it looks quite similar to the Slave Lake fire; where the burned areas are it’s like a war zone basically,” she said.

Edith expressed that while the outpouring of supplies from Albertans is a wonderful thing to see, Grande Prairie residents who wish to help should do so with monetary donations to organizations such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

“We find that being able to go and buy specifically what people need is just much more effective and it also helps to jump start the economy of the areas that are devastated because we try to buy locally. Most charitable organizations find that it becomes a logistical nightmare (to deal with material donations)….It just ends up coming in tractor trailer after tractor trailer and there’s no place to process it and often because people’s homes are gone they don’t need the things right away so it can become a logistical nightmare,” she said.

Salvation Armies across the province will be providing clothing through their thrift stores to Fort McMurray families and will also be accepting donations for the Salvation Army’s Alberta wildfire relief efforts.

Donations can be made at SalvationArmy.ca/albertafires or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. A $10 donation can also be made by texting FORTMAC to 45678.

Original Article Courtesy Daily Herald Tribune

The Salvation Army Serving 2,000 Meals a Day to First Responders in Fort McMurray

Major Brian Beveridge of Grande Prairie, Ab helps with the #FortMacFire

The Salvation Army’s community response vehicles are serving 2,000 meals a day to first responders engaged in the Fort McMurray fire efforts. In addition to distributing food, water and hygiene kits, we are also providing emotional and spiritual care – a listening ear – to those tasked with combating the fire and ensuring public safety.

The Salvation Army is also supporting evacuees who have relocated to other areas of the province. Our community and social service programs are distributing food, clothing and other items to help people with immediate and pressing needs. If people require assistance, The Salvation Army is available to help based on people’s needs and our capacity to serve.

Clothing
Our thrift stores in Alberta are giving out five sets of clothing to people from Fort McMurray. If people from Fort McMurray are in need of clothing, they can turn to The Salvation Army for help and need only provide their Red Cross registration number. We are also providing practical assistance such as food and hygiene kits.

We are currently requesting donations of clothing at our thrift stores in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary only. This is to replenish supplies given to Fort McMurray evacuees.

Dimageonations
The public can also help with relief efforts through monetary donations. Donations can be made at SalvationArmy.ca/albertafires or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. A $10 donation can be made by texting FORTMAC to 45678.

Practical, Emotional & Spiritual Care
The Salvation Army is committed to supporting the evacuees as best we can. Salvation Army personnel are available to provide practical assistance, such as food and clothing, or emotional and spiritual care.

The Salvation Army has operated community and social programs in Fort McMurray since 1979 and will continue to be an active presence in this city.

Salvation Army Responds To Fort McMurray Fire

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The Salvation Army is deploying two Community Response Units to assist with feeding 800 first responders engaged in the Fort McMurray fire response efforts. Two additional response units are preparing to arrive in the area in the next 24 hours.

All Salvation Army Officers and staff in Fort McMurray were safely evacuated to several different locations yesterday. There is no information on the status of Salvation Army properties in Fort McMurray.

A Disaster Response Team has been established at the Alberta & Northern Territories Division Headquarters to coordinate The Salvation Army’s ongoing response. Offers of assistance have also been received from Territorial Headquarters and the British Columbia and Prairie Divisions.

At this time, the best way for the public to help with relief efforts is through monetary donations via our website at www.SalvationArmy.ca .

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by this horrific fire.

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Fort McMurray Disaster

The Salvation Army has deployed several mobile kitchens to feed first responders and evacuees in Fort McMurray and surrounding reception centres and also teams to assist with emotional and spiritual care. DONATIONS: Anyone wishing to donate to the fire evacuation and recovery efforts in Fort McMurray can do so by the Donate button, or call 1-800-725-2769.
Since we do not have a local Thrift Store for storage purposes - we will not be able to accept donations of used clothing or furniture items at this time. It has been our experience as an organization helping at both Slave Lake and High River that the logistical problems of so many donations coming in becomes a nightmare to the helping agencies on the other end. Rather the best way to donate is through monetary donations so that when a particular need is identified - it can be addressed specifically.

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