Pendel Expands Support to Flood Ravaged Communities Across 4 Counties

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Delivering Supplies to Schuylkill County

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.

In Schuylkill County, crews continue for a second day supplying food and beverages in Gilberton. They also distributed 100 clean-up kits to Frackville residents in need of cleaning their homes damaged by the floods. A Salvation Army canteen (mobile feeding operation) is based at the United Methodist Church in Gilberton. As of Tuesday afternoon, The Salvation Army has provided a total of 400 meals and more than 300 clean-up kits in Schuylkill County (including the communities of Port Carbon, Pine Grove, Frackville and Gilberton). Continue reading “Pendel Expands Support to Flood Ravaged Communities Across 4 Counties”

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EDS Provides Comfort & Care to Schuylkill Co Communities Devastated by Flash Floods

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A Volunteer Prepares Soup for Displaced Residents & 1st Responders

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) has activated teams in Schuylkill County in response to significant flooding from summer storms in several local communities today.

Staff and volunteers based at The Salvation Army of Pottsville and The Salvation Army’s Service Extension Unit are supplying meals for first responders and displaced residents in Tremont and Donaldson. They are also providing coffee, water, and snacks to emergency responders at a command center established in Frackville. On Tuesday, EDS will be distributing clean-up kits to residents who are in need of cleaning their homes damaged by the floods. Continue reading “EDS Provides Comfort & Care to Schuylkill Co Communities Devastated by Flash Floods”

Plans Launched for new EDS Command Center in Philadelphia with Help of $1M Gift from Local Philanthropists

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Stephen & Sandra Sheller

Plans for a new Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) Command Center in Philadelphia are now underway. The project was formally unveiled to the public on July 17 at a reception at the historic Divine Lorraine Hotel. The “Celebration of Philanthropy” marked the launch of the project and honored philanthropists Stephen and Sandra Sheller of Philadelphia, whose generous $1,000,000 gift made the Command Center possible.

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Hurricane Maria Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico & USVI

Beginning Phase 3 Long Term Recovery

huggingAs The Salvation Army begins Long Term Recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, we have met with several corporate entities, partner agencies and FEMA.  We continue to create our organizational structure around the principles of collaboration and relationship building with allies throughout the region.

As noted in previous updates, there are still parts of Puerto Rico without power and water, and the infrastructure continues to be a major problem.  With many traffic lights still in disrepair, road signage gone, and potholes large enough to swallow small vehicles, traffic is impeded with hazards that make travel dangerous.  Accidents are common place, and getting around can be a great challenge.  Downed power lines, debris, and abandoned buildings add to the general unsightliness, as there is an overwhelming amount of repair needed.  All of this creates real need for emotional and spiritual care, a focused priority for The Salvation Army.  We have set aside funds to make referrals to mental health professionals, as needed. Continue reading “Hurricane Maria Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico & USVI”

Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless, May 19, 2018

About 100 runners braved the chilly temperatures and pouring rain on Saturday May 19, to participate in the Maniac Magee Run for the Homeless at Chatham Park Elementary School to benefit The Salvation Army of Norristown’s Family Shelter.

 

The two-mile run, now in its 20th year, was organized by the Chatham Park Parent-Teacher Association to celebrate the lessons learned in the book, “Maniac Magee” by Norristown native Jerry Spinelli who later raised his family in the Chatham Park community.

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EDS Gears Up for Additional Winter Storm Relief in Eastern PA

Crews Have been Working Around the Clock in Pike & Monroe Counties Since March 3
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EDS Team Serving in Pike County

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) has all hands on deck as a winter snow storm is set to hit the region Tuesday night, March 6 and throughout Wednesday, March 7.

Snowfall amounts are forecasted at six to 12 inches throughout Greater Philadelphia, the Poconos and Northeast Pennsylvania, and three to six inches in Northern Delaware.  The Salvation Army is ready to provide whatever support is necessary to city, county and state officials before, during and after the winter storm.

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The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Preps for Deployment to Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief

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People walk through flooded streets in Galveston, Texas, on August 26. Photo: CNN

The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania & Delaware’s Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) is preparing for deployment to Texas to aid in the disaster response and relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. With the widespread impact of the disaster already being felt and what could be an unprecedented relief effort, The Salvation Army’s Divisional EDS Department is readying a team of staff and volunteers to respond to Texas. Continue reading “The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE Preps for Deployment to Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief”