Salvation Army Establishes Supply Line to Haiti

The Salvation Army is continuing to support movement of personnel and materials to Haiti to support its 700 officers and staff who have been responding to the needs of residents for the past five days.A 14-person medical team of eight doctors and six nurses arrived in Port-au-Prince today, along with medical supplies. Several other disaster response teams from the U.S. and Canada are expected to leave from south Florida tomorrow.Furthermore, a staging area has been established in Miami, FL, at a 100,000-square-foot warehouse that will be used to transfer supplies to Haiti. The Salvation Army is also working with several other corporate donors and vendors to deliver mobile hospitals, water purification units, bottled water, tents, lanterns and other supplies.To read more about The Salvation Army’s ongoing efforts in Haiti, read our latest press release here. You can also visit our national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org or follow us on  Facebook and Twitter.

The Salvation Army Helps the Less Fortunate to Have a Merry Christmas

The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division is preparing to make Christmas 2009 a happy occasion for thousands of Chicagoans who are without family or resources. Army Corps Community Centers in the Greater Chicago area are distributing more than 9,000 Christmas food baskets containing traditional holiday food to people in need.Additionally, thousands of children’s gifts – many donated to The Army as part of the Angel Tree Program – also are being presented to needy families.On Christmas Day, The Army’s Harbor Light Center, 1515 W. Monroe Street, will treat approximately 500 people to a Christmas meal with all the trimmings. A sit-down dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Additionally, the center will deliver, as part of its Mobile Feeding Program, another 700 meals to homeless people spending Christmas in vacant city lots, under bridges, on Lower Wacker Drive, and elsewhere in Chicago.Not just at Christmas, but 365 days a year, The Salvation Army assists people in need by providing feeding programs for homeless people, children, and seniors; emergency lodging for families and individuals in crisis; disaster relief; substance abuse rehabilitation programs; youth programs; and early childhood development services.

Metro Youth Band Members to March in Rose Bowl Parade

Those watching the traditional New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade will see 45 members of The Salvation Army’s Metro Youth Band, which is on the trip of a lifetime in sunny Southern California, where daytime temperatures are in the mid-60s.The average age of the members of the Metropolitan Division band is 16. Many are from disadvantaged neighborhoods, have never been on a plane, let alone been to Pasadena, or any of the other California attractions where they will perform.This year’s Grand Marshall is Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, who piloted US Airways Flight 1549 that he landed in the Hudson River in January without a single loss of life.As the Chicago group joins other Salvation Army bands to form the 200-member strong Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band parading down Colorado Boulevard, they will play a mix of Broadway tunes, marches, Salvation Army music, jazz and Latin music.The Salvation Army Tournament of Roses Band is one of 21 elite bands in the historic Rose Bowl parade. Metro Youth Band members will also march in a parade in San Diego and perform at the Crystal Cathedral and at Disneyland.The Salvation Army currently has music programs in eight Chicago Public Schools, where students receive instrumental, vocal, drum line and keyboard instruction in addition to general classroom music. The mission of the Metropolitan Youth Band is to provide an outlet for young musicians and fellowship with other young musicians, while providing opportunities for musical growth and Christian, community-based service.Watch the parade, January 1, 2010 on ABC 7 Chicago at 10AM.Metropolitan Youth Band Website