Idyllwild, CA (July 19, 2013) – As the rapidly growing Mountain Fire nears Idyllwild and Palm Springs, The Salvation Army is increasing both its on-the-ground efforts and its preparation for long-term assistance.
The Army has command posts in Hemet and Cathedral City so it can provide relief and support to evacuees and first responders at both the front and back end of the fire. Relief canteens (mobile feeding units) and trucks are handing out water and snacks at the turnaround points law enforcement has set up to keep people out of potentially dangerous areas. Mobile units are roaming to assist stranded motorists or any one else needing hydration.
Both the Hemet and Cathedral City Salvation Army Corps Community Centers have large kitchens where volunteers can prepare meals as needed. Dozens of volunteers including short wave radio operators are on notice that they may be needed at any time should the situation become worse and evacuations increase. Units from San Bernardino, Riverside, Moreno Valley and Murietta are on alert to join The Salvation Army in Hemet and Cathedral City.
The Salvation Army Family (thrift) store in Perris is preparing vouchers to help those who will need clothing as well as household items for long term assistance in rebuilding.
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by the wildfires, followed by our hands,” said Lt. Tony Poe of Hemet. “Our Salvation Army officers are ordained ministers who can provide emotional and spiritual support as well as those tangibles such as water, snacks, a good meal.”
“When we serve the adults and children, uncertainty and fear shows in their eyes despite their brave smiles. Along with hydration and food, spiritual comfort is our priority. We appreciate all of our community volunteers and those who give so generously to help these folks who clearly are hurting,” says Lt. Sean Kelsey of the Cathedral City Salvation Army in the Coachella Valley.
Monetary donations are the best way to help in a disaster. Please designate MOUNTAIN FIRE RELIEF.
Donors can give online:
Donors can give by mail:
The Salvation Army Dick and Beverly Davis Corps Community Center
30-400 Landau Boulevard, Cathedral City, CA 92234
The Salvation Army Pearl E. Rogers Corps Community Center in Hemet
340 S. Palm Avenue, Hemet, CA 92543
** We are expecting minimum recovery/relief efforts for the evacuees.About The Salvation Army