SEATTLE (April 4, 2014) – The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team has been working in Oso and the surrounding areas including Arlington and Darrington that were impacted by the mudslide on Saturday, March 22. Please visit our website for updated information about our work in the areas: www.SalvationArmyNW.org
Corporate Partners Help Raise Money
“We’re honored that these corporations have selected The Salvation Army as a partner for this fundraising effort,” commented Major Doug Tollerud, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Northwest Division. “They trust us and the work we are doing in the areas impacted by the mudslide. We’ll get the funds to the families who need it – now and in the future as they rebuild their lives.”
Long-time Salvation Army supporter Bartell Drugs has stepped up to help raise money for the families affected by the mudslide in Snohomish County, WA. The local drug store has been part of the community for nearly 125 years and has grown to 63 locations throughout the Puget Sound area.
Beginning March 31, all Bartell Drugs stores will collect donations from customers for The Salvation Army mudslide disaster fund. Plus, Bartell Drugs will match up to $10,000.
On Thursday, April 3, Papa John’s restaurants will donate the profits from all sales to The Salvation Army work in the areas affected by the Oso mudslides. This is truly a state-wide effort – 40 locations in Western Washington, plus three locations in Tri-Cities, and three locations in Spokane are participating.
The regular menu will be available on Thursday, plus a special offer -- large one topping pizza for $10.
SPIRIT 105.3 FM
On Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2, SPIRIT 105.3 is hosting a “Share the SPIRIT Pledge Drive.” This ongoing fundraiser invites listeners to partner with the station in its ongoing efforts to “reach even more people with hope, encouragement and the message of Christ.” With every ongoing gift of $30/month, the first month's contribution will be donated directly back to the community of Oso through the work of The Salvation Army.
How to Help
The most critical need right now is for monetary donations. There are three ways to contribute to The Salvation Army relief and restoration efforts for the Oso mudslide:
1. By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY – designate gift for ‘Oso Mudslide Relief’
2. On-line at: www.SalvationArmyNW.org – designate gift for ‘Oso Mudslide Relief’
3. By mail: Send a check, marked ‘Oso Mudslide Relief’ to The Salvation Army, Northwest Divisional Headquarters, 111 Queen Anne Avenue N #300, Seattle, WA, 98109
The best way to help during any disaster, large or small, is often to make a financial contribution. Cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. Salvation Army disaster services are funded entirely by donors, and The Salvation Army uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.
• $35 donation can provide copay to help with prescriptions
• $125 donation can provide one week of groceries to a family of four
• $250 donation can provide one week of gasoline to an individual whose commute to Everett or Seattle has been doubled by closure of highway 530
• $500 donation can help provide temporary housing to a family for one month
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The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 when William Booth decided to take his ministry into the streets of London where it would reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute. It is now part of the universal Christian Church, and an international organization meeting human needs in 123 countries around the globe. The Salvation Army continues its tradition in Western Washington by serving more than 400,000 people annually, always meeting human needs without discrimination. Among the services offered in this region are rent/utility/gas assistance, food pantry, clothing, disaster relief services, day care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, medical facilities, shelters for battered women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correction services, and substance abuse rehabilitation.
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