The Salvation Army Responds to San Bruno, CA Explosion

September 10, 2010
Christie Sutton | | (404) 728-1300

The Salvation Army's South San Francisco canteen (mobile kitchen) was deployed to San Bruno around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night, September 9 to provide cold drinks to emergency workers and firefighters responding to the fiery gas line explosion there. The team also provided aid and counseling to families displaced from their homes.

The canteen team returned to South San Francisco late last night with plans to return to the San Bruno area this morning to take part in a local assistance center.

The best way the public can offer practical help is by making a financial gift that can be used to buy the supplies most necessary for survival in the fire's aftermath. 

:: ONLINE: click here for a link to our donation portal 

:: PHONE: 1-800-Sal-Army (1-800-725-2769)

:: MAIL: The Salvation Army, PO Box 80066, Prescott, AZ. 86304-8066

Be sure to designate "San Bruno Fire." 

100% of all donations made to the Salvation Army San Bruno Fire Disaster Relief fund will go to help those affected by this catastrophe.

We are currently accepting donations of in-kind goods at the following locations: 

San Francisco Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, 1500 Valencia (at Cesar Chavez), San Francisco

San Francisco Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, 3921 Geary Blvd (at 4th), San Francisco

South San Francisco Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, 1170 S. Mission Road, South San Francisco

San Bruno Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, 300 El Camino Real, San Bruno

Salvation Army Donation Drop Box, 409 South Spruce Avenue, South San Francisco

Salvation Army Donation Drop Box, Serremonte Mall (in back parking lot), 3 Serramonte Center, Daly City

Please visit us online or call 1-800-SA-Truck to locate other donation locations outside of the San Francisco / South San Francisco area

Please note:  In kind donations are always needed for our local recovery programs. Families displaced by the San Bruno fire are being issued vouchers to purchase the materials they need at our Family Thrift Stores -- giving families the ability to select what fits their needs best.  Therefore, we cannot guarantee that all material donations collected at this time will go to fire victims, however, they will be provided to them along with our available inventory for them to select from when using their voucher.

While material donations are indeed helpful, financial gifts give us a greater ability to provide the appropriate goods to families for rebuilding their homes and lives. 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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