The Salvation Army is responding to Australia's bushfires

January 06, 2020
John Funk | john.funk@usn.salvationarmy.org | (703) 519-5885

Australia’s bushfire disaster rages on as fires continue to blaze around the country. 

As the crisis enters its fourth month, The Salvation Army recognises the tremendous risk and sacrifice our firefighters are making to contain blazes on multiple fronts around the country. And our deepest sympathies go out to the families of the volunteers who have lost their lives protecting others.

Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES) teams remain active at multiple locations across the country providing immediate emotional, spiritual and material support to firefighters, volunteers and evacuees. They will remain in activation as the disaster continues to unfold.

“The effort and commitment from our SAES volunteers continues to be exceptional,” said Norm Archer, The Salvation Army Strategic Emergency and Disaster Management Coordinator for NSW/ACT.

As the fires continue to burn, many Australians will be experiencing a Christmas season and New Year like no other. One where they are unable to return home. One where they have seen their livelihoods go up in smoke. One where they must work tirelessly battling blazes or at evacuation centres rather than celebrating. And tragically for some, one without loved ones.

We pray for the safety of all Australians at this time and stand with those impacted by the ongoing crisis, now and into the future, for as long as it takes to recover.

The Salvation Army offers a range of services and assistance measures to help people who have been impacted by bushfires including:

  • Financial assistance
  • Emotional wellbeing and support services
  • Information, referrals and advice.

You can help with a gift to The Salvation Army World Service Office.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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