The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada. The following are recent snapshots of The Salvation Army at work.
Salvation Army Assists after Cache Creek Flooding
Cache Creek, B.C., was hit by flash floods on May 23, resulting in unbelievable devastation. The violent storm dumped 30 to 40 millimetres of rain on the village in less than an hour.
The Salvation Army’s emergency disaster services quickly sprang into action, sending a community response unit from nearby Kamloops, B.C. On their first day, Salvation Army workers handed out 200 sandwiches, 500 bottles of water and hundreds of snacks to residents and workers who were removing mud and water from homes and streets. Salvation Army workers from Williams Lake, Chilliwack and Abbotsford, B.C., also joined the effort.
After five days in Cache Creek, the Army had distributed more than 400 prepared meals, 1,200 drinks and 700 snacks.
Students in Sault Ste. Marie Help Families in Need
From May 1-15, students from Soo Township Elementary School collected more than 2,500 food items for The Salvation Army’s Project Backpack program.
Project Backpack collects food and other necessary materials for families in need, then drops off the items in backpacks at area schools. Students in need take the backpacks home, empty them, then return them to the school to be re-filled.
The Salvation Army provides 20-25 backpacks per week to students who remain anonymous.
Salvation Army Pre-summer Food Drive
The demand for food has risen to such an extent this year that The Salvation Army is distributing items faster than normal.
In an effort to replenish shelves before summer, The Salvation Army in Estevan, Sask., is holding a pre-summer food drive to replenish the shelves before summer.
“We want to take care of people who might be struggling this year, and may continue to struggle into the summer,” says Lieutenant Brian Bobolo.
Real Canadian Superstore Hosts Salvation Army Healthy Choices Food Drive
On May 23, signs posted throughout the Real Canadian Superstore on Dougall Avenue in Windsor, Ont., asked grocery shoppers to pick up some extra fruits, vegetables or other specialty products to help those who need food during the summer months.
“Hunger doesn’t go away during summer months,” says Perron Goodyear, one of the organizers of The Salvation Army’s food drive. In fact, for some families the challenge is actually greater in the summer.”