EDMONTON, May 6, 2016 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army's Emergency and Disaster Services is providing support to first responders and those impacted by the disaster. The Salvation Army has mobilized four Community Response Units to feed first responders engaged in the Fort McMurray fire response efforts.
At this time, the best way for the public to help with relief efforts is though monetary donations. Donations can be made at SalvationArmy.ca/albertafires or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. A $10 donation can also be made by texting FORTMAC to 45678.
Our thrift stores are already giving out clothing vouchers to people from Fort McMurray. If people from Fort McMurray are in need of clothing, they can turn to The Salvation Army for help.
Until further notice, we are requesting that people not donate clothing or household goods. If people have already collected clothing, they can drop off them off at our thrift stores. However, these donations will not be segregated out from our regular stock, but used to replace any clothing given out to Fort McMurray residents.
Once people are allowed to return to Fort McMurray, The Salvation Army will be present to offer practical support and also emotional and spiritual care. The Salvation Army has been serving in Fort McMurray since 1979 and will continue to be an active presence in the community.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people in 400 communities across Canada and more than 125 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.
News releases, articles and updated information can be found at www.SalvationArmy.ca.
SOURCE The Salvation Army
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For further information: John McAlister, National Director of Marketing and Communications, The Salvation Army, Phone: 416-467-3186, Cell: 416-452-5116, Email: John_McAlister@can.salvationarmy.org; Captain Pam Goodyear, Divisional Director of Public Relations and Development, Alberta and Northern Territories Division, Phone: 403-410-1115, Mobile: 403-874-9413, Email: Pam_Goodyear@can.salvationarmy.org