Fighting with faith: Salvation Army's mission
September 21. 2018 4:07PM
A brief news release may have gone largely unnoticed in the flood of coverage and concern over Hurricane Florence last week.
But being big fans of the Salvation Army, and knowing first-hand of its good works here in New Hampshire, we read it with interest.
The Salvation Army of Northern New England Division noted that it was preparing to deploy mobile canteen units, Salvation Army officers, and trained volunteers to areas affected by the devastating hurricane.
This was in addition to the Army's southern division (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi) that had already sent people and mobile feeding units to serve first responders and victims.
This is standard protocol for the Salvation Army after a disaster. It brings food and drink and also emotional and spiritual care to those affected. The latter two are important, but it is also these elements of this Army that, we think, discourages much of the news media from reporting on the Army's good works.
As much of the Hurricane Florence coverage that we saw and read, there was precious little mention of the Salvation Army being there.
None of that phases this Army. It does its job, counting on donations from the public.
The Salvation Army uses 100 percent of disaster donations in response to that disaster. Donations may be made online to helpsalvationarmy.org; by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY; or by check to: The Salvation Army P.O. BOX 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301 Please designate '2018 Hurricane Season' on all checks.