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The Salvation Army Serves Area Residents after Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur made landfall late Thursday night at Shackleford Banks, N.C. as a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds. It was the first Category 2 storm to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Ike in 2008. A hurricane warning and tropical storm warnings are in effect for many areas along the storm’s path.

The Salvation Army Prepares Response to Hurricane Arthur

Tropical Storm Arthur strengthened into a hurricane early Thursday morning. As the center of the storm shifts, its impacts are moving closer to the North and South Carolina coastline. Conditions continue to deteriorate along the North Carolina coast.

The Salvation Army Monitors Tropical Storm Arthur

As Tropical Storm Arthur makes its projected movement up the east coast, The Salvation Army is prepared to respond to the impacted areas if the need arises. Organization personnel along the coast are preparing canteens (mobile feeding units) for the potential to provide hot meals, cold drinks and snacks to those affected. While every disaster is unique and creates its own special needs, the core of The Salvation Army's disaster program consists of several basic services: food service, emotional and spiritual care and emergency assistance.

CalebKs Raises Money with Strikeouts

For the past four seasons, pitcher Caleb Ashley (CalebKs.com) has been helping raise money for charitable organizations in Guilford County. Every time he strikes someone out, he encourages others to make a donation to the charity that he has selected. This year, he directed his attention towards The Salvation Army after seeing how The Salvation Army was helping in downtown Greensboro.

The Cold Water Challenge

Earlier this week, our new Digital Media Coordinator challenged our Director of Development to the Cold Water Challenge. He agreed, on the condition that she get our Facebook page to over 2,000 likes (meaning, she would need over 500 new likes!).

National Donut Day

The first National Donut Day was celebrated by The Salvation Army in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the "donut lassies" who helped make the donut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers during World War I. The donuts became synonymous with The Salvation Army, as well as the American soldiers who were returning home with the nickname, "doughboys."

A Memorial Day Thank You

"American boys are going to France. We must go with them!" The Salvation has long been tied to the United States military. Countless veterans have told stories of encoutering The Salvation Army on the battle front - usually through the ministry of our donut girls. Evangeline Booth, the national commander of The Salvation Army during World War I, was compelled to provide for the needs of American soldiers at home and those fighting overseas.

The first eight corps in the Salvation Army Carolinas division

There were eight Salvation Army offices that opened the first year that we were active in the Carolinas in 1887. Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern, Durham, Spartanbug, Goldsboro, Fayetteville, and Florence.

What was the first disaster that the Salvation Army provided disaster relief for?

The Salvation Army's work in disaster relief began in 1900 in response to the devastating hurricane that destroyed Galveston, Texas and killed more than 5,000 people. The devastation was so grand that the National Commander at the time, Frederick Booth-Tucker, ordered Salvation Army Officers from across the country to proceed to the disaster site to provide spiritual and practical assistance. Without the development of a canteen, the officers walked the streets giving people water and coffee.

When was the first Salvation Army band created?

The first Salvation Army band was formed in 1882 by accident. Charles Frye and his sons offered their services as bodyguards for Salvation Army street preachers. They began playing music on their brass instruments to help keep the rowdy even hostile crowds calm. Frye soon after quit their family business to lead the Army's music department.