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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.

Do you know why The Salvation Army is associated with doughnuts?

The Salvation Army is often credited with popularizing the doughnut in the United States. During World War I and II, The Salvation Army served doughnuts - often cooked in battle helmets - to U.S. troops in the field; and many soldiers came back to the States hooked on the pastries.

What was the Salvation Army originally called?

William Booth, a Methodist minister, began a new ministry when he felt called by God to serve the destitute in London, England. It is said that East London at that time was over-crowded, very poor and the area was filled with crime and drunkenness. It wasn't uncommon for people to die of starvation.

From Tornadoes to Toys

Seven tornados tore through eastern North Carolina on April 25. One tornado that later received an EF3 designation, damaged or destroyed almost 200 homes, injured 16 people, and claimed the life of 11-month-old Gavin Soto. For many in the area, this was their first experience with the deadly natural disaster.

Responding to Eastern NC Tornadoes

The Salvation Army has been active in responding to tornadoes that struck in eastern North Carolina this past weekend. This response involves providing physical and spiritual needs to survivors and first responders.

Stein Mart Hosts “Trade In, Trade Up” Event to Benefit The Salvation Army

Stein Mart and The Salvation Army are partnering March 20-22 for the retailer’s “Trade In, Trade Up” event. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their new or gently used clothing this weekend to Stein Mart in exchange for 20% off coupons towards the purchase of a new item (limit two coupons).

"Project Phoenix Learning Center" Dedicated in Winston-Salem

The Jim and Cheryl Caldwell Foundation, Chris Paul’s CP3 Foundation and The Salvation Army proudly dedicated the grand opening of a new computer lab and learning center called the “Project Phoenix Learning Center” on January 22. Although Jim Caldwell and Chris Paul were unable to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony due to scheduling conflicts, each of their family was on hand.

You Make a Difference

We are so grateful for our volunteers. If you don't know, there is absolutely no way that we could ever be as effective if we didn't have your help. We know that we are so lucky to have volunteers that want to make difference in the world and choose to invest their time and effort into The Salvation Army. "Thank You!" seems to be not nearly enough for us to say.

Hams for Hunger

The Salvation Army staff in Greenville, South Carolina is used to giving away food to individuals in need, 365 days a year. Today the non-profit organization is the one receiving a large food gift, right in time for Christmas. Hormel Foods is donating 500 of its Cure 81 hams, through local retailer BI-LO, as part of its Hams for Hunger program.