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One Man’s Journey from Cocaine to Christ and Beyond…

For Anthony Holmes it all seemed so simple.

“I had the attitude that I am already in trouble, so I guess I should get the most out of it,” he said.

Raised in Nashville by a single mother who worked two jobs to support him and his brother, Holmes often felt alone. It was that way when the family moved around to several homes during his youth.

Annual visits from his father at Christmas didn’t help. It was no different when, for a time, his mother remarried, which led to an unhealthy home life, or when she signed over his rights to the state because he wasn’t willing to move with her to Atlanta. Even his own marriage and the thought he might be a father failed to change things.

Always, though, he found comfort and support (or so he thought) on the streets.

“My mom was a hard worker and she was doing all she could do as a single parent, and I wasn’t thankful because I was dealing with some hurt,” Holmes said. “So I hooked up with some people on the street who were in gangs, smoked some weed, drank, partied … they were older and when I went out with them, I finally found a place that I could release my hurt.”

Holmes was a good basketball and football player, but he couldn’t stay out of trouble or in school. Eventually, cocaine became his drug of choice and despair his constant companion.

“I felt like dying numerous times,” he said. “I stared down the barrel of a gun and something just would not let me pull the trigger. I overdosed on drugs and that didn’t do it. I would drink like crazy and that wouldn’t do it.”

He was in an out of prison for a time and faced an extended stay on a drug charge when things finally changed.

First, he noticed the positive effect the jailhouse minister seemed to have on many inmates. One day he listened to and talked with the man but remained unconvinced until later that night when, he said, God personally paid him a visit.

“The Lord came and dealt with me and told me to repent to the Lord and to apologize to the minister because the Lord had sent him to help me,” Holmes said. “That is the first time that someone stood up in my face and told me whatever god I had wasn’t working, and that I needed to get the real God.”

At that point, Holmes turned his life over to Christ. He said he finally was able to forgive himself and began to forgive others who had hurt him.

He wasn’t determined just to get out of prison. He decided he also needed to find a way off the streets.

A fellow inmate, someone he knew from the outside, recognized the change. “I see the Lord in you” he told Holmes as he handed him an application for the Salvation Army. Holmes attended a presentation about the transitional housing program and other resources the organization offers.

“I sent in that application and prayed on it, but I still had to go to court,” Holmes said. “One of the district attorneys didn’t want me to get out, but I had a chance to speak and told the judge that Jesus had changed my life and I would be thankful if I got another chance.

“I told the judge that I had done some bad things, but I was not the same person. I now had a relationship with the Lord and I just asked the court to have mercy.”

Convinced that Holmes was, in fact, in good company, the judge granted his release. He caught the bus and went directly to the downtown Salvation Army facility and checked into the Transitional Housing program.

Out of prison, he soon crossed paths again with two significant people.

First was April Calvin, Transitional Housing Program Director, who had made the Salvation Army presentation that convinced him to apply. Together they mapped out a set of goals for Holmes and settled on a plan for how to achieve them.

Then there was Pastor Scales, the man whose obvious impact on other prisoners first attracted his attention. Pastor Scales took Holmes shopping for clothes and other necessities to get him started.

“He is such a blessing to me,” Holmes said. “And I just love Ms. April. She just has a caring spirit about her and it just blessed me. She really wants to see people change and get the help they need. She and the other counselors would work overtime if they needed to in order to help you.”

Next, he needed a job but he was unwilling to take just anything. Committed to weekly attendance at
church, he turned down an offer from one prominent downtown Nashville hotel because it could not guarantee he would not work on Sunday.

Then he found Demos’ Restaurant.

“When I was filling out the application at Demos’, I read that they honor and glorify God. And, they would work with me on my schedule so I could go to church on Sundays,” he said. “The Lord had changed me and I wanted to stay faithful and honor Him.”

He started as a dishwasher making $8 an hour and could not have been happier.

A couple promotions followed and soon he had earned enough that he began to look for a place of his own, which was not easy. He confided to a friend at church that he was unable to find a suitable home because of his prison record. What happened the next time they saw one another was the last thing Holmes expected.

“My friend came up to me and said ‘You aren’t going to believe this, but the lady I have been renting to for eight years is relocating, so the Lord told me to rent my house to you,” he recalled. “But it is in Murfreesboro.’”

No problem. Two weeks earlier Holmes had received a pre-owned car from his pastor. He drove to Murfreesboro for a Bible study, met the people at the Murfreesboro Demos’ and promptly requested a transfer, which was approved.

The money was good. The work, though, was not wholly satisfying. Holmes wanted to do more than just make a living for himself, he wanted to make a difference in others’ lives.

“I went to Bible study and Peter (Demos) came up to me and said he wanted to create a new position for me – Ambassador for Christ – and that I should pray about it,” Holmes said. “I told him that I didn’t need to pray about it because I had already been praying for over a year for it.”

In his new role, Holmes visits all five of the Demos’ restaurants across Middle Tennessee and helps the employees with challenges they may have by sharing his experiences and testimony.

“I never force it on anyone and I always approach them with love,” Holmes said. “Whether it is love or prayer or encouragement, I just enjoy people and I want to help them. I smile a lot, so that helps draw people to me. I always encourage them that there is a way out and that God still loves them in spite of their pain.”

In addition to his work at Demos’, Holmes also ministers and preaches at other churches and in jails. He also serves as a Program Committee Member for the Salvation Army.

“I am so thankful for the Salvation Army, because that is where it began for me,” he said. “The Salvation Army gave someone like me who was hopeless and helpless a foundation and a safe haven. It gave me the resources and an opportunity to get on the right path.

“I have met others who have also been blessed and now have their families back on track thanks to the generosity of those who give to the Salvation Army. You may never know whose life you may touch, but now I am one of those people who gets to go touch someone else’s life with the love that you gave me.”

He still stops by the Salvation Army in Nashville every chance he gets to remind himself of where his life started.

Along the way he also came to an important realization. He never really was alone.

Even as a boy, throughout his darkest moments his grandmother, whom he called Granny, delivered a consistent message. “The Lord loves you and he has a plan for you,” she told him over and over. “Before I got locked up – my Granny told me she couldn’t wait to hear me preach my first sermon,” he said. “I thought my Granny must be high to think I am going to preach a sermon. She would tell me my whole life, ‘You are going to minister.’

“We stay on the phone and have a good time and I know it makes her day when we can talk about the Lord. My Granny never gave up on me.”

The Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
For more information about the Salvation Army and learn how you can get behind the shield, visit
SalvationArmyNashville.org – #GetBehindTheShield
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Nashville listeners asked to build Toy Field to benefit Nashville Salvation Army’s estimated 1,000 Forgotten Angels

Nashville listeners asked to build Toy Field
to benefit Nashville Salvation Army’s estimated 1,000 Forgotten Angels

WHO: The Salvation Army Nashville and Cumulus Nashville’s NASH FM 103.3, 95.5 NASH ICON, 104-5 The Zone, Super Talk 99.7 WTN, i106 and 92Q

WHEN: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: LP Field, Eastside between Gates 1& 2

The Salvation Army Forgotten Angel Program will benefit from the toys donated at the 7th Annual Toy Field presented by Cumulus Nashville on Tuesday, December 9th at LP Field. Middle Tennessee listeners and client partners will help fulfill the dreams of many “forgotten children” this holiday season. This holiday, The Salvation Army will reach over 9,000 “angels” – less fortunate children and elderly. According to Major Ed Lee, Area Commander – The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command, several hundreds of those “angels” will not be adopted.

To ensure each child has a special Christmas, the Forgotten Angel shop will provide gifts. “Thousands of toys have been donated throughout the years and we hope to see the same enthusiasm this year. We would not be able to provide for all these children, without the support of Cumulus Broadcasting and our community,” said Major Ed Lee, Area Commander The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command.

Cumulus_Sponsor artAbout The Salvation Army Nashville: The Salvation Army, a faith-based non-profit serving Nashville since 1890, extends assistance to individuals and families in greatest need, enabling them to lift themselves from crisis to stability. Nearly 40,000 individuals in the Nashville community receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from emergency services, disaster relief for victims, outreach to the elderly and ill, transitional housing for the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, Angel Tree Christmas assistance and much more. Seventy-eight cents of every dollar spent is used to directly support our programs and services in our community. For more information, visit www.salvationarmynashville.org. Donate here.

About Cumulus Media: Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands in order to deliver premium choices for listeners, provide substantial reach for advertisers and create opportunities for shareholders. As the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States, Cumulus provides exclusive content that is fully distributed through approximately 460 owned-and-operated stations in 90 U.S. media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 9,000 broadcast radio affiliates and numerous digital channels. Cumulus is well-positioned in the widening digital audio space through a significant stake in the Radio digital music service, featuring over 30 million songs on-demand in addition to custom playlists and exclusive curated channels. Cumulus is also the leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its ‎NASH brand, which will serve country fans through radio programming, NASH magazine, concerts, licensed products and television/video. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

Contact: Laura Tingo
Director of Marketing
The Salvation Army
Cell: 615.403.5595

Contact: Marie Miscia
Promotions Director
Cumulus Nashville
Office: 615. 312.3473

 

 

Angels truly among us at 2014 Gathering of Angels event

Wow, what an event! On October 30th, we hosted this year’s annual GOA_2014
Gathering of Angels Luncheon at Rocketown and welcomed the more than 400 guests who attended the event.
We sincerely want to thank everyone that had a part in making this event such a  success.  Because of the efforts of our generous table hosts and sponsors, we raised $140,000 to benefit The Salvation Army’s Christmas programs.
This level of support will help a struggling family provide presents for their children on Christmas morning, an elderly individual will be able to enjoy a warm meal during the holiday season. Above all, people who need to hear it most, will hear the story of Jesus’ love.
Thank you again for your support of The Salvation Army. Happy Holidays!
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Emergency Disaster Service Volunteers On Standby in Nashville

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Jason Martin, Director of Marketing
C: 615-416-4218 O: 615-242-0411
jason_martin@uss.salvationarmy.org
www.salvationarmynashville.org

Emergency Disaster Service Volunteers from The Salvation Army On Standby
The Nashville Area Command Has Staff and Volunteers on Standby to Respond to Severe Storms Approaching the Middle Tennessee Area

(NASHVILLE, TN), APRIL 28, 2014 — While Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) workers respond in Arkansas and Oklahoma, The Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command is on standby to provide relief in the Metro Nashville area should the need arise. An EDS group from Nashville could also be dispatched to relieve crews already on the ground in Arkansas and Oklahoma as relief efforts unfold.
Several warnings and watches are currently underway across the state of Tennessee. The Salvation Army will be prepared to provide care and compassion to those affected by storms as well as provide food and hydration. Please pray for all of those affected by storms today across multiple states in the Central United States.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/arkansastornados
  • Donations in the form of checks designated to ARKANSAS Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
    The Salvation Army
    PO Box 738
    North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738

Your donations make a real difference.

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About Nashville Area Command:
The Salvation Army, a faith-based non-profit serving Nashville since 1890, extends assistance to individuals and families in greatest need, enabling them to lift themselves from crisis to stability. Nearly 40,000 individuals in the Nashville community receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from emergency services, disaster relief for victims, outreach to the elderly and ill, transitional housing for the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, Angel Tree Christmas assistance and much more. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to directly support our programs and services in our community. For more information, go to www.salvationarmynashville.org.

About The Salvation Army, International:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Salvation Army Serving in Aftermath of Central Arkansas Tornadoes

 

Rescuers scoured rubble throughout the night, searching for survivors after the most destructive tornado outbreak of the year killed at least 18 people in three states and hammered areas of Little Rock, AR. Tornadoes also touched down in Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Multiple locations in Arkansas have sustained damage due to high winds, tornadoes, and hail which began a little after 4 PM CT Sunday afternoon.

The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma (AOK) Division has placed disaster response teams and mobile feeding units (canteens) across the division on stand-by for the next 48 hours.

EDS teams of The Salvation Army are ready to meet the immediate needs of survivors, including food, water, cleanup kits, and emotional and spiritual care.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

• Donations in the form of checks designated to ARKANSAS Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 738
North Little Rock, AR  72115-0738

* A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for the Salvation Army and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. **Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Backlink: http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/2014/04/28/salvation-army-serving-in-aftermath-of-central-arkansas-tornadoes/

 

Salvation Army Responds To Central Arkansas Tornadoes

EDS-SmallOklahoma City, OK  (April 27, 2014)  – Even as storms continue to hammer the region, The Salvation Army is in contact with Emergency Managers across Arkansas and is in contact with the State Emergency Operations Center.   The Arkansas-Oklahoma (AOK) Division  of The Salvation Army has placed disaster response teams and mobile feeding units (canteens) across the division on stand-by for the next 48 hours.

Multiple locations across the state Arkansas have sustained damage.  It is the beginning of a very active 24 – 48 hours for much of Arkansas.  Major Roger Glick, Central Arkansas Area Commander and Captain David Robinson, Conway Commanding Officer, are in touch with officials and preparing response plans.

Additionally, Quapaw, Oklahoma sustained storm damage earlier today.   Salvation Army staff is evaluating the situation at this time.

Tornado warnings are currently underway in several counties in Arkansas.  The Salvation Army will be prepared to provide care and compassion to those affected by storms as well as provide food and hydration.   Please pray for all of those affected by storms today across multiple states in the Central United States.

Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.

• Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769).

• You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*

https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/uss/arkansastornados

• Donations in the form of checks designated to ARKANSAS Tornado Relief may also be mailed to:
The Salvation Army
PO Box 738
North Little Rock, AR  72115-0738

Updates will be provided as more information becomes available at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org. Please follow us at www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOKEDS, www.twitter.com/cindyfullerokc, www.twitter.com/SalArmyAOK, www.facebook.com/SalArmyAOK for additional information.

Contact:  Cindy Fuller, Mobile: 405-830-6549
E-mail: cindy_fuller@uss.salvationarmy.org
Office:  405-254-1156

*Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Backlink: http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/media/?ID=faf89993930fca4ce4a00864b65a75e9

Toy Field at LP Field

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 Listeners asked to build Toy field to benefit Nashville Salvation Army’s estimated 1,000 Forgotten Angels

 

WHO: The Salvation Army and Cumulus Nashville’s 103.3 WKDF, 104-5 The Zone, Super Talk 99.7 WTN, i106, 92Q and 95.5 FM-WSM

WHAT: Listeners and client partners help build a “Toy Field” at LP Field to benefit The Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angel Program.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 — 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: LP Field, Eastside between Gates 1& 2, next to the Pro Shop

DETAILS:  The Salvation Army Forgotten Angel Program will benefit from the toys collected at the Annual Toy Field presented by Cumulus Nashville on Tuesday, December 10th. Middle Tennessee listeners and client partners will help fulfill the dreams of many “forgotten children” as toys are dropped off to LP Field Tuesday between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. This holiday, The Salvation Army will reach over 9,000 “angels” – less fortunate children and elderly. According to The Salvation Army, several hundreds of those “angels” will not be adopted. To ensure each child has a special Christmas, the Forgotten Angel shop will provide gifts. “Thousands of toys have been donated throughout the years and we hope to see the same enthusiasm this year. We would not be able to provide for all these children, without the support of Cumulus Broadcasting and our community,” said Major Ed Lee, Area Commander and CEO of The Nashville Salvation Army.

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About Cumulus Media

Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is the largest pure-play radio broadcaster in the United States with 570 stations in 120 U.S. cities and a fully-distributed network serving over 4,500 affiliates nationwide. Our radio and digital brands target numerous large and demographically-distinct audiences in each of these markets. Cumulus strives to create the next generation radio broadcasting enterprise, based on great people and technological excellence that will provide high quality, local programming choices for Cumulus listeners, targeted audiences with disposable income and buying preferences for its advertisers, challenging career environments for its employees and value opportunities for its shareholders.

 

Dec. 1 is “The Salvation Army Angel Tree Day”

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The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command is kicking off its annual Forgotten Angels program on Dec. 1, 2013 in partnership with Twice Daily and Daily’s convenience stores.

 Forgotten Angels Trees may be found in all Daily’s and Twice Daily convenience stores – 71 stores in all – from December 1 through Christmas day, December 25.

Proclaimed as “The Salvation Army Angel Tree Day” by State Representative Mark White, the Dec. 1 Forgotten Angels kick-off serves to raise awareness of the substantial need in our community and the entire state.

To kick off the annual Christmas assistance program, Twice Daily will host a tree lighting celebration at its new location at 1700 West End Ave. in Nashville on Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. The celebration includes a performance by Jimmy Wayne and participation by state and local elected officials. There will also be store giveaways and fun surprises. Additionally, participating organizations across the state will be hosting Angel Tree lighting celebrations simultaneously.

“It is an honor to be the celebrity spokesperson for the Daily’s, Twice-Daily’s, Angel Tree and Forgotten Angels campaigns,” said Jimmy Wayne. “I was an Angel Tree recipient when I was a child and received my first guitar through the program. I encourage everyone to support these important campaigns.”

The Angel Tree program serves nearly 18,000 children and elderly each year, though despite these large numbers, many of these go unadopted. The Forgotten Angels program was created to ensure that no child or elderly adult in need in Middle Tennessee is overlooked during the Christmas season.

To fill the staggering need, individuals may simply drop off an unwrapped gift at any Daily’s and Twice Daily convenience store location. And as a small thank you, each person that makes a donation will receive a free cup of coffee or fountain drink.

“So many children and seniors right here in our community go without basic needs and do not experience the magic of Christmastime that we often take for granted,” said Tom Woodard, director of communications. “Daily’s and Twice Daily are extremely proud and humbled to participate in the Forgotten Angels Program.”

For more information about The Salvation Army Angel Tree and Forgotten Angels programs, visit www.salarmy-nashville.org.

 

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About The Salvation Army Nashville

The Salvation Army, a faith-based non-profit serving Nashville since 1890, extends assistance to individuals and families in greatest need, enabling them to lift themselves from crisis to stability. Nearly 40,000 individuals in the Nashville community receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a broad array of social services that range from emergency services, disaster relief for victims, outreach to the elderly and ill, transitional housing for the homeless, opportunities for underprivileged children, Angel Tree Christmas assistance and much more. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to directly support our programs and services in our community. For more information, go to www.salarmy-nashville.org.

About Twice Daily

Convenience Stores are locally owned and operated by Tri Star Energy, a partnership between local companies Kimbro Oil, The Parman Corporation and Motiva, a Houston-based joint venture between Shell Oil and Saudiaramco. It runs 71 convenience stores and supplies fuel to another 160 dealers. These family-owned businesses have called Middle Tennessee home for decades and are dedicated to providing high-quality petroleum products and the finest services available – all while providing employment opportunities and supporting many local causes and organizations. For additional information visit, www.twicedaily.com.

 

The Salvation Army Responds To Mandatory Evacuated Families In North Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN (August 8, 2013) – Currently The Salvation Army’s Nashville Area Command and the American Red Cross are working together to relocate more than 300 people from the Parkwood Villa Apartment Complex, located at 3258 Brick Church Pike, to nearby shelters.

Photos:  Parkvilla  http://flic.kr/p/fqJ42d

Flooded with nearly four feet of water from the heavy downpour that hit the area this morning, four units were severely damaged. Those buildings are currently without power and will have to be fully restored and deemed livable by the Metro Codes Department before the families can return home.

“We are working with the American Red Cross to provide food at their designated shelters for families displaced by the flood, said Jason Martin, Director of Marketing for The Salvation Army. “It is estimated that the families from Parkwood Villa will need shelter for three to 5 days.”

The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command will be providing meals and supplies to those affected by the flood and at shelters designated by the Red Cross. Doing the most good to the most people in the most need is the lifeline for The Salvation Army. The Nashville Area Command will remain in the area to lend a helping hand for as long as needed.

Photos:  Other Northeast Nashville Areas http://flic.kr/p/fqtMTc

To donate to The Salvation Army of Nashville’s Disaster Relief Efforts, you can text* “MidTN” to 80888 for a $10 donation, call 615-242-0411 or send a check to PO Box 78625, Nashville, TN 37207

About Nashville Area Command:

The Salvation Army, a faith-based nonprofit serving Nashville since 1890, extends a resourceful hand of assistance to families in greatest need, so that they may lift themselves from crisis to stability and independence.

About The Salvation Army, International:
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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*To complete your gift, reply “yes” and a one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message & Data Rates May Apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and TMobile. By participating you certify that you agree to the terms and conditions, that you are 18 yrs. or older, or have parental permission, and have authorization from the account holder. Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.

Nashville Volunteers Deploy to Oklahoma

Volunteers from The Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command departed at 8 AM this morning, in a mobile feeding unit, to offer support to Salvation Army personnel in Moore, Oklahoma and communities around the Oklahoma City area. The primary role of the volunteers, from the Nashville Area Command, will be to accompany Emotional and Spiritual Care personnel around the impacted area, and assist with beverage and food distribution to those affected by the tornado.

“There is no reward equal to that of Doing The Most Good to the most people in the most need,” Evangeline Booth, 1919 (first female General and daughter of founder, William Booth). This quote is the lifeline for The Salvation Army. The Nashville Area Command will remain in the Moore, OK disaster area for as long as needed by the Arkansas-Oklahoma division of The Salvation Army. Food, hydration, emotional and spiritual care and other supplies are being provided to residents of the heavily impacted areas.
The Salvation Army will continue to provide relief services for tornado survivors indefinitely.
Donations:
Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel move into the areas of greatest need.

  • Donors are encouraged to give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    (1-800-725-2769).
  • You can also text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your mobile phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”*
  • Checks may be made out to:
    The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
    PO BOX 2536
    Oklahoma City, OK 73102

    Please designate “Oklahoma May Tornadoes” on all checks.
Volunteers:

  • Those interested in volunteering for this or any disater should register at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call Misty Ratcliff at 615-242-0411.  Please note that disaster service training is a prerequisite for volunteering in a disaster zone and not all registered volunteers will be called on to serve.