The Salvation Army receives emergency disaster program funding

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The Salvation Army Alaska Division received a boost in support of its long-term disaster recovery program, thanks to a contribution from Safeway Carrs stores in Alaska. Across the state, the stores raised more than $100,000 through checkstand giving and additional in-store fundraisers following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Alaska’s Cook Inlet region Nov. 30, 2018.

“The Salvation Army is immeasurably grateful for the funding provided by these generous donors,” Alaska Divisional Commander Major John Brackenbury said. “When disasters strike Alaskans, it is The Salvation Army’s duty to help in whatever way we can. Knowing that we have funds available allows us to adequately aid those in need.”

From house fires to federally recognized states of emergency, The Salvation Army emergency disaster services program provides immediate support to disaster survivors with essential items such as food, water, heat and emotional and spiritual care. In the event of a large-scale disaster, The Salvation Army’s efforts extend beyond immediate relief to support impacted households through the recovery process when all other resources have been exhausted.

l-r: Safeway Carrs Abbott asst. deli manager, Ilsa Parra, Safeway Carrs Abbott supervisor, Jennifer Conge, The Salvation Army Alaska Division Emergency Disaster Services director, Jenni Ragland, The Salvation Army Anchorage advisory board member, Kenneth Hanley, The Salvation Army Anchorage advisory board member, Anna Woods, Safeway Carrs Alaska general manager, Reino Bellio, The Salvation Army Alaska Division secretary of business, Capt. Peter Pemberton, Safeway Carrs Abbott supervisor, Voichita Rus and Safeway Carrs Abbott store director, Lee Darling.

“Safeway Carrs is very appreciative that The Salvation Army is here to aid in the long-term recovery efforts for those impacted by the earthquake,” said Sarah Osborne, Safeway Carrs Director of Public Affairs. “In any natural disaster, there are always impacts beyond those addressed by government response, and we are proud to support The Salvation Army in its effort to assist those affected with items including food, fuel, building supplies, household furnishings and other identified needs. Our stores launched the fundraiser to help immediately after the earthquake, and as always, Alaskans responded with generosity and urgency to help their neighbors.”

In addition to the funds from Safeway Carrs, The Salvation Army received contributions from Wells Fargo, Walmart and Alaska Community Foundation’s Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund for its emergency disaster services program in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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