From the Heart of an Officer- Major Marion Durham

Today in Parkland….

The Family Assistance Center was much less crowded today. School will begin again next week so it was great to give away backpacks and gift cards to replace items lost in the quick evacuation of the school.

I enjoyed meeting therapy ponies along with the usual comfort dogs who have been here all week.

Today’s stories…

The first was an answer to prayer. We met a young woman yesterday who had left her bag in the classroom which included her identification papers. She’s a Canadian citizen and wanted to go home for a few days respite with her father. I woke up last night thinking about her and praying for her for many reasons. She was desperately working through her anger and had gotten a tattoo with Stoneman Douglas’ motto to honor her fallen classmates. First thing this morning she and her mother came back to the Center to book a flight through the resources there (thanks JetBlue) because school had made an exception and she got her papers back. Side note: she wasn’t in the freshman building. They may never get their items from that crime scene.

Also met a couple of young men today who were so impressive. They were sweet freshman, complete with smooth skin and braces on their teeth. The first wanted to replace a soccer jersey in memory of his lost friend. The other in particular is a hero. He herded 20 people into a classroom closet. They were really packed in there. His mother showed us the pictures he texted, including the pitch black one when they turned the light off to hide as they heard screaming and gunshots. They were Colombian and we held hands with the family and Enrique Azuaje prayed over them in Spanish.

Billy Graham died today. The Billy Graham Chaplain Ministry has been here all week too. They spend quite a bit of time at The Memorial and have had a beautiful presence. I wanted to go offer my condolences to them as they offer grief counseling to folks here, but it seemed unnecessary. Promoted to Glory and Home at last, they carry on his ministry in Jesus Name.

From the Heart of an Officer- Major Marion Durham

Today in Parkland…

Another day of listening and serving. The team has noticed blank stares on the faces of teenagers and the tears of many grateful parents. It’s a privilege to offer to pay the rent of a single Mom or hold hands with a family in prayer who are humbled to receive financial assistance. Or give a gift card to replace a backpack that is being held by police instead of full of textbooks on a child’s shoulder.

Today’s story…

We met the parents of one young man who was in his second surgery today on his foot which had been shattered by a bullet. He had faced the shooter and was hit while diving out of the way. The surgeon was rebuilding the tendon. His Mom shared a photograph and it showed in graphic detail how much damage had been done. They were so happy to be able have grocery gift cards to feed out of town family who have come in to support them. Our visit was quick because they needed to get back to the hospital and I was relieved that they could go there rather than hold a funeral.

I’ve been happy and sad today as well. I’m missing Mary Beth’s chorus concert tonight. Her Daddy is recording her pieces and no matter how they sound, I am proud of my beautiful, loving, leader of a daughter. She’s a freshman in high school like students here who were buried today. I get to go home to her in a few days and for this I am grateful.

From the Heart of an Officer- Major Marion Ward Durham

I was there earlier in the morning before the center opened today because there was a media tour to promote all the services being offered at The Family Assistance Center. So much Great work is being done by many agencies. From the FBI, to Senator Rubio’s office, and charities like us and everyone in between.

The center is in a park so today during a break it felt good to walk the fields and paths to get a few steps in. I found another memorial on the soccer field for a lost player. On my way back inside there were so many more people and flowers.

Another group that’s been here and helpful to many are the comfort dogs. There’s usually about a half a dozen at a time on the campus.

A story…

A school board member stopped by our table and we had a very good conversation about the choices they have to make about the future, problems to solve about staff, traumatized students who need to finish the year (especially seniors) and his tour of the crime scene the night before. It seemed as if he needed to process what was happening too. Just like parents. Just like the students. A few minutes later, I called him back over and asked if I could pray for him and others in Parkland Leadership. They need wisdom and discernment. He readily agreed.

It’s good to be a Salvation Army Officer.

Florida Panthers and The Salvation Army

Thank you The Florida Panthers for hosting 1,000 “hurricane heroes” at home opener and generous support of The Salvation Army.

“It’s amazing to see, not only the generosity, but the spirit and camaraderie of the Panthers,” said Kevin Smith, The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services Director for Florida. “We’ve already given out a direct service of $4.2 million in just the Hurricane Irma response across Florida. Every dollar that comes to disaster services goes directly to disaster services. This gift by the Panthers will extend what we’re able to do for families across South Florida.”

Throughout the year — especially during storm season —
it’s important to be prepared for an emergency. Begin assembling an emergency kit, and start with these 8 items:

FoodFood — at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food, and a can opener if needed.

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WaterWater — one gallon per person, per day.

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First-Aid-MedicationsFirst-aid and medications — a first-aid kit, and at least a week’s supply of your prescription medications.

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FlashlightFlashlight and radio — along with extra batteries for both.

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HygieneHygiene items — toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc.

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DocumentsImportant family documents — including contact information and copies of insurance policies.

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MatchesMatches — stored in a waterproof container.

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Basic-toolsBasic tools — multipurpose knife or tool, and duct tape.

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Remember, being prepared is the best way to protect yourself and your family!

Did you know The Salvation Army responds to disasters in your local area?   Learn more.

 

Whether it’s a summer storm or another type of emergency, your steadfast support of The Salvation Army sees people through their darkest days. Your gifts bring hope to people affected by a disaster by offering food, shelter, comfort, and a plan for recovery.

We thank you for your compassion, and we greatly appreciate your support!

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“CHRISTMAS IN JULY” HAPPENING AT AMALIE ARENA SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016 AT THE TAMPA BAY STORM –VS- PHILADELPHIA SOUL GAME TO BENEFIT
THE SALVATION ARMY

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the game to help make the spirit of Christmas a reality for children and families in need.

 

 

TAMPA, Fla. (July 16, 2016) – It’s hard to think of “Christmas” in July but that’s exactly what the Salvation Army and Tampa Bay Storm want you to do on Saturday, July 16th! Fans donating a new, unwrapped toy at the Tampa Bay Storm vs. Philadelphia Souls game will receive a free ticket to the game! That’s right! The Storm will give away 1 ticket per toy donated! (Maximum of 4 tickets per person)

 

Why now? The Salvation Army needs your help! This head-start will allow the registration of more needy families for the Angel Tree program. Each Christmas, the Salvation Army provides over 17,000 toys to needy children across the Tampa Bay area.  This volunteer – led tradition has been serving our community for over 37 years. Toys donated in July will make it possible for The Salvation Army to add more families to the Angel Tree registry in the coming months.

 

The TB Storm, CHASE and ABC Action News are hosting the toy drive during the pre-game party on the plaza of Amalie Arena! Local celebrities will be on-site collecting the toys for the Salvation Army and distributing game tickets to donating fans!  Big surprises are also planned during the game!  Bring the entire family for an unforgettable afternoon!

“There is no better gift than the one that is given from the heart” said Tampa Area Commander Captain Dr. Andrew Miller.  “By faith we believe in what is not seen, and by choice we act on this faith by helping our neighbors in need and building a stronger, more compassionate community.”

 

“For more than 20 years, viewers and employees at ABC Action News have adopted angels” said Director of Community Affairs Lissette Campos. “To see a child ask for bed sheets, along with a toy is a wake-up call.  Without Angel Tree, these children would have nothing on Christmas morning.”

 

To learn more about the Salvation Army Tampa Area Command Angel Tree program, please contact our Angel Tree Coordinator, Jessica Vick at 813-549-0636.

 

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About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 150 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 The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information on the Tampa Area Command, go to www.salvationarmytampa.org.

June 13, 2016
Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

“Our mobile kitchen served throughout the night with water and coffee available to any responders or passersby,”  said Major Ted Morris, The Salvation Army Orlando Area Commander.  “We will continue to support responders and families with the generosity of our local community partners.   This morning, more restaurants arrived with breakfast foods and although we are grateful, we may have more than we need at this location.”

The Salvation Army is asking any commercial food vendors that are interested in supporting to please coordinate by calling The Salvation Army of Orlando at 407-423-8581.

The Salvation Army mobile kitchens, better known as canteens, prepare year round for natural disasters like hurricanes and tornados, but this week our volunteer teams have been called to action to serve along side our first responders in this time of tragedy.

“We ask everyone to join us in praying for those that have been affected by this attack,” Morris said.  “Our teams will continue to serve in coordination with emergency management and our partner organizations.”

If you are interested in supporting these efforts, please log on to our website at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org or call 800-SAL-ARMY.   Those interested in becoming members of our disaster response team can register online or simply gain more information about The Salvation Army’s response to this tragic event.

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.
Orlando, Fla – Sunday morning, Salvation Army disaster relief teams arrived on scene at Orange Avenue near the Orange Regional Medical Center providing food and hydration to responders.   Dinner was provided in partnership with generous restaurants like Olive Garden and Buffalo Wild Wings.

June 12, 2016

Kevin Smith | kevin.smith@uss.salvationarmy.org

Original post link: https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/news/2016/06/12/salvation-army-responds-to-tragedy-in-orlando

Orlando, Florida – June 12, 2016 – The Salvation Army Orlando Disaster Relief team activated its mobile kitchen to support emergency responders with hydration and meals. Major Ted Morris, Orlando Area Commander is working with local officials and offering additional support as needed. Emotional and Spiritual Care teams have been placed on standby to support the Central Florida Community deal with this horrific tragedy.

“We were awakened this morning to this tragic news in Orlando. Our local disaster team members immediately reached out to ask how they could help their neighbors. This is why we train, this is why our volunteers serve and today we are here to comfort those impacted across our community.” stated Major Ted Morris. “Right now as we respond with hydration and food, we ask everyone to join us in praying for those families who lost dear loved ones and those who struggle to recover in hospitals around our area.”

Salvation Army units around Florida have been placed on standby to support families and responders as needed. We encourage those in the Central Florida area to check in with family and friends to establish that they are safe and well.

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.