West Palm Beach children raise funds from lemonade stand for victims of Hurricane Ian.

West Palm Beach, Florida (October 18, 2022) – Children from Lake Worth recently raised $531.34 to help victims of Hurricane Ian from a lemonade stand on the grounds of the Florida Gardens Community of Hope Church. Jennifer Sooklal, who grew up in Cape Coral, explained “we did this to help a community we love.”

After learning firsthand from displaced west-coast relatives about the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian, Noah and Chloe Sooklal joined forces with Coral Bauer, and Bentley and Aubrey Davis to squeeze and sell the juice of lemons to help victims of the category 5 storm. The youth decided to donate the one-day proceeds to The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County after learning that the organization directs 100% of all contributions to support the relief effort.

“We are grateful and extremely touched by the gesture of love expressed by these children,” said Majors Chip and Leisa Hall, Area Commanders of the Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. “It is heartwarming to see that the spirit of philanthropy is alive and well in our Palm beach County community. Their desire to help the victims of Hurricane Ian is an inspiration to all of us!”

For more information about The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, please call (561) 686-3530. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco

West Palm Beach, Florida (September 30, 2022) — The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, has deployed resources and personnel to meet the immediate needs of survivors and first responders before, during and after Hurricane Ian’s catastrophic landfall in Florida. Ian comes just days after Hurricane Fiona ravaged Puerto Rico, where The Salvation Army is still serving survivors and responders.

Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning, Sept. 28, on the west coast of Florida, near Port Charlotte. Hurricane Ian follows a similar path as Hurricane Charlie in 2004. While Charlie was a smaller sized storm and moved much quicker across the state, Ian has been slowly moving which will cause much more significant damages. The impacts will likely be worse than Hurricane Irma in 2017, which affected some of these same communities.

Recovery efforts will take years and The Salvation Army is positioned to respond to widespread needs as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

It is an honor to be called upon to serve others in times of disaster,” said Major James Hall, Area Commander.Through The Salvation Army’s Canteen and Rapid Response Unit personal,we seek to show that there is hope, even in the storm. We are activated and prepared to go to where the storm hits the hardest, to meet the needs of disaster survivors in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

Ian Prep/Initial Response:

  • The Salvation Army has mobile feeding units, (Canteens) ready to respond, with 27 already in Florida, stationed across the state. Each mobile feeding unit can feed approximately 1,500 meals per day.
  • The Salvation Army has been feeding at evacuation shelters in many communities across the state and will continue as needed
  • Emergency Disaster Services warehouses in Tampa, Florida, and McDonough, Georgia are prepped with food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene products, and other items that will be distributed to those in need in the coming days and weeks. 

The Salvation Army disaster personnel collaborate with emergency management agencies and partner agencies and organizations, as it will take the efforts of many to meet the needs of disaster survivors impacted by Hurricane Ian.

To make a financial gift to support Hurricane relief efforts:

  • Donate online: www.HelpSalvationArmy.org. 
  • Donate by phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)
  • Text-To-Donate: Text STORM to 51555 to donate to help disaster relief efforts.
  • Current media releases, updates, and information – www.disaster.salvationarm.org

One hundred percent of designated disaster donations go to direct services for survivors and first responders.

For more information on The Salvation Army’s continued response, visit https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.Formore information about The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County,please call(561) 6863530 or visit: https://salvationarmyflorida.org/westpalmbeach. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.

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Dignitaries Attend Kick-off for the Marjorie Merriweather Post’s “Paradise Ball” to Benefit The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach, Florida (September 22, 2022) – A kick-off event was held in New York on September 14th to inaugurate the Marjorie Merriweather Post’s “Paradise Ball” to benefit The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County. The stylish soiree was hosted by Susan and Hunter Cushing at their Park Avenue apartment.

The “The Paradise Ball” is scheduled for Saturday, December 10, 2022, at the Palm Beach, Florida Mar-a-Lago Club. The historic landmark home was selected for the White Tie Event due to its original owner, Marjorie Merriweather Post, who purchased the land and constructed her residence in 1922, the same year that The Salvation Army located its offices in Palm Beach, Florida.

Apart from Libby Pataki, former First Lady of New York, bestselling author, Allison Pataki, attended the reception and read a passage from her recent novel “The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie M. Post.” Additional guests included Holly Holden, Chair, Farley Rentschler, Junior Chair of the Ball, and many other Palm Beach residents, Majors Chip and Leisa Hall, Area Commanders of The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County were also in attendance.

“Marjorie Merriweather Post lived her life in service to others,” said Allison Pataki. “During the Great Depression, Post locked up her priceless jewels and threw herself into opening and running the Marjorie Post Hutton Canteen in partnership with The Salvation Army, whereby she fed thousands of hungry New Yorkers each day. As Post was also the consummate hostess, the “Paradise Ball,” would be just the sort of gathering that Post could have supported with her unrivaled enthusiasm and generosity. It will be an opportunity to serve others,” continued Pataki, “to gather with friends new and old, and to come together as a community to make the world a better place.”

“How fortunate we are to celebrate a century of the devoted service of the Salvation Army of Palm Beach County,” said Holly Holden. The White Tie “Paradise Ball” will have a festive theme of pink and will radiate merriment, and embrace a time of old-world graciousness, where charm, and politeness were a way of life. As The Salvation Army was founded in London in l865, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill (Blenheim Palace) and Her Grace, The Duchess of Rutland (Belvoir Castle) in England, have graciously agreed to be Honorary Chairs.” In total agreement, Rentschler said “I think after everything that everyone’s gone through in the past two years it will be quite a joy to have something so glamorous as a white tie party to look forward to!”

To purchase Ticket to the “Paradise Ball,” or for more information about The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County, please call (561) 686-3530 or visit the organization’s webpage to view upcoming events and photos of various era events. Website: https://salvationarmyflorida.org/westpalmbeach. Facebook information can be found by searching for @salarmypbco.